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One of the first television stations in the US, and the first in the St. Louis metro area, Nine Network (KETC Channel 9), is to repack its broadcast channel by improving the power of its signal.

nineNetworkOPM H RGB Red Black Small 2The repack was necessary to accommodate the change in broadcast frequency that was the result of last year’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum auction.

The enhanced power and new signal patterns are beneficial to viewers who use antennae for television reception, especially those who had difficulty getting Nine before the upgrade.

The upgrade required a significantly larger antenna to increase the transmission power of the signal, which improved reception capabilities, and a change of the FCC-assigned channel position.

All the equipment purchased for the project is ATSC 3.0-compliant, the new digital television transmission standard.

The project was necessary to accommodate the change in broadcast frequency that was the result of last year’s FCC spectrum auction to improve and expand wireless services.

Nine installed a new transmitter and temporary antenna at its tower in unincorporated southern St. Louis County on 1 June 2018. On June 9, the permanent antenna was installed, substantially increasing signal strength in households across the region.

“Not only are we at a higher power, but we are operating twice as efficient, but producing less energy, so it’s more environmentally friendly,” said Chrys Marlow, vice president of engineering and operations, Nine Network.