Engineering Information

WAND transmits a 1080i over the air high definition signal. We upconvert programming and station breaks from our analog system when NBC isn't making a high definition program available to us. We will endeavor to make all special event programming available in HDTV (Free over the air Digital Television) to you.

Network Service: NBC
Licensee: WAND (TV) Partnership, Block Communications, Inc. 6450 Monroe St. - Sylvania, OH 43560
Studio: 904 South Side Drive, Decatur, Illinois 62521, Telephone: 217-424-2500
FAX: 217-422-8203
Transmitter: 2-mi. S of Argenta, IL.
Tower: 1314-ft. (AGL) above ground level, 2000-ft. (AMSL) above mean sea level.
Latitude: 39° 57' 07"
Longitude: 88° 49' 55"
Antenna: RCA TFU-28DAS Pylon, Directionalized and modified for 0.75 degrees electric beam tilt.
Channel No. 17
Visual: 489.25 Mhz , Aural 493.75 Mhz.
Authorized power: 5000-kw peak visual and 500-kw aural.
TV Sound: Stereo
News Services: NBC, AP.

WAND-DT (Free over the air Digital Television) 
Channel No. 18, tuning as 17-1, weather 17-2
Occupying Bandwidth: 494-500 mhz
Dielectric TFU-18DSC-R P220SP directional antenna
Antenna: sidemounted 3 meters below analog antenna
Authorized power: 350 KW effective radiated power (average)

Translator: Channel 31, W31BX (Danville, IL)
Location: On top of the WIAI building at Vermilion & Main Streets in downtown Danville, Illinois.
Power: 15.4 peak KW; Height above ground level 210 feet; Service area 30 mile radius from transmitter location

We supply encrypted data from our WAND 24-Hour Live Neighborhood Doppler Radar to 18 Local Communities across Central Illinois. This makes available an updated radar image every two minutes.

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