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
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 modifed 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
The LWS network provides round-the-clock weather conditions and forecasts using live Doppler Radar. Specific weather data is collected from locations throughout Central Illinois and is exclusively provided by WAND TV. The LWS network is available via Insight Channel 17 in Decatur. Highlights of LWS include the forecasts and weather updates provided by WAND's Weather Team -- JC Fultz, Greg Trumbold and Kevin Chierek. The LWS network offers the best of WAND's weather technology including enhanced, live Doppler radar; local and national travel information; extended forecasts; and specialized area forecasting. A strong feature of LWS is its ability to deliver you accurate and immediate information on severe weather warnings and watches.
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.