TV Technical Profile: WDPM

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18.1 - Daystar
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Tower is near the intersection of Patterson Road and Ernest Patterson Roads, south of I-10 in Baldwin County.  Co-located with WSRE-DT, WPMI-DT and WMPV-DT; FM stations WXBM, WRGV and WTKX.
Power (ERP):
390 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,751 feet
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
[Facebook] Daystar main Facebook page
This construction permit is for a digital channel only; no analog companion existed for this station.  This station was reported on the air in April 2009.
WDPM broadcasts the Daystar religious network.  It was not scheduled to sign on until after the analog shutdown, as it occupied WSRE's old analog channel 23.  Because WSRE will still register as virtual channel 23 on television sets, WDPM should follow ATSC protocol and take, as a virtual channel number, WSRE's actual digital channel, 31.   Confusing, no?  To add to the confusion, after WDPM signed on, they displayed their virtual channel as 4.1, which could have caused problems for fringe viewers of Dothan's WTVY and New Orleans' WWL (both of which are virtually mapped to channel 4 already.)  The station is reported to be on virtual channel 31.1 as of January 2010.  It changed to back to 4.1 sometime thereafter, and then fell silent for a period of time.  It appeared on the air again in April 2012, then off again shortly thereafter.  As of June 2013 it is on the air, but weak, mapping to virtual channel 18.