TV Technical Profile: WDPM
- 18.1 - Daystar
- [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
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
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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.
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.