TV Technical Profile: WEDS-LD

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Channel:
26
Programming:
[29.1] Azteca America
[29.2] Infomercials
[29.3] Infomercials
[29.4] color bars
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] South of County Road 32 in Baldwin County, off Old Pierce Road.
Power (ERP):
15 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
295 feet
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Other Information:
51 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
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Owned By:
DTV America
History:
This station dates back to a construction permit for a new digital low power station in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, on channel 29.  Owned by MIK, LLC, the station struggled to get on the air and didn't file a license to cover until March of 2014.  Originally W29DS-D, the call sign changed to the present WEDS-LD in March 2013.  It originally transmitted from a site off Mayflower Road in Fort Walton Beach; a year later the company filed a Silent STA request citing that they needed to purchase permanent equipment. It's unclear if the station was really even on the air at all prior to this.

In the spring of 2015, MIK, LLC sold dozens of their stations and/or construction permits to DTV America for $156,000.  This station was part of the deal. DTV America filed a resumption of operations shortly after the license became theirs, but filed to go silent again in February 2016, citing loss of the tower site.  Later that same year, the station filed several construction permits, followed by requests to go silent, followed by resumption of operations, culminating with a resumption in August 2016 with the transmitter now located in rural Baldwin County, off US-90 near Fire Tower Road.  This facility included a highly directional antenna aimed towards both Mobile and Pensacola, and a boosted power of 6 kW.

It's unclear if this facility ever actually went on the air.  It continued to file regular silent/resumption of operation updates with the FCC up through 2018. 

After yet another update to the transmitter site and power levels, to the ones currently listed, the station was finally reported on air in early March 2020.  After a short period of nothing but color bars, it began airing Azteca America on the main channel, and infomercials on two other subchannels.