NBC/CW Common Questions & Answers

NBC/CW Common Questions & Answers
KEYC's new sister station, KMNF-LD, is on the air, with NBC & CW programming (Source: KEYC/Gray Media)

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions and answers about our newest networks, NBC & CW, and how you can receive the signal.

How do I receive KMNF NBC & CW via an over-the-air antenna?

KMNF’s antenna is at a height of 975 feet on the KEYC tower near Lewisville, which is just below the KEYC antenna on the top of the tower. You will need a VHF antenna.

What type of an antenna do I need to get KMNF?

We have found that a roof-top antenna works best. While we can’t endorse a particular antenna, we have found that these antenna’s work just fine and are quite affordable. The closer you live to Lewisville, this antenna works best:

If you live further away, we have found this antenna works best:

There are other over-the-air tv signal’s in southern Minnesota. Those can be picked up with a UHF antenna.

How do I receive KMNF NBC & CW via cable?

Cable carriage of KMNF-LD is continuing to be added provider by provider. We encourage you to contact your provider to let them know you would like to receive KMNF’s NBC & CW programming.

How do I receive KMNF via satellite?

NBC can be found on channel 7 on DirecTV. NBC programming can be found on channel 11 on DISH Network.

I have an antenna and can’t pick up KMNF. Why not?

Your antenna might not be able to receive a VHF signal or it might not be pointed toward Lewisville. We have found that a roof-top antenna works best. While we can’t endorse a particular antenna, we have found that these antenna’s work just fine and are quite affordable. The closer you live to Lewisville, this antenna works best: https://www.newark.com/stellar-labs/30-2475/fringe-directional-antenna-vhf/dp/48Y8141 If you live further away, we have found this antenna works best: https://www.newark.com/stellar-labs/30-2476/deep-fringe-directional-antenna/dp/71Y5462?st=vhf%20antenna

I know I have a VHF antenna and it’s pointed toward Lewisville, but I still can’t receive KMNF. Why not?

KMNF broadcasts from the same tower as KEYC. KMNF is a low-power tv station. KEYC-TV transmits with 52,700 watts of power while KMNF-LD is only about 3,000 watts.

Why did my provider replace my NBC affiliate with KMNF?

Due to FCC regulation, satellite providers have to remove an imported out-of-market station because the local market defined by the FCC now has an NBC affiliate. For satellite customers, this impacts customers in Blue Earth, Brown, Martin and Watonwan counties.

Editors Note: Cable carriage of KMNF is continuing to be added provider by provider.


UPDATED — November 15, 2019:

It’s been on the air for a couple of weeks, and we can now tell you when programming will begin on our new sister stations.

Programming from NBC and the CW will start airing on KMNF Channel 7 on Sunday, Dec. 1.

The KEYC Engineering Department turned on the transmitter on Oct. 28.

If you have a VHF antenna, you’ll find the future home of the new networks on channel 7-1 and 7-2, respectively.

Stay tuned as we have more exciting things ahead on our new channel 7 in the coming months.


ORIGINAL STORY — October 28, 2019:

If you receive your TV signal over the air, a new station hit the air on Monday, October 28.

The KEYC Engineering department turned on our new NBC and CW station KMNF Monday morning to begin testing.

If you have a VHF antenna, you’ll find the future home of the new networks on channels 7–1 and 7–2 respectively.

The blue circle on this map shows the approximate coverage area of KMNF-LD, which is co-located with the KEYC-TV antenna near Lewisville.
The blue circle on this map shows the approximate coverage area of KMNF-LD, which is co-located with the KEYC-TV antenna near Lewisville. (Source: KEYC)

As of Tuesday, Oct. 29, we have had viewers with VHF antenna’s report picking KMNF’s signal up in Owatonna and Waseca.

Our local engineers and a team of contractors recently completed installing the antenna at 975 feet on our tower near Lewisville. (That’s just below the KEYC antenna that’s at the top of the tower.) The work also included 1,100 feet of feed line and a new transmitter.

Programming from NBC and CW is expected to start airing once testing is complete.

Stay tuned as we have more exciting things to come on our new Channel 7 in the coming months.

Editors note: KEYC-TV will continue to serve as a CBS and FOX affiliate.

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