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post #91 of 95 Old 06-17-2015, 09:36 PM - Thread Starter
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Talked with one of my good friends in Ottumwa recently, and he said the former OATS (Ottumwa Area Translator System) tower was cut down. The OATS tower used to sit on Monkey Mountain, but was moved in recent years to Copperhead Rd. across from Forest Lake Baptist Camp.

It appeared the 50 year old OATS tower was going to be reborn as Christian radio KQLF was going to move to it and upgrade, but the absentee landowner that bought the OATS site wanted the tower gone. Too much liability if the tower lights failed, so down it went. Apparently KQLF didn't make a binding agreement in time to take over liability for the tower. ASR number for the tower has been deleted.
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I am sure this is everyone's favorite subject. I live just outside of Bloomfield, IA. I am putting up an antenna to try and ditch Direct TV. After doing some research I purchased a Winehard HD7698p and CM7777 amplifier. There are some local stations that I get fine (some are borderline overpower with the CM7777, but the real goal is to get the Des Moines NBC station. Its about 100 miles away, Hi-VHF. While just messing around (antenna/mount is not mounted yet) I did get the Fox Des Moines station (UHF, I believe), and another UHF station out of Des Moines. What I am really looking for, is whether there is a better option, such as two seperate antennas. I know its a stretch to get stations that far, but we do live on the top of a hill with no trees in the way. The antenna will probably be about 20 feet off of the ground. I get all of the closer stations just fine. Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Did you end up having any luck? The Des Moines stations to Davis County is an awfully long distance, and definitely beyond line of sight from Alleman. I think from your approximate location, you are not far from the KUDV transmitter. Make sure the FM trap on your amplifier is turned on. The second harmonic of 106.9 MHz falls right in channel 13. If it still strong with a trap, you might need a custom filter for that frequency. The other thing I would do if I was you is see if you can get sufficient signal on WGEM-10 from Quincy. The numbers don't look good from your report, but you never know. It's too bad KYOU doesn't pick up NBC on a subchannel.

I grew south of Ottumwa on a high hill and was able to get 8, 11, and 13 directly. Picture was steady, but a little bit of noise. I don't know if the people living there today could get the digital signals.
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Northpine.com reports that SagamoreHill Broadcasting is buying the construction permit for KGLU-LD/17 (Ottumwa) from DTV America for $71,000.

Any speculation what network might light up KGLU? NBC would seem a natural, but they might want to affiliate with a station that already has a news department. KTVO is likely full up between CBS and ABC, so that leaves KYOU FOX-15 as the only other station with news in the market. And Market 200 is probably too small to support a third.

But since KYOU hasn't already taken on NBC, my guess is that KGLU will be a pass-through NBC affiliate.
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SagamoreHill just lit up a LP NBC station in Watertown, NY 2 months ago (dec 1) WNVC-LD
No news on there yet except for national news. They say by 2018 they will have a news team assembled.

They also own K09XZ which is a analog translator that is off the air right now. Its licensed to Lewiston, MO but they could easily move it towards Kirksville to give both towns an easier to get signal.
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