I emailed Charlie Upton too to see if they're going to boost the signal power later and to see if they now have a time frame for HD. You would think they could estimate it down to the quarter or the year by now. But if you thought that, you would be wrong:
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 8:21 AM
Subject: Viewer question - digital signal
I just upgraded my antenna and am now barely able to pull in your digital signal on 13-1 at 36% signal strength. I'm on the north end of town with a pretty good look at the mountains. My question is, will KRDO increase its signal strength later when you start broadcasting HD/720p? Also, when do you think the HD signal will actually begin, based on the station's current plans? You're probably aware that the current 480i digital signal looks about the same to us HDTV owners as the regular analog signal.
I really appreciate your attention to these 2 questions. Alias and Monday Night Football would look incredible if we could get them in HD! Thanks.
From: "Charlie Upton"
Subject: RE: Viewer question - digital signal
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 08:53:08 -0700
You are correct 480i is the NTSC analog quality. The only improvment is the lack of artifacts produced by the analog transmission system. HDTV will be some time yet. It requires and upgrade of our entire system. We will probably increase power at the same time. No target date has been set yet. C Upton