Once the new antenna is on the tower, and all the transmission line is connected back up, Dielectric will visit to sweep the system. We will look at the combiner, transmission line, splitter, and antenna. That will take one full day. Adjustments to the combiner and or splitter will more than likely fall into day two. Once Dielectric gives the OK on the system, channel 7 analog will go back on the air.
Now, on the DTV side of the house. I will need to take the DTV transmitter off-line for one to two days. I need to un-do the modifications we did to this transmitter to get it to run at a low power level, then raise the power, re-sweep, and do another proof of the transmitter. Once that is finished, put it back on the air.
The tough part is juggling the schedules of two field engineers who have other stations to put on the air, each station is working with tower crews, and weather delays so things are stacking up. It is very possible the antenna will be on the tower for a while ready to go, before we go back on it due to the scheduling of the field engineers. I was hopeful to have the field engineers here next week, but that fell apart due to the holiday coming up this week. It now looks like those engineers will be here the week of July 14th, so I will go back on sometime during that week.
As for being 1st running 24/7, WOWT has that record, KMTV has the 1st at the highest DTV power level in the market. The only thing I can claim to is the DTV antenna will be the highest in the market, and top mounted. As for the broadcast day for DTV, I am thinking I will move to 9am - 12 midnight 7 days a week once the project is finished.
As for power, I will not be at full power once the new antenna is operational, I will be at 50% or 350 Kw ERP, in my mind, full power is what my DTV facility is licensed for, that being 700kw ERP. I need one more amplifier cabinet to get to full power.
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