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post #5251 of 5270 Old 07-24-2014, 10:30 AM
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Just a quick note:

I'm retiring from KET effective August 1st, 2014 due to family health issues.

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Just a quick note:

I'm retiring from KET effective August 1st, 2014 due to family health issues.

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Sorry to hear that, on both accounts. I think it's safe to say that KET, particularly in it's digital incarnation, wouldn't exist if not for your blood, sweat and tears (and probably more than a few muttered "curses." ) .... this is where I'm not sure what else to say ... except thank you and best wishes for your family ...
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I'm retiring from KET effective August 1st, 2014 due to family health issues.

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Wish you the best on your retirement... Hope all is okay with your family.
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Why not make a listing in 1st post of all channels Available in this and all other dma's OTA ?
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GRIT TV coming soon to 56.3
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WBKI (RF Channel 19) Signal Strength

Does anyone know if WBKI (RF 19) has made changes to antenna or transmitter in last several months?

Haven't read of any official FCC changes, and RabbitEars usually keeps informed of such.

The reason for the inquiry is that WBKI-19 has for a few years been easily received in Russell County, KY (41 miles to southeast) . For the past several months signal strength has dropped very signifcantly. Looking back at past 2-3 years of recorded signal measurements & spectrums, they show the signal was several dB stronger than currently at this particular location. Measurements made at a neighbor's antenna, more than a quarter mile away*, indicate similar results.

WBKI-19 present signal could be considered relatively strong, compared to most other distant stations (say Lexington ~ 70 miles away), but it can no longer be casually received, such as in an antenna sidelobe.

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* A signal obstruction is a possibility. The neighbor's location, relative to this particular location, is almost perpendicular to the signal path from WBKI-19. An obstruction near either receiving location would have to be very wide to affect both locations. And, if close to WBKI, must surely be a fairly tall obstruction.

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Posted this inquiry in the Louisville thread, 5 days earlier, so far no response.
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Does anyone know if WBKI (RF 19) has made changes to antenna or transmitter in last several months?

Posted this inquiry in the Louisville thread, 5 days earlier, so far no response.
Saw it. I haven't had a chance to investigate. I wouldn't be surprised if they had encountered some weather damage ... I suspect most folks in Louisville/Jefferson Co. proper are relying on the Ch58(RF51) sub-channel.
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... I wouldn't be surprised if they had encountered some weather damage ...
Interesting. Thanks for your reply.

Because I'm in KY only a few times per year, cannot be sure when the signal decreased. The signal was definitely weak in June this year (2014), and in first couple weeks of this month (October, 2014).

In the past, because WBKI-19 had been comparatively strong, little attention was given it's actual signal strength.

I used to casually think of WBKI-19 and WBXX-20 as having about the same signal strength into Russell County. Even though WBXX-20 is ~75 miles distant vs ~40 miles for WBKI-19. Interestingly TVfool shows signal levels:

WBKI-19 : -61 dBm
WBXX-20: -77 dBm

Both paths are 1-Edge, mostly over hills & forest, antenna height 53 feet AGL.

So, TVfool shows about a 16 dB advantage to WBKI-19.

About a week ago, measured received power of WBKI-19 was lower than WBXX-20.

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...I suspect most folks in Louisville/Jefferson Co. proper are relying on the Ch58(RF51) sub-channel.
Yes, probably so.

Wonder if that means WBKI-19 gets less attention from management/technical these days?
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Interesting. Thanks for your reply.

Because I'm in KY only a few times per year, cannot be sure when the signal decreased. The signal was definitely weak in June this year (2014), and in first couple weeks of this month (October, 2014).
I'm pretty sure there's been at least one (if not more) rounds of severe t-storms that pretty much had Raywick in the bull's-eye this summer/early fall.

Terrain (plus weather,) could very well be a factor too.

Since WKYT bumped 27.2(CW) up to 720p(ish,) I haven't been paying attention to WBKI as much ... The TiVo is much easier to schedule without having to worry about switching antennas.
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Follow up: I checked WBKI RF19 yesterday afternoon, and the signal strength was consistent with what I recall in the past. No problem with pulling it in on a side-lobe of my original recipe CM4228. I didn't have time to rotate the antenna around to on axis before the evening's recordings kicked off. (The rotor has a tendency to shred all RF signals when it is turning.)

Anyway, what ever is or was going on doesn't appear to be currently impacting the signal at my location (~43ish miles east-ish of the tower.)

... FWIW ...
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... WBKI RF19 yesterday afternoon, ... consistent with what I recall ... pulling it in on a side-lobe of my original recipe CM4228...

...my location (~43ish miles east-ish of the tower.)...
Thanks for the data point.

As I recall the original 4228 had fairly low sidelobes, so your experience would be consistent with my past observations.

And, your distance to WBKI is similar to the distance from WBKI to Russell County. Of course the paths are somewhat different.

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Anyway, what ever is or was going on doesn't appear to be currently impacting the signal ...
Thanks.

Next time, if the signal is weak at my location, will make some mods to receiving system to compensate and still allow sidelobe reception. Rotating antennas is not a usual thing here either. Might be trickier to help my neighbors system.
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WDKY has now added 56.3 Grit TV.

Also no WLEX on DirecTV.
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Yep, 56.3 is new and carries Grit TV, all westerns. Wish WDKY would fix 56.2 broadcast of Get-TV....signal has has been compressed for months. Except the basketball games. WDKY will not reply, I have been in contact with TECH from GET-TV they are looking into it.
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Also no WLEX on DirecTV.
The funny thing about that was they started their "evil D*" crawl the same night the OTA signal went down for at least 3.5 hours in primetime. Oh well, hopefully "Parks and Rec." will fit into the TiVo schedule ...
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The funny thing about that was they started their "evil D*" crawl the same night the OTA signal went down for at least 3.5 hours in primetime. Oh well, hopefully "Parks and Rec." will fit into the TiVo schedule ...
And the irony is DirecTV customers (along with Time Warner customers) still got a signal that night.
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And the irony is DirecTV customers (along with Time Warner customers) still got a signal that night.
True ... that was the first time I've used the D* feed in quite a while, probably since "Parks and Rec" finished up last season. (I try to keep the OTA stuff off of the D* DVR as much as possible.)
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It looks like WLEX and DirecTV have made up. Feed is back up as of 1/12.
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FWIW: It looks like DirecTV may be moving the remaining SD Locals over to the Ka spotbeam. Perhaps will finally get the "HD" version of CW? ....
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FWIW: It looks like DirecTV may be moving the remaining SD Locals over to the Ka spotbeam. Perhaps will finally get the "HD" version of CW? ....
what they are doing is moving the locals that are on 119 over to the KA slots so installers dont need to install a SL5 LNB so you can get 1 or 2 stations in SD. They have been doing this for a couple months now.
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