Originally posted by nuts4scuba I emailed WKYT's station manager this morning about UPN and HD. This is
the reply I received from him:
We will be carrying UPN on digital channel 27-2 for the
immediate future. It will be some time before we will have the
capability of transmit a high definition signal for UPN programming, but
we eventually will. I know my response is vague, but it involves
compression capabilities with our bandwidth and we just do not have all
the answers and/or equipment yet. Thanks for your interest. Wayne
That's surprising they answered your e-mail. I've sent several and never got a response. I'm also surprised by their answer, but by the time I bet they have the capability, Enterprise will already be cancelled since the show doesn't seem to be doing well. Maybe they will have a killer season and come back next fall. Or at least go into syndication.
Originally posted by BenCJedi Unacceptable! I think whoever is in charge at WTVQ needs to place some responsibility on whoever throws the switch for HD.
Hay ya know if any Lexington stations want to pay me to monitor their digital transmissions for them, I'd be happy to call (long distance) everytime there's a problem like this ... otherwise I'm just going to change the channel
Originally posted by HDTVChallenged Hay ya know if any Lexington stations want to pay me to monitor their digital transmissions for them, I'd be happy to call (long distance) everytime there's a problem like this ... otherwise I'm just going to change the channel
I tried to call them, but all you get is their directory. I was getting ready to call their news tip line and give them a tip that they weren't showing LOST
in HD when they switched it.
Originally posted by William Smith We try to catch those and adjust the end switch accordingly but they sometimes slip through on us..PBS sometimes makes last minute changes..
No big deal, the incident stands out in my memory only because it was one of those proverbial statistical "rare events." Plus, as I recall, you guys were busy chasing down some other system issues at the time.
... Far different from missing a switch on the same program two weeks in a row.
Originally posted by BenCJedi I hope we won't experience the stutters HDTVChallenged is experiencing.
Not that it matters for most of you folks, but it looks like my WDKY 'problem' may be due to some wicked localized multipath after all ... specifically off of a water-tower up the road a bit ... Looks like a rare case where lower antenna height in the attic is better than free air on the roof ...
How this bodes for you 'urbanites' remains to be seen ...
If anyone is interested to see it, at link below is the "Comprehensive Technical Document" a consulting engineer for WDKY sent to FCC in Nov 2003 as an exhibit as part of their application for a CP for the digital station for the Clay's Ferry facility. This is a fairly large file(5.51 MB), and requires Acrobat Reader 6.0 (If you get "can't load font" messages/etc, just choose no+hopefully it will still display OK) ...
This will give you a little bit of an idea what sort of things are important(detailes on interference studies, coverage area contours/etc/etc) when a station applies for a Construction permit(or a modification) with FCC ... There is also a nice sketch of what the Clay's ferry tower will look like on pg 11 ... :
Originally posted by Nitewatchman If you're having multipath problems to the point of getting dropouts, I doubt your receiver's signal quality meter would behave as described above ....
Well, all I know for sure is that once I undid all my attempted "improvements" in antenna location, the signal cleaned up nicely. It maybe a coincidence, maybe not, but I doubt that WDKY would have been doing any work during primetime when I was messing around with things on my end. In any case, the new tower will probably make this a moot issue.
I have my theories on why the meter may be behaving the way it is, unfortunately there's no real way to test them
Originally posted by BenCJedi Anyone with a digi camera going by Clay's Ferry? I've love to see what the WDKY construction looks like. They gonna paint it white and blue or anything cool for UK Wildcat spirit?
After today's Alabama game that might be a hard sell.
At least it was a nice cool fall day at the stadium. Basketball season is coming.. keep repeating the mantra.
/ob on topic: When in the name of all that is holy are we going to get to see the Cats in HD -- football or basketball.
Originally posted by chuckgr If you want to catch Fox HD and are close enough to L'ville, WDRB is now broadcasting HD... ALCS last night was awesome...
Yep I know. Once they get up to their full authorized power I should be able to get them quite often based on my reception of WAVE-DT and WLKY-DT ... but, at 76mi from the tower farm, I need some serious tropo to WDRB-DT and WFTE-DT right now.
BTW: For those keeping score
As of 10/13/2004 12:22pm, the WDKY-DT outage continues ... hello! anyone home?
Originally posted by nuts4scuba Have you contacted them about the outage? I wonder if they are moving some of their equipment.
Could be moving but I find it odd that they would have started doing that on an NFL doubleheader / MLB Division Series / 3-day weekend Sunday - but you never know.
As for contacting them ... thought about it but then decided it just wasn't worth the hassle I've pretty much ignored WDKY and FOX for the better part of 3 years now other than from a pure technical curiousity standpoint, and if they want to ignore their own transmitter, who am I to stand in their way.
PS: Now that their parent company Sinclair is showing their "true stripes," I find myself even less interested WDRB will get their power up soon enough ...
Originally posted by chuckgr South of the city of Versailles behind the Woodford Hills CC...
You're about 10 miles closer than me to WDRB's tower... What type of antenna/amplifier setup do you have?
Here's a quick PhotoShop'd picture of where the WDRB tower is located, and a just under 80 mile radius circle highlighted showing Lexington to be "just-out-of-reach" for normal non tropo-enhanced signals.
But I'll give it a try anyways this evening... stay tuned...