Originally Posted by Ast Chf
The blue logo was a leftover from a firmware upgrade. I blasted it at 7:15ish.
Fox didnt have ANY HD programming tonight so stretch OOO vision was automatic on their part unfortunatly. Our local up-converted video looks excelent with the new Evertz up-converters compared to others we've demo'd. I'm looking forward to seeing the HD games on Sunday.
Dekalb can get us now from any 20 foot+ agl elevation for the most part. Our signal kicks to the SE. I was there and east to Cortland with our live truck doing field strength measurments and only had 10-15 feet of mast in the air in the south lot of the new arena and over by Annnie Glidden/38. We were received in Kingston/ Malta/Kirkland at ground level. Obviously the bad areas in the west and north will improve greatly once we go high power in a couple months.
Quad shield is awsome. Basicly anything rated at 70%+ shielding will do for the avarage household length. Quad is 90+. Obviously stay away from ordinary RG-59. Most of that is 40-60%. You'll lose 70% of your UHF signal before it gets anywhere near your Rx. Good cable is essencial when it comes to anything digital. Use good F connectors also and make sure there's no braid sticking out the rear of them.
OK. Weird, it looked like you were showing HD stuff because I was getting more on the screen than analog. Must be my TV. Any chance you could kill the stretch during non-HD programs? You obviously lose quality when you do that. WTVO looks good with 4:3. When it was stretched...ugh. After you get some sleep and a few days off for your hard work, can you make it so?
As for your quad shielded comments, "standing O" again! Be safe rather than sorry. RG-59 loss is bru-tal, as you note. I would go even further and say excellent cable is needed for anything digital. I am QS RG-6 from antenna to TV,
including all of my "jumpers". And of course, the #1 reception problem is
typically bad connections/poor connectors.
Your station group in Rockford is in the best position by far for market penetration.
WREX is good but is on 54, difficult for some antennas to handle. I wish they could have gone 1 mil watts, but that's an electric bill they decided they couldn't handle; can't blame them there. WIFR gets killed by WOCH-CA 41 in Chicago to the east and southeast, and at 53 kw, doesn't have the punch to go west very well into the
hills and the valleys from the Rock River in Ogle county to the west side of Freeport and west. I hope that changes after analog bye-bye. WTVO is in a great channel position for most antennas to handle very well, and gets little interference except from South Bend on tropo nights...but your 190 kw stomps on that in your ADI. One million watters on 42...
speaks for itself. I just wish you had that at 2,000' AGL. Would be nice to see
you in Chicago.
And if HVS keeps giving you hassle, don't worry. We know where he works!
P.S. Any chance you could use 2 mb of that leftover 19.3 mb pie to add your
17 StormTracker to 39.2? This is the only market in the region that I know of that doesn't have a weather subchannel on any full-power station.