Originally Posted by teachsac
Why is KOVR suffering from this multipath issue and KMAX doesn't?
1 - Does KMAX have a better upconverted picture?
2 - Does KMAX not have microwave fades?
3 - Does KMAX stay on the air during lengthy power failures?
4 - Does KMAX have a much more reliable transmitter?
5 - Does KMAX have a functioning program guide?
6 - Does KMAX have a reliable ATSC encoder?
You guys know the answers. Do I need to repeat and repeat?
KMAX has been owned by CBS for years. The HD system was designed correctly and with sufficient (more on the way) redundancy using quality equipment.
Where are we with KOVR? I am tired of repeating and repeating but I do understand the frustration on the part of the viewers. Here is the latest.
1 - We have taken delivery of another HDSDI to ASI MPEG converter to feed our second server. This will be installed soon and rids us of the only remaining weak link in our network delay system. Right now, main and backup satellite receivers go through a single-thread MPEG converter to two servers. When installed, we will have a dedicated MPEG box for each server.
2 - Over the past two weeks, we have been testing out a microwave receiver located very high up our 2,049 foot tower and we have been logging receive levels and fade margins. Last night, when our two on-air receivers faded into oblivion, we found (by actually sending an engineer up the tower) that the test receiver did not fade, proving our theory that we need to locate a receiver at that level. We hope to have this installation done within a month. We had hoped to do this using an existing fiber optic circuit on the tower. Not going to happen. We need to run 1/2 inch hard line - 2000 feet - from the bottom to the top.
3 - Together with KXTV, we are working on backup A/C power for our HD transmitter. Hopefully, this will all come together within a couple of months.
4 - We expect delivery of a low power transmitter, to be used as a backup, in July. This will essentially be identical to the system we have had in place at KMAX for some time.
5 - Our new PSIP system for KOVR will be installed by a factory engineer on Friday of this week.
6 - We will have a replacement upconverter for KOVR soon. We have given up on the two units that were purchased years ago and have a new one on the way.
After many years on this forum, it is my intent to get KOVR up to my personal and our company's standards and then say bye bye. Been answering these questions in Sacramento and Boston since 2001, I think. I find myself checking into the AVSForum less and less because of the negative comments - but I do understand the frustration, as I said above.
I also appreciate the comments about the Giants game. We worked real hard to do what everyone here thought was impossible to get the Giant's in HD.