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KRQE files delay request. Here's the PDF file.

They anticipate completion of construction by June 1st.

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Last night I received "Drew Care" in hi-def on KOAT DT which looked good. At 8 pm they were passing through some test patterns and images, why I don't know. Hope they can pass the normal 7 pm evening programming in hi-def at 7 pm.

Sorry KRQE had to file for an extension. I feel the next two months through May 1 should give them AMPLE time for good weather to install the equipment and get it working. Are they waiting for 80s days at the top of the crest so they can do their work?
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No one's had any audio problems on 7? Hmmm.
BTW, won't be able to make the March DTV user's meeting; going to be out of town, drat. Tell Gale hi for me. JR
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I got a nice reply from KOAT about what is happening right now with their DT station and programming.

Dear Mr. Jerina:

You are right. We are still testing everything and there will be times when
test
patterns appear on your screen.

I asked the chief engineer about the times. He said our digital station,
KOAT-DT, will continue airing the programs live from ABC's Eastern Time Zone
Feed. This means the primetime programs will air at 6pm to 9pm local time.
ABCdoes not provide a separate Mountain Time Zone Feed. Tape-delaying a
digital
feed requires very expensive equipment. Without the equipment, we do not have
the capability to delay digital feeds. Our analog station, KOAT-TV, does
tape-delay the programs so people can watch primetime between 7pm and 10pm
instead of at 6pm to 9pm.

Thank you for taking the time to write to KOAT.

Sincerely,

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Now, here's what I got from KRQE on their status.

Fred, Thanks for the inquiry, We are waiting on mounting hardware for our antenna. This has been back ordered and we should see the equipment next week. We will then have to schedule a tower crew to mount the antenna on the Crest. With a little luck we should be on the air by May 1st.

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Hey what happen to KOAT-DT?

Did it got knocked off the air by nasty winds or its somthing else?

Other than that it's not much going on around here.

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I sent an email to KOAT on why they were down this weekend and also I requested that they start the HD programming at 6 pm so we get the full evening of prime-time programming (6-9 pm New York feed) and this is their response.

Dear Mr. Jerina,

You are right. The digital transmission was not available during the weekend. I
asked our chief engineer about this. He said the digital transmissions will not
be on every night because we are only in a testing phase until May 1st. Starting
May 1st, we will transmit digital signals on a full-time basis.

As for what will air at 6:00pm on our digital channel, it is my understanding we
will pass-through the Eastern Time Zone feed every night starting at 6:00pm.
This plan, like most things in television, could change. I will have better
information the closer we get to May 1st.

I apologize for this inconvenience during our transition to digital
broadcasting.

Sincerely,

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Originally posted by fjerina
I sent an email to KOAT on why they were down this weekend and also I requested that they start the HD programming at 6 pm
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KOAT can't offer the full prime time programming in HD most nights as not all ABC shows are in HD. There are some nights where there is only partial prime time programming in HD sent by ABC to affiliates.

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Anyone heard any news from KOB on when they are going to buy a decoder of their own? Can't watch their SD signal in Fatsovision (Full mode). What happened to KOAT? Getting tired of the Azelia Trail! JR
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Right now at KOB-DT they can't afford buy a new HDTV NBC's satellite feed receiver at this time, but if there's enough interest in the community then they might just well go ahead get the HDTV satelitte receiver.

As for KOAT-DT they haven't been on the air very much and I was hoping to see James Bond in HDTV.

They must be getting little lazy IMHO.....

KASA-DT just E-mailed to me saying they will try to go on the air before May 1st.

They have no plan for multicasting, but did not say anything about 480p or 1080i passthrough.

Other than that not much else going on here in lands of Chiles tasting!

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[quote]Originally posted by N5XZS
[b]Right now at KOB-DT they can't afford buy a new HDTV NBC's satellite feed receiver at this time,


Well hey, they could do what I did to get my new hdtv, make payments for a year. Holy cow, nobody said they had to cough up all the cash up front.
Just my $.02 JR
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I emailed KOAT early last week to request that they turn their transmitter on for "The Man with the Golden Gun" last night and the programming guy replied and said he would forward the request to engineering. Nothing happenned. I quess they are keeping the transmitter off to save some bucks (as before). They probably turned it on for a short time so they could report to the NAB that they were up-and-running. You guys should contact KOAT and give them HELL about them keeping their transmitter off.

KOB has no motivation in investing in a HD receiver. Since Dan Brown left KOB as head engineer they probably could care less. Dan Brown got the Olympics to be transmitted by KOB by hook or by crook. Now he is at KOAT. Wonder why he can't kick some but over there.

KRQE is probably waiting for every bit of snow to melt at the top of the Sandias and weather in the 80s before they even attempt to get their transmitter installed. I wouldn't expect them to be up before May 1, if that since they applied for a waiver.

The ONLY bright spot is my being able to catch new "Smart Travels" on KNME digital every day at 5:30 pm.
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Well, I spoke to someone at KOAT and he said they will likely keep their digital transmitter turned off until a week before May 1 in order to save MONEY. They don't want to pay for the power to run it until they really need to. Sorry guys.
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Not suprising.

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I wonder if KRQE-DT has hired tropical TV tower crews and afraid of cold snow...... Look at KOAT-DT, KOB-DT and KNME-DT was way ahead of this game in this high mountain climate and its not a big deal to them IMHO.

KRQE-DT must be a worry warts of all time!!

As for KOAT-DT it's to bad they can't smell the caffine and watch the James Bond 007 movies in HDTV.

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KRQE is probably waiting for the spring winds to start up so they can keep the tower crew on the ground a little longer. They're probably very grateful that wind season starts before snow season ends.

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With around 60% of the stations across the country having applied for waivers because they can't meet the May 1 deadline, our local stations probably don't feel that compelled in being up and running by May 1.
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This is the response I got from KOAT on why they don't have their digital transmitter turned on. Seems like a different answer from the guy in engineering that I spoke to the other day.

Dear Mr. Jerina:

I asked our chief engineer about this. He said we are waiting for an STA from
the FCC. This is our station's authorization. As soon as we get this, we plan to
offer digital transmissions on the nights ABC sends digital transmissions. Until
now, the nights we had the equipment on were just for testing purposes only.

Thank you for taking the time to write to KOAT and for your patience during our
transition to digital broadcasting.

Sincerely,

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This is really getting ridiculous. If you read the "excuses" from KRQE in their request for delay and in the note to Fred, you will see that there is much inconsistency. So much for the NCAA and the Masters.

I can't even watch KNME now. My Zenith receiver will not maintain a signal since they went back to mapping at 5-1. I had no problem at 35-1 or 35-3. Jim Gale thinks it might be a design flaw (they too have a Zenith acting this way) but I believe it has something to do with the PBS signal. Why do the other channels work fine for me? And why did KNME work fine at 35-1 or 35-3?
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I don't suppose there's any chance KRQE will surprise us this weekend with the final 4? Any news on this front?

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I wouldn't hold you breath. I have been doing a scan on the digital stations every couple of days and NOTHING except for KNME and KOB. KOAT is off the air. KRQE is sure having nice weather lately atop the Sandias. But they have to schedule a tower crew do mount their antennae so who knows.
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I just got this from KRQE about their DT status. Hope all goes well for them in the coming month.

Fred, We have the transmitter installed and have completed testing. We are waiting on a tower crew to install the antenna. They are scheduled to arrive the middle of this month. If everything goes on schedule we should be operational in May.

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[quote]Originally posted by fjerina
[b]I just got this from KRQE about their DT status. Hope all goes well for them in the coming month.

Fred, how about asking them to hang a temporary ant. on top of their bldg. and transmitting low power? Isn't that what Ch4 did for the Olympics? It worked fine. JR
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Originally posted by jmcferrin
I don't suppose there's any chance KRQE will surprise us this weekend with the final 4? Any news on this front?

John

John,

I'll record tonight's game on D-VHS and make it available to anyone who wants it...Of course you need a D-VHS playback system

Regards, Peter
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Peter:
You must be recording from a CA station. As far as I know there's no way to get any CBS HD in ABQ at this time. BTW, I've been reading about the D-VHS system(Wide Screen Review has quite a write up). It sounds pretty cool. However, I am not planning on getting one at this point.
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Hi guys!!

Boy it's been a weard morning since my dumb local "QWEST" phone company caused my AOL to drop out at the same time I am typing for this tread at around 7 AM MST!!

Anyways nice to hear that KRQE-DT might get on the air by mid April at the most!


This will be my second try if this dumb local phone company do not bothered me at this time!

As you know 30 days till the digital TV deadline on the May the 1st!!

So who's will make it or not the deadline!!

Here's the listing.......

KOAT-DT will be on the air at least an week before May 1st....

KRQE-DT at least mid April as reported on this tread... "Good work Gentalmen!! "

KASA-DT is the great mystery digital TV station at this time.....

KCHF-DT IMHO, This station is so broke that I think it might better be sold off because their progarming sucks and they put their analog TV transmitter in the very poor location. "Just south of Los Alamos"

KNAT-DT Unknown at this time......

KAZQ-DT Since it is a non comm, they don't have to go on the air till May 2003 unless they want to go on the air early....

KASY-DT and KWBQ-DT will be on the air later till at least mid June of this year....

KLUZ-DT it may go on the air sometime in May or June at this time.....

KAPX-TV has no new digital channel allocated by the FCC at this time....

So that's the news!!!

Party on dudes!!

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The KCHF transmitter site is close to the same height above sea level as the Crest, however from this location they run full power which is much more than the stations on the Crest are permitted. This is the same location where Ch 2 was located and where Ch 9 will be located. I was last there in 84 to install KCHF's new transmitter. Another consideration for this location is that Ch 11 is allocated to Santa Fe.
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Hello Larryv,

Well I think it's still a bad location and besides KWBQ-TV "WB" channel 19 and KASA "FOX" channel 2 is also belong to Santa Fe and it's on the Sandia Crest.

As for KNMD-DT channel 9 Jim Gail "Chief Engineering" of KNME told me they will change the CP to digital and it will be on the Sandia Crest and may go on the air sometime in 2003 or 4!

Most people point their outdoor antenna to Sandia Crest Mountain resulting a very poor reception on channel 11 and very lousy TV programings. "Home Shopping and Church programings"

I would not be suprised if this station get sold off, and move the transmitter to Sandia Crest and we badly need a pure indy, that would broadcast lots of sports,news and movies for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas.

It's nice to know that you built this TV tower!



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Originally posted by N5XZS

Most people point their outdoor antenna to Sandia Crest Mountain resulting a very poor reception on channel 11 and very lousy TV programings. "Home Shopping and Church programings"

KCHF's problem is more like there is a mountain in the way. In the heights, the station is unreceivable since the Sandias are in the way. I could point my rooftop antenna anywhere and not get them. When I get to uptown or towards the river, I can see the Jemez and can get Ch 11 on a TV.

The only way I see KCHF is from their satellite feeder since I'm in the heights. No big loss, though as I am not into televangelists.

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Little news update......

KASA-DT has filed for a minor CP perment to downgrade the TX power 1'000 KW to 390 KW of ERP.

The tower height will also be reduced as well too 1'313 meters to 1'278 meters.

Oh well, it's would been an interesting TV DX reception report if KASA-DT has gone on to full 1 MW of ERP, but still at 390 KW of ERP it stilll the most powerfull digital TV station in New Mexico!

Not much else is going on, so hang lose!!

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