Originally Posted by ssterling
One other thought concerning KFFX. Anyone ever look at the 36dbu contour map in the FCC database? Since URL's aren't allowed, google KFFX and the FCC database info, which leads to the contour map is in the first few hits.
I think 36dbu defines the legal service area of a station. Looking at the map, any of us west of about US 395 are outside the service area. We should be allowed to receive distant channels since we are not in their service area. Probably would take a lawyer to battle it though.
Your post prompted me to try to get up to date on the rules concerning the legalities of getting distant digital HD feeds via satellite. These rules were revised by Congress in 2004 as part of the Satellite bill ( Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 orSHVERA) .
There is a FCC downloadable .doc file that covers all the complexities of the present rules.
I found it with a Google search for the title of the FCC document which is "Television Broadcast Channels on Satellite" dated October 2006, so it is the latest info.
In 2004 the battle between the Satellite providers and the NAB local station monopoly was largely won by the NAB making it nearly impossible for most to receive the national network digital HD feeds( some were "grandfathered in". There are heavy fines if the Sat. company provides National Network channels service to a non-eligible customer. There are however some exceptions that allow viewers classified as "unserved" by local channels to get the National Sat digital feeds, discussed in the FCC document.
The new 2004 rules moved in the direction away from models to specific on site digital testing ( and the FCC document lacks a lot of specifics)
After July, 2007, on-site tests will be permitted done by a certified tester to measure the specific station's digital signal strength. If those tests show the signal to be below limits ( not stated yet), then after the certified, signed test results are properly processed the viewer can get national digital feeds. These tests can be done and paid for by the satellite company or an individual may contract with an authorized company to do them( and pay the costs!). The test involves raising a calibrated antenna 20-30 feet at the location, and measuring signal strength using certified , calibrated digital equipment at 5 locations in a grid and averaging the data. DirecTV filed a complaint that such tests will be difficult due to lack of certified people and equipment to do them.
Since several on this forum are getting KFFX with more modest antennas than the proposed "test antenna', I would guess unless a viewers site is blocked by a hill or other obstruction , this expensive test would only prove most people would NOT qualify. I am getting KFFX 8.3 at a signal strength of 85+ with a modest UHF-VHF combo at about 15 ft elevation, so am disqualified for the national Sat feeds. My hope lies in DirecTV's plan to provide "local into local" HD service which is the proper legal path, which I expect Dish to match too. Cable is another alternative to an OTA outdoor antenna.