Hi, deno. I'm down here in Starkville. I don't get over to this forum very often, but now that I now there's at least one other N. MS member here, I'll check in more often.
Currently the only OTA HD I can get is WCBI-DT in Columbus. I'm using an old TERK TV-50 multidirectional antenna, and I've tried a few other multidirectionals with little success. I'm on the verge of putting up a big, directional Channel Master 3671, their deepest fringe antenna, in hopes of getting at least WLOV-DT and WMAB-DT. I hadn't thought about Memphis, but that would probably be a long shot from Starkville.
I exchanged emails with the WLOV chief engineer last week and he said that they "will be moving to high def very soon". Hopefully this bodes well for WKDH when they begin digital transmission. The engineer also said that WLOV-DT is still transmitting on low power, but I should be able to receive the signal in Starkville with "a good outdoor antenna". Hence my consideration of the Channel Master.
As for WTVA's situation, I received an email from their president a few months ago confirming a channel assignment conflict with MS ETV. Here's an excerpt from his email:
"Initially we were assigned Channel 8. In later FCC proceedings were were assigned channel 55 which is outside the band of frequencies which will be used in the future. Althought Miss. ETV station in Boonville applied for Channel 8 along with us, and they have built on Channel 57, they have refused to withdraw their petition for Channel 8. We are awaiting the Commission's decision which no one knows when will happen."
I hope this doesn't drag on too long, and I hope WTVA isn't using it as a convenient excuse for not firing up their digital transmitter.