BTW, their signal is a real powerhouse, isn't it? Keeps dropping out here in S. Garland.
Last edited by JHBrandt; 07-24-2014 at 05:30 PM. Reason: Add more info
BTW, you can find more reliable color bars at KPFW/18.4.
Breaking News: K31GL has added 31.2 back. Still a
Last edited by JHBrandt; 07-28-2014 at 04:58 PM.
I know it's not August yet (as of posting), but after seeing 23-2 show up on TitanTV, I tuned in to KUVN and KSTR, hoping the new channels will show up, but alas, not yet. (Maybe tomorrow or within the next 2 weeks?)
Either way, we antenna people need to be on the lookout for the new home of Bounce, Escape (these two on KUVN) and Grit (this one on KSTR)!
And 13 kW to 55 kW is a 6.3 dB difference. 13 to 39 is a 4.8 dB difference.
Comments are my own and not that of the FCC (my employer) or anyone else.
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The main advantage of KFWD going to 55 kW would be fewer dropouts due to interference from KCEN during tropo episodes. The extra 6-odd dB would also help folks with a poor signal (due either to being in KFWD's fringe or not having a good-enough VHF antenna) somewhat; most of us probably won't see much difference though. I don't understand Spanish well enough to watch KFWD anyway.
KFWD still has a valid CP to go to 55 kW. Not sure if/when they'll follow through with it. Bob Nelson is more "plugged in" to the goings-on at various TV stations than most of us; perhaps he's heard something?
The antenna is a Radio Shack Special that is similar in appearance to a VU-90, it is mounted at ~ 29 feet AGL. TVfool shows the antenna location as LOS. The RG-6 coaxial line is 50 feet in length.
Connection to antenna coaxial cable was through a F-81 connector, to a 4' RG-59 cable terminated in 3dB attenuator at analyzer input.
The image shows ~10 dB difference between the two channels.
Last edited by tripelo; 08-04-2014 at 11:58 AM. Reason: clarify
Here is what appears to be the official site (sorry, not too crazy about the lineup, though at least 55-4 may not be vacant anymore!):
As of typing time, the "for lease" screen is still there.
It is a Sencore SLM1456CM,
It doesn't have the capability of a laboratory analyzer, but pretty good for hobby TV use. Especially good for portable use, for example: when measuring at the top of a tower.
Here's the website: http://www.grittv.com (hopefully we'll see a schedule soon)
What about KUVN? Did they add Bounce 23-2 and Escape 23-3 yet?
A simple check with a voltmeter will show what the problem is.
Also, Ed said that he found KSTR 49-3 (future home of Grit) on his TV. I tuned in to KSTR, and I couldn't find 49-3. I rescanned my TV many times in the past few days, and still, no dice. (Both Univisions come in strong where I live.) Did the engineers turn on 49-3 for just a brief time? (And when do you think 23-2, 23-3, and 49-3 will show up? According to the Cleveland thread, WQHS already soft-opened Escape on 61-4 there.)
Speaking of rescanning, though, I can now get all six KPXD channels! (ion, qubo, etc. etc., all the way to HSN!)
Another change: K31GL now shows what the channel name is, "Retro","HOT TV." Still no program info though.
I am looking to mount the antenna in the southernmost corner of my two-story attic. All of the coax in my house terminates by my Telephone ONT on the southwest side of my house. So I am looking at going from the antenna down to the terminations and then back up into the rooms. I suspect I would need an amplifier coming off of the antenna, are there recommended splitters for the job, too? There are already shielded commercial splitters on the side of the house that were used for Dish TV a few years back.
Thanks for any help you guys can give.
Here is my tvfool entry:
Last edited by tx_gooner; 08-14-2014 at 02:18 PM.