St Louis Tower Maps
For anyone doing the initial install of an OTA antenna, or anyone looking to fine-tune the positioning of their existing antenna, the attached ZIP files at the end of this message contain maps showing the tower location for each digital station in St. Louis. Pick the ZIP file(s) most appropriate to your location, using downtown St. Louis as your reference point.
Note that there are three digital television towers that are clustered closely together -- KDNL, KPLR and KSDK (going from north to south). The limitations of the mapping software I used prevented me from making the labels visible for all three of these towers. However, there are flags indicating each of these towers, and all other towers and labels should be readable.
If you have any questions on the tower maps, feel free to send me a private message...Your Right to Erect an Antenna and/or Satellite Dish
As more and more consumers purchase high-definition displays, there's increasing interest in arranging for receipt of HD programming via an over-the-air antenna or through a satellite dish.
Unfortunately with the proliferation of cable television in the 1980s and 1990s, many communities, property developers and homeowner/condo owner associations tried to undo the visual blight of antennas (and later, satellite dishes) from their local skylines. While these laws, rules or convenants were well-intended -- after all, it would be difficult to argue for the cosmetic benefits of a yagi antenna -- these actions are not legally enforceable.
The FCC has ruled -- with only a few very narrow exceptions -- that you have the right to receive over-the-air television and radio broadcasts and as a result you have a right to erect an antenna to receive these signals. This ruling also encompasses the erection of small satellite dishes.
Even if you have previously signed a lease or homeower association convenant that requires you to forego the right to erect an antenna or satellite dishes, the FCC has ruled that these types of provisions are unenforceable.
In general, there are only a few notable exceptions to this rule:
* First, the location of the antenna or dish must be an "exclusive use" area. As a homeowner or condominium owner, this would mean any part of the property over which you have control. For renters, this would also apply to balconies or patios that are intended solely for your use. The sort of rental property area that would not be covered would be general use areas, such as common passageways or rooftop areas that are clearly intended for the shared use of all residents.
* Second, the antenna or dish cannot be erected in areas that would create a legitimate safety issue, for example one that is dangling off a balcony or placed too close to electrical wiring.
* Third, there may be restrictions if you are located in a designated historical (or prehistorical) district, in which case a permit may be required.
The other major limitation is that these devices cannot exceed 1 meter (39.37 inches) in diameter.
The burden of proof in contesting your right to mount a dish and/or antenna rests with the landlord, homeowner association, city council, etc. Strictly speaking, you do not need to seek prior permission or provide prior notice, so long as the device is to be situated in an area under your control and there is no obvious safety issue.
However, before taking on the expense and effort of such an installation, you should read and review in its entirety the following summary of the FCC ruling on consumer rights to mount over-the-air devices:http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html
Also, the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association recently launched an initiative to help installers and satellite TV viewers protect their right to install satellite dishes. The SBCA online forum allows individuals to submit to the association any problems from governmental and non-governmental entities (such as homeowner's associations) concerning their right to install outdoor reception equipment.
The SBCA form can be accessed at: http://www.sbca.com/otard/default.htmFeedback to St. Louis Stations
Is there something that you're unhappy about concerning the digital broadcasts by local St. Louis stations?
Weird-looking presentation of standard-definition programming? Multiple channel bugs cluttering up those beautiful images? Somebody at the station forgot to "flip the switch" before or during the middle of your favorite HD program?
Or better yet, maybe you'd just like to send your thanks and encouragement to your favorite local station for the effort they've made so far in providing us with more and better HD programming. The cost and effort in providing digital and HD programming is significant, and it's important for the station owners and management to know that we're watching.
Well, here's the place where you can find the online addresses where you can send your comments and feedback.KTVI Channel 2 contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Rockwell (tech contact)
(314) 644-7425KMOV Channel 4 contact:email@example.comWNichol@kmov.comKSDK Channel 5 contact:
Dave Hummert (chief engineer)firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Beall (station manager)email@example.comKETC Channel 9 contact:firstname.lastname@example.orgKPLR Channel 11 contact:email@example.com@wb11tv.comKDNL Channel 30 contact:firstname.lastname@example.orgWRBU Channel 46 contact:
[no email available & no website]Fox Sports Midwest:email@example.comFeedback to Charter Communications
Senior Vice President, Customer Operations
12405 Powerscourt Drive
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: (314) 965-0555
Stl TV Towers - MO Views.zip 420.97265625k . file
Stl TV Towers - IL Views.zip 425.0537109375k . file
Stl TV Towers - Two-State View.zip 268.2890625k . file