Originally posted by Carey PI'm not going to hold my breath.
However, KUAT has been transmitting from Bigelow for some time now. How come they wouldn't qualify as a good test? Are they on a different antenna? I thought it was the same.
I'm relieved to hear that my message won't be inadvertently responsible for anyone's asphyxiation. Frankly, breathing takes priority over TV at our house too.
Regarding KUAT-DT, so I understand. I also believe that they are probably operating at low power, although I haven't confirmed that with the good folks at the station yet. The reason I suspect that is that while they have a Construction Permit for an ERP of 667 kW @ a HAAT of 1091 meters, they filed for Special Temporary Authority (STA) this past February to operate at 12.2 kW. If that proves to be the case, my chances of obtaining a useful signal from my vantage point is something less than negligible. (By the way, yes, they are on a different antenna. Why would you think otherwise?) Anyway, the only thing that would be proven in my "tests" is that I couldn't receive KUAT operating at low power. It would tell me nothing about the efficacy of one antenna configuration over another.
Note that this is a particular problem with DTV. If all that you have is a digital STB to verify reception with, you either have sufficient signal to noise to achieve at least intermittent lock or you see nothing. The fact that the STB registers no signal doesn't mean that there isn't an RF signal there, only that it isn't sufficiently robust to be recognized. With an analog signal, if there's a signal at all, you'll have something to work with. You can see if you've aimed the antenna properly and, if there are problems with reception, what they are (signal level, interference, multi-path, etc.).
Anyway, having several full-power DTV signals to access is the next best thing. Chances are, if reception is going to possible at all from my location, one or more of these signals will be recoverable with a little effort and that effort will be worth the bother.
In the meantime, I can receive KUAS-DT (28) and KWBA-DT (44), 16.5 miles and 50 miles to the south respectively, just fine with an indoor Silver Sensor.