OK, I'll blow my cover....
I'm the Chief Engineer for Pappas TV's WTWB Ch. 20.
Here's the deal in the market....
- WFMY can not replicate their Analog Coverage with DTV. Ch.2 carries better than Ch.51.
- WGHP will file for STA, allowing them to operate at less than Full Power.
- WXII has also filed for a STA.
- WGPX has filed for an extension and STA. (The FCC recinded their DTV permit and re-issued it later.)
- WTWB has filed for extension and STA. (The FCC granted us our DTV permit on January 22, 2002. Even if we opted to build out at Full-Power, it would take almost a year to get all the materials ready. We were not going to order anything until we had permission from FCC.)
- WUNL will continue to operate at Full Power, they have recently applied to maximize their power.
- WXLV and WUPN will file for STA's. (WXLV and WUPN are located on the 2,000 foot tower that Pappas started and sold to American Tower Corp.)
- WLXI has filed for an extension and STA.
In the Race for Digital - here's the results:
#1 - WXII - 9/11 killed their BIG plans, limited air schedule
#2 - WUNL - on air 24/7
#3 - WXLV - finished in February, on air 24/7
#4 - WUPN - finished in February, but currently has problem with transmitter.
#5 - WFMY - finished in March, status unknown
#6 - WGHP - still under construction
#7 - WTWB - bidding vendors for STA
#8 - WGPX - unknown
#9 - WLXI - unknown
No station to my knowledge has converted to a digital plant, similar to what WRAL did in Raleigh last year. Most stations had planned to up-convert their NTSC signal.
In Greensboro, we are almost at the point where a digital re-build of the plant would be cheaper than maintaining our current NTSC facilities. At NAB, we looked at server technology that would replace our entire tape library cheaper than converting to a digital tape format.