Originally Posted by rdvegas
KHMP has Las Vegas as their city of license, but transmits from Mt Potosi. From this site the signal was to serve both the Pahrump and Las Vegas valleys. A move of their transmitter to the hills behind Henderson, at McCullogh Range, has yet to be approved by the FCC. This is the same general site as used by KLAS, KTNV, KINC, KTUD, KEGS, and KGNG.
For me to receive KHMP, I must rotate my Silver Sensor away from the McCullogh cluster and aim towards Mt Potosi.
Well, if they still broadcast from Mt. Potosi, then there can still be several reasons you couldn't pull the station in. The lobe aimed at Pahrump is only 25-30 degrees wide but seems to aim maximum strength directly at the city center. Pahrump is nearly 30 miles from Mt. Potosi, so it's possible you could have been out of range of the 7.5 kW signal. Another possibility is that KHMP is not operating in compliance with its license. Although the pattern is supposed to include Pahrump, RabbitEars shows the entire signal directed at Las Vegas (http://www.rabbitears.info/contour.p...=1331913&map=Y
). There could be other reasons. Digital TV can be a finicky beast. At certain times of day, a person I know cannot pull in certain full-power DTV stations, even though he lives less than 10 miles from the towers.
Because the station changed its community of license to Las Vegas when it went digital, it is no longer obligated to provide a signal to Pahrump.
You're incorrect about the FCC not approving the move to the McCullough Range, as Hilltop Church has held a construction permit for the move for over a year. Operation is not yet licensed from there, but they are approved to begin transmissions under automatic Program Test Authority anytime between now and 11/3/2012, when the construction permit expires.