Originally Posted by rdvegas
Other than the occasional power outtage or mechanical failure, the station and network is 24/7. K08OU Seattle may not carry the full 3ABN roster of channels but the network feeds three English language video sub-channels.and one Hispanic religious sub-channel. In addition, they have two English language audio sub-channels and one Hispanic audio sub-channel. I check their sister station K43FO in Las Vegas (my area) and find only a few non religious priograms. Some children's E/I programming and a couple of cooking shows. The bulk of the schedule on each video sub-channel is religious talk/teaching/preaching. Programming on the audio sub-channels isn't all that different. Lots of religion, but also some music that makes it worth an occasional listen, IMO.
I have never been able to receive a picture on K08OU in Renton. Recently, I haven't even seen a "blip" of power on K08OU. Is their power output extremely low?
I know they are on high-VHF RF8, but with an older (U.S.-made) Channel Master 4221 placed indoors, I have obtained rather good reception on RF9 (KCTS) and RF11 (KSTW), and 100% signal strength on RF13 (KCPQ). I've used the internal tuner of my 7-year-old Samsung HD set as well as both a Channel Master CM-7000 and a Zenith DTT-900 - both of which run rings around the Samsung TV's earlier-generation ATSC tuner.
Interestingly, the CM 4221 placed indoors works quite well but is rather directional. Using the CM-7000 CECB, I can obtain 100% signal strength on KOMO/38, KING/48, KIRO/35, KONG/16, KTBW/14, KZJO/25, the Spanish station on RF24, and KUNS/50. If I move the position of the 4221, I can get close to 100% signal on KCPQ's repeater/22, KBTC/27, KWBF/42 and KWPX/33. If I move it around, I can get reasonably strong reception on RF 44 and RF 46, and occasionally a few minutes of picture from KVOS/35.
One curiosity: On the Zenith DTT-900, we've noted weak signal for RF51 (KIRO's Issaquah repeater which TV Fool claims is LOS for my location) but I've never gotten enough strength to actually pick up a picture on KIRO/51, nor have I never received enough signal to get a picture from KBTC's repeater on RF16.
My job in the next few days is getting a tripod and a joiner and installing two antennas on the roof: the RCA ANT751 tilted towards the northwest (KIRO, KING, KONG, KIRO, KCTS, KSTW, KCPQ, KTBW, KCPQ/22, KZJO etc) while the CM4221 is pointed almost straight north to pick up KVOS on Mt. Constitution, and probably KWPX on Tiger.
Given what I read a couple of messages back, I understand that unless we install a very sophisticated antenna and mast system, we may not obtain 100% continuous reception on KVOS particularly with tall trees in our vicinity which could mess up KVOS reception when we have windy or stormy conditions.