Originally Posted by adgreer
back to doing ota research for my parents. I picked up pbs in hd in hobbs with rabit ears. I think it is based out of Portales. I am still trying to find info on Midland hd channels and if they would reach to Hobbs?
Reception might be possible on some days with the right antenna setup. Take note. The PBS out of Portales is using low power DTV transmitters to cover their area. They are already up in Portales 1st on air (32), Roswell 2nd on air (31) and now Hobbs 3rd on air (guessing 47?) LP DTV. KENW is going with a distributed network of digital transmitters instead of one large transmitter in the center. (but that is not completely true now) Their current Ch.3 trans. is located north of Caprock and has limited coverage from its 1150ft tower. Unfortunately having a Ch. 3 allotment has not helped much. Impulse noise is only getting worse as the years go by, along with the power grid demanding 2% more each year only worsens reception on low channel V's. Back when you only had one or two channels you could pick up, 3 was great, it got out. People did not mind reception being nosy at times. But today with DVD's and satellite, people expect perfect pictures now. Or at least pictures with limited amount of noise in them, even if they are soft and low in resolution. VHS tape proved that.
It appears now, wherever KENW has setup a low power DTV that got licensed, they have applied to increase power to one megawatt and increased height. It looks like in Hobbs with one megawatt and a 1190ft tower they may reach pretty far into west Texas. (though I don't know if they have the funding to do this kind of upgrade, but it's in the FCC records) Lubbock may have a chance at getting a signal with the right antenna and on the west side. I've heard of people getting regular reception from 90 miles out in the midwest, and that's not as flat as West Texas.
Less then two years to go, it should get rather interesting when everyone is on digital and reception reports come in, along with DXing DTV from far away. Though it might be harder to know when distant signals are coming in, you won't be able to see sync bars anymore!