So to get the best reception move to ... and put up a tall tower. Or put a repeater higher up at the crest.
There was a story in the newspaper decades ago about a community along U.S. 395 over the top of the Sierras and down the East side that had KNTV as their "local" station. (Loma Prieta)
My brain misfired and I started looking for a gap that the signal could be getting through and could not find it.
Richard Swank, a Station engineer for KNTV replied:
Yes, during the analog television days KNTV was on a number of Sierra cable and home owner association systems. Since KNTV on Loma was at 3800' it was more or less a direct shot. Saying that KNTV was a local station is quite a stretch. A local station is one that broadcast within a DMA market which is defined by counties. The counties of the Sierra mountains are not part of either the SF DMA or the Monterey-Salinas DMA which are the two DMAs that KNTV has been a part of for the last 30 years I've worked at KNTV.
Actually most of the Sierra counties are probably not part of any DMA so any local television station they can receive is considered to be a local?
From: HDTV-in-SFbay@yahoogroups.com [mailto:HDTV-in-SFbay@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Stephen H. Fischer Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 5:48 AM
Subject: [HDTV-in-SFbay] KNTV local station for community on eastern slope of Sierra Nevada Mountains
As this group is so huge perhaps someone can help me remember a piece on KNTV or an article in the Mercury News about a small community on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that had as it's local TV station KNTV in San Jose with the analog transmitter on Loma Prieta.
This was of course two or more decades ago in the ancient analog age.
I did lots of exploring the eastern Sierra back then and I think the small number of houses were just off U.S. 395 perhaps near Topaz Lake.
I know this sounds impossible with the Sierras in the way but that it made the news is firmly fixed in my mind.
Thinking about TV DXing brought this old question up now that I have great mapping software.
The newspaper article said nothing about a repeater. What DMA are you in?