Woo-hoo! I finally got a response from KXXV/KRHD. I guess the secret was emailing the chief engineer, but I didn't come across that email until last night. The answers were as expected and not all that promising for the near future.
First of all I'm sorry you had so much trouble getting a reply. But to answer your questions, any plans to broadcast digitally from our local tower in Bryan are not clear. We are considering it in the future but not in the near future. The signal strength from Moody on our digital transmitter right now is 250,000 Watts and is being broadcast from 1,739 ft. We will be increasing that signal in the future to 1,000,000 Watts as our analog demand drops. We have no plans in the immediate future to broadcast that signal in HD, however we will be upgrading to HD but don't know when.
We have tested the signal we have now in the Bryan, College Station area and have a good signal with an outside antenna pointed towards Moody. You shouldn't have any trouble picking it up but it will still be digital not HD. But you can get Telemundo 26-3 and the local Weather Channel 26-4 with that signal.
Sorry for the disappointment
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Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 9:52 AM
Subject: DTV/HDTV Status
Hey guys, I'm sorry to bother you, but I've tried to contact you guys several times through the contact form on your website as well as through the news email to no avail. I live in College Station, and I'm a viewer of KRHD. I had heard from you guys before that you have no plans for broadcasting a digital signal from a local tower, so others and I in the area are depending on an increased signal from the Moody tower in order to receive ABC in digital format. I was wondering if someone could tell me what signal strength you are at now, and when do you think you will be at full strength? Another issue others and I in the area have discussed is whether or not KXXV/KRHD will ever be broadcast in HD (720p). In the past, I heard that you guys had no plans for high definition, and that you were only interested in multicasting. Is this still true? Hopefully not - you guys are our only chance for programs like Monday Night Football, BCS bowls, and Disney movies in high definition. I would really, really, really, really appreciate if somebody could give me some feedback. Thanks again for your help