Originally posted by astorvick
I guess maybe you could try using a coaxial cable instead of the optical, or it
could be KXLT's feed I guess.
I live in Waseca and I tried getting 47, but it breaks-up easily. However
KTTC, KMSQ and KEYC were rock solid. I don't understand why. For me it
shows that the Fox tower is closer than KTTC's. Do you know where their
tower is located?
If my TV had coaxial audio out, I suppose I could. It doesn't. I'm highly suspicious that the macrovision the KXLT is using (or whatever it is) is impacting both their picture and sound quality. It makes it impossible for me to record (see posts above) but there is a certain wavyness to the video, and the audio glitches I heard last night were consistent with it as well. Macrovision is a known video and audio mangler, and I can't begin to imagine why they'd use it on their HD feed, as the "copy-protection" bit is available and has no impact on video or audio quality.
KTTC-DT is running at high power. That gives them a coverage area that includes Waseca.
KSMQ-DT is running at about 34.2kw, which doesn't reach Waseca. However, their low channel number (20) is low enough that most antennas should pick up something via scatter.
KXLT-DT is running at 55.3kw, and that's directionally biased such that you're only getting 70% of that, or about 35kw. Combined with a high channel number (46) and you've got potential for problems. Your antenna would have to be aimed very precisely to get a solid signal, and even that might not be enough, depending on the type of antenna you have and it's elevation.
You can get all sorts of information here (including transmitter location):http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/tvq.html
Here's a map of KXLT-DT's current coverage area:http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-serv...=DS615281.html
Here's a map of their full-power coverage area:http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-serv...=DT418759.html
KSMQ-DT and KXLT-DT share the same tower.