Originally Posted by Trip in VA
Thanks. Glad to have it.
I've watched six phases go by now, and I'm pretty sure that almost none of the "going to have the antenna replaced on this specific day" predictions have come true.
ROFLMAO, because some of the recent "Transition Plan Progress reports" have been quite entertaining and I became skeptical of what many of them said months ago -- particularly the ones filed which say "Yes" to "Does the Station anticipate that all tower work, including antenna installation, will be completed in time to meet its construction deadline?", but "No" to it actually being done with the filing coming a little over a week before today.
.... THEN a few days ago(I think one was not filed until the 16th) come several apps for CP extension and STA filings for interim facilities .... And yet, the relatively Low power(in comparision to the blow torch first adjacent channel stations near them - not necessarily exactly co-located but almost) "interim" antenna for the STAs in some cases with the crazy nulls are on the towers already ... I suppose that's not as much of a stretch when the antenna is broadband(maybe an aux antenna/etc, better it's there than not - how is it that it just so happens WDTN doesn't seem to have something like that and in one filing said things about maybe having to go dark if they couldn't stay on 50/etc), but still ......... and, without mentioning anyone "specifically" of course
Certainly, the repack is a lot to get done in a short amount of time(and it's not like stations asked for it either afaik
) especially when you consider bad weather and tower crew availability, but still, 10 days ahead of end of the phase# and quite a number of stations(at least the "front office part" of them) all "think" the tower crew will get to them and get it done .... LOL ...
To be honest, here, KET(WCVN, didn't look at the others) was the only one I was absolutely sure some time ago was ready from the filings ....
Anyway, WSTR's STA really doing well here, have a feeling WKEF's(and presumably WRGT as they appear to be on the same antenna from the filings) isn't doing too well here because of the null my way and the 1st adjacent channel blow torches that aren't quite exactly co-located(only "almost") .... the Amplification on my end probably has something to do with it too, I haven't done the calculations(edit: as the STA's aren't showing as granted yet so not yet showing up in rabbitears search map predictions) but I don't think the null in their DA towards me is so great that it would be too many 10's of db difference from the blow torch 1st adjacents, and for example I could decode WLWD-LD with their bigger null with only a few watts squirted(edit:well 18watts @12.9 miles not LOS to be exact) my way (as long as wbqc-ld and previously WOTH-CD were off air when I tried it) ....
Edit: OK, I did the calculations(should have done that before talking about it!) -- IF the actual facilities match the STA(and the antenna height looks very good), For my receive location, WKEF/WRGT should only be about 13-14db or so down from 1st adjacent channel WPTD, and WKEF 21db below N-1 WHIO - neither of which should be an issue at all, but of course in the real world a lot of things can happen, and Dayton signals have always been a little weird here(multipath on analog on certian channels under certian circumstances, signal levels lower than you'd expect/dead spots/etc) ... Then there's the possibility of something odd going on on their end, and I'd assume they weren't able to do much testing on 34+36 prior to today ... :end edit
I'm not climbing the tower and taking off the preamp though to find out if it's better without it, as If I actually ever need to(can't imagine why that would be, really) before they get off their STA I can decode WKEF mostly solidly and will wait and see what happens with WDYC situation regarding WRGT
You might like the Live Bandscan for DXing. It was hugely helpful to me in determining who had moved and when. And it does send PSIP data, at least, back to the server.
Yep, its excellent --- was looking at it last night ... on the dx'ing here, it's pretty much on the back burner with a lot of other things for doing it casually when I can, still fun though ...