Originally Posted by joeblough
i was dimly aware that there was maintenance going on at sutro recently... is this still the case?
although my reception is sometimes somewhat weather dependent, the last couple of days i'm really having trouble with physical 30... however, other UHF channels also on sutro are coming in loud and clear. has KQED's antenna been moved to a temporary low-power situation?
i pretty much have line-of-sight to sutro from here on the berkeley/oakland border so sutro stations are normally pretty easy to RX... any ideas?
I cannot see myself, Larry has seen and taken pictures, one that was posted up this thread.
There are arms being taken down and arms to go up in their place.
Antennas, feed lines, transmitters, exciters, AC units and all other types of equipment arriving daily and perhaps might not meet the planned date that viewers need to rescan their HDTV sets. (5/1/2020)
Take a look at the Tower before any work was started.
The arm with KGO and KBCW has been taken down was seen by Larry.
The arm with KPIX, KRON and KTVU likely has been replaced or soon will be. (KOFY is gone of course!)
I can report that KTVU VC 2 RF 44 is so hard for me to receive that I have needed to switch to KTVU VC 2 RF 26 from Mt. Allison.
The last arm has KQED, KCNS, KFSF and KPJK (was KCSM).
Those stations may have shifted to their AUX antennas due to construction requirements.
Note, some of the arms going back up antennas can be tested but stations cannot switch to their new RF frequencies until next year.
Tune in at 3:13 AM for a two second announcement of changes.
So, it can be said with some certainly that most or all of Sutro's stations are on their AUX antennas which are shown lower on the tower.
KRON and KPIX have gotten permission from the FCC to mount and use antennas a little higher up. Some stations can use the new antennas as their RF frequency is not changing, others may also if their new RF frequency is not in use.