Originally Posted by cybertoad1
From Larry Kenney a few posts back: In the latest monthly newsletter from the WTFDA, where station changes are noted, both KPIX and KRON are operating on STAs at half power until the antenna work is completed on Sutro Tower. Also, KGO, as most of you know, and KBCW are operating on their auxiliary antennas while their main antennas are being replaced for their new re-pack channels. So if you're having reception problems with 4, 5, 7 and/or 44, you know why. There might be other changes going on too, that I don't know about. That makes it sound like half-power is the current operating state until the permanent antennas are activated.
On a related issue, I'm glad to see that KTVU apparently abandoned their application for a permanent post-repack reduction to 750 kW from 1,000 kW.
I think there is a massive lack of information and bad quotes trying to simplify the work being done and how viewers are being affected by just about everyone. The work schedule and plans are changing rapidly due to so very many parts involved and stations wanting their work to be put at the head of the line, or cannot be done due to no qualified workers or needed parts.
I had one chance to save a copy of the Sutro Master Plan and I blew it. That was very long ago and it must have changed massively since then.
The most interesting attachments sent to the FCC I cannot see, and I did not take the time to read the San Francisco Planning Commission Approval documents. If you read the Form399 you would be amazed what the FCC is paying stations for.
Anyone trying to learn what their reception will be in the future is on a fools errand IMHO. Until after it is completed next year and additional needed changes are done. Sutro rebuild is a very complex project. Changing all three arms putting new antennas up, new feedlines, new transmitters, new AC, new power connections, removing old equipment, drilling new holes in the concrete, patching old unneeded holes, the list goes on and on.
You just stick a piece of metal up into the air and connect it to your HDTV and if you get the program you wish, great.
That's what I am doing and I do expect to miss some programs. But then I have ~ 1.5TB of programs to watch on my N.A.S. and USB 1TB drives.
Remember, OTA viewers are a VERY SMALL part of station viewers, we don't count for very much in what the stations receive. And can be expected to not be stations priority thusly.