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For all you DC'ers and Baltimoreans:


from www.dcrtv.net


11/28 - Channel 20/WDCA just launched its digital service on channel 35. But if you're out in Germantown or Manassas you may not be able to receive it. We've heard that the UPN station is running a "massive" 250 watts (a typical UHF power is in the millions of watts), which, as one of our technical sources tells us, will get the signal to the "other side of Wisconsin Avenue." WDCA is now owned by Fox, which owns Channel 5/WTTG. And, we hear, Fox was facing a "use it or lose it" digital allocation deadline from the FCC to get WDCA's digital signal on the air. And, in order to meet the tight time frame, Fox needed antenna space on its Channel 5 tower on Wisconsin Avenue in northwest DC. And it worked out a deal with Clear Channel to remove WASH's transmittion gear from the tower, so it could install 20's digital equipment. That resulted in the Clear Channel soft rocker (now in XMAS mode) moving to a less optimal location (an auxiliary site via the DC101 tower in Silver Spring), causing it some signal coverage problems.....
 

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There is no place to leave feedback on the WDCA website. I did leave a question on the WTTG website asking them when the power would be increased.
 

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For those who care, this is off the FCC website. WDCA has FCC authority to operate at this low power.


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WDCA DC WASHINGTON USA (Digital)


Licensee: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.

Service Designation: DS Special Temporary Authority (STA) (digital)


Channel 35 Special Tem

File No.: BDSTA -20021115ADF Facility ID No: 51567

CDBS Application ID No.: 619226



38 ° 57' 22.00" Latitude Zone:

77 ° 4 ' 59.00" Longitude (NAD27) Frequency Offset: None

Effective Radiated Power (ERP): 1.17 kW ERP

Ant. Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT): 146.1 meters HAAT

Ant. Radiation Center Above Mean Sea Level: 214.0 meters RCAMSL

Ant. Radiation Center Above Ground Level: meters RCAGL


Not directional

Not in a Border Zone

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38 ° 57' 22.00" Latitude Zone:

77 ° 4 ' 59.00" Longitude (NAD27) Frequency Offset: None
 

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Originally posted by foxeng
For those who care, this is off the FCC website. .....
Guess we should interpret this temporary authority as meaning WDCA has no intention of broadcasting HD anytime soon?
 
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