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Treating analog TV transmitters like sickly inmates on death row. Keep ‘em alive… For now…

24 January, 2008 (18:00) | Analog Transition, TV |

All across the nation there are TV stations headed toward the analog shutdown mandated by congress on February 17th, 2009. At which point, only the station’s high power digital transmitter will be authorized to stay on the air along with the Class ‘A’ and low-power TV stations and their low-power translators (for the moment). So, […]

Ah, the smell of something free…

3 January, 2008 (23:03) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, TV | 1 comment

It’s a new year and as of the first of the year every Sally-Shopper and Johnny-Bag-O-Donuts is eligible for their two free coupons good for $40 towards the purchase of a set-top DTV converter box. Too bad it’s $30 short of the retail price of the box when it becomes available in mid February… Although […]

DTV Transition

14 November, 2007 (09:47) | Analog Transition, DTV, HDTV, rant |

For the old…. err.. “seasoned” television viewer that doesn’t understand what a “Tivo” is and still tunes in to re-runs of Matlock (after adding more tin foil to the rabbit ears), a few items just popped up on my radar I thought I would forward to everyone. First is a website discussing the digital transition […]

NAB 2007 REVIEW

24 April, 2007 (14:14) | HDTV, NAB |

For several years I have been attending the NAB convention and this year I was asked to craft a report for my current employer: ION Media Networks. >General Observations: The last few years I have noticed a progressive thinning of broadcast television specific technology and a steady shift toward digital media primarily focusing on its […]

HDTV and Me (and my soapbox)…

1 October, 2004 (10:26) | DTV, HDTV, rant | 1 comment

I am a fond proponent and avid ‘flag waver’ of local broadcasting and free HDTV and I would be happy to answer questions on the subject for anyone to the best of my ability. It is fun to show friends and neighbors what HDTV looks and sounds like when I invite them into my home […]

KHOG RF Combiner

1 September, 2002 (17:00) | DTV, HDTV, Projects |

Since a new tower had been erected in 1997 with HDTV in mind, it already featured a broadband RFS panel antenna used to broadcast the analog channel 29 and was capable of accommodating the future DTV channel on UHF 15. The trick after expanding the building and installing the HDTV transmitter was to combine the […]

HDTV Transmitter Installation

1 September, 2002 (17:00) | DTV, HDTV, Projects |

For this facility (KHOG) the gain of the antenna was considerable so that only about 10kW TPO would be needed to meet the maximized ERP level, so the choice of a solid-state Diamond transmitter from Harris was made. The benefits of this choice were that the multiple modules and power supplies allowed for considerable redundancy […]

HDTV Encoding Rack Design

1 May, 2002 (17:00) | DTV, HDTV, Projects |

Here is a project I am justifiably proud of. Our corporate engineering management had determined that we were to use a Harris Flexicoder as the core of our HDTV encoding, but outside of that we were to determine what we needed to best integrate it into our facility. Initially, I was not pleased with the […]

DTV Antenna Installation

1 March, 2002 (17:00) | DTV, HDTV, Projects |

A few grainy images of the Andrew side-mounted antenna we ordered for the KHBS DTV transmitter in Poteau, Oklahoma (which serves the Fort Smith, Arkansas market).

Digital Tower Erection

1 December, 2001 (17:00) | DTV, HDTV, Projects |

Because there was simply no room on the existing tower to place a DTV antenna that would be even marginally effective, I was successful in convincing the company of the need to build the tower and locate the new antenna on it.

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