Preparations Proceeding Along the Oregon Trail
July 24, 2008 2:56 PM
Today I thought we would take a look at the Portland, Ore., TV market. Two of our recent contributors to the original forum are from that area, Gavin Young and Going Grey. I have the lowdown on what stations have built their final digital television facilities, and who still has work to do.
KATU, KOIN and KNMT have built their final DTV facilities. They will all stay on the UHF band, with KATU on channel 43, KOIN on channel 40 and KNMT on channel 45. These three stations are all transmitting an effective radiated power (ERP) of 1 million watts.
KGW, KOPB and KPTV all will be reverting back to their original VHF analog channels.
The FCC has granted KGW’s application for post-transition digital broadcasting. KGW will use its existing analog antenna for post-analog operations. They have completed the modifications on the analog transmitter and on Feb. 17 will cease analog transmission and begin digital broadcasting at an ERP of 45,000 watts on channel 8.
KOPB has been granted a construction permit by the FCC for its post-transition facilities on channel 10. A new digital transmitter has been ordered, with an expected delivery date of Sept. 1. The antenna has been checked out, with good results, and the transmitter will go through a check-out in November. KOPB will cease analog transmission on Feb. 17 and will begin full DTV operations at an ERP of 32,400 watts the following day.
KPTV will receive delivery of conversion equipment for its analog transmitter in September. In November, KPTV will begin notifying the public of the station’s intent to reduce analog power to 66% of the authorized power in order to convert one of two analog transmitter cabinets to digital. In December, the station will begin testing the now converted digital cabinet. On Feb. 17 KPTV will cease analog broadcasting and connect the digital transmitter to the channel 12 antenna, with an ERP of 24,000 watts.
I will include here two stations in Salem, Ore. KPXG now is broadcasting a digital signal on VHF channel 4. KPXG has an application pending to move the digital operation to UHF channel 22 with a final ERP of 745,000 watts. In August, KPXG will bring portions of two co-owned transmitters from KPPX-TV in Tolleson, Ariz., and KGPX-TV in Spokane, Wash., to convert to digital operation for channel 22. KPXG will terminate analog broadcasting on Feb. 17 and implement full post-analog operations.
And, finally, KRCW is broadcasting on its final DTV channel 33 with an ERP of 750,000 watts. KRCW has a maximization application pending with the FCC to increase the power to 1 million watts ERP.
So there you have it. Those of you in the Portland/Salem area know what to expect in the near future concerning your digital television stations.