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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.

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Tim R. Mance:

Sept. 13th 2008
KPXG is currently installing a New Thomson Paragon MSDC/IOT Digital Transmitter. We opted not to bring in used equipment for this installation. When we come on the Air in Feb. 09 it will be with new Transmitter and a new Antenna broadcasting from the Skyline tower complex in Portland, OR.

Tim R. Mance, Chief Engineer KPXG
Portland, OR

mary... the cat ladyMMRts:

Hey Tim,
Thank you so much for the update! Good luck with the installation, set-up, and initiation of your full power digital transmitter,

Neomonkey:

I hooked up my converter box last weekend so I could receive KPXG again. It used to come in terrible on Ch 22 analog, but alright on Ch 54, which seems to have been cut off near the end of October.

The downside: no Ch 2 (KATU), Ch 8 (KGW) or Ch 49 (KPDX), all of which are well received analog. Are they not broadcasting digitally yet?

Another downside: even though I have the display set to regular TV 3:4, some things are full, some are letterboxed, and sometimes 3:4 shrunk down with big black borders all around! (I'm not talking about Ch 10 KOPB, I know they're always letterboxed). I hope broadcasters get their act together soon, it sure feels like beta testing now.

mary... the cat lady:

Hi Neomonkey,
Here is the thing about the different formats the stations use... There is no standard. It is left up to each station as how their signal is received. On the good side, there should be a way to change to formats in the menu of the converter box. The bad news is that if you have one preference, you may have to change to format for each channel when you tune to a different one.
KATU is on its final DTV facilities on channel 43. This is where they will stay. They are transmitting an ERP of 1 million watts, so they may should be receivable to you. You might want to check the aim of your antenna. Good luck.
KGW is going to go back to channel 8 for the post transition channel. You probably will have better luck at that time for KGW.
As of right now, KPTV is on channel 30 butwill go back to channel 12. At that time, KPDX will begin using the equipment abandoned by KPTV on channel 30. So, if you can get KPTV now, you will be able to get KPDX after the transition.
If you have any more questions, just post back, OK?

Raymond Hawkins:

Recently lost DTV reception for the ION network @DTV ch22 and have repeatedly rescannened with no result.Has your digital transmission been interupted? Anybody have an answer?

mary... the cat lady:

Hi Raymond,
Channel 22, KPXG, will move from the temporary digtal channel 4 where it has been transmitting the digital signal and move to channel 22, the former analog channel. To accomplish this, channel 22 will have to make some tie-ins to the channel 22 antenna, remove the channel 4 antenna and transmitter, install and tune the digital channel 22 transmitter. These operations will reqire the need to power down the transmitters.
KPXG, channel 22 states in documents filed with the FCC that digital transmissions will start on channel 22 on December, 3, 2008. They are ending analog transmissions early to accomplish this. They also state to the FCC that this is permissible due to the fact that 100% of current populations served by the temporary channel 4 broadcasts will be served by the channel 22 broadcasts.
So, good luck on Dec. 3, and please let me know if you get channel 22 back, OK?

Ray Hawkins:

Hey! Mary the cat lady .....Recieving Kpxg ch.22 again.Digital KPDX 49 is gone now. Have 3 different recievers-none of them picking 49 up at all. Whats up with 49 ????? Any clue?

mary... the cat lady:

Hey Ray,
Glad to hear that 22 is flying through the air again.
The latest Digital Transition Report that I see is from October. At that time, they stated that once KPXG vacated the channel 30 transmitter, (which it seems they have done)they would install and test the programming path from their temporary channel 48 site to the post transition channel 30 site. This, according to the information filed with the FCC was to take place in December, so that may very well be what is happening.
What you may want to do is do an add on scan if you can with one of your boxes. This may allow you to lock on the channel 49 signal, which may well be on channel 30 at this time.
If you still cannot receive the station, let me know, and I will dig a little deeper to see what I can find.
In the meantime, I wish you and yours a very happy new year!

digital domain:

With regards to the reported problems receiving Ch 49 in Portland:

Just around the big winter Portland storm, my digital signal from ch 49 stopped. Argh! No more Simpsons at 6.

I thought it might be the antenna or something wrong with my new Insignia digital converter. Nope, turns out that KPDX had and is still having a power failure. The following is from their web site:


Status Of KPDX Digital Signal

Our digital signal is broadcasting at reduced power due to a power failure, however our analog signal is still being broadcast at full strength. We are working on a solution to the digital signal and hope to have it back at full power as quickly as possible.


So hang in there. By the way this antenna/digital converter setup is 10x better reception then the old analog blurry, double images. I should have done this months ago!

mary... the cat lady:

Hey D D,
Thanks for the heads up about the power problems with KPDX.
I am glad that you are happy with the reception of the digital signals. May I ask what kind of antenna you are using?
The picture quality of the digital signals is really far superior to the analog... qualifiying that by saying that is so, if you can get the signal.
I have a friend who lives a little northwest of Salem, only about 35 miles or so from the transmitters in Portland. He is down in a valley, and can only recieve 2 digital channels on his antenna that he has been using for years. He is probably going to have to go with an outside antena to even have a chance to get any more digital channels. So, yes it is wonderful, if you can get them, and I am glad that you are successful in doing so.
I would like to know what kind of antenna you are using, and where you are located in relation to Portland.
Have a very happy new year.

Nick:

I bought two Philco converter boxes. They only receive KOPB DTV. My Sharp Aquos TV, however, only misses KWG, KPXG & KPDX DTV. Should I take the conveter boxes back or wait for the transition?

mary... the cat lady:

Hi Nick,
The first question that I would ask you is what kind of antenna are you using to drive all of these recievers?
If you have a master, outdoor or attic antenna, and are splitting the signal to go to three different televisions, then I would suggest a distribution amp. I would also suggest that if you are using a master antenna and you do not have a Channel Master 7777 pre-amp attached to it, then that is something that you may very well want to look into.
If you are splitting the signal 3 ways (or more) by going to VCRs and such, you are losing a lot of signal. To split from one into two, you are 3 dBs of signal strength. To split it again, you are losing 3 more dBs. 3 dBs of signal loss is half of your signal. So splitting it 3 ways you have half of your signal and half of that again, so you are now down to 1/4 of the signal you started with at the antenna.
The difference in the reception for the Aquos and the converter boxes can probably be attributed to tuner sensitivity.
Now, if you are using a different rabbit ear antenna for each television, then tuner sensitivity certainly comes to mind, but also I would ask if the rabbit ear antennas you are using are amplified or not.
If you are usning indoor antenaas, you are losing half or more of your signal strength just by being inside.
If you can get an antenna outside, that is much more desirable. Higher is better that lower.
So, without more information, I could not hesitate a guess as to whether or not to take the converter boxes back, but my gut feeling is that they are probably OK.
Know too that some of the stations are going to revert back to their original VHF channels after the transition, and they should be easier to recieve.
Bob, get back to me with some more info, and I may be better able to draw a clearer picture, OK?

Nick:

Mary, thank you for your help.
I just replaced a CEA blue rated Phillips antenna that wasn’t up to the challenge of our recent 2’ of wet snow, with a Winegard HD-7084 purple rated unit atop my 20’ mast. Alas, my reception, according to the onboard monitor of my Sharp Aquos HDTV, is not as good as the old Phillips. The down-lead attachment device on the Winegard does not allow for easily verifying proper connection.
Up until transition we can switch to a VHF signal when it rains or the wind blows; we’re in a forest 35 miles NE of Portland. I use a 4 channel amplified (10db) splitter with a discrete output to each device. So my new converter boxes are getting a similar signal as my HDTV. The reason they only get one HD channel (10) must be a matter of tuner sensitivity. Have you heard anything about these “converter boxes” not being quite up to their task? Also, when 3 of the major signals I’m after move to VHF and the powers all go to their post-transition levels, will these heretofore useless devices suddenly start performing? I also have a Winegard AP-8700 preamp on order.
And incidentally, channel 22.x KPXG-DTV must be off the air entirely. Also, I presently am having difficulty receiving a couple of HD stations that share a common tower: KGW-8 & KPTV-12. Paradoxically, a third station on that same tower is the strongest: KOPB-10.

mary... the cat lady:

Hi Nick,
Thanks for the update on your situation. Congrats on the Winegard HD 7084. Looks like a good antenna with solid gain numbers.
First, I would like to know if you have tried a re-scan of your digital channels for KPXG recently? They moved from temporary channel 4 to their final DTV home of channel 22 in early December. Try this if you haven't already, and if you still cannot lock them in, then let me know and I will try to do a little more research.
KOPB and KGW are on the same tower, but KPTV is in a different location. KOPB and KGW are located at 45-31-21/122-44-45 and KPTV is located at
45-31-19/122-44-53. As heavily forested as you make it sound where you are, I truly believe that you will nee the pre-amp. We have lots of trees here where I am, and we do not have the hills to deal with like you do up there. The Winegard AP 8700 is a moderately good pre-amp.
I will tell you that once KGW and KPTV revert back to their original channels, they should be easier to recieve.
I really do not understand, if you have your antenna aimed properly, why you would get KOPB and not KGW. KOPB is putting out an effective radiated power (ERP) of 753,000 watts (753 KW), while KGW has an ERP of 1,000 KW. You should be getting them both. They are virtually at the same height on the tower.
Have you gone to tvfool.com? On that site, you can input your address and it will compute a chart that lists all of the stations that you should recieve at your antenna, what the power levels are, and calculate what the noise margins should be for your location. If you have not done this, it would be a good idea to do so, because it takes into consideration the terrain around you as well. And most importantly, it will give you a "radar chart" that pinpoints what direction your antenna needs to be pointed to get the maximum signal. UHF is quirky about having to have the antenna pointed accurately to get a good signal.
Do you have a rotor? If not, it might be a good idea to think about getting one.
As far as the converter boxes being up to their task, I believe that most of them do quite well. I have two Sanyo HDTVs, a 32" and a 26", as well as two Zenith converter boxes. I find that the converter boxes may get an incrementaly better reception over the TVs, but it is really close. I am trying to compare two different types of signal meters, but the boxes win by a hair over my TVs. But then again, they may fare worse than other recievers.
So to sum up, try the re-scan or digital add on search for KPXG as well has how accurately you are aimed, and see if you have your antenna aimed correctly for KGW and KPTV as well.
One other note that I might add. If your converter boxes are further away from the distribution amp than the Aquos, it could be loss of gain over a long cable run. Every 18 feet if coax, as a rule of thumb, will cause one dB of signal loss. As I stated yesteday, 3 dBs of signal loss is half of your signal.
Let me know your thoughts on what I have presented here today, and we'll take it from there.

Jason:

Hey, Just chiming in... I haven't seen KPXG in months. This is th first forum I've found that mentions it. Funniest thing is that the box knows that it's an ION channel.

mary... the cat lady:

Hey Jason,
It may be that the station is putting out a carrier signal, with no audio or video attached to it. Or it could be that if you have gotten the station before, it is already locked in your turners memory as an ION station.
Is there any signal showing on your signal meter? If not, it probably means the latter statement is true. If you are showing signal, but no programming, the former statement is probably the one that explains it.
Welcome to the forum, and hope to hear from you again sometime.

Nick:

Jason:

Here’s what I found. I took Mary's advice and ran a rescan on my TV. Voila! There KPXG was on channel 22 just like she said; strong as ever.

The only trouble I still have is occasionally, and only occasionally, KGW-DT-8 falls over the cliff. Other times its signal is as strong as all the good stations. I conclude they must occasionally go to a lower power setting for maintenance, construction / tuning purposes.
A station that has totally disappeared is KPDX-DT-49.1. I hope to see it again after Feb. 17. I do still get their weak analog broadcast on channel 49.
I also notice “tvfool” says we should be seeing a digital channel 5.1. All I get is analog station channel 5 which is a simulcast of KRCW-DT-32.1; I’ll be curious to see what shows up after the 17th.

Mary:
Thanks for “TVFOOL.com”! That, you, and “antennaweb.org”, have helped me figure out what’s going on. With the addition of a 20db pre-amp (Winegard AP-8700) I’m now good to go, until the next snow storm brings down my antenna once again. Just FYI, my old 11 element (UHF) Phillips (CEA blue) antenna gave me stronger signals than my new 16 element Winegard HD 7084 (CEA purple). Their funky connection device leaves me questioning the connection. It also doesn’t look as robust as the old Phillips.

A note about aiming: I gave up trying to get a dependable, repeatable read from the funky magnetic compass I bought at the local hardware store. I’d gotten better luck twisting the boom and hollering inside to my wife who watched the meter! Finally, I went on Google Earth and snapped a “path” between the transmitter tower and my rooftop antenna. I noted where it went over the corner of my neighbor’s roof, etc. I then stood on my roof with a rifle scope and finally aimed that sucker!

Thank you Mary. You’ve been most helpful.

mary... the cat lady:

Hi Nick,

Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that I have been of help to you and others. I chuckled at your imaginative way that you aimed your antenna. Necessity being the mother of invention and all...
I am glad that you were able to again receive channel 22.
Digital channel 5 is not on the air as of yet. KRCW-LP is a low power translator for full power KRCW which is moving to the Portland antenna farm from an antenna that was a little east of Salem. The low power channel 5 was there to get the KRCW signal to the Portland area, when the antenna was down near Salem.
Channel 5 will do what is called a "flash cut" sometime after the transition of the full power stations. I think they have until August to make the switch. A flash cut is usuallly used in conjunction with a station that is going to switch from analog to digital on the same channel, although it can mean to go to a different channel as well.
If you get full power KRCW virtual channel 32 (RF channel 33) you don't need to worry about channel 5. It will just be a simulcast of what channel 32 is broadcasting.
KPDX may well be broadcasting digitally by Feb. 18 on channel 30. KPTV is using channel 30 at this time, but when they abandon it for their final DTV channel, then KPDX will take over the channel 30 transmitter for their own, so good luck with that.
If you need anything else, you know where to post...
Take care.

Emily:

anybody having issues in Aloha, OR having trouble getting digital signals? I line in a condo and am un-able to put an antena on my roof - am I screwed?

mary... the cat lady:

Hi Emily,

For the most part, your reception looks OK. You are a little southwest of the Portland antenna farm, and the coverage on tvfool.com looks pretty good for Aloha.
Have you tried anything yet? If not, start off with an amplified indoor antenna. A dB gain rating should be stated somewhere on the box. If it doesn't work, be sure you can return it.
The higher the dB gain number, the more likely you will have good reception. However, it doesn't take the highest rating to be able to recieve the stations...
If you don't mind experimenting a bit, buy an antenna that is somewhere in the middle of the gain rating. Hook it up and try it, and if it works fine, you have saved yourself a bit of money. If it doesn't, take it back and try another one.
Fof the best reception, you should try to put your antenna and reciever on the side of your condo that is toward the transmitting antennas. Upstairs would be better than down.
Try this, and if you stil have problems, post back, OK? Just because you live in a condo, does not mean that you have to do without an outside antenna. You have the RIGHT to be able to recieve over the air TV with a good signal. This has been established by congress and the FCC. It can be a hassle, but it can be done.
Good luck, and let me know how it turns out.

Douglas:

Hi. I live in the coastal mountain range NW of Portland, OR (45.87 deg N, 123.58 deg W).

In my neighborhood, we can get Portland & Salem VHF analog stations but not UHF. For example, I can get KPTV, KOPB, KGW, KATU, KOIN analog through an ancient tree-damaged 4ft VHF antenna on my roof, connected by spliced 300ohm twin-lead.

I cannot get any UHF, even when I use a 6.5 ft UHF antenna connected directly to my set (for analog) or to a converter box (for digital) via 25ft of RG6 coax. Asking around, it seems that none of my neighbors have ever been able to get UHF, even with expensive preamps, rotators, etc.

Antenna web says "yellow" for digital UHF (so I should get something), while tv fool is more negative.

I suppose that when the political dust settles and KGW, KOPB, and KPTV finally broadcast digital VHF I will be able to get these through my converter box. But what about the stations, such as KATU, that are abandoning VHF for UHF? Is it legal for them to cut-off the Nehalem Valley?

P.S. The low-power translators some of these stations operate are on the coast (Tillamook, Pacific City) and are inaccessible.

Thanks.

mary... the cat lady:

Hi Douglas,

If your neighbors, and you for that matter, have never been able to see the UHFs, then you may be out of luck. I am sorry to have to say that.
TVfool, is the better and more accuurate of the two web sites. Antenna Web is really pretty useless. I don't know why the government keeps promoting it.
Look at the noise margin column on the tvfool web site. That will be your guide.
I just input your coordinates into the tvfool calculator. Wow, all it shows is a positive NM for VHF stations. The strongest UHF listed is channel 30 with a NM of -3.9. (Anything below zero is considered not watchable) I calculated this with an antenna height of 20 feet.
In answer to your question of is this legal, yes to my knowelege it is. A television station must by law cover their city of license, and that is about it. The rest of you are, as they put it, collateral damage.
Were you able to get digital channel 4 when it was on the air? (I think it was for channel 22) If you were, then that would bode well for you to get all or the majority of the VHFs.
I would suggest to you to go ahead and get a CM 7777 pre-amp. This will help with the drop outs of the weak signals that you will be recieving. Your NM for the post transition digital VHFs range from 8.0 (the best) to 4.5 . That is not a lot of signal strength.
Another thing I would do is write a letter to the editor of your local papaer. Maybe get as many of your neighbors to sign the letter as you can. Make sure that it is known that if you cannot receive the stations, you can't see the advertising, and you can't buy the products that are being promoted. You could also complain to the stations themselves. Note that you have been loyal viewers, but you feel abandoned by them. Lobby for a translator in your area.
I mean if 5 stations got together and built a low power digital translator station, they all could be represented on the channel line up for the one transmitter. Granted, they would be in standard definition, but they could all 5 be viewed in your area by use of the sub-channels.
You might also want to look at a new VHF high gain antenna. VHF only antennas are scarce these days, but there are still some good ones out there. Look for an antenna that has the highest gain ratings for the VHF low and VHF high bands. You are going to need all the help you can get.
Good luck, and please, let me know how all this turns out, OK?

Emily:

Hi Mary -
I bought a new antena & restored my box to factory defaults. I re-scanned & it found 21 channels including 49! 49 worked for infomercials in the morning & has since lost signal unless I hold my new antena - which isn't practical.
thanks for the advise - you are way more helpful than any of the other sites who just tell you to plug the new converter box.
thanks again!

Emily:

Hi Mary -
I bought a new antena & restored my box to factory defaults. I re-scanned & it found 21 channels including 49! 49 worked for infomercials in the morning & has since lost signal unless I hold my new antena - which isn't practical.
thanks for the advise - you are way more helpful than any of the other sites who just tell you to plug the new converter box.
thanks again!

mary... the cat lady:

Hi again Emily,
Thank you for your very kind words. I am always glad to help if I can, and I am glad that you found my help useful.
What I would suggest at this point, it to possibly get an antenna that has a higher gain than the one you have, if you can. It might quite possibly make the difference.
No need to rescan at this time, but remember, when the 3 stations go back to the UHF band, you will need to do a rescan then to be able to pick them up on the new channels.
Please post back and let me know if you get a new antenna or not, and how it works out for you.

mary... the cat lady:

Emily,
I meant to say "shen the 3 station go back to the VHF band", not UHF... Oops.

mary... the cat lady:

Emily,
When... not "shen". Must be getting bleary eyed...

Nick:

Mary, I'm still having trouble with KGW 8.1 I checked with a neighbor and they share my difficulty. I wrote KGW and havn't gotten an answer. I suspect they are staying at low power until after the change. Do you know what's up with KGW-DTV? Also, how will we know who changes over when? Everything has been thrown into a cocked hat with this apparently "voluntary" mandatory changeover date.... Oh, I get KOPB 10.1 and all other Portland stations very loud and clear here in Vernonia.

mary... the cat lady:

Hi Nick,
Well, You've got me baffled on this one. But here is what I think may be going on...
Both the KGW digital transmitting antenna and the KOPB digital transmitting antennas are on the same tower, and at virtually the same height.
KGW at this time on channel 46 at 1,000 KW ERP from 259 meters above ground, and KOPB at this time on channel 27 with an ERP of 753 KW from 257.2 MAG.
That makes me think that they are side mounted antennas on the tower. Therefore, the KOPB antenna is on the side of the tower toward you and the KGW antenna is on a side away from you. Although, in looking at the coverage maps on tvfool.com , it looks as though you have about the same coverage from both in Vernonia.
You might want to go to the tvfool web site, and input your address to see exactly what your signal strength is at your house. This may help explain things a bit more if, indeed, the signal strength is lower for KGW.
From what I can tell, KGW still plans to revert to channel 8 on Feb. 17. Once they get the VHF sinal up and running, you may have better luck in getting the KGB signal.
Yeah, this delay bill has thrown everything into chaos. The best way that I know of to determine when a station is going to end analog broadcasting is a web site that has digital transition reports listed my market size. The address is www.rabbitears.info/dtr.php
You can go there and find out who is going to end analog in your market area and on what date.
If you have any more questions, you know where to post...

Neal :

Hi All,

I tried with the Philco TB100HH9 converter and I am getting all channels - 2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 22 and 24 fine but nothing in Portland CW (analog 5.32) and PDX 49 (analog 49). I tried all possible rabbit ear combination. Does anyone have an Idea what is going on here? All other channels that I get have a pretty good picture with this converter box but no luck with CW and PDX. Thanks
Neal

mary... the cat lady:

OK, here is what I could find out about KPDX... It is not a lot, but there is hope on the horizon.
They still plan to shut down analog broadcasts on the 17th, and have asked the FCC for a Special Temporary aurthority to beging their digital broadcasts from their final DTV channel 30 immediately on the 18th with the full effective radiated power of 1,000,000 watts.
In their notification to the FCC of their intent to start digital broadcasts on channel 30, they stated that: "Indeed, commencement of digital service on channel 30 will permit the station to restore service to those viewers who may have lost reception when the station was forced to reduce digitla power".
I am not sure why they needed to reduce the digital power on their temporary channel, but apparently there was a reason.
So, keep the fingers crossed, and don't forget that you may need to do a re-scan or channel add-on scan to get the broadcasts on channel 30.
Please, someone, let me know how this all works out. I would appreciate it.

mary... the cat lady:

KRCW should be on the air with an ERP of 750,000 watts. They have a maximization application pending with the FCC to go to 1,000,000 watts, but that has not been granted as of yet.
Yet again, the problem may well lie with those indoor rabbit ears, I am sorry to say...

mary... the cat lady:

The list of stations came out for those approved to end analog broadcasts on 2-17. It appears that there are no stations in the Portland area that are broadcasting analog now that will be ending those broadcasts on 2-17. Pretty much everything will be status quo for the time being.
The next possible date that stations could end analog will be on March 14.

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