Tracking Transition in Tulsa
July 28, 2008 2:24 PM
Here we are, 205 days away from the end of full-power broadcasting here in the U.S. Today I thought we could blow our way on over to the Sooner state of Oklahoma to see what’s happening on Tulsa time.
KTUL, KOKI, KMYT and KEGB have constructed their final DTV facilities.
KTUL, the ABC affiliate, on analog channel 8, has moved to channel 10 for its digital signal, and will stay there. KTUL has a maximization application pending for a final effective radiated power of 15,000 watts with an antenna height of 567 meters above ground.
KOKI, the Fox affiliate, on analog channel 23, will stay on UHF channel 22 for its DTV operations. KOKI has an ERP of 1 million watts and an antenna height of 355.7 meters above ground.
KMYT, the MyNetworkTV affiliate, on analog channel 41 is broadcasting on its final DTV UHF channel 42 with an ERP of 900,000 watts with an antenna height of 355.7 meters above ground.
KEGB, an independent station owned by Oral Roberts University, on analog channel 53, will continue to broadcast the digital signal on UHF channel 49 with an ERP of 50,000 watts and an antenna height above ground of 205 meters. KEGB is the only Tulsa licensed station that does not broadcast from the antenna farm southeast of the city. The KEGB tower is located a little southwest of the center of town.
KOED, the PBS affiliate, on analog channel 11, will move from its current licensed UHF channel 38 back to channel 11 for its final DTV resting place. The channel 11 antenna has been rebuilt, and the new transmitter line has been installed on the tower. There is an application pending with the FCC for an ERP of 35,000 watts. The new digital transmitter has been ordered and is under construction with a delivery date of some time in August. Installation of the transmitter will follow soon after delivery. Testing of the new transmitter also will occur in August. KOED will continue its analog broadcast until the transition date and then will start operation of the digital signal on VHF channel 11 with an antenna 499.9 meters above ground.
KWHB, an independent station, on analog channel 47 and now broadcasting the digital signal on channel 48, will revert back to channel 47 for its final DTV operations. KWHB has a maximization application pending that will add 139,328 people to the coverage area when the final facilities are built. The KWHB antenna will sit atop the tower at a height of 434 meters above ground.
KJRH, the NBC affiliate, on analog channel 2, has a lot of work yet to do. In September, KJRH will apply to the FCC for a “special temporary authorization” to reduce the analog power and use an antenna that is mounted on the side of the tower for auxiliary service to continue broadcasting the analog signal, with a target date of December for initiating the lower power. KJRH shares the tower with KOTV. After the auxiliary service begins, the channel 2 and channel 6 analog antennas will be removed from the top of the tower. After removal of the analog antennas, new digital antennas for KJRH, channel 8, and KOTV, channel 45, will be installed. A new digital channel 8 transmitter was ordered and was expected to be delivered this month. The new digital antenna will be delivered in September. KJRH should begin to operate its channel 8 transmissions on Feb. 20, with an ERP of 15,900 watts at an antenna height of 588 meters.
KOTV, the CBS affiliate, on analog channel 6, will follow a similar plan to KJRH’s. The KOTV transmitter has been delivered and a December installation date is expected. KOTV will end up on UHF channel 45, with an ERP of 840,000 watts and a height of 532.4 meters high.
So that is the timeline for the Tulsa area. You can make your plans for the transition, and I hope all goes well for everyone.