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    I would be inclined to agree.
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    Brian McDonough, operations manager and GM for KYTV & KYCW, told me in an email recently, KYCW-LD rf 19 is actually using a different transmitter for their signal, although the tower remains at the same location as it was for KSPR-TV. Probably the antenna is a different height from what it was for KSPR? This sounds like KYCW-LD would indeed qualify as a NEW entry for the logbook.

    Brian said that KYTV will indeed move to RF 19 (from 44) in the channel packing move. They will use the transmitter that KSPR used for broadcasting on RF 19. I suppose they will also use the same antenna that KSPR was using. Currently the *surviving* KSPR is KSPR-LD on RF 15, which replaced KYCW-LD when it moved. I am not certain if it will remain when the channel packing occurs. What is strange right now is with the way they are doing the sub-channels, we can get THREE 3-2 channels (24/7 Weather Nation).
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    OK, thanks, Doug... With local, elephant in the room, WPSD moving to channel 19 I may never have to worry about it. :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Thomas View Post
    Brian McDonough, operations manager and GM for KYTV & KYCW, told me in an email recently, KYCW-LD rf 19 is actually using a different transmitter for their signal, although the tower remains at the same location as it was for KSPR-TV. Probably the antenna is a different height from what it was for KSPR? This sounds like KYCW-LD would indeed qualify as a NEW entry for the logbook.
    His statement about the transmitter is probably right. The old transmitter ran at 52.8 kW to make 1000 kW ERP. I suspect a transmitter that big either would not be able to run at the less than 1 kW required to make 15 kW ERP, or would be so inefficient at that power level as to waste significant amounts of electricity. A smaller transmitter, which could be used on a new channel later, would make more sense.

    Same antenna though. Their FCC filing said as much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Thomas View Post
    Brian said that KYTV will indeed move to RF 19 (from 44) in the channel packing move. They will use the transmitter that KSPR used for broadcasting on RF 19. I suppose they will also use the same antenna that KSPR was using. Currently the *surviving* KSPR is KSPR-LD on RF 15, which replaced KYCW-LD when it moved. I am not certain if it will remain when the channel packing occurs. What is strange right now is with the way they are doing the sub-channels, we can get THREE 3-2 channels (24/7 Weather Nation).
    Given that they've almost certainly bought a new transmitter for the low power signal, it makes sense that they would reuse the existing high-power transmitter for high-power operation. But, again, the FCC filing indicates they're replacing the top-mount channel 44 antenna with a new channel 19 antenna. I fully expect they'll keep the current channel 19 antenna as a backup, however.

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