Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Monday WNYF-CA, our low-powered FOX station from Watertown, was granted a construction permit to build a new low-powered DTV facility for our FOX programming. It will utilize channel 35 which is being vacated by WWNY after February 2009.

What is worth noting is WNYF's DTV facility will have a much greater range than its analog counterpart. In fact, the service contour predicted by engineers encompasses almost all of Jefferson and a good part of Lewis Counties. WWNY-DT will continue to multicast the programming of WNYF on a secondary channel for folks who live beyond WNYF's DTV service area....the only difference is the stand-alone DTV channel will be in HDTV, while the secondary channel is in standard-definition. As is the case with WWNY's return to channel 7 the "branding" will remain channel 28 even though the transport is on the frequency of channel 35.

This action by the FCC addresses our FOX transmitter in Watertown. Plans for WNYF-LP, the FOX transmitter in Massena, are not complete at this time.

As previously noted, antenna selection can make a great difference in receiving DTV signals. Here is an interesting article on this situation...there are also links at the bottom of the stories with links to more info on DTV....all worth reading.

DTV Upgrade Proves Costly, Headachy


Anonymous said...

The construction permit for WNYF-CD shows a strongly directional pattern with the weakest portion of the signal directed to the north and northwest. Why was this done and was the intention that the weakened signal in that direction be permanent?

Jim Corbin said...

WNYF-CD will actually be broadcast on channel 35...utilizing the equipment abandoned by WWNY-DT when it reverts back to channel 7. As is the case with WWNY, the station branding will remain Channel 28, even though the transport is on channel 35.

Yes this is a directional antenna...this is the best we could achieve due to the side-mount and International coordination necessary with Canada.

Anyway you look at it; this is a much greater coverage area than WNYF-CA has. 15Kw ERP, assigned by the FCC for WNYF-CD is the maximum permitted to LPTV DTV stations.

Anonymous said...

By the station branding remaining Channel 28, would that mean that channel seven's subchannels would be "7.1" and "28.1" (which appears to be a valid option, according to the specifications) or is it just channel thirty-five that would receive the "28.x" branding?

Jim Corbin said...

WWNY's branding will remain 7.1 WWNY-HD, 7.2 WNYF-Sd (in Standard Definition)...with the transport moving from the frequency of channel 35 back to the frequency of channel 7.

Channel 28's branding will remain Channel 28, even though its on channel 35 post 2/2009. So it will display as 28.1 WNYF.