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SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » Today 8:24 am

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By the weekend, you are likely to see a major improvement in WKBW reception.   Possibly WUTV and WNYO as well.  Based on postings on AVS forum, the helicopter crew is expected to hoist the new antenna for WKBW today or Friday.   It is also expected that the crew will also hoist a new antenna for the WUTV Grand Island Tower site, where WNYO and WUTV will broadcast from on RF 32.

 

SOWNY » How In The World Did This Emergency Alert Not Air Here? » Yesterday 8:04 am

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All stations even community and ethnic stations are required to have the alert system equipment in place and working.  This was a major issue in Vancouver-Surrey a couple of years ago, when so-called "licence exempt" ethnic stations that were broadcasting commercial programming, were caught on this technicality and mandatory orders were issued by the CRTC compelling them to go off the air, until/unless they had working alert system equipment.  So the short answer is, CHIN should have the alert equipment working.  The fact that announcements are in English (or French), has no bearing on the obligation of broadcasters.  I suspect that some broadcasters - possibly campus and community stations may not be in compliance, and it's a catch-me-if-you-can situation.
Broadcasting Decision 2016-404:Emergency alerting system
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[*]Paragraph 10 of the Exemption Order requires undertakings operating under that exemption order to have implemented a public alerting system by no later than 31 March 2015.
[*]In its response letter of 21 January 2016, Myfm admitted to not having implemented the required public alerting system and stated that it was not aware that this requirement applied to low-power stations. Myfm indicated that it had engaged its staff to source the necessary equipment in order to install the system as soon as possible. However, at the time of the hearing, Myfm still had not implemented the necessary public alerting system, noting delays in the provision of the equipment. 
[*]At the hearing, Myfm committed to cease operations immediately and to remain off air until the emergency alerting system is operational. It confirmed that the station had ceased broadcasting as of 19 May 2016. The Commission received confirmation that the necessary equipment was installed and that the station had resumed operations on 22 July 2016.
[*][color=#FF0000]In light of the above, the Commission finds Myfm to have been operating VF2689 without the necessary public alerting s

SOWNY » Cousin Brucie Leaving SiriusXM's "60s On 6" After 15 Years » July 31, 2020 7:39 am

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I am a big fan of the Cuz.   Listened to him when I was a kid, on WABC.  Heard him 2 or 3 weeks ago, interviewing Jose Feliciano.  Jose would have been a "great" interview, he was very talkative and wanted to talk about what he's doing now.... but I felt that Brucie wasn't really up to the interview, kind of stuck in a rut....and so I was disappointed at the result....maybe a good decision to hang up his headphones.  BTW his raspy voice sounds like he's got some medical issues too....hope his health is OK.   

SOWNY » Anyone ever try VMedia?? » July 29, 2020 6:53 am

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A family member has VMedia Internet service.  It was installed by Rogers and uses Rogers' infrastructure into the house.  Works well at a fraction of Rogers' price for 300 Megs/unlimited.  Their TV service doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the big guys, but I understand it is good value and reliable.

SOWNY » Tell me about tropo » July 15, 2020 7:02 pm

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Tropo is fairly predictable, given humidity levels, and temperature variation, particularly around the Great Lakes in summer.   William Hepburn who lives in the Niagara region, was a meteorologist at Environment Canada.  He publishes daily maps, which provide forecasts of potential tropo ducting. Back in the day, I held some of the North American DXing records for trop TV reception in the 1,000+mile range.   It wasn't unusual to see stations well into the mid-west USA, early mornings and late evenings in the summer.  However with repack that's something that is very difficult to achieve, given how crowded the band is with locals and stations out to 100 miles.  Best bets are channels 7-13 which have very little activity in this region (except for Ch. 8 Toronto).  
Here's a link to William Hepburn's site.  I think it was listed earlier in this series of posts.
http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html

SOWNY » WJJL to become WEBR » July 6, 2020 7:30 pm

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I agree Mike.  In honour of the death of the great Italian composer here's The Good, Bad and Ugly...I listened to a lot of WEBR in the years when it had some great music and great announcers...like Ken Ruoff.  It also had late night jazz.  The only real similarity for WEBR -  today is the use of the (classic) old jingles and imaging "the sound of the city".    The Bad-...is the on-air sound of the announcers.   I never was a fan of Barry Lillis when he was a weather man on WGR.  He's really obnoxious...sorry Barry.
Having a 3 or 4 hour strand of talk shows also cripples the format.
The ugly is the fact that I listened for more than 90 minutes and every artist - except one  (Johnny Mathis) was dead - long dead.   And here's the rub.  Talented people in the U.S. have programmed "Great American Songbook" stations/formats with a good balance of living and dead artists.  MODFM Palm Springs has a remarkable number of current-day artists singing great songs from the Great American Songbook.  Rod Stewart, John Pizzarelli, Streisand, Stacey Kent, Tierney Sutton, and many more.  I like Steve and Edie, but they rode off into the sunset a while ago.   Michael Buble has some remakes of Sinatra songs, that sound as if he had the nelson riddle arrangements...fantastic recordings...that aren't over the hill.   If you are familiar with Jonathan Schwartz - in the days before he was "me too'd" off of WNYC (and formerly at WNEW) you will know that he played a high percentage of contemporary artists performing the great american songbook.   There are lots of great big band arrangements - by contemporary artists as well that are played on (good) US stations in the format.  I could provide dozens of examples of artists recording in the genre today, or at least recently, who have brought life to these timeless classics.  In my view, it's a format, that if done well attracts advertisers other than vitamin supplements, old age care facilities etc.

Sadly, WEBR isn't even M

SOWNY » DAB Disaster » July 4, 2020 9:45 am

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New reporting out of the UK that the shutdown for analogue AM and FM has been extended out another decade - now set for 2032.   The actual "tuning" data to DAB in the UK - is no where as rosy as had been previously claimed on postings on the Big Yellow Board.  Only 60% of tuning on DAB.   Which is logical, because people keep legacy receivers...if they're working.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8485629
 

SOWNY » I got Amazon Fire Stick for Father's Day » June 20, 2020 4:30 pm

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Plenty of free on-demand content.  CTV, CBC-GEM, Global, Citytv all have extensive on-demand libraries of programming that you can access for free on the Fire Stick.   You will of course have to sit through commercials.  There are also various radio apps, free of charge that have a lot of stations in every format from all over the world.
You might want to search on youtube or google search (on another device) Fire TV apps.   Lots of "how to" videos.

If you already subscribe to cable, there are a number of apps that you can load up, and access on demand content, for free, once you authenticate your cable or satellite TV account.   That includes sports content.  

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » June 18, 2020 3:13 pm

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Scott, no problems even 3 miles from the CN Tower with Ch. 16 Buffalo (PSIP ch. 49).
I've tried a variety of antennas and amps with various receivers.   I'm pleased to note that WNYO -  at reduced power under their STA, has not been impacted by Global on Ch. 17.

WNED is really the most-improved signal.  No impact whatsoever from Ch. 30 Toronto. Amplified or non-amplified.   WNED has been very steady, since they moved to Ch. 30 and upped their ERP to 175 kw.

I'm assuming that to date, the Toronto stations are running their (full) authorized power from the CN Tower. CIII would be running around 59 kw on Ch 17.







 

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » June 16, 2020 4:16 pm

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Okay RA.  How many miles/km would you say you are from the CN Tower and is it directly in the path of your antenna heading towards WIVB and WKBW?   That's the starting point for overload issues.   I've contacted Kitz Tech and unfortunately their pre-amp that handles TV overload, is not good with FM overload.  A catch 22 in Toronto given the number of stations and FM RF from the CN Tower and FCP.  You'd have to install 1 or 2 FM traps which would lose a lot of the UHF signal.  Also the FM traps push your investment up significantly - if you can find a good FM trap.  So that's not going to be a solution in many parts of Toronto.  For someone like Saul who I believe lives outside of the GTA, that could be a good solution.   The Winegard LNB-200 XT Preamp works quite well only 3 miles from the CN Tower.  Its overload characteristics are better than most on the market.  It's selling at $87 on Amazon prime but there's used ones for $69 - with a warranty on Amazon prime.   This could be a safe bet.  I'm using some here and have had success despite signal levels from Local Toronto stations.  It has 20 db of amplification and under 1 db noise.  FM signals do not appear to be a problem with this pre-amp.  I also have a good comparison, because I have a Winegard LNA-200 and a Channel Master 7777 (30 db gain) pre-amp connected to the same antenna via a good splitter.   The Winegard performs very well.  I have tried different Channel Master pre-amps 7777's and 7778's on at this location - some have overloaded badly some have not.   So I would avoid Channel Master,  They have a model the 7777HD that can be switched to a lower gain, at the antenna, but that would mean, you set it and forget it.  I believe that the gain with that model of 7777 HD is equivalent to the  winegard with the overload switch engaged.  and it's a lot more expensive - nearly twice the cost.   So at the end of the day, you get 4 db more gain from the 7777HD without the overload engage

SOWNY » Been Losing Buffalo Stations OTA? This Could Be Why » June 16, 2020 11:13 am

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RA, well done.  But there are a couple of things he didn't mention.   This time of year, the heating of the land  between your location in Canada and the WKBW and WIVB transmitter sites well south of Buffalo, impacts signals particularly early morning and late night.  This is a phenomenon in the "troposphere" - the ionosphere, much higher up has nothing to do with UHF signals.   So, we also have the signals passing over many KM of water - L. Ontario or L. Erie.  The water temperature of L. Ontario is 48 F at this hour.   That's a big differential between the land temperature.  The water is 48F and the land is 72F. This is part of the cause of fog over the lakes, which impacts the UHF signals.  Sometimes it literally propels the signals, an actual "duct" forms in the troposphere - this is known as "tropospheric ducting" and sometimes signals can extend out by hundreds of miles through one of these tropospheric ducts.  I've been a "TV DXer" since the mid 1960's so I've seen a lot of tropospheric activity in this area.

But sometimes all of that water vapour between your home and Colden NY,  impedes the signals.  You will find that WIVB and WKBW are subject to a lot of fading, depending on the time of day, humidity, temperature, this time of year.  Yes, tower height are also part of the equation.  WKBW has been operating at reduced power and reduced antenna height.

Overall, things even out of course in the late summer, fall and winter, when the lake and land temps are closer together.  But it's brutal in May and June.  That's why some of us could receive WBXZ Ch. 56/RF Ch 17 (Cozi TV etc) from time to time in the past few months before they moved to Ch. 23.   This morning, for example, the religious station, WDTB-LP RF 29 "Ch. 39" was blazing in for an hour or so, due to the tropospheric effect.  Their transmitter is on an office building in downtown Buffalo.

Long term, things will settle out as we progress to more stable summer temps and the lakes

SOWNY » City TV Alumni You May Never Have Known Worked There » June 15, 2020 5:01 pm

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One of my favourite CityPulse reporter/anchors was Natalie Pujo who relocated to a TV station in Denver, Colo.  She is now "Dr."  Natalie Pujo and has a psychology practice in Hermosa Beach, Calif.  Dr. Pujo is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles.
We shouldn't forget Ben Chin, who it is said, pitched Moses for a job at CityTV when he was working at Joso's restaurant on Davenport Rd.  He is now a senior advisor to the PM, in the Prime Minister's Office.    There are probably dozens of others who transitioned from broadcasting to other professions over the decades.

 

SOWNY » Buffalo Channels 4 & 23 OTA Reception » May 28, 2020 2:24 pm

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Here the long-awaited news for those using over-the-air antennas.   Buffalo's Ch.s 4 (WIVB) and 23 (WNLO) have completed tower work and the new antenna has been installed at the top of the tower.   Ongoing disruptions today (Thursday May 28th) as the tower crews remove "rigging" that was used to hoist the antenna to the top of the tower (and new transmission lines) but you should see an improvement later today if not this weekend.   Power increase & significantly greater antenna height will be implemted.  Preliminary measurements suggest parity with WGRZ - nice broad beamwidth.  

This should solve a lot of problems for Big Yellow Board readers.  WKBW's installation of the new antenna has been delayed because its "copter crew" was dispatched to California to fight brush fires.   Maybe another month before they implement changes. (power increase and return to the top of the tower).  WUTV - Fox 29's tower relocation has also been delayed, but they are using the old WNLO tower on Grand Island - so you won't seem much of a change - perhaps a slight bump in signal when they relocate to the (old) WUTV tower.  That will also impact the signal for Ch. 49 (WNYO) - when it relocates to the WUTV tower.

One last "musical chairs/channels" to take place soon.  WBXZ-LD "channel 56" which has 12 video channels, will relocate from its current RF 17 to RF 23.   It is a very low powered station, so very few people are likely to pick it up on a regular basis.  That relocation could occur within the next month, because Canadian stations will start to migrate to their "new" assignments shortly.  CIII-Toronto (Global) will move to Ch. 17 by July.

SOWNY » 1220 » May 2, 2020 9:32 am

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A quick search of the CRTC website will reveal the following:
CFAJ is licesned to 10070394 Canada Inc.    The most recent letter to the CRTC extending its time to start operations was on "Radio Dhun Inc."  letterhead, at the  same address as the numbered company on Derry Road.   If you look at the application form, from the CRTC site, you will see that the signatory of the letter has an email address with the domain name: iccimmigration.ca - Manu Datta submitted the application to the CRTC.  He is a principal shareholder of the numbered company.

If you go to http://iccimmigration.ca/about-us/, you will see that the two principals of the immigration consulting firm, are the same individuals who are the shareholders ot 10070394 Canada Inc. 
Radio Dhun appears to my knowledge, to be an airtime broker, which buys blocks of airtime from broadcasters, in this case - CHIN Radio, and provides the programming.  Possibly from its 1137 Derry Road East location.  Ethnic airtime brokers usually sell all of the airtime in their broadcasts, either by commissioned sales agents of their own, or a combination of sales agents and on-air staff who double as sales people.

The sale of large blocks of airtime to S. Asian brokers is all very legal.  Technically the licensed broadcaster (CHIN) is responsible for 100% the content of the programming.  Whether the host broadcaster actually monitors the content...well that is sometimes another story.  

Bottom line:  Radio Dhun Inc and 10070394 Canada Inc., are operated by the same people from the same address as ICC Immigration Inc.

Any questions?

 

SOWNY » Exactly One Month To Go Before Final Buffalo OTA Stations Repack » April 30, 2020 4:36 pm

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Further extension to October 29, 2020 for WIVB/WNLO to build out tower and increase power.  From FCC files - letter issued April 29, 2020.

 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.Elizabeth Ryder545 E. John Carpenter Freeway Suite 700Irving, TX 75062Dear Licensee:In Re: Special Temporary Authority For Station WNLOBuffalo, New YorkApplication File No. 0000112769 Fac Id: 71905Federal Communications Commission Washington, D.C. 20554April 29, 2020This is in reference to your April 27, 2020 request seeking special temporary authority (STA) to operate TV station WNLO, Buffalo, NY, on its authorized channel using an interim antenna with alternate parameters while the station’s main facility is built-out and made operational.After a thorough review of your technical specifications, we are persuaded that no interference is likely to occur from the proposed operation. We therefore conclude that the public interest would be served by the grant of this request. If problems do arise, we expect them to be solved expeditiously and the Bureau reserves the right to require the termination of the operation.With respect to radio frequency radiation (RFR), we expect compliance with Section 1.1307(b) of the Commission’s Rules to be achieved.In light of the above, special temporary authority IS GRANTED pursuant to Section 73.1560(d) and 73.1635 of the Commission’s Rules. This authorization expires on October 29, 2020.Sincerely,/s/Kevin R. HardingDeputy Chief, Video Division Media Bureau

SOWNY » Buffalo Radio Ratings Surprise - An HD-Only Station Appears In The #s » April 30, 2020 3:02 pm

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Hello R.A. The CRTC allows anyone to use their HD-2, HD-3, etc, for anything they wish.   The issue has come up a couple of times, including a Vancouver situation where the operator of an English language FM station, added ethnic programming.  This is a market which is already super-saturated with S. Asian (licensed) and pirate stations.  The CRTC's view is that the operator could do as he wished so long as he filed a simple form with the Commission advising of the "experiment".  That was also one of the "selling" points that Evanov/Dufferin pitched to the CRTC in the Toronto Orangeville Frequency/Format swap. See Para. 35 of the Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2020-39: " As noted above Dufferin proposed to experiment with an HD radio service for CIRR-FM.  While the Commission is generally supportive of efforts to implement HD services on an experimental basis, it does not have a formal application process or licensing framework for HD radio.  As such, the technical changes requested by CIRR-FM and CIDC-FM do not need to be approved to enable the licensee to experiment with HD radio.  Accordingly the Commission encourages Dufferin to proceed with its proposal to experiment with HD radio based on CIRR-FM's current technical parameters".

RA you might ask "when" does an experiment end?  I guess when the CRTC "says so".

I suppose that introduces some level of risk for those who wish to be innovative, if they are later blind-sided by bureaucrats in Gatineau, QC.

I am aware of Durham Radio's two HD-2's carrying its "WAVE" "smooth" (jazz) format. They also have the Caledonia station's oldies on HD-3.  WAVE is not currently licensed.   Likewise Bell has implemented its country feed on a few stations.   Indie 88 is the only other station that I know of that has a non-licensed format on an HD channel.  Most other broadcasters are repeating an AM signal: CJBC Toronto, FAN and Allnews - Rogers; TSN AM - Bell, etc.      

SOWNY » Buffalo Radio Ratings Surprise - An HD-Only Station Appears In The #s » April 30, 2020 12:14 pm

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Palm Springs, Calif. From Stationratings.com

KDES-HD2 
Adult Standards FA '19:  3.2
KJJZ-HD2 Modern/Alternative Rock Marker Broadcasting FA '19: 0.7

West Palm Beach Fl. - has at least 4 HD-2's which show up.
https://ratings.radio-online.com/content/arb299
 

SOWNY » WECK Buffalo Adds Yet Another New FM Frequency » April 29, 2020 8:30 am

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The reason why U.S. AM stations have been able to obtain so many repeaters, probably merits explanation.  The FCC, has a policy which favours AM stations who wish to add repeaters.  Here in Canada the CRTC has adopted a "policy" which not only discourages use of translators, but basically denies most applications unless the station can prove that it is sustaining severe financial losses, and can demonstrate significant signal impairment.  we're not talking about AM impairment from TTC electrical wires, or degradation from urban sprawl/high rise buildings.   If that was the case, Corus would have obtained a translator for CHQR in Calgary without difficulty.   In fact Corus was denied a "nested FM" simply because the FM translator would have put them over the limit of the CRTC's "Common Ownership Policy".

No such restriction in the U.S. when it comes to FM translators of AM.

 You don't have to prove any of losses/signal impairment to the FCC.  The FCC also has loosened the technical rules to allow translators on 2nd adjacent channels.  In Canada, a broadcaster can, in some cases apply for a frequency that is 2nd adjacent to his own.  Case in point, Evanov/Dufferin was allowed to obtain a low power station on 103.9, which is 2nd adjacent to 103.5-CIDC.   In the U.S. broadcasters can apply for translators, even if they have no relationship/approval of the station that is 2nd adjacent to the translator frequency.
Why doesn't Buddy surrender the AM licence?  Because he needs to operate the "primary" A.M. station - WECK-AM in order to qualify to be licensed to operate the FM translators, under the FCC's policies that allow AM owners to obtain the FM translator frequencies.  Last point:  There are some cases in the U.S., notably Palm Springs Calif, where the owner of an FM translator no longer has a primary AM or FM transmitter.   In some cases having an HD-2 transmission on a station owned by the same licensee, has qualified the user to have an FM translato

SOWNY » Exactly One Month To Go Before Final Buffalo OTA Stations Repack » April 27, 2020 2:22 pm

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A number of people on the Buffalo, HDTV AVS Forum bulletin board have noted that the Toronto stations that are Ch 40 and above have reduced power, because one of the U.S. mobile carriers has started to use the spectrum in Western New York that is being "repurposed" as a result of the repack.  That would explain why some Big Yellow Board members are not seeing some of the stations on higher frequencies, further away from Toronto.   For those of you who are able to read a spectrum analyzer screen shot, on page 267 of the forum postings, there's a good posting of the T-Mobile LTE carrier, , and the reduced signals from the CN Tower, taken by "Videobruce" who is located in the Buffalo Area.

SOWNY » WJJL to become WEBR » April 23, 2020 5:08 pm

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Two good WEBR airchecks #68 - a 60 second jingle for WEBR in the "good neighbour city of Buffalo"

#73 - WEBR History doc.
http://www.buffalobroadcasters.com/audio/
 

SOWNY » CBL-FM 60 Years old » April 7, 2020 7:44 pm

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Perhaps the only program that I listened to, with any regularity was "Disc Drive" with Jurgen Gothe.
He passed away in 2015.  I believe the show's run ended many years earlier, although I found an entry that suggests it ran for 23 years.

 

SOWNY » 1220 » April 2, 2020 10:12 am

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Further extension to commence service granted....from the application: =12px This is an application by 10070394 Canada Inc., the licensee of the AM commercial radio station to serve St. Catharines, Ontario approved by the CRTC in Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2016-143 (the “Station”). We respectfully request a further six-month to one-year extension to commence operation of the Station. 
 The Commission will recall that Radio Dhun Inc. acquired control of the licensee and the Station pursuant to an administrative decision of the CRTC dated October 30, 2017. We then sought and received a one-year extension to commence service. The first extension application was approved by the Commission on February 9, 2018, extending the required commencement date to April 20, 2019. We subsequently obtained a second extension until April 20, 2020. =12px We are pleased to advise the Commission that transmission equipment has now been installed, is operational, and is undergoing testing for radio frequency purposes in accordance with ISED testing procedures. Reaching this stage did take somewhat longer than anticipated due to required antenna tower remediation and other technical concerns. We are currently building our studio facilities and installing equipment for that purpose so that the station can be fully operational. We are requesting a 6-month to 1-year further extension to our commencement date in order to avoid any further need for requests from the Commission. While we expect to be fully operational within the next 3 months, it is possible that exterior circumstances, such as the current concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic declared by the World Health Organization, could disrupt our plans. For that reason, a 6-month to 1-year further extension is requested.

 We greatly appreciate the extensions previously granted to commence operations. We are quickly approaching our full launch and will, of course, keep the Commission fully appraised of the launch dat

SOWNY » When Steely Dan's Hit "FM" Never Actually Mentioned "FM" » March 26, 2020 7:33 am

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Slightly off topic but Donald Fagan's "The Nightfly" is also a great radio song.   Great harmonies from the backup singers who sound like they're singing a radio id:

[Chorus: Fagen]
[url=https://genius.com/Donald-fagen-the-nightfly-lyrics#note-8736345]An independent station
WJAZ
With jazz and conversation
From the foot of Mt. Belzoni[/url]
Sweet music
Tonight the night is mine
Late line 'til the sun (til' the sun) comes through the skyline
 

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » March 16, 2020 8:04 am

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Scott Fybush is reporting today in his Monday NERW newsletter that many tower crews have been pulled from the field, because of Covid19.  They don't want to risk travelling, staying in hotels, etc.
That could delay tower construction and power increases for months.  So it could be a long time before WIVB, WNLO, and WKBW are up to "full strength".   There are also a lot of significant channel changes from UHF to VHF in some markets during Phase 9, so it is not known how those will be impacted, because they require construction as well.

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » March 14, 2020 2:57 pm

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WNYO seen on Ch. 16 with programming at 3:45 pm Saturday.  Signal was equal to WNED in midtown.
But WNYO is only at 107 kw, from a reduced height, under temporary authority from FCC.  Expect it to be 2nd in overall strength when work is complete, probably close to WUTV’s signal strength in Toronto.

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » March 13, 2020 9:19 am

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Legally, they have till 11:59 pm to vacate.  But often with multi-market repacks, there may a requirement for another station, in another market to vacate the rescan channel (16) before the Buffalo station can switch.
That could be the issue.  

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » March 12, 2020 9:52 am

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WKBW is doing a good job of informing viewers.  2 segments on AM Buffalo today plus a "text" crawl from time to time.

SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » March 8, 2020 10:41 am

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more tower crew woes:   WNYO Ch. 49 (new channel 16) is still moving to Grand Island, on Friday 13th, but will be further delayed in implementing its power increase.   They filed an STA last week to operate temporarily at 101.7 KW (versus 575 kw) ad a lower tower elevation (versus 1079 feet approved).942' 101.7 kW DA (E) (Vertical ERP: 46.75 kW)https://www.rabbitears.info/antimages/25076ff3706e8b7301707cfc8d0106db_0.gif
47.8 mile contour / 7176.8 sq. mi. area / Est. Pop. 1,311,448 940' AGL; 1529' AMSL; (1019110)1.05° Elec Beam Tilt; Full Service Filter
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SOWNY » Having Trouble With WNED & WKBW OTA In The GTA? This May Be Why » March 2, 2020 8:33 pm

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For those of you who have received WBXZ 56 Buffalo (RF 17) here is an update from their recent posting of their pending channel change to RF 23.
[color=#B22222]=14px"Sometime later this spring, WBXZ will be changing frequencies. We will be installing a new transmitter and antenna. This change over will require you to rescan you TV's or convertor boxes. This frequency change occurred because the government sold off a large portion of the TV spectrum to the wireless industry. Full powers were assigned a new frequency, we were forced to find a new frequency on our own. The only one available that was best for providing a quality signal wa=14pxs RF 23. Your TV will still display 56. Unfortunately, Canada decided that the did not want our signal crossing the border to the north because of a small amount of interference that would occur to a station out of Paris, ON. even though the interference would occur in the Toronto DMA, This meant we had to redirect our signal. Most, if not all our Canadian viewers to the north will lose our signal. In addition, those in Northern Niagara County may also lose our signal. However, to try and combat signal loss, we will be broadcasting an elliptical signal. We presently broadcast with a signal that leaves the transmitter in a horizontal direction, when the change over occurs the signal will be additionally sent out in a vertical direction. This will better saturate the area with a stronger signal. It will not travel farther, but those in our viewing are should receive a better quality signal. 90% of our present viewers should not lose us, we will also gain viewers that could not previously see us. So if you watch us on rabbit ears, your signal will improve and those with an outdoor antenna will also see a better signal. We will still share our signal with a Canadian station in Paris Ontario, as we did with our present frequency but those in our area should not see the interference blackouts that usually occurred in the spring and Fall

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RadioActive wrote:

Can’t find it online, but in the Saturday Business section of the Toronto Star, there was an opinion piece called “Canadians changing channel on TV watching,” about the return of outdoor antennas in Canada.
 
It noted the increasingly expensive bills associated with cable packages and that streaming has become a more affordable alternative for many. I can’t say there was a lot in it that was new, except for one thing.
 
While you might think that those who grew up with antennas (antennae?) to get their TV would be the biggest adopters, the author cites new studies that show that’s not exactly true.
 
According to the piece, a Deloitte survey from January indicates that 13% of those using the old fashioned method are over age 55, but that the number rises to 17% when you examine the 18-34 year-old age group. In addition, it stresses that 15% of Canadians now use an antenna to get some of their TV – double the number recorded back in 2015.
 
I’ve had my own tower attached to my house for years. It was one of the very first things I did when I moved in here in 1991. I remember that a small firm put it up for me and that at the time, they were just getting started.
 
A few years later, I was experiencing some small problems with it during the HDTV transition, so I tried to call them back. They told me they were so busy, they were having trouble getting to all the calls they were receiving. I got the same story from a few others who still did that kind of work.
 
As long as over-the-air signals exist – and as Buffalo expands its subcarrier list of stations unavailable anywhere else - I’m betting those calls will continue to come in. Just like, hopefully, the clear TV signals they bring.  

I am not shilling for this fellow but Christopher MacDonald - "Dr. Antenna" is highly recommended for antenna installations:  416-835-1764.  I have used is services several times.   He's also highly rated on Homestars.
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