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Thursday, January 16 2014

ION in 720i?

I got an e-mail from Jason at SiliconDust asking if my local ION station was broadcasting in 720i, as opposed to 720p. I've seen erroneous read-outs say 720i before from others, but never first-hand. Well, I checked both here in Alexandria and at my parents' house and, sure enough, ION was showing up as being in 720i on both WPXW and WPXR--but only during programming. When I looked again during commercials, it reported 720p.

Is anyone else seeing this on your local ION station?

Full disclaimer: SiliconDust is advertises their excellent products on RabbitEars.Info.

Tuesday, January 7 2014

Arizona TV Station Update - December 2013

Wishing everyone a happy 2014!

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • KPAZ-TV 21.x (20) Phoenix (Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona, Inc.) has been granted a license to cover maximization of its facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 20; TL 33-20-3 N, 112-3-42 W (South Mtn.); ERP 1000 kW non-directional; HAAT 489 m.
  • KUDF-LD 14.x Tucson (LM Media Group, Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 14; TL 32-24-54 N, 110-42-56 W (Mt. Bigelow); ERP 3.02 kW directional; HAAT 1080 m.

Continue reading...

Tuesday, December 3 2013

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2013

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • KPAZ-TV 21.x (20) Phoenix (Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona, Inc.) has requested a license to cover its maximized facilities. TBN reports that the station began broadcasting with a maximized signal on November 20. Technical specifications: Ch 20; TL 33-20-3 N, 112-3-42 W (South Mtn.); ERP 1000 kW; HAAT 489 m.

Continue reading...

Tuesday, November 19 2013

Google Depreciating Maps v2

Starting today, Google has depreciated its Maps v2 API. Most of the maps on the site have already been converted to v3, but not all, since there's just so many of the things. Namely, the discontinued services and maps related to the DX Tool. Google is trying to use a wrapper to "bulk" convert v2 maps to v3, but makes no guarantee that it will work.

If you come across a non-functional map on the site, please let me know so I can have a look at it. I want those things to work, even if they're not perfect.

Thursday, November 14 2013

Appearance on Satellite Guys Radio

There was a bit of a technical problem and so while the show did go on, I don't think anyone was able to hear it. As such, here's the link to my appearance on last night's Satellite Nation:

http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/5/556/show_5556895.mp3

Sunday, November 10 2013

Appearance on Satellite Nation This Week

This Wednesday at 8PM ET, I will be appearing on Satellite Nation. If you wish to listen in, it will be streamed here: http://radio.satelliteguys.us/

After the recording is posted, I will make a post with a link to the recording. Have a great week!

Friday, November 8 2013

3,000 TSReader Data Captures!

With many thanks to the hundreds of people who have sent me data on stations across the US and Canada, I am pleased to announce that KTLO-LD is the 3,000th station to feature TSReader data on RabbitEars! Many thanks to Jim Damm for providing the latest batch of data which pushed me over that magic number.

Onward and upward!

Thursday, November 7 2013

New Feature - Repacking Analysis

On July 22, the FCC put out a public notice containing two large data files that could be used for repacking calculations during and after the incentive auction. The first file, called the "domain" file, shows what channels could potentially be used for repacking for each station, taking into account things like land mobile reservations in large markets and allotments in Canada and Mexico that may need protection. The second, called the "interference_paired" file, shows what pairs of stations cannot exist together.

Unfortunately, in their raw form, computers are much better at reading them than people are. I've now written a page which will allow you to look at any station and see what is in both the domain file and the interference_paired file from the July 22 public notice for that station. To access it, just click on the following icon in the Web Listings:

Let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday, November 3 2013

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2013

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • KUDF-LP 14.x Tucson (LM Media Group, Inc.) has applied for a license to cover its digital flash cut construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 14; TL 32-24-54 N, 110-42-56 W (Mt. Bigelow); ERP 3.02 kW directional; HAAT 1080 m.

Continue reading...

Wednesday, October 23 2013

What Does the SatelliteGuys Partnership Mean for RabbitEars?

As you may have seen from his post on Monday here and on SatelliteGuys, that Scott Greczkowski of SatelliteGuys is the new host of RabbitEars. I just wanted to take a moment to explain what this means for RabbitEars.

In a word: Nothing. No changes. RabbitEars has not been sold; I still own and operate the site. Scott has posting permissions on the blog here, but other than his introductory post from Monday, he will only use his posting abilities for notices of scheduled maintenance so he doesn't have to go through me to post them. I've given the top left ad slot to Scott on a full-time basis to link back to SatelliteGuys, but otherwise, the current advertising policy will remain for the top right ad slot and no additional ads will appear on RabbitEars.

I expect only good things to come out of this arrangement, including more redundancy, which should lead to significantly reduced amounts of down time, transition issues such as the current DNS issues aside.

On that subject, the DNS issues should now be resolved, so in 24-48 hours, all should be well.

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