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Monday, March 2 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - February 2020

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

New Licenses

  • K04QP-D 4.x Casas Adobes (KVOA License LLC) was granted a license to cover its modified construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 4; TL 32° 14' 57" N, 111° 7' 0" W (Tucson Mtns.); ERP 1.7 kW (non-directional); HAAT 606 m.
  • KHDF-CD 19.x Las Vegas NV (HC2 Network Inc.) has requested a license to cover its move to a different tower at the main site on Black Mountain with a reduction of power. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 36° 0' 27" N, 115° 0' 27" W (Black Mtn. main site); ERP 7.5 kW directional (0.25° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 339 m.

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Monday, February 3 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - January 2020

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

New Licenses

  • KDOS-LD 19.x Globe (KTVW License Partnership GP) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 33° 17' 21" N, 110° 49' 47" W (Pinal Peak); ERP 12 kW directional (2° electrical beam tilt, 1° mechanical); HAAT 1000 m.
  • K16FB-D Globe (Unimas Partnership of Phoenix) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 18; TL 33° 17' 21" N, 110° 49' 47" W (Signal Peak); ERP 10 kW directional (2° elec beam tilt, 1° mech); HAAT 1001 m.

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Saturday, January 11 2020

Neil Peart: See You Again Sometime Down the Road...

Edited, and likely to continue to be edited, to tweak phrasing and add more links to articles.

The news was so unexpected. I was waiting at home to pick my wife up from the Metro station and go to dinner, and just decided to peek at Facebook for repack news. I saw a post from Scott Fybush saying he wasn't sure why Q107 in Toronto hadn't gone all Rush. That could only be bad news. I went to RushIsABand as I often do, and there it was.

I don't know that I'm ready to live in a world without Neil Peart. I know that he was retired and we likely weren't going to hear more music from him, but it was enough to know that he was out there, hopefully enjoying life in his well-deserved retirement. Living in the same world as him was enough.

My wife doesn't really get my relationship to Rush, unfortunately. My father is a Rush fan. I probably heard Rush in the womb before I was born. Some of my earliest memories are of listening to Rush in the house in New Jersey before my family moved to Virginia when I was 6. My first concert was Rush. My dad had Rush pictures and lyrics from some of his favorite songs like "Witch Hunt" and "Bravado" on the wall in the house. I spent my college years listening to Rush on a loop, essentially. I turned "Xanadu" into a unit of time that was 12 minutes in length. (My first year of college, it took 1 and a half Xanadus to leave my dorm room, get to the dining hall to pick up food, and come back and continue working on RabbitEars.) I used to wear a Rush wristband every day, until my last one broke. Rush lyrics are at the bottom of most of the pages of this website and in the signature sections of most of my message board accounts. Rush has never not been there in one form or another.

I had always wanted to be a drummer because of Neil Peart and Rush. I never became one, but I still drum my fingers along to things, in the car or on my laptop's palm rest. But he wasn't just the drummer, he was the lyricist. And quite the lyricist he was. I knew the word "alienation" a lot younger than most people would because Neil used it in "Limelight." He was not afraid to use the right word, even if it was a bigger word than one might expect to find in rock music. He wasn't afraid to put deep messages into Rush's songs.

The fact of the matter is that I felt like Rush spoke about me at times. I never really cared what other people thought, and wouldn't be where I am if I had. So did they. After their Caress of Steel album was poorly received, they were told to make a more radio friendly album; they responded, instead, by releasing the 2112 album, which had the 20 minute long "2112" as the first track, having decided they would prefer to fail genuinely than cater to the preferences of the label. Their music was full of messages that resonated. My favorite song is "Witch Hunt," about how people can be so easily whipped up into a frenzy over things they don't understand, even when there's nothing inherently bad about those things. I love "Subdivisions," about how people feel they need to fit in and how hard it is for people who don't. As you read about them, you'll find so many others identify with songs like "Subdivisions" or "Everyday Glory" or many others.

But beyond that, they are good people. I'm currently reading my sister's Christmas gift to me, Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth, The Official Touring History. There's so much commentary from so many about how nice they were to people around them. And, of course, you're seeing it now in the outpouring in social media. I've seen multiple postcards on Twitter from people who had written Neil, and Neil found the time to write them back. People who got through to the shy guy who had no problem performing before thousands but couldn't handle receiving a compliment spoke of a wonderfully kind and gracious person. I fully believe it.

And it's not just me who feels such affection for these guys that most of us have never met. If you really want a sense of it, go watch the video of the beginning of the ceremony for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was something that Rush fans pushed for many years, and even other bands wondered why Rush hadn't made it in yet.

When I heard the news, for as many people quoted songs like Tom Sawyer, Closer to the Heart, The Spirit of Radio, Afterimage (about the sudden loss of a friend the group worked with), or The Garden (the last song on the last album), the first song I personally wanted to hear was Natural Science. I thought it was an odd choice for the moment, but when I was finally able to listen to it, I made the choice to have the lyrics before me as I listened, and I decided my subconscious made the right call. From the end of the song:

"Wave after wave
Will flow with the tide
And bury the world as it does
Tide after tide
Will flow and recede
Leaving life to go on as it was..."

It will be okay.

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Lawrence Gowan of Styx performed part of Limelight last night. It's beautiful.

Proposal for a statue at Lakeside Park
Editorial on the memorial
Tribute to Peart overdue says mayor

Selected reading:
Geddy Lee
Donna Halper
Chris Stankee
Lesley Choyce
Mike Goldberg
National Post
The Guardian
Buffalo News
LA Times
Space.com
National Review
Billboard
Mike Portnoy on Facebook
Mike Portnoy
Fantoons
Philip Wilding
Diogenes Communications
NPR
Stephen Humphries
The American Conservative
Las Vegas Review-Journal
John Ivison
The New Yorker
The Globe and Mail
Scott Blitstein
Inc.com
Rolling Stone
Toronto Sun
The Star
Kenny Aronoff
Scott Travis
Patrick Lyons
Alexander Kunz
ECW Press
Kevin J. Anderson on Facebook
Velvet Thunder
The Week
Styx' Todd Sucherman
Prince George Citizen
Washington Post
Houston Press
The Chronicle Herald
Matt Crossman
A Fox News Sports Report Script - YouTube
Triumph's Gil Moore
New York Times
Hudson Music
Eric Garcia
CBR
Global News - Winnipeg
Vinay Menon
Sonic Perspectives
NoLa.com
Ultimate Classic Rock
Newsweek
Godsmack's Sully Erna
MusicTap
Ross Halfin
Marty Morin
The Music Express
Max Mobley
Sound and Vision
Herald Extra
The Post-Journal
Charleston Gazette-Mail
VICE
Buffalo Rising
A Journal of Musical Things
Doane Perry on Facebook - "This was always my first question when I saw him. “Any pain?” I asked. “No pain”, came the reply. "
Kevin J. Anderson Photo
Pop Matters
Cato Institute
Inside the Setlist
SPIN - 5 Most Powerful Song Lyrics - I actually agree with four of five.
Chicago Sun-Times
Melita Hoffman
AIER
Casey Neill
Andrew Berthoff
Tor.com

Junkdrummer TV (on YouTube)
Gonzalo Lira (on YouTube)
Rush on South Park, Family Guy, Trailer Park Boys

A recommended playlist of songs that weren't top hits for those who want to hear some more obscure highlights:
Natural Science
Witch Hunt
Vital Signs
Afterimage
Marathon
Bravado
Resist
The Pass
Presto
Working Them Angels
Good News First
Headlong Flight
The Garden

Saturday, January 4 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - December 2019

Wishing all a blessed and prosperous 2020!

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

New Licenses

  • K16FB-D Globe (Unimas Partnership of Phoenix) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 18; TL 33° 17' 21" N, 110° 49' 47" W (Signal Peak); ERP 10 kW directional (2° electrical 1° mechanical beam tilt); HAAT 1001 m.
  • K30GL 6.x Many Farms (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has requested a license to cover its construction permit to flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 30; TL 36° 27' 37" N, 109° 5' 36" W (Roof Butte); ERP 5.11 kW directional; HAAT 734 m.

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Wednesday, December 11 2019

New Rush Quotes

I'm sure this is the update everyone was waiting for--I've added three more Rush quotes to the rotation at the bottom of the pages.

For those who want to see the full set, here they are.

"Bright antennae bristle with the energy..." - Rush "The Spirit of Radio"
"Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand..." - Rush "Witch Hunt"
"If I could wave my magic wand, I'd make everything alright..." - Rush "Presto"
"Everybody got to deviate from the norm..." - Rush "Vital Signs"
"In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big!" - Rush "Caravan"
"Cruising in primetime, soaking up the cathode rays...!" - Rush "Between the Wheels"
"Art as expression, not as market campaigns, will still capture our imagination." - Rush "Natural Science"
"If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice!" - Rush "Freewill"
"He picks up scraps of conversation, radio and radiation..." - Rush "Digital Man"
"And the knowledge that they fear is a weapon to be used against them..." - Rush "The Weapon"
"The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect..." - Rush "The Garden"
"Clockwork angels, the people raise their hands... as if to fly..." - Rush "Clockwork Angels"
"Invisible airwaves crackle with life..." - Rush "The Spirit of Radio"

Thursday, December 5 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2019

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

New Licenses

  • KDOS-LD 19.x Globe (KTVW License Partnership GP) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 33° 17' 21" N, 110° 49' 47" W (Pinal Peak); ERP 12 kW directional (2° electrical beam tilt, 1° mechanical); HAAT 1000 m.
  • K19LV-D 9.x St. George UT (Utah State Board of Regents) has requested a license to cover its construction permit to increase power and to change its antenna, adding electrical beam tilt. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 37° 3' 50" N, 113° 34' 23" W (Webb Hill); ERP 0.7 kW (1.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 82 m.

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Monday, December 2 2019

One Year Later

Saturday, November 2 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2019

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

Programming Changes

  • KOLD-TV 13.x (32/13) Tucson (Gray Television Licensee LLC) has been announced as a charter affiliate of the new Circle TV diginet, set to launch in January. Circle TV is a joint venture between Opryland Entertainment Group and Gray Television, and plans to offer both linear television and an OTT (over-the-top) streaming service. The diginet will most likely appear on channel 13.3, which is currently vacant.
  • K14RK-D 38.x Phoenix (Spanish Independent Broadcast Network LLC) has dropped Car Credit TV from its lineup and brought Rev'n back. Channel 38.5 is now PAWS, AKA the squirrel channel, and channel 38.7 is once again Rev'n.

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Tuesday, October 1 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - September 2019

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

New Licenses

  • K20FO Sierra Vista (KVOA License LLC) requested and was granted a license to cover its displacement flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 28; TL 31° 28' 54" N, 109° 57' 35" W (Juniper Flats); ERP 15 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); 657 m.
  • K45LU-D 5.x Window Rock (The Navajo Nation) requested and was granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 35° 40' 51" N, 109° 3' 11" W (Tribal Hill Dr. near Roswell Dr.); ERP 2.52 kW directional (1.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT -42 m. (21 m. AGL).

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Thursday, September 5 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - August 2019

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

Programming Changes

  • KVOA 4.x (23) Tucson (KVOA License LLC) has been spotted testing two new subchannels, 4.4 and 4.5. Channel 4.4 has been announced as the Tucson affiliate of the DABL lifestyle network, which launches September 9. It is unknown whether channel 4.5 will actually debut, and if so, what programming it will carry. The new subchannels will also appear on its translators.
  • KPHO-TV 5.x (17) Phoenix (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has been announced as the Phoenix affiliate of the DABL lifestyle network that launches September 9. DABL is expected to air on channel 5.3 and will also appear on KPHO's translators.

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Monday, September 2 2019

Doug Lung Shout Out to RabbitEars Search Map

Doug Lung wrote an article on Phase 4 of the repack for TV Technology, and in doing so, highlighted the RabbitEars Search Map as a tool to use for resolving reception issues. Thanks, Doug!

Link is here: https://www.tvtechnology.com/repack...

Tuesday, August 13 2019

Away from Keyboard

This is a note that I will be out of town and away from my keyboard until the middle of next week. I may find a bit of time here and there to work on things, but spent yesterday on a plane and am now several time zones away from home. Don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a while.

Tuesday, August 6 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2019

The Arizona TV Station Update covers news about TV stations viewable in my home state of Arizona. I claim no rights to the format, so if anyone wishes to report news about other regions, please contact the webmaster.

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

New Licenses

  • KEJR-LD 40.x Phoenix (HC2 Station Group Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit and to change towers within the South Mountain antenna farm. Technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 59" W (South Mountain); ERP 15 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 471 m.
  • KTVP-LD 23.x Phoenix (HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit and to change towers within the South Mountain antenna farm. Technical specifications: Ch 23; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 59" W (South Mountain); ERP 15 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 471 m.

Continue reading...

Sunday, July 21 2019

RabbitEars Search Map Enters Public Beta

I'm pleased to launch the RabbitEars Search Map into public beta. I mentioned in my previous site update that I wanted to do it, but it stuck in my head and I decided to buckle down, dedicate most of my evenings and weekends to it. It's paid off, and I think it will work out really well.

So here's where to go see it: https://www.rabbitears.info/searchm...

It gives multiple means of choosing a location, the results have a handy link to a page that anonymizes the results, it's a ton faster than the existing search code, and there are nifty maps and diagrams to help understand what is going on in specific situations. Please feel free to provide as much feedback, good and bad, as possible. I want to know what I got right and what I got wrong. If I got things wrong, I can probably adjust them.

Beyond that, there are a few things I want to note about it.

First, if you have questions, please be sure to read the instructions. If they're not clear and/or don't answer your question, please let me know. I want them to hold the answers to all the questions people have, if possible.

Second, the terrain path profiles remain under construction. If at some point you look at it and it looks wrong or doesn't work, wait a few minutes and try again. I'm probably working on it. If it lasts a long time, let me know as I may not have noticed that I broke it, or you may have found a corner case that I need to investigate. But the key thing I'm still working on is trying to make it possible to either adjust the height of the display or, preferably, automate the resizing of the height. It's proving more difficult than I expected, and I decided not to hold the release of the whole tool over that one item.

Third, unlike other things on the site, the underlying database is a snapshot of the RabbitEars database as computed each morning. This was done to help speed things along; by dumping the database once into a simplified format, rather than having to parse all the LMS tables each time a search is run, the speed was drastically improved. Additionally, in the interest of consistency, these rows are stored along with the results for a study, so the information in the result link should remain consistent even if the database changes. The only exception is the repack data column; that is tied to live data because it may provide an insight into what's going on for someone who is confused about the current status of things.

Fourth... I feel like I'm forgetting something. I may update this post in the next few days if I think of more comments I wanted to make.

Finally, I'd like some people to check behind me on some of the math. I'm reasonably confident in it, but having additional eyes on it would make me feel a whole lot better. There are three things, specifically, that I am concerned about.

1) The formula for converting from dBuV/m to dBmV in the unit conversions. (The dBmV is then converted to either dBm or dBuV if necessary--those conversions are fine.) I derived the formula from two other formulas with common elements, but I'm not entirely certain I applied them correctly or even that my result makes sense. I don't do a lot of these types of conversions. My end result was:

20 * LOG10 ( ( POW ( 10, ( s.field / 20 ) ) / ( .021 * s.freq ) ) / 1000 )

Where s.field is the field strength in dBuV/m, and s.freq is the center frequency of the station in question. If someone has a different formula that is more correct, please let me know.

2) The formula for earth bulge as used in the terrain path profiles. I already changed it once.

( ( 1000 ) * ( 1 / ( 2 * 6370 ) ) * ( $dist * ( $terrain_len - $dist ) ) ) / ( 4 / 3 )

Where $dist is the distance from the beginning of the profile, and $terrain_len is the total length of the profile.

3) Also in the terrain path profile, I'm a bit concerned that I am oversimplifying the geometry. I'm just applying the earth bulge formula to the terrain path profile and that's it. Does anyone think it makes a significant difference whether or not I factor in the full geometry at the transmit and receive ends, or is this good enough?

Tuesday, July 9 2019

FCC Database Conversion and Site Usage Questions

While I moved most of the underlying FCC database-driven things on RabbitEars from CDBS to LMS about a year and a half ago, the CDBS facility table had remained in place rather than the new LMS facility table. That has now been remedied. It's not 100% finished, as particularly the Network Grid and the Statistics pages need a lot of work that I've yet to do. I'd say I'm more than 80% there, across the board, on the move to LMS. Some things definitely need some more polish, and if you come across something that doesn't work properly, please either comment here or e-mail me with a link to the page in question and a brief description of what's wrong. (I'm aware of the problem with the TSID page, just haven't done anything about it yet.)

I'm also working toward a new TVFool-like search function. I've shown a few people a new map-driven search page, and after some thought, I've decided to rewrite the actual search code as well, in an effort to speed it up. I don't know how long this will take, but I have the basic code design figured out, and it should help. I just need to implement it, which is of course the hard part.

On a semi-related note, are there people who use the Statistics page, or the various Advanced pages? I'm trying to figure out if there are things I can discontinue, as some of the maintenance is pretty hard on some of these things, and I don't really use them. So if nobody else does... (For the record, I am definitely keeping the Network Grid, just that it needs a complete overhaul as it is one of the slowest pages on the site. I want to do a complete overhaul and upgrade at once rather than upgrade it and then overhaul it.)

Thursday, July 4 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2019

The Arizona TV Station Update covers news about TV stations viewable in my home state of Arizona. I claim no rights to the format, so if anyone wishes to report news about other regions, please contact the webmaster.

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

New Licenses

  • KEJR-LD 40.x Phoenix (HC2 Station Group Inc.) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit and to change towers within the South Mountain antenna farm. Technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 59" W (South Mountain); ERP 15 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 471 m.
  • KTVP-LD 23.x Phoenix (HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc.) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit and to change towers within the South Mountain antenna farm. Technical specifications: Ch 23; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 59" W (South Mountain); ERP 15 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 471 m.

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Monday, June 10 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - May 2019

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

New Licenses

  • KFPB-LD 50.x (25) Globe (Globe LPTV LLC) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 4' 0" W (South Mountain); ERP 5.5 kW directional (2.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 480 m.

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Thursday, May 2 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - April 2019

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

New Licenses

  • KVPA-LD 42.x (34) Phoenix (KRCA License LLC, Debtor-in-Possession) requested and has been granted a license to cover its construction permit to vacate the 600 MHz band. Technical specifications: Ch 34; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 4' 0" W (South Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional (2° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 465 m.
  • K38GR-D 15.x Meadview (Mohave County Board of Supervisors) requested and has been granted a license to cover its construction permit to vacate the 600 MHz band. Technical specifications: Ch 21; TL 35° 51' 48" N, 114° 5' 48" W (Patterson Slope); ERP 1.05 kW directional; HAAT 218 m.

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Monday, April 8 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - March 2019

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

New Licenses

  • KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its final post-repack facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 27; TL 33° 20' 1" N, 112° 3' 47" W (South Mtn.); ERP 445 kW directional (0.95° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 551 m.]
  • K39FY Zuni NM (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has requested a license to cover its transition to digital on RF channel 26. Its new call sign will be K26OV-D. Technical specifications: Ch 26; TL 35° 6' 50" N, 108° 44' 8" W (E of Zuni Pueblo NM); ERP 0.83 kW directional; HAAT 94 m.

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Saturday, March 2 2019

Arizona TV Station Update - February 2019

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

With Repack Phase 2 well underway, things have become very quiet in Arizona and surrounding communities in California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.

Programming Changes

  • K36NE-D 43.x Las Vegas NV (HC2 Station Group Inc.) has once again added channels 43.2 and 43.3, but instead of Seventh-Day Adventist programming provided by the station's previous owner, these subchannels now offer infomercials and shopping. Channel 43.2 is now OnTV4U.

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