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2013-03-18 02:30 PM
Jase88
CHEX digital conversion

Several posts regarding CHEX converting to digital have been moved to the Lake Ontario North Shore Station Status thread.
2013-03-04 05:37 PM
jihenry The sound is out of sink on chch here other than that I don't see any issues right now.
2013-03-04 04:34 PM
ota_canuck
CHCH 11RF screen size re-format?

CHCH 11RF is having some feed glitches, popping, static, freezes on their main news within the live coverage framed portion. The banners and side views are not being affected, so likely it is due to some technical feed problems while they re-format the screen size and layout. Earlier in the day I noticed that the layout had been resized and reorganized to fit the 16:9 format at little better. Could they be getting their HDformat better aligned to go to their UHF debut soon? Maybe!
2012-08-27 11:08 AM
GeorgeMx
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Originally Posted by Marbles_00 View Post
...Strange they would use a CHCH feed. Guess they have special permissions to rebroadcast a competitor feed? ...
More likely that a technician just grabbed a feed for testing purposes and made a simple mistake.
2012-08-27 10:35 AM
Marbles_00
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It is CKVP (CTV2) testing on RF 42.
Thanks for the info.

Strange they would use a CHCH feed. Guess they have special permissions to rebroadcast a competitor feed? Is this the signal from the Hamilton tower...or the Fonthill one (don't have these two proposed signals worked out yet in my head).

Good signal when it was in...hopefully when they go fully live, it's just as good.
2012-08-27 09:57 AM
dsspredator
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Originally Posted by Marbles_00 View Post
I'm getting CHCH on RF 42.
It is CKVP (CTV2) testing on RF 42.
2012-08-27 03:03 AM
ota_canuck Very strange event
CHCH does not broadcast or have any repeaters that use 42RF or 42psip.
2012-08-27 02:38 AM
Marbles_00 I'm getting CHCH on RF 42. First time for this. Tropo? Isn't 42 supposed to be for the new CTV2?




*UPDATE*
That capture was around 1:00am. As of now the signal is gone.
2012-08-26 11:02 PM
El Gran Chico There were interventions filed to GeorgeMx's point. I agree as well. I'm betting the RF 15 will get about as many complaints the underpowered RF 11 did last year.
2012-08-26 09:56 PM
majortom 18 is in use in London by TVO.
2012-08-26 05:47 PM
ota_canuck Or back to UHF 18RF?
2012-08-26 10:57 AM
dsspredator
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Originally Posted by GeorgeMx View Post
CHCH should work with Industry Canada to move a clear UHF channel into Hamilton that is not compromised by an existing Canadian or US station.
Maybe RF 21 or 46?
2012-08-25 01:45 PM
GeorgeMx
CHCH Channel Assignment

You have to wonder if channel 15 is still the best option for CHCH, given the fact that CBC, SRC and TVO have abandoned analog and don't intend to activate replacement digital transmitters. Channel 15 is a bad assignment, hobbled by the contour protected 'community' station serving Buffalo.

The overall Industry Canada digital frequency plan allowed for all existing analogue allocations, not just operating stations, to get a digital channel. The frequency plan together with the actions of CBC, SRC and TVO, results in all kinds of smaller and even medium sized locations having channel assignments that are not likely to be used in the foreseeable future, if ever. CHCH should work with Industry Canada to move a clear UHF channel into Hamilton that is not compromised by an existing Canadian or US station. Alternatively, they could stick with channel 15, find a new allocation for the Buffalo station and pay for the cost of the channel change.

I believe that moving from high VHF to a compromised UHF channel is a bad move for CHCH and they are wise to delay the change. A directional pattern to protect Kingston and Rochester coupled with much higher power on channel 11 could achieve better results than the current channel 15 plan. CTV put 45 kilowatts into the directional pattern on channel 10 from London which seems to work for the Kitchener area.

With more power, a small high VHF antenna would work in many locations and allow for VHF/UHF combining rather than two UHF antennas pointing in different directions. Combining UHF antennas pointing in different directions has a technical penalty as the antenna pointing in the 'wrong' direction for a given channel increases the potential for interference from co-channel stations during periods of high tropospheric activity. There may also be multipath and signal to noise consequences particularly if separate pre-amps are used.
2012-08-15 09:16 PM
roger1818
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Originally Posted by El Gran Chico View Post
To my knowledge, none of the other broadcasters that wanted to move from VHF to UHF post-transition have completed their work either.
I gather CBOFT in Ottawa is planning to make the change in November. I seem to remember they got approval in March or April to give you an idea of the timeframe. I know everyone is anxious but these things take time. Remember good thing come to those who wait.
2012-08-15 06:12 PM
El Gran Chico
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.. typically they are given about 2 years to use their license and can apply for extensions beyond that.
And remember as the CRTC pointed out in the CBC / TVO cases, a license is an authorization to broadcast, NOT an obligation to broadcast. CHCH has essentially no time pressure to fire up the RF 15 transmitter and remain on RF 11. To my knowledge, none of the other broadcasters that wanted to move from VHF to UHF post-transition have completed their work either.
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