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KUVM-LD trying yet again for a new channel

Poor Mako Communications. It’s having trouble finding a new home for KUVM-LD (channel 10), currently broadcasting on channel 40. In November 2010, it applied for displacement to channel 14, claiming it was being interfered with by KUBE. In April 2011, the FCC put the onus on KUVM-LD to prove that it was actually being interfered with, or risk having the application dismissed.

They tried again last month, applying for channel 18. That application has not been disposed of yet, but Mako must not be confident that it will get that new channel, because they have now filed to move to channel 22. That’s adjacent to low-power KVQT on channel 21, and full-power KLTJ on channel 23.

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Flea-powered Daystar translator files for power hike

Daystar has filed an application to increase the effective radiated power of its translator, KDHU-LD channel 50 (physical channel 7) from 300 watts to 3 kW.

This channel runs Daystar network programming 24 hours a day. It simulcasts Daystar’s full-power station, KLTJ channel 22, except during some locally-originated programs.

The current 300 W signal is barely viewable outside the immediate area of Missouri City and southwest Houston.

Big power increase for KLTJ

Daystar’s KLTJ has greatly increased its transmitter power from 2 kW to 350 kW. This will extend its over-the-air coverage a great deal, and areas like Conroe, Hempstead, El Campo and Galveston should find it much easier to tune in channel 22.

Here is a Google map comparison between the old coverage area and the new coverage area.

This year’s most unnecessary simulcast goes to…

Daystar’s KDHU-LD, on channel 50 (RF channel 7), which is simulcasting co-owned KLTJ with single-track Daystar programming.

KDHU-LD was classified as a “digital companion station” to the old analog KDHU, channel 50. Never heard of that one? That’s because it’s licensed to Louise with a (theoretical) tower in El Campo. The digital companion station zombie-walked its way onto the Missouri City tower.

KDHU-LD is broadcasting with 300 watts of power, meaning reception is going to be difficult outside the immediate radius of the Missouri City towers. At home, my set tries to lock on but can’t manage to seize the signal. I was finally able to take my portable TV out to Missouri City and verify that it’s on the air.

Since the station is repeating KLTJ, there’s no need to do a rescan for this one, even if you could get it.

I suspect Daystar is prepping KDHU for sale. It’s useless to them otherwise since it is co-sited with KLTJ.