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KFOR overhauling translators

KFOR crews are in the process of upgrading all of the translator towers in northwest Oklahoma. First up was the Seiling tower this week, where they removed the old high band and low band VHF antenna arrays and installed new digital transmitters and antennas on the tower. When this week’s redo is complete, the tranlators at Seiling, Mooreland, Gage, and Alva will retransmit digital signals of Oklahoma City TV stations 4, 9, 25, 34, and 43.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted September 15, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Nice. Now that the digital transition is mostly complete, I happy to see some stations upgrading their plant and equipment. I wonder if KWTV can now begin to think about installing the stuff needed for Dolby Digital sound.

  2. NWHDTV
    Posted October 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    I Live a few miles from the Alva/Cherokee site and can receive all the HDTV translator stations at approx. 100% but at night or early morning some of the stations are not visible. It seems the reception is poor from OKC to the translator receive but strong from the translator to My TV as indicated by the signal strength Meter. There are about 10 HDTV signals and they all come and go at various times. Do the translators receive these signals directly over the air? I have not been able to speak with a tech about these issues. Does anyone know if these can be remedied or if they are aware of this situation. I was hoping they could use a feed from another system like Seiling or Woodward to receive a more consistent signal from OKC.

  3. ggore
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    It used to be that the signals were first received at the Seiling tower, retransmitted, then the next tower would use those signals to retransmit at another frequency, and so on. I don’t know if it is still that way or not. The Seiling tower is 78 miles from the transmitters, so there are some dropouts from time to time, but by and large these signals are pretty strong. The 34 signal has been iffy the past few days but I assume that is because they are still tuning the CoolTV secondary channel.

  4. NWHDTV
    Posted October 8, 2010 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your response. Its like today, The only stations I can receive are 30.1 30.2 30.3 and 30.4 from the Alva translators and sometimes even those go down. 4,9,25,34, and 43 are non existent. I am also receiving some signals from 38.1-4 I think from Ponca City OETA that normally don’t lock. I used to have little problem with 4,25, and 43 before they were tranlsated digitally. They were not crystal clear but I dont think it lost signal from tower to tower. Do you think the technicians involved know about this or will fine tune to reduce dropouts? Are you involved with overhauling of these translators? We are thankful to have these translators out here in rural Ok Just wish we could get a more consistent signal. Thanks again

  5. ggore
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    I don’t have anything to do with the translators, I’m just a cable operator in NW OK and we use those signals on our system at Taloga, some as main signal and some for backup Channel 4 owns the whole translator system now, I don’t know who is in charge as I’ve never talked to anyone there about it.

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