Initial Telecast Pattern Scheduled by KHQ-TV
Spokane Daily Chronicle
KHQ-TV was scheduled to telecast a test pattern today—Spokane’s first.
Tests were to be conducted from 2 to 3 p.m.
Asked when regular telecasts would start, Al G. Sparling, KHQ-TV’s chief engineer, said that will depend on how quickly final essential adjustments can be made.
KHQ, with an 826-foot tower on Moran Prairie, planned to begin test telecasting with its full power of 100,000 watts.
“KHQ-TV is proud to put the first television test pattern on the air, preliminary to launching this entertainment medium into Inland Empire homes,” Richard O. Dunning, president and general manager said.
“Our test pattern will furnish an opportunity to receiving set buyers to adjust and properly tune sets installed in their homes when they tune to Channel 6…the KHQ-TV channel. Our first actual telecasts mark a new era that has followed months of technical research.”
Sparling said the test pattern period will permit the KHQ-TV technical staff to make final adjustments to the complex electronic equipment and also will be utilized for additional training of the engineering staff.
“The test pattern will go on the air at scheduled times to permit its maximum utilization by service men installing sets in homes,” he said. “The test pattern will be on the air Tuesday from 11 a.m. until noon and from 8 to 9 p.m.”
Sparling said additional studio equipment, including a film projector and slide equipment, must be received and installed before commercial programming can begin.
Edward Craney, general manager of KXLY-TV, which has Channel 4, could not be contacted today for comment as to when the station would start telecasting. He previously said he hoped to be on the air by Christmas.
Most of the time during the last two weeks he has been supervising work on Mount Spokane, site of the station’s tower and transmitter.
Norman Hawkins, TV manager for KXLY-TV, said Craney reported the crew on Mount Spokane was hampered Sunday by high winds, bad icing conditions and 30 inches of snow. Craney was on the mountain today but could not be reached because of line difficulties.
Monday December 8, 1952