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Test Pattern Is Broadcast on Television Tryout Here

December 9, 1952

The Spokesman-Review

A home entertainment milestone was passed in Spokane yesterday when KHQ-TV successfully conducted the city’s first television signal broadcast.

A TV test pattern and the National Broadcasting Company’s TV station identification were telecast from 2 to 3 p.m. and from 4:20 to 4:30 p.m. The telecasts (not to be confused with closed-circuit TV broadcasting) caused considerable excitement at retail TV stores in Downtown Spokane—not to mention that at KHQ’s business offices and transmitter site.

A.G. Sparling, chief engineer of KHQ-TV, said the initial telecasts were conducted with the station’s full power of 100,000 watts. The signals came from the station’s 826-foot tower on Moran Prairie.

Tuning and Adjusting

TV stores were jammed during the first telecast period with Spokane residents who were seeing their first TV broadcasting. No word of the telecast period came until an announcement at 2 p.m. over KHQ Radio—at which time personnel in some stores rushed to hook up demonstration sets to necessary antennas so reception would be possible.

KHQ’s television test pattern is similar to many others used nationally, and consists of the typical ringed and barred patterns which are used throughout the United States to tune and adjust TV receivers in the home. The station identification or “signature” reads: “KHQ-TV, first in Spokane. Channel 6. NBC affiliate. 100,000 watts.”

Sparling said the pattern and signature telecasts would be on the air from time to time in the future as work continues on readying the station’s TV equipment for continuous operation “soon after the new year.” Scheduled for today are 11 a.m. to noon and 8 to 9 p.m. telecast periods.

Telephone calls flooded the KHQ business office at the Radio Central Building during the telecasts. A majority of the callers sought the due date of KHQ-TV’s scheduled telecasting, which at this time is not known even to station officials.

“There will be additional test pattern telecasts from time to time during the day and evening and work continues on various pieces of broadcast equipment,” said Sparling. “TV service men will be able to utilize the patterns in making receiver installations in Spokane homes.”

Yet to be received by KHQ-TV are film slide and projection equipment, which must be installed before scheduled telecasting can begin, Sparling added.

Delayed by Storms

Meanwhile, technicians of KXLY-TV, the Columbia Broadcasting System’s Channel 4 outlet here, continue to work toward the day when they can start their operations from the top of Mount Spokane. KXLY-TV has announced it hopes to offer telecasts by Christmas.

Blizzards, which laced the mountain Saturday and Sunday, hampered installation work and technical testing. Icing conditions, along with almost three feet of snow blown by high winds, slowed the work, according to Norman Hawkins, the station’s TV manager.

Tuesday, December 9, 1952

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