TV Testing Patterns Here Reported Clear and Strong
Spokane Daily Chronicle
Spokane was a big step closer to regular television today with KHQ-TV successfully conducting test patterns for the first time yesterday afternoon.
Several dealers and distributors of TV receiving sets telephoned the station to comment that the initial tests came in with a clear, strong picture, Richard O. Dunning, president and general manager of the station said.
“Many of the calls were from outlying areas,” Dunning said. “Some received the tests satisfactorily. Some didn’t. A good example was the response from the Tri-City area where reception was varied. We hope through the tests to iron out that problem before network shows go on the air.”
Tests to Continue
The test pattern and the National Broadcasting Company’s TV station identification were broadcast yesterday from 2 to 3 p.m. and from 4:20 to 4:30 p.m. Further tests will be conducted daily.
KHQ-TV, allotted very high frequency Channel 6, has an 826-foot tower on Moran prairie, directly south of Spokane. The station’s full power is 100,000 watts.
A.G. Sparling, chief engineer, said the tests will enable residents who already have sets in their homes to get proper servicing so that set and antenna will be in working order by the time network shows go on the air.
Neither Dunning nor Sparling would set a date as to when the regular telecasts will start. “We’re still short some film slide and projector equipment which we must have before any network programs are possible,” he said.
Edward Craney, general manager of KXLY-TV, which was granted Channel 4 last July and is building a tower and transmitter on Mount Spokane, said today work is progressing steadily on the mountain despite adverse weather.
A crew of five men is employed installing transmitter equipment in the two-story concrete building and connecting the coaxial cable on the 150-foot tower and 50-foot antenna.
Bad winds over the weekend piled up the snow in the wrong places, Craney said. “We have a 22-foot snowdrift which reaches to the roof of the transmitter building on the east side,” he said.
Crewmen, he said, are traveling the last two miles to the mountain top on snowshoes, but a worse hazard is ice conditions.
The tower, Craney declared, has 18 inches of frost which could, if a sudden thaw came, dump tons of ice onto the transmitter building.
Tuesday, December 9, 1952