KVAL's plan for termination of analog operations


KVAL-TV, located at 4575 Blanton Road in Eugene, Ore., intends to terminate analog operations on June 12, 2009, at or about 12:35 a.m. 
At that time, KVAL will also change the channel on which we broadcast our digital signal, moving from UHF to VHF channel 13. To continue receiving KVAL, you will need a DTV-ready television set, a digital converter box, or a subscription to a pay television service such as cable, satellite, or some telephone systems.
It will take KVAL engineers an hour or two to make the changes necessary to begin broadcasting our digital signal on the new channel. It is our intention to have all the work completed and the transmitter back on the air by 5am.
In order to receive all of the digital signals offered in Eugene, it is necessary to re-scan all digital television sets and converter boxes. You will know you are receiving the digital signals when your screen shows KVAL as 13.1 and 13.2 (some sets will show 13-1 and 13-2).
You may also have to check that you have the correct antenna to receive all of the local digital channels. In the Eugene/Springfield area, you will find digital television signals on both the VHF and UHF bands. Your antenna, whether indoor or outdoor, will need to be able to receive both of the bands to enjoy all of the free over-the-air television available.
Converter boxes and antennas are available at many local retailers. The NTIA is making two $40 DTV coupons available to each household to help pay for up to two converter boxes. Apply online at www.dtv2009.gov or by calling 1-888-DTV-2009 (888-388-2009).
Additional information is available on these websites:
or by calling: DTV Hotline and FCC Consumer Center: 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322)
To register comments or request information, please contact KVAL at: 4575 Blanton Road, Eugene, OR 97405; through www.kval.com; or phone (541) 342-4961.

KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon intends to terminate analog operations on June 12, 2009. At that time the station will be broadcasting only in the digital format. If you are receiving the station's signal through a cable or satellite provider, you should continue to receive the station without taking any further action. If you are receiving the station over-the-air, may need a converter box if your television set is not DTV ready. Converter boxes may be obtained at local electronic stores. Should you wish to register comments or request information, please contact the station at: 4575 Blanton Road,. Eugene, OR 97405, through KVAL.com, or phone (541) 342-4961.

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The transmission and reception of Digital TV significantly enhances visual resolution, color, noise reduction and supports high fidelity multi-channel audio reproduction. There are several digital formats, ranging from converted analog material having a 4:3 aspect ratio (width / height of the picture), to a wide screen 16:9 aspect ratio. The 4:3 digital signal utilizes some 300,000 individual pixels to construct an image. The 16:9 digital signal has two formats. The first, constructs the image with 720 horizontal lines and 920,000 pixels. The second constructs the image with 1080 horizontal lines and 2,073,000 pixels. The higher number of pixels yields higher visual resolution.

CBS and KVAL have chosen the 1080 / 2,073,000 standard for digital transmissions. During those periods of the broadcast day where there is no source of a high definition signal, KVAL converts its channel 13 analog signals to the digital standard, yielding the enhancements mentioned above. KVAL is currently working towards providing additional digital information to the viewer, combined with the TV data.

To view KVAL-DT, reception of UHF channel 25 is required, which in some instances will require the use of an outdoor antenna. The latter may be any commercially available type. A critical aspect of the installation is that the antenna is aimed at our transmitter on Blanton Heights. At this time, KVAL is transmitting a moderate level of RF power, which will be increased substantially by early summer. KVAL is currently compiling an area map of coverage, which when completed, will enable us to assist viewers with recommendations for the type of antenna to use in a specific area. Digital transmission is very different from analog. If a viewer has a consistent picture, it should be digitally correct. There is no visible ghosting or noise, such as may have been seen with a marginal analog signal. However, if the received digital signal is of inadequate strength, reception may vary from perfect to none. This is called the digital "cliff effect" and may be helped with careful attention to the receiving antenna and cable connected to the TV. It is not recommended that splitters be installed unless they are of professional quality, and there is adequate signal received in order to accommodate the 50% loss incurred in splitting then signal.

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