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Old 22-Nov-2010, 8:25 PM   #1
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WCTE-DT Cookeville, TN, Transmitter & Antenna

For WCTE-DT (Channel 22), it appears that TVfool lists maximum ERP of 200 KW, and effective ERP that are consistent with a construction permit (authorizing a new transmitter and top-mounted antenna) that has not yet been implemented.

See article, "Strengthening Our Signal", on page 5 by Mark Dudney:

http://www.wcte.tv/closeup/2506.pdf

Likely, WCTE-DT is currently operating at previously authorized antenna height and maximum ERP (57 KW).
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Old 23-Nov-2010, 4:42 PM   #2
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WCTE-DT Cookeville, TN, Transmitter & Antenna

Via telephone, WCTE engineering confirmed the information in the earlier post.

The transmitter and antenna upgrade is expected to be completed next year, approximate date around March, 2011.

Note: There are two construction permits for upgrades to WCTE, the most recent is dated July, 2010. Both CPs authorize a maximum ERP of 200 KW. The most recent CP authorizes a higher gain antenna, with correspondingly lower transmitter power. There is also a center-of-radiation height increase (AGL) with the newer antenna.

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Old 9-Apr-2011, 2:28 PM   #3
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WCTE-DT Cookeville, TN, Transmitter & Antenna

Looks like WCTE (Channel 22) has their new transmitter and antenna on the air.

That is: 200 kW ERP, up from 57 kW ERP:
- Historic Milestone for WCTE-TV

- WCTE Doubles the Strength of Its Broadcast Signal
Posts at Facebook, by WCTE's general manager indicate the upgrade occurred around March 24, 2011.
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