A fun trivia question

Matthew Osborne mattosborne1976@yahoo.com
Mon May 7 13:05:45 EDT 2007

On Mon, 7 May 2007 11:50:59 Rick Kelly
<rickkelly@gmail.com> wrote:
> At the latest, 1962.  WAST advertised their
> sign on from Bald Mountain in Brunswick NY (the Ch
> 35 site) as "The
> Friendly Giant" - a drawing of a giant Mr. Clean
> looking character
> standing next to the tower.  I lived in Schenectady
> at the time (10
> years old) and remember being disappointed with the
> signal strength
> where I lived.  I later learned that the Channel 13
> signal was not so
> great in Schenectady due the terrain issues Dan
> mentioned previously.
> WRGB and WTEN had fine signals in Schenectady, they
> were in the
> Helderberg Mountains.  WAST was gangbusters, however
> in Albany and
> Troy.  

And all these years later, the very same is still
true.  Not just in Schenectady either - reception on
analog channel 13 in my apartment by Union College is
not good at all (loaded with multipath - good thing
they decided to move their DTV signal to the
Helderbergs otherwise they'd have major problems with
their digital OTA signal).  And this situation remains
true in most outlying areas to the west of the market,
such as Fulton and Montgomery counties.  Where I grew
up in Broadalbin, before I was allowed to have cable
TV in my bedroom, the multipath distortion on 13 was
so bad that I would actually watch NBC programming
from WKTV Utica (channel 2, transmitting from Kallet
Hill @25 miles east of Utica proper) which at least
put a clean and clear signal over that area.

                               Matt Osborne
                               Schenectady, NY

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