MY DTV DX: DTVs via E-Skip
© 2007 Danny Oglethorpe, member Worldwide TV-FM DX Association. Photographs are property of the Webmaster. Updated 3/25/2007.

Receivers used for my DTV DX:
• USDigital (Hisense) DB-2010 Set-top box
• Radio Shack Accurian 16-3499 Set-top box
• RCA ATSC11 Set-top box

MY DTV DX

My DTV DX
DTV Log by date
DTV Log by channel
The TV/DTV DX Expo
MY RECENT NEW DTV DX LOGS (via tropo) received in north Louisiana
• WAKA-DT-55 (WAKA-8) Selma AL 409 miles 2/22/207
• KIII-DT-8 (KIII-3) Corpus Christi TX 401 miles 2/22/2007
• KRIS-DT-13 (KRIS-6) Corpus Christi TX 396 miles 2/22/2007
• WMAV-DT-36 (WMAV-18) Oxford MS 268 miles 1/3/2007
• KTVE-DT-27 (KTVE-10) El Dorado AR 100 miles 1/3/2007
• KATV-DT-22 (KATV-7) Little Rock AR 167 miles 11/25/2006
• KFSM-DT-18 (KFSM-5) Fort Smith AR 236 miles 11/24/2006
• WEIQ-DT-41 (WEIQ-42) Mobile AL 367 miles 11/9/2006
• KSTR-DT-48 (KSTR-49) Irving TX 187 miles 10/1/2006
• WHNT-DT-59 (WHNT-19) Huntsville AL 447 miles 9/19/2006
• WFIQ-DT-22 (WFIQ-36) Florence AL 376 miles 9/19/2006
• WMAE-DT-55 (WMAE-12) Booneville MS 328 miles 9/18/2006
• WHBQ-DT-53 (WHBQ-13) Memphis TN 295 miles 9/5/2006
• WPXX-DT-51 (WPXX-50) Memphis TN 297 miles 8/17/2006
• KFXK-DT-31 (KFXK-51) Longview TX 70 miles 8/4/2006 DTV Log #100
• KALB-DT-35 (KALB-5) Alexandria LA 122 miles 8/2/2006
• KWKT-DT-57 (KWKT-44) Waco TX 223 miles 8/2/2006
• KNCT-DT-38 (KNCT-46) Belton TX 248 miles 8/2/2006
• KTEN-DT-26 (KTEN-10) Ada OK 209 miles 7/30/2006
• WBUY-DT-41 (WBUY-40) Holly Springs MS 294 miles 7/20/2006
• KADN-DT-16 (KADN-15) Lafayette LA 169 miles 7/12/2006
• WNTZ-DT-49 (WNTZ-48) Natchez MS 132 miles 6/18/2006
• KTRE-DT-11 (KTRE-9) Lufkin TX 92 miles 6/1/2006
• KDFI-DT-36 (KDFI-27) Dallas TX 187 miles 5/13/2006
• KWEX-DT-39 (KWEX-41) San Antonio TX 343 miles 5/13/2006
• KNVO-DT-49 (KNVO-48) McAllen TX 508 miles 4/24/2006

NOTEWORTHY EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF DTV DXING

Before looking at my photographs, you might be interested in reading about a few historic achievements in DTV DXing.

Jeff Kadet in Illinois, North America's most prominent TV DXer, was the first to decode DTV DX signals in 1999. He has logged around 300 DTVs since then, including some from 800 miles away. In May, 2006 Jeff received PSIP data and decoded video from WBRA-DT-3 Roanoke VA via Eskip. This is believed to be the first DTV signal to be logged via Es above channel 2.

Jeff Kruszka in south Louisiana, VHF/UHF Digest "Photo News" editor, set the distance record for DTV reception via tropo in 2003. He received WNCN-DT-55 Goldsboro, NC at a distance of 835 miles, as well as other UHF DTVs from the Carolinas.

Girard Westerberg in Kentucky was the first to receive DTV via Eskip in 2003. He received PSIP data from KOTA-DT-2 Rapid City, SD at a distance of 1062 miles. A year later, Girard decoded perfect video frames from KOTA-DT.

Matt Sittel in Nebraska held the DTV Es distance record after receiving KVBC-DT-2 Las Vegas in 2004. The distance was 1088 miles. Matt was also the first DXer to log a second DTV signal via Es, as he had received WKYC-DT-2 Cleveland a few weeks earlier.

In addition to Westerberg and Sittel, these DXers were among the first FIVE to receive DTV signals via Es: Greg Barker in Indiana, Glen Hale in Kentucky, and Steve Rich in Indiana.

The owner of this page was the sixth DXer to receive DTV signals via Eskip. PSIP data and decoded video from KVBC-DT-2 Las Vegas and WKYC-DT-2 Cleveland were received via Es in 2005.

Wikipedia article on TV/FM DXing


Doug Smith (W9WI) comments on incorrect PSIP program data

Doug Smith is a professional TV engineer and a DXer. His comments are from the Worldwide TV-FM DX Association wtfda e-mail list. Thanks to Doug and WTFDA.

"The Program Map Table (which includes the PSIP ID) is transmitted a lot more often than the MGT. (which includes the program guide) Video frames aren't sent as often as the PMT but a lot more often than the MGT. I think that would correlate with your observation -- the KTBS program guide information would remain in memory and would be displayed for any station whose Major Channel Number is 3, until overwritten by guide information transmitted by some other "channel 3" station.

(I'm in the interesting situation of having my STB believe channels 5-1 and 5-2 are RF channel 56 - the two subchannels of WTVF - while 5-3 is WMC-52's implementation of the NBC weather channel...)"

Doug maintains a complete, up-to-date list of TV stations (including DTVs).


KVBC-DT-2 Las Vegas received via Es in north Louisiana

Program and System Information Protocol data (PSIP) received via Es on May 13, 2005; May 20, 2005; May 26, 2005; June 17, 2005; July 25, 2006

Video frames decoded via Es on May 29, 2005; December 21, 2005; July 14, 2006; February 8, 2007

Distance at my location in Shreveport, Louisiana: 1238 miles



Date: May 13, 2005
Time: 2015 Central Daylight Time
DTV receiver: USDigital DB-2010 STB (from WalMart), connected to a RCA CRF900 RF modulator (from the Home Depot), Emerson VCR, RCA 13 inch TV.
Antenna: Winegard Chromestar CA-5254 VHF-only (sixteen foot long boom) at 18 feet above ground level.
Equipment used for analog reception of KNAZ-2 Flagstaff AZ and DTV snow: Panasonic VCR, Sanyo 13 inch TV, Finco Y10-2 ten-element channel 2 yagi (thirteen foot long boom) at 11 feet above ground level.

Step 1: Snow is mixing with KNAZ-2 Flagstaff.


Step 2: KNAZ-2 is covered by snow.


Step 3: The DTV receiver has successfully scanned for KVBC-DT-2.


Step 4: KVBC-DT has been added to the receiver's channel list.


Step 5: The message that KVBC is "currently off the air" actually means that the stations's signal is too weak to decode (produce a picture).





Date: May 29, 2005
Time: 1330 Central Daylight Time
DTV receiver: USDigital DB-2010 STB (from WalMart), connected to a RCA CRF900 RF modulator (from the Home Depot), Emerson VCR, RCA 13 inch TV.
Antenna:Finco Y10-2 ten-element channel 2 yagi (thirteen foot long boom) at 11 feet above ground level.

This is the last frame (frozen) of a couple of seconds of video from May 29, 2005. While this is not a perfect frame, it was preceeded by several perfect frames. (Many perfect frames were received in December, 2005, and July, 2006.)
(Photograph published in VUD, 10/2005.)



WKYC-DT-2 Cleveland received via Es in north Louisiana

Program and System Information Protocol data (PSIP) and decoded picture received via Es on August 9, 2005

Distance at my location in Shreveport, Louisiana: 909 miles, which is average Es
Date: August 9, 2005
Time: 1208 Central Daylight Time
DTV receiver: USDigital DB-2010 STB (from WalMart), connected to a RCA CRF900 RF modulator (from the Home Depot), Emerson VCR, RCA 13 inch TV.
Antenna: Winegard Chromestar CA-5254 VHF-only (sixteen foot long boom) at 18 feet above ground level.

NOTES: The decoder is displaying program information for my local ABC affiliate, KTBS-DT-28 (KTBS-3). WKYC is running NBC's Days of Our Lives. In addition, the time is eight minutes late. The time is also courtesy of KTBS-DT, which was the set-up time for the decoder.

1208: PSIP received, but picture has not yet decoded.








1209: A few seconds of good video frames decoded.


The last frame (frozen) of the first frames.


With the PSIP data display turned off..


1210: Another few good frames.
(Photograph published in VUD, 10/2005.)






KVBC-DT-2 and WKYC-DT-2 were received by Danny Oglethorpe, WTFDA member.