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Mouseboy332,454 posts since 10 Feb 2014
KTVA - Anchorage impressed me today. How the channel was able to pull itself together n the midst of a massive disaster. I've seen other local news stations do amazing work for impending disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes. But never seen a sudden disaster hit a region but also take out the newsroom with such sudden force and they manage to scrap together their resources. Watching that live stream and the behind the scenes work that the staff did to get on air. All the while as aftershocks shook the building, they dove under their desks kept reporting or holding on to their consoles or monitors and kept going.



Also the station doesnt have a chopper but within hours they were able to get a chopper and used the new Dejero-style tech to broadcast live pics back to the station. Simply amazing. Well done to everyone at KTVA.

https://www.newscaststudio.com/2018/11/30/ktva-anchorage-earthquake-set-damage/



Last edited by Mouseboy33 on 1 December 2018 2:13am
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noggin13,891 posts since 26 Jun 2001

Also the station doesnt have a chopper but within hours they were able to get a chopper and used the new Dejero-style tech to broadcast live pics back to the station. Simply amazing. Well done to everyone at KTVA.


I thought using cellular radio systems (GSM, CDMA, LTE etc.) from aircraft to terrestrial base-stations was prohibited (by the FCC in the US?) because it massively compromises the frequency re-use based nature of cellular systems?

I guess a low-flying chopper (lower than tall buildings) will not cause this issue - but I think it still remains legally tricky?
davidhorman2,063 posts since 8 Mar 2005
Channel Channel Islands
Apparently you're not even allowed to use a mobile phone in a hot-air balloon once it leaves the ground - balloons are specifically mentioned in the regs.

It's probably one of those rules that was brought in with an abundance of caution (and when mobiles had to blast more powerful signals around), and now no-one has much interest in getting rid of it. It's good for safety reasons, if nothing else.
Markymark5,904 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Apparently you're not even allowed to use a mobile phone in a hot-air balloon once it leaves the ground - balloons are specifically mentioned in the regs.

It's probably one of those rules that was brought in with an abundance of caution (and when mobiles had to blast more powerful signals around), and now no-one has much interest in getting rid of it. It's good for safety reasons, if nothing else.


I'm more surprised it actually works to be honest. I recently tried making a phone call from the top of London's 'walkie-talkie' building, and it took several attempts, and when finally connected the quality was very terrible. Presumably my phone was being swamped by multiple cell stations (and vice versa of course). Many years ago I attempted an analogue call from the top of Mt Snowdon. Much the same, (the phone indicated max signal)
Rkolsen2,328 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World

Also the station doesnt have a chopper but within hours they were able to get a chopper and used the new Dejero-style tech to broadcast live pics back to the station. Simply amazing. Well done to everyone at KTVA.


I thought using cellular radio systems (GSM, CDMA, LTE etc.) from aircraft to terrestrial base-stations was prohibited (by the FCC in the US?) because it massively compromises the frequency re-use based nature of cellular systems?

I guess a low-flying chopper (lower than tall buildings) will not cause this issue - but I think it still remains legally tricky?



Apparently you're not even allowed to use a mobile phone in a hot-air balloon once it leaves the ground - balloons are specifically mentioned in the regs.

It's probably one of those rules that was brought in with an abundance of caution (and when mobiles had to blast more powerful signals around), and now no-one has much interest in getting rid of it. It's good for safety reasons, if nothing else.


It’s somerhing no one really follows in helicopters anymore. Aerial photojournalists are frequently posting pictures of them in the air, live streaming on Facebook and Periscope. One that frequently does it is KCBS’ Stu Mindel which is often shared on the CBS LA Facebook Page and his own account. Others use their cell phones to provide traffic updates to radio stations.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
Mouseboy332,454 posts since 10 Feb 2014
STill hard at work, in the busted news room, wearing hard hats to do their jobs.
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The clean-up and repairs continue at KTVA Alaska after the Earthquake. They had an empty studio. The anchor desk in the pic below was used for their early evening newscasts, whilst their studio was for the morning and night newscasts. So they had an extra studio that relocated the newsroom to while repairs are being carried out.
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Cassie Schirm @cassieschirmtv Twitter


Last edited by Mouseboy33 on 7 December 2018 1:33am
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