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Everything posted by rkolsen

  1. Supposedly from my Helicopter list, FOX 11 and KCBS/KCAL share the same helicopter. FOX11 has a reporter up in the morning and KCBS/KCAL reporter in the PM. KCBS/KCAL just take images in mornings and KTTV gets images in the PM.
  2. One things missing from the video... the new Comcast Technology Center.
  3. It’s actually relatively large. According to NBC’s studio listing page it’s 4,170 sq FT. The largest studio I’d have to guess belongs to KABC where they have two 7,000 square foot sound stages and KABC’s set actually is circular and sits in the center leaving a good bit unoccupied.
  4. WRC started a weekend broadcast called News 4 Kids a few weeks ago.
  5. How depressing. And they moved those old Radamec pedestals right into the new building.
  6. They seem to have just parked at a receive site during weather events in lieu of having a fixed radar. I believe there’s a permit for them to install a new radar controlled from KNTV/KSTS.
  7. So essentially most CBC local stations are produced as an outside broadcast where the cameras and everything are sent to a control room in Toronto?
  8. I don’t get the issue that caused this. Reportedly what they’re saying is that the staff at the main broadcast centers couldn’t handle the volume of additional video feeds. Some blogs made it sound like all incoming video from each individual station was being handled by the regional HQ. I don’t recall hearing anything of this sort of infrastructure before. If they’re overloaded it could be stations sending the network live video.
  9. I’m surprised they’re stopping. I’m thinking it must be a staffing issue.
  10. Or they could have the English language stations speak the phrase in Spanish.
  11. Keeps it pointed at a receive site and keeps the receive site tracking it. The receive site is typically a remotely steerable parabolic antenna in a dome. It constantly moves automatically with the helicopter. Where with a typical news truck the receive site is positioned and static.
  12. Most if not all US and Canadian helicopters have belly based gyroscopic helicopters where they are pointed to a stationary receiver. They fit between the skids and it leaves enough clearance to land. Sometimes it’s a clear cylinder other times it’s painted the hull color. In the UK there are omnidirectional antennas like the ones above usually placed on the body that send a signal to a receive satellite truck where it’s sent pack via satellite or some other means. Reportedly London is the only area with a fixed receive site. Oh so since the beginning of February WJZ has been flying a back up R66 (N616HD) after their existing helicopter (N713TV) was being pushed back into the hangar by airport personnel when it’s rotors struck the hangar door causing damage - this was confirmed by the airport itself. According to sources it was seriously damaged the upper half of the helicopter costing hundreds of thousands of repairs, it’s unknown when or if it will return of course it’s something the airport and station would downplay. Do you have any more info?
  13. Today was an interesting case with helicopter sharing in San Francisco. There are two helicopters that are shared N7QY which is controlled by KGO and images are taken by KRON (which is essentially along for the ride and is based at the KGO studios despite separate ownership) and N62TV which is used by the KTVU/KICU duopoly, the KNTV/KSTS duopoly and the KPIX/KBCW duopoly. For most of the day there was a helicopter flying around the Grand Princess providing constant images to affiliates and the networks. KGO was uplinking video to CNN NewSource whole N62TV was flying and then when their own helicopter was in the air. As KGO’s helicopter was flying they showed the tail rotor cam once or twice which went out everywhere and was seen on CBSN Bay Area. And even for a short period of time KTRK Houston’s helicopter was in rotation N42SL providing images. It seemed like every two or three hours the switched helicopters. I imagine it was done to save money and resources as they’d all be getting the same images even if they flew themselves, but this way they got constant coverage. It like was also a safety measure as instead of two or three helicopters flying around the cruise ship there was only one. Additionally the ship was eventually docked within two miles of Oakland International Airport, so they would also have to be dealing with the take offs and departures from the airport. Telemundo offered a live stream and they got the tail cam as well:
  14. Some stations Miami list at end of the show where the anchors got their hair done or clothes. As far as I can think of Miami is currently the only station that does it. But Miami has always been a special market where a lot of things they do wouldn’t fly else where such as outfits, story telling and wardrobe both on air and social media. I know one or two that post beach photos in speedos and or constant cross fit posts.
  15. Thanks, my bad.
  16. I did so and added their replacement. N90CL formerly of their sister station WCPO. The hull of the aircraft (particularly the second row) looks to be strong and undamaged, perhaps some equipment could be salvaged?
  17. They flew in a helicopter from (formerly of WCPO N90CL) from St. Louis within 14 hours of the tornadoes.
  18. So they’re going to use it until the contract runs out? With many being flown a certain number of hours a month they could of used most up there hours and are flying reduced hours.
  19. Thanks for the clarification. I added that KTTV operates and has a reporter in the AM and KCBS operates and reports in the PM along with the extra.
  20. Thanks. Can you checkout the spreadsheet for me to make sure it’s correct? I didn’t intend for it to be a list thread despite. This was something that I’ve been working on in the discord server and have decided to post it here. I am not sure. For KCTV I listed it as discontinued due to this post from FTVLive.
  21. So I have noticed most of LA’s news choppers were just showing up on the map as AS50 but didn’t have their tail number. Even though there were no tail numbers it was obvious they were news helicopters as they were all grouped together and following close to a nearby police helicopter. So today I started entering the tail numbers into FlightAware and got the message: So the tail numbers that are now blocked are from KABC (N71HD, N29FX), KNBC/KVEA (N358TV, N29LW), KTLA (N925TV) and backups (N12YJ, N828AP). Right now there are only three helicopters that show up which are Univision’s KMEX (N213PD) and the two that are shared between the KCBS/KCAL duopoly and Fox’s KTTV which are (N29HD, N211FN). Now there are only two providers in LA - Welk Aviation which provides to KNBC/KVEA and KTLA; and Helinet which handles KABC, KCBS/KCAL, KMEX, and KTTV. Now I’m not sure why they requested not to be tracked it could be any number of reasons such as safety or stations request for not wanting the competition to know where they are. I think it may be the latter because Helinet’s helicopters for KCBS/KCAL, KMEX and KTTV are not blocked while KABC is. Helinet if they wanted could just put out a blanket request as opposed to a select few of their fleet. Now the most out there reason: although I seriously doubt it but cannot help but wonder if my making the list would factor into their consideration to block helicopters. I’ve asked questions about registration/station use on twitter to their pilots/photojournalists and promoted the list using various hashtags. I’ve gotten more views on those tweets than my regular ones so maybe people have picked up on it.
  22. I decided to just now write the helicopters branding without the sponsorship as they may change rapidly. Those that are sponsored now have “Typically sponsor branded” in the notes column. KMEX’s Aguila 1 (for some reason doesn’t have the acute A) has branding on the side of the helicopter and on a transitional screen. However when it was tossed to by the anchor it was not mentioned. Thank you, I added them. Also I was looking into N828AP which supposedly is KABC’s third helicopter, I seen Stu Mundel flying in it and a different picture from the inside listing the frequencies for KABC/KCBS/KCAL/KMEX/KTTV making me assume it’s a on demand helicopter or a backup. However I should add I’ve never seen KABC flying more than one helicopter at once.
  23. I knew KTTV had there own but I don’t know which is which so that’s why I marked both N29HD and N211FN as KCBS/KCAL/KTTV. I’ve seen Stu Mundel fly and report in both. I added KMEX’s Eagle 1.
  24. Thanks. I updated it on the google doc. I’ll add KOA. The WSB helicopter still flies. The photojournalist was fired.
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