Can you tell what these dishes are pointing at?

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glen4cindy

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They are on the rooftop of my local KDNL ABC broadcaster.

But there are so many of them. Are some of them uplink dishes?

Thanks in advance.
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They are pointing at the sky.

Sorry, that's the best I can do, with no point of reference, i.e. what direction you were pointing the camera, or similar help.
 
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glen4cindy

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They are pointing at the sky.

Sorry, that's the best I can do, with no point of reference, i.e. what direction you were pointing the camera, or similar help.

I was driving North, they are obviously pointing st the Southern sky like most dishes.

If I can provide more details I will. Can't get close enough to determine elevation.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Try to see if they have waveguide connected to the feed horn. That would be an uplink setup.
 
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If you can make out the logo on the dish it might give you a clue.
 
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They are on the rooftop of my local KDNL ABC broadcaster.

But there are so many of them. Are some of them uplink dishes?

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The three in the front are Andrew ESA's (Earth Station Antennas). Apparently Andrew is now owned by a company called Commscope. A quick search for their old website on the Wayback Machine from the mid 2000's yields this info about these or similiar dishes:

Earth Station Antennas (ESA) for C, X, Ku, Ka-Band systems, from 1.2 to 9.3 meters including transportable antenna systems
 
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Probably 105.

Most radio stuff just moved there from 139.
 
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why not call the station and ask? over the years i have talked to a bunch of station engineers, all were very friendly

i have also thalked with robert w dickey and his son who owns KQV radio station here in pittsburgh/

the last call was why do they advertise CICIs pizza, since there are no restaurants in their service area. its part of a network deal. i asked because i want to eat at cicis...its a pizza bufft
 

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What would a local affiliate need station-based uplink facilities for?

If they had a remote truck out in the boonies on a national interest breaking new story, they would need a way to keep in contact with their remote set up. The station based up-link could do that. Gives them 2 way communication links.
 
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If they had a remote truck out in the boonies on a national interest breaking new story, they would need a way to keep in contact with their remote set up. The station based up-link could do that. Gives them 2 way communication links.
If a slot gets more audio-only downstream traffic, is that all that useful/helpful to a TV station? I recall that someone observed that the pictures don't tell whether uplink capability is present.

Most of the ENG stuff around my area has been terrestrial microwave for quite a while now. We're not "topographically challenged" here though.
 
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