KXCI Coverage and Reception Update
Over the last month, KXCI has been working hard to address some long standing issues regarding coverage and reception in Tucson and southern Arizona. We have developed a system to address these issues and are passing along the most current information to you!
If you are reading this, you are probably already familiar with KXCI's coverage problems in the Northwest area of Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley. While there are a number of options to resolve this issue, all are options that can hopefully be addressed in the next 12-18 months. KXCI has applied for a number of translators (a rebroadcast of our signal at a different frequency that is limited to 250 watts). We are hoping with current priorities at the FCC that these applications will be reviewed to resolve the current competition issues for these highly-valued spaces of bandwidth.
Another long standing issue is that of reception within our current coverage area, which most likely can't be fixed universally within our protected contour (the area of coverage that legally prevents interference from along adjacent station). However, KXCI is in the process of submitting a minor change to our current broadcast license that would help facilitate improving penetration into larger, bigger buildings and reception outside of your preferred mode of transportation.
KXCI's transmitter is located on Mt. Bigelow and shares space on the tower with other TV and radio broadcasters. Mt. Bigelow is nearly 8500 ft in elevation and while KXCI only broadcasts at 340 watts the height dramatically increases our reach. However, it also contributes to some of the reception problems since the signal is traveling from 8500 ft up. FM frequencies work as "line of sight", which means that if the path is unobstructed from the antenna to you the reception will be adequate. This is why automobile reception is strong, but inside buildings tends to be depend on your location.
These projects are of the first priority to KXCI. We are hoping to keep you updated as we know more. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 520-623-1000 ext 11. Thanks!
Pictures of the tower will be forthcoming.