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Anchor Jess Abrahamson and Director Mike Hintz prepare for the last analog cut-in Anchor Jess Abrahamson and Director Mike Hintz prepare for the last analog cut-in
The exact moment when KTTC turned off its analog signal The exact moment when KTTC turned off its analog signal


6:15 p.m. - At this point, I think we've received at least 400 calls.  We're here all night, so call with questions. 800-288-1656

5:30 p.m. - We've also been talking to a lot of people with "rabbit ears."  And picking up KTTC's digital signal is not impossible with rabbit ears, but it depends on how close you are to our tower in Ostrander among many other factors.  You should definitely have UHF/VHF amplified rabit ears.  If you're more than 25 miles away from the KTTC tower, your best bet is to get a VHF/UHF outdoor antenna.

4:37 p.m. - We've been flooded with calls about rescans.  Don't forget, you can check out converter box rescan steps for each manufacturer by clicking here.

3:04 p.m - Our technicians tell us we are back on the air as of 2:40 p.m. Viewers have called us to say they have scanned and are receiving our new digital signal.

2:38 p.m - Listening to John Kuzma walk people through the connection process is pretty interesting. It sounds like the most common questions are basic hook up and reception issues. John is from the FCC and he really knows his stuff. He is amazingly patient with callers.

2:20 p.m. - Still pretty quiet.  The calm before the storm?  We're thinking things might pick up when people get home from work and need to do a rescan. In the meantime, if you have a question, email KTTC-TV Chief Engineer Tim Morgan.

1:51 p.m - The NBC station in Fargo made their switch at midnight yesterday and they said the phones rang off the hook for about 12 hours. So far we are 15 minutes in and just a couple calls but things are starting to get going. We just took the first three calls since the conversion.

1:41 p.m -  We've made the switch and so far, everything has been quiet.  We did get quite a few calls after the Noon show, but so far the phones have not been ringing off the hook.  Perhaps this is because most people are prepared???

1:25 p.m. - We have an FCC expert (John Kuzma) here at the station helping us answer calls and he just shared this very helpful guide. If you can't get your question answered here, you can always call 888-CALL-FCC or the station at 800-288-1656.

-  It's 1:15 p.m. and we're preparing for our final cut-in before we officially terminate our analog signal at 1:35 p.m.  We'll be off the air for about two hours and should be back on by 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.  Charter customers won't see any interruption to their service during that time.  For everything you need to know about the transition including how to do a rescan and how to email a question to a KTTC engineer, go to www.kttc.com/dtv.


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