WSKC-CD

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WSKC-CD
Atlanta metro area (northeast)
City of license Atlanta, Georgia
Channels Digital: 22
Subchannels 22.1 - MBC (704×480i)
22.2 - unknown
Owner KM Communications
Founded 1984
Call letters' meaning South Korean channel
Former callsigns W04BR (1984-1995), W59CZ (not used), WSKC-LP (1995-2005), WSKC-CA (2005-2010)
Former channel number(s) 4, 59, 22+ (analog)
Former affiliations WATC-DT simulcast
Transmitter power 10 kW
Facility ID 35090
Transmitter coordinates 33°58′38″N 84°9′23″W / 33.97722°N 84.15639°W / 33.97722; -84.15639Coordinates: 33°58′38″N 84°9′23″W / 33.97722°N 84.15639°W / 33.97722; -84.15639

WSKC-CD is a low-power television station in metro Atlanta, operating on TV channel 22. The station is owned by KM Communications Inc. via holding company KM LPTV of Atlanta, and has Atlanta as its city of license, though it reaches very little of the city.

The original callsign from 1984 was W04BR on channel 4. It was briefly assigned W59CZ in 1995 or 1996 while changing channels to 59. It became WSKC-LP after that and still identified itself as such, though its suffix was changed with the upgrade to class A in 2005, making it WSKC-CA. It carried Korean programming from South Korea (hence WSKC), a format now aired locally on WKTB-LD 47.2 and 47.3.

The analog station on channel 22+, which was recently silent (off-the-air), was located atop Sweat Mountain, and had a somewhat directional antenna, originally aimed generally southeast toward Atlanta. It was issued a construction permit to change from channel 59 at the same power, and to rotate the existing antenna about 45° counterclockwise toward the east. The original digital TV allotment for WGTV TV 8 was changed from 22 to 12 (and then to 8 in the digital channel election).

The station was granted a construction permit to flash-cut to digital TV on channel 22 at 800 watts, and an application filed in early August 2008 to increase this to 10 kilowatts. This gives a broadcast range equivalent to a 50 kW analog TV station, however its current analog facility is 150 kW. A later application also specified that the very directional antenna point to the southeast again (instead of east), where it would cover its actual city of license of Atlanta, as well as Sandy Springs.

Per an application made in 2008, the permit was extended and modified again in 2010, to transmit from a point on the Norcross side of Duluth, just south of the interchange of Buford Highway (Georgia 13 and U.S. 23) and Pleasant Hill Road. The station reaches all of Gwinnett and much of each surrounding county, but still not reliably Atlanta, which will remain its city of license.

During March 2009, WSKC-CA was off-air. In April 2009 it returned, again simulcasting WATC-DT 57.1, which is unusual because they both transmit from the same location, making its entire coverage area redundant. It was unclear why this was so, or when the station might resume its own programming.

In late July 2010, the station was again reported as being on-air but now with its new digital signal, carrying digital subchannels 22.1 and 22.2, both identified as MBC. MBC was previously carried (along with two other Korean TV networks) on WKTB-LD 47.3, another LPTV station in the same area, which has the highest concentration of Asian immigrants in metro Atlanta.

It was originally reported as using 480p format, which is unusual since 480i is standard. It is now using 704×480i, which is normally used for widescreen broadcasts, and is often reported and treated by ATSC tuners as 16:9. However, the station uses the full width to transmit standard 640×480i (NTSC-equivalent) 4:3 video, resulting in stretching of the picture and distortion of its intended fullscreen aspect ratio.

Once the station was granted its broadcast license in early October 2010 to cover its digital changes, it became WSKC-CD, indicating a class A digital station. It applied for this license in August 2010, but the following week applied to modify the construction permit to increase power from 10 kW to 15 kW, and to rotate the slightly directional antenna (which has circular radiation pattern but offset from the center) so that the maximum power output is southwest toward metro Atlanta, instead of east.

Channel Label Format Programming
22.1 WSKC DT 704×480i Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (Korean)
22.2 unknown

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