You need a USB or PCI computer tuner that is running 32-bit Windows, and some free analysis software. If you have the former, I can direct you to the latter. Technically, you can check bitrates in Linux as well, but unfortunately it won't provide the complete output I need for the website.
And yes, I'd be quite pleased to have a permanent contact in the Charleston area. The last data I received was from someone who went down from the DC area for a wedding and got me data while he was there.
Right now, I'm telling people to either go for the cheap tuners I got for my loaner program or to wait. There's no really good USB receivers out right now because all the latest and best chips were diverted into converter boxes.
If you must buy, it varies with your reception conditions. I find the DViCO Fusion 5 (with the LG 5th generation chip) to be superior with weak signals, while newer tuners like the Fusion 7 do poorer with weak signals but handle multipath better.
Newer chips do better with both. I really hope something comes out with the latest LG chip at some point. I bought my DViCO for $160 when it came out, and I would spend that much again to get a similar tuner with the latest LG chip.
I don't have a Mobile DTV receiver yet. I was given the option of buying a USB one, but without any stations currently running it in my area, I could not justify the $100+ cost of the device. Maybe in a few months when WDBJ adds it, I will consider it again.
I think the post you were responding to was misleading, I meant a standard ATSC (non M/H) tuner is going to Omaha. I can find out how much bandwidth the Mobile DTV's sucking down, but that's about it.
Gray Television announced first successful mobile DTV signal at WOWT-TV
The mobile dtv signal was actually transmitted on July 24, 2009 but Gray announced today that it was successful.
Jim Ocon, Gray vice president of technology, is working with WOWT and the Open Mobile Video Coalition on a pilot test.
“It’s like having a television in your pocket. Imagine the possibilities during a storm,” he said. “From an emergency alert perspective, I think it's going to be a must. I think this technology is going to save lives.”