Richard (rray325539), I'm the one that led your to believe getting Dothan WTVY would be a cakewalk. Mainly, because I believed that myself. I don't remember the power level that Wade Thomaston said they would be radiating at, but I'm thinking it was about 80kW. Compare that to WMBB Panama City (38kW), WEAR Pensacola (8.3 kW), and WKRG Mobile (55kW), our current low wattage champs, I thought WTVY would have better reception. Wade himself was didn't think that his signal would carry to Ft. Walton
One thing I may be overlooking is antenna pattern. WTVY is using a non-directional antenna. Its signal is evenly radiated in every direction of the compass. If you check the FCC info, WEAR is using a very directional antenna, beaming the majority of its signal to Pensacola. In fact, everybody is using a directional antenna except WALA-FOX and WTVY-CBS.
It sounds if you're using fixed antennas. If I were you, I would try pointing my antenna at Dothan first. The front to back ratio of a fringe antenna is typically 12-18 dB or better. So you can get a big boost in signal by pointing the antenna east. If that gets WTVY for you, then its your choice, another antenna pointed at Dothan and duplexer to couple it into your downlead or a rotor to swing your exsisting antenna back and forth from Mobile to Dothan.
I lost WJTC-UPN this weekend when I rescanned the channels on my Samsung SIR-T150. I know this is a mis-programming on the digital bit stream at WJTC, this is exactly the problem I had with WSRE when I first got the box. Anyone else also missing WJTC (channel 44/45)? Anyone willing to rescan their channels and see if WJTC drops out after that
Also, beachrez, WEAR's reported power of 700 watts comes from an email from Joe Smith himself. I agree, that seem very low. FCC has a STA on file for WEAR with a ERP of 8.3 kW, still very low, but more believable.