Originally Posted by Dave Kasperek
WTAE is presently testing a translator on RF Ch 22. We'd appreciate learning zipcodes from AVS Forum members who successfully receive this. Should be on from now til at least 11PM Saturday night. You will know it's our translator if you get us on 4.3 and 4.4. Most neighborhoods north of Squirrel Hill, the Southside slopes, West End, Northside and surrounding river valley suburbs should get very good coverage now.
I was able to pick up the translator Friday evening and the rest of the weekend, but by this morning the signal was gone.
Normally I have what I call my "sweet" spot where I point my old outdoor CM antenna and get good decent reception fairly consistantly on all the PGH stations except for WPCB [40.1 - UHF 50], but as a trade off I get WTOV [9.1, 9.2 - VHF 9] instead.
In the sweet spot WTAE's main signal usually comes in above 50 % or more on my Zenith 901 converter box. (I've seen it go as high as 70 % at times in the sweet spot.) By swinging my antenna more to the south I can always get a better signal level, but doing so usually means sacrificing my reception of the other PGH stations.
At times I do have some reception problems mostly depending on weather conditions, or time of day, and normally WTAE suffers the most because of it's lower signal level unless I move my antenna. So usually I simply put up with the occasional sound drop outs and pixel smears.
Now this weekend while watching WTAE I was getting a 50 to 60 % signal level on the main signal. The translator though was giving me a signal level about 10 points higher in the 60 to 70 % range.
Also this weekend I noted some of these problems on 4.1 and 4.2, but flipping to either 4.3 / 4.4 on the translator gave me a cleaner picture and audio. So even that little 10 point boast in signal was a BIG improvement in my enjoyment of TEA's programs.
By the way, is there a reason to put the translator's virtual channel assigments on 4.3 / 4.4 and not 4.1/4.2? I know it won't present a problem on my Zenith converter boxes since during the summer I picked up another station I think was in Ohio that also used 4.1 and 4.2 due to a strong tropo condition. The box simply interlaced the two stations virtual channels, placing the Ohio station ahead of WTEA since they broadcast on a lower channel [VHF 10].