The WTAE FCC wait is BS they have had a Construction Permit to upgrade to 1000Kw since 4/23/02. One of the problems with early stations like WTAE (they were awarded their original permit in 1998) was that although lower power would cover the city of license with the necessary signal level on paper maps, it really wasn't known what the signal would do in real world situations. Gambling on that lower power would work several of these early stations applied for lower power and it didn't work. They were licensed and stuck with the lower power, and needed to apply for an upgrade. However, it has been over a year since the FCC granted WTAE a Construction Permit to upgrade it's power. So the waiting on the FCC is pure BS. It is more like waiting to get enough money.
So I don't confuse anybody. The lower power stations applied for wasn't an STA (Special Temporary Authority). The early stations applied for the power that they thought would work.
The data from these early stations have actually helped later stations apply for necessary power levels.
One thing to remember is that all this is still experimental. It is still not known if DTV on Ch.2-6 is feasable. Stations operating DTV on those channels will submit information to the FCC on how well DTV on these channels work. So far DTV on those channels are showing problems with electrical noise.
We still don't know the necessary real world power levels for LPTV and Translator stations. The FCC is proposing power levels of 300 watts VHF and 15Kw UHF. BTW WCWB's STA was for 20Kw and I could receive the STA here in Wheeling. So LPTVs on UHF will probably be able to increase their coverage areas.
Also remember that this is a transition period, and we all need to be patient. Once the transition is complete then we can complain all we want. Just getting these stations on the air is an accomplishment. There are also many things that haven't come into play yet such as on channel booster stations for problem reception areas.
Now a question
Is anyone receiving audio on 50-WPCB? I haven't received audio on their station for about a month.
After WTOV put up their new tower and left the DTV operation on a piece of the old tower I can no longer receive them. WTRF is experimenting with their signal again. Good thing is I receive them all the time now. Bad thing is they have stopped HD broadcasts, convert analog to SD, and compress the signal so much that the digiatl artifacting is so bad to make it unwatchable. Rumor has it that WTRF's owners will multicast a West Virginia News Channel on their digital stations.