At 3:25pm, WCET-DT is on the air, WLWT-DT appears to be off the air.
My understanding is, the last I heard, WCET-DT's High power transmitter was "in the works" at Harris, and they were planning on installing it in the Spring, perhaps as soon as March.
I've been actually impressed with the performance of the DTV receivers I've been using, especially where selectivity, ablity to deal with multipath, and ability to reject "noise" is concerned. This has been the case for receiving the locals, and for Dx'ing(even weak signals on channels adjacent to strong locals, sometimes, even CO-channel DX through local analog "noise").
Still, I certianly hope FCC listens where the receiver standards issue is concerned. I've read through the petition/etc. on Sinclair website concerning what they are proposing for minimum receiver standards, and everything they are saying seems to be a very good idea to me. As long as Sinclair doesn't bring that one, old, and tired "beating the dead horse" issue into it, I'm certianly all for what they are proposing. I wouldn't think that in the "long run", what they(and we--at least some of us, I'd venture to guess) are asking for should be prohibitive cost wise for the hardware manufacturers.
Otherwise, although what they are asking for would seem to be a "given", my concern is, the DTV receivers that especially end up going in the "new" integrated TV's per the FCC tuner mandate may be fairly useless in many cases for off-air reception.
There certianly are those of us out here who do, and will use over the air reception in the future, frankly, if it isn't there, and doesn't work, I won't be watching TV at all.
I'm going off on a bit of a tangent here, but, TV isn't a necessity of life, not in my family's case anyhow, nor do we really have any need or much "want" of the "extra" services available via Pay TV(not from what we've seen of them anyway), we get pretty much everything "extra(mostly Movies)" we want via DVD. If OTA TV ever goes South, what I would miss most is much of the PBS stuff -- There is a lot of stuff on that list, but shows such as "Frontline" and "Nova" would probably be at the top.
In other words, other than for the hardware necessary for reception, would we pay for TV programming via Cable or Satellite it if we "had to"? No. Are we poor, no, but we aren't rich either. Would we currently have a HD display if we were/Had been paying $40 per month for programming, probably not.
One of the most disturbing things for me concerning this "DTV issue", Is, I had hoped to be supporting local broadcasters by viewing their digital stations off the air, and yet sometimes it "feels" as if the opposite is happening. Furthermore, there are so many things that could be happening to "move along" and promote DTV+HD, which aren't.
Oh well, it seems there is allways something "bad" to talk about if you are looking for something bad, I guess it's better to focus more on the good things, Such as the fine DTV+HD service we get from most of the Cincinnati+N.KY stations!