Here are some Longley-Rice and contour maps displaying the coverage of the three new LD stations. Some things to keep in mind:
1) Tiger maps generated from the FCC's site to not show apples to apples for coverage of full power vs low power class stations. Full power contours are displayed as 41 dBu, low power as 51 dBu. I.E., full power contours are shown with 10 db more coverage out of the gate. This is simply a matter of expression and not power. The maps I have attached show two contours, the inner is 51 dBu and the outer is 41 dBu.
2) As some of you know, contour circles mean nothing. Terrain and frequency drastically affect the signal. 5 million watts at channel 14 will go much further than 5 million watts on channel 69, even with tuned receive antennas. Notice the color shading. It reflects a predicted computer model signal based on terrain and frequency.
3) Don't get excited and cuss WBND when you see these. What this map doesn't display is received interference from other stations. WBND has minimal received interference. The inversions will affect channel 27 more than any other station.
4) The maps are slightly distorted. This is due to the PDF conversion. To lazy to fix but you get the idea.
Those of you who are familiar with the FCC and LPTV know that LPTV operators have always been short changed when it comes to FCC rules and operations. The NAB hates LPTV and spends dollars to damper it. For those who may not know, the FCC filled nearly all of the full power spectrum in the 1970s and 80's. If you wanted to start a TV station in the 90's, you had no choice but to build a LPTV station. Weigel doesn't operate LPTV stations because they're "cheap", we do it because it is the only way to get a TV station on the air!
The good news is after the analog shutdown, there will be better options and since our transmitter and transmission line is UHF broadband, we will be ready to jump channels with the change of the antenna.
WMYS-LD.pdf 150.650390625k . file
WCWW-LD.pdf 159.119140625k . file
WBND-LD.pdf 152.337890625k . file