Originally Posted by pianomany2k
What is the reason for having a directional transmitter/antenna??
I would think Mult-directional would be better.
And after looking at the coverage maps, it's nice to know that those of us in the Straits area are only losing one affiliate (WFQX).
As for WFQX, I don't understand how it can serve as an affilate if it doesn't cover the entire market (after the digital-switch).
WCML (PBS) will be pretty crappy too. Here's a courteous email I received from their engineer after pointing this out:
"Hello. The DTV Conversion has been a very labor and revenue
intensive project for us. We recognized the problem in the eastern UP
early in the project. We invested a significant amount of time in
looking at the possibility to improve CMU Public TV coverage. We
searched for land, completed FAA tower studies, investigated funding
sources, and FCC channel spacing. The facts of life hit when we learned
we did not have the resources to do everything we wanted, on day one.
On the positive side, the FCC gave us 100 KW effective radiating power
on channel 24, for our post transition allocation. We petitioned the
FCC for an increase to 300 KW. The power increase will help but is not
an acceptable solution. Mike, don't give up on us and I'll not give up
on the eastern UP.
I'll try to keep you informed on our progress. Feel free to drop me a
line from time to time.
Thanks for your thoughts, Randy"