Head over to the "Third Round Channel Election" sticky on this forum and you will see a very, very ugly sight, which I had feared and my fears were confirmed:
WHBF has requested channel 4 after analog shutdown, and as of Friday we now know they requested...and got approved for...3.88 kw. That's right...3,880 watts.
They're at 1 million right now.
We here in the Chicago market have suffered immensely because of our CBS affiliate, WBBM-DT, on channel 3 at 4.4 kw. You can't get it without interference beyond 30 miles. After that, good luck. And even Comcast gets breakups with their signal in any nearby or overhead thunderstorm...and they are less than 5 miles from the transmitter with their antenna on a tower!
Download the spreadsheet which has the final approved power for stations
after analog shutdown. For those stations changing channels, like WHBF, for the first time you can see what power levels those stations will be at. And for WHBF fans, things just got real ugly.
Mmmm...remember, Mr. Bierboy, how I said you'd need a giant antenna to get that station in 2009? Hope you know how to install beacon lights on your tower. Ciao...