Originally Posted by firemantom26
Article from Ohio Media Watchhttp://ohiomediawatch.wordpress.com/
A recent FCC filing is bound to disappoint some over-air TV viewers in the immediate Akron/Canton area.
OMW uncovered two recent filings by signal-challenged Local TV Fox affiliate WJW/8 Fox 8″, to add low-power digital translators to improve the station's reception in some areas.
Unfortunately, looking at the maps for the proposed facilities on RF channel 21 and 46, those areas would be away from the core population centers of Akron and Canton, where many still struggle to capture WJW's VHF signal.
Both facilities would be located at the tower of Western Reserve PBS' Youngstown market outlet WNEO/45 Alliance in Salem.
* RF CHANNEL 21: Licensed to Canton, this 10 kW signal would aim its directional pattern at Canton, which from Salem would appear to be aimed at improving coverage east of Canton in eastern Stark County and southeast Portage County. The facility's 51 dBu contour would just make it into Canton.
* RF CHANNEL 46: Licensed to Austintown (actually in the Youngstown market), this 10 kW signal would aim its directional pattern north, apparently aimed at improving coverage in eastern Portage Countywith bonus coverage in western Trumbull and Mahoning Counties (WKBN/27, with Fox Youngstown on 27.2, can't be happy about that prospect, though its powerful RF channel 41 signal would still prevail there). The facility's 51 dBu contour would just make it into Ravenna.
The technical exhibits for both facilities say they are designed to serve areas considered an area that lost WJW analog television service after the station transitioned to digital only service based upon call-in information received to the station from affected viewers. And over-air viewers in both areas currently receive a decent signal out of WKBN's facility.
The applications' channel numbers are instructive, of course.
A quick check of the FCC database shows that the other VHF problem child in the Cleveland market, Raycom CBS affiliate WOIO/19, is still waiting for any FCC action on its proposal to land a low-power digital fill-in translator on channel 24, located in the Akron antenna farm