Really liking the new signal strength on WKYC's RF-17 output! I'm in western Shaker Heights, and the problem continues to be WOIO.
I've done a temporary roof-mount of a DB-4 antenna, pointed straight at Parma and checked with a compass. According to anything and everything I can find, including antennaweb and tvfool and antennapoint, this is massive overkill - I'm only 8-10 miles away from the antennas, so even a well-placed pair of rabbit ears should pick things up... in theory. Incidentally, I live on a corner, so I have mostly open sky in that direction, though there are a couple of trees along the street in that direction.
However, at the present time, even with the DB-4 mounted on the roof, I'm only getting spotty to outright cut-out reception on WOIO. I even tried applying a pre-amp and that didn't help at all - there's just not enough signal.
The ironic thing about all of this is, the other night when I first set up the DB-4 roofmount, I was bringing in WWJTV... the DETROIT CBS outlet! This is of course in addition to WTOL, but I was really shocked to catch WWJTV from about 110-120 miles out... while still getting beans for signal from WOIO. I guess this really just underscores how sharp that null to the north is for them - they're probably actually blocking signal from a large part of the Cleveland area. Ironic that the "Shaker Heights" station can't be reliably interference-free pulled in in Shaker Heights, even with an antenna like this one!
I'd wager a bit that they were being spoiled by the analog 'bit of snow' and now the signal gets blocky and unwatchable far faster with the switch to digital - they're likely to get a lot more complaints along these lines. Maybe they'll realize Canada isn't going to help them out and they need to get a different frequency allocation... but that seems unlikely unless someone waves dollar signs at Raycom. Here's hoping!