Originally Posted by snowdog 88
I'm curious about the reply that you got from WOIO. Do you mind sharing it with us?
Here is an excerpt. The rest offered some advice about likely causes and fixing my failed reception. It just sounds like a bad situation all around that they've tried to get out of but can't.
We share your frustration with this new digital broadcast system. As the saying goes, “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile”. This is a completely different broadcast system with different(much lower) power & different channel assignments and antenna types all outlined by the FCC. We have been doing everything within the legal limits of our license to overcome all the problems caused by the move to digital VHF Ch. 10 at extremely low power (compared to our analog signal) coupled with 2 sources of on-channel interference! THIS is what makes reception of our signal different from every other station in Cleveland. You are kind of ‘sandwiched’ between both of these. It is very likely that your problem stems from atmospheric conditions allowing one or both of these to mix with our signal.
After a 10 year long battle with the FCC to solve this, we have come up empty handed as our complaints did not warrant the FCC to act in our favor. Their claim that only 2% of the viewing public is using an antenna to watch TV these days is a statistic that pretty much made the decision for them to not act. We are well aware of the ‘holes’ in our coverage. Our new signal doesn’t travel as far as people have been accustomed to in the analog world where we pumped out more than 3 Million watts!
WJW Ch.8 has been plagued with problems but somehow managed to get the FCC to allow them to increase their power from 11KW(greater than our current increase) to 30KW back in 2009. This seems to have helped them considerably, but they have re-applied to move back to their initial DTV channel assignment of UHF Ch. 30. We actually increased our WOIO signal back in Oct. 2009 from our original licensed power of 3.5KW to 9.3KW. This was done to try and overcome the interference we are getting all throughout our viewing area from Analog Ch. 10 from London, Ontario (now digital at 45kW which is still more than 4 times that of ours!) We have been dealing with the FCC about their oversight in assigning us a channel that was obviously not clear in our own market since day one. And to make matters worse, WONE 97.5, an FM radio station in Akron is also interfering with Ch. 10! Instead of giving us another channel assignment, the FCC would only allow us to increase our power to our main VHF Ch. 10 transmitter to try to help with the interference from London and they recently gave us a low power UHF Ch.24 license in Akron to solve that issue. Viewers in and around the Akron area will find WOIO on Ch.24 once they rescan. The Ch.24 transmitter was activated August 12th 2010. As of August 2010, Canada has switched over to the digital broadcast system. The London station has gone digital, but unfortunately has remained on Ch.10, but at significantly lower power from their analog version. We had hoped that even though they are still on Ch.10, their reduced power will back off much of the interference they have induced into our viewing area. This has not been the case and they continue to be our worst interfering signal.