Originally Posted by chamb
Yes Yes Yes. The Gettysburg translator. They are NOT covering the western part of their DMA at all except by Satellite and cable. Even if they increase power on RF8, they still will need the Gettysburg Translator. They are dealing with a mountain that blocks their signal from Lancaster. They need to bring the signal over this mountain and a translator is the answer. Can we do this yesterday?? We need Pennsylvania stations since we are in Pennsylvania. I do not care to see news out of Washington, DC but news from the Harrisburg area is desirable.
I understand that some will benefit from these translators. However, a conservative approach must be used to prevent wiping out other stations in fringe areas. If the mountain west of Gettysburg is blocking WGAL, than make sure the translator focuses its energy WEST OF GETTYSBURG. I live southeast of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania and WGAL has a strong signal (with an outdoor antenna). My area (east of the mountain) does not need a translator whatsoever. I looked at the signal covarage map of 31 (translator for WGAL) and it appears that most of the energy is focused in my direction (southeast of Gettysburg) instead of the direction that is needed (west-southwest of Gettysburg). Did someone do some miscalulations when determining directionality??
Thanks to another translator (33 for WITF), there is now conflicts with an existing station WHUT. I doubt this will be the last conflict that results from the addition of these translators.
Thanks to another "slated translator" (27 for WGAL), I may lose one of my favorite channels, WETA.
The list goes on and on... This freight train must be stopped!
Each translator that is added is only multiplying channel conflicts and it will do so in an exponential manner. If you tell a child that he can have another matchbox car, he will continue to ask for them. The key concept behind all of this is to very carefully determine the implications of a decision. On this front, I am urging the FCC to carefully consider the pros/cons of each individual translator application and to apply the utmost prudence in tailoring the translator to the specific region(s) needed. Otherwise, each station out there will feel entitled to slices of the translator pie and we will be destroying the traditional broadcast tv model that has worked so well.
Another issue with translators is that it is introducing a new concept to many rural broadcast television viewers, namely the concept of having to redirect outdoor antennas to view the stations in a single DMA. In the Gettysburg area, all stations in the Harrisburg DMA can be obtained by simply pointing an antenna system in a direction roughly halfway between Harrisburg (21, 27, 33) and York/Lancaster (8, 43, 49), which also picks up WLYH-15. Also, in Gettysburg, some TV viewers have multiple antenna systems, for instance, one pointing to Harrisburg/York, one pointing between Baltimore / DC. I have observed a large majority of people in this area (south-central PA, Gettysburg, Hanover, Littlestown) that prefer to receive Balitmore/DC channels over Harrisburg/York channels, particularly since the HD news is on the Maryland channels (e.g. WTTG 10pm news looks 10,000% better than WPMT 10pm news).
News flash: For those that may recall, I have had great trouble in receiving WTTG from my location roughly 3 miles from the MD/PA border. A friend of my father provided a Clearstream 4 antenna from Antennas Direct, and to our great amazement, it locks WTTG in spite of the stronger WITF signal! After looking at the gain charts, I believe it has to do with the null in the back-left quadrant in-and-around the Channel 36 spectrum. I will be installing my own Clearstream 4 antenna soon and putting it on an electronic switch with my other antennas (YA-1713 and CM-3023) so I can watch WTTG 10pm news!
In closing, I am not against translators per se but I think that there needs to be better planning and a stricter code so that the airwaves don't wind up looking like the US Airways.