Originally Posted by re_nelson
The lighting up of RF-13 by WQED has piqued my interest. I'm an old high school classmate of WQED Director/Producer Rick Sebak so that gives you an idea of how old I am and how long I've been away from the tri-state area.
Just how well did the DTV transition work out in that terrain-challenged part of the world? From what I recall of the long-ago past in the South Hills, WTAE was always hard to get even with an outdoor antenna. In contrast, both WSTV (now WTOV) and WTRF came in quite well. We also got WJAC (``Serving Millions from Atop the Alleghenies'') regularly but not with the strength of the two Wheeling-Steubenville stations.
I realize that cable penetration in Pittsburgh is much higher than it is here in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market, so perhaps OTA viewing is limited. But for those dauntless antenna users, how are the stations coming in nowadays in Six-burgh?
I can't answer for everyone, but for me I would have to say that with my old CM Crossfire antenna I can receive every DTV PGH station that I was getting when they were broadcasting in analog, only with much better picture and sound (usually).
And in fact I've even picked up a new one or two, like WBGN [UHF 16; 59.1 -59.4], a low power independent.
I even discovered I could receive WWCP [VHF 8, 8.1, 8.2] again last week. I had totally lost their DTV broadcast after they transitioned in March from the UHF band back to their old analog VHF channel. While I don't think they raised their broadcast power level, they may have done somethings to improve their signal and that lets my Zenith DTT 901 lock on to it. (I'm of the opinion that's also why WBGN's reception, which had been spotty, seems to be much better and consist now too.)
What took me some time to get use to was the cliff effect as I "tour around the dial". In analog, I could get some signal from stations like WWCP or WTAJ even when my antenna wasn't turned to optimally pick them up. Now all I get is a black screen with a floating "no signal" message box unless I turn the antenna.
And now some PGH stations are installing translators to provide better coverage in those areas with reception problems. So far, WTAE [4.x] seems to be the first to have one operating part time on an experimental basis. But with the QED's tower being completed, it shouldn't be long for it to go to full-time operation.
So I would have to answer that while cable and sat are fairly predominate around this area, the stations haven't forgotten the OTA viewers, and generally I'm more than pleased with the DTV transition.