Originally Posted by LenL
Let me add that there have been changes between our line of sight to the ESB and our antennas....
By "our" I assume you are including me in your scenario.
Originally Posted by George Molnar
It could also be a billboard or something else.... At UHF frequencies, it only takes a few inches to make a big difference between phase addition and phase cancellation.....
Again, my situation appears to be pretty simple factually. I had very good reception of this one station on April 10 and April 23. I then next tried it again on May 15, which is 22 days later. Reception was (and remains) zilch.
I don't think there were any cell phone towers or billboards or increases in height to 1 WTC that occurred in that time period which would account for the dramatic reduction in signal that I'm now seeing. I can't even lock this station in anymore, and I've had it since I went OTA in January 2007. It's always been a PITA (compared to the other stations), but it's always been there.
And now it isn't.
The only "change" that I thought could MAYBE account for the difference between then and now was the treetops (the leaves). So I got rid of that potential obstruction and there was NO change in reception.
So that's been eliminated and is out of the equation.
Now, also consider that this station has a construction permit to take the power from 170 to 355. I'm now told that there's no "scheduled completion date." Are they "working on" that construction? If so, what are they doing? Are they doing anything that might affect their signal?
And what about the other work at the ESB? That work was ongoing last year and it was then said that it would continue into this year. How long into this year?
For my money the answer here is simple. It definitely ain't my treetops, which I was told (pretty emphatically) was the likely problem. So that wasn't it. There's no doubt about that.
I also don't believe that it's 1 WTC or a billboard or a cell phone tower or space aliens. It appears that I'm not the only NJ guy seeing a rather significant reduction in signal FOR THIS STATION. And since I'm clearly on the edge of reception for all NYC stations, and apparently for this particular station particularly, because of my particular location, it's not surprising to me that LenL's ~20+% reduction in signal would knock me right out of the box.
It appears to have knocked him out of the box on his one antenna. Thankfully for him he has another antenna that pulls it in better.
So what do I think it is?
It's freaking MY9 and their "situation." I mean, "Duh"!!
I have no way of knowing what change they made since April 23 and they obviously aren't inclined to tell me since they have said that "nothing's changed."
So I'm just stuck until things change for the better -- if that ever happens.
I won't hold my breath.
Let me also add that it's not just this particular station that is the particular problem for me. It's also the companion station, 5.1. I've really never gotten that one.
Let's face it. We don't know what power they are REALLY broadcasting at, do we? I mean, MY9 has a license to broadcast at 170kW, but do we really KNOW that they are broadcasting at that power level? Is 5.1 also broadcasting at "full power"?
They are both Fox stations. Maybe poor old Rupert had to cut back the power. He is having problems, ya know.