Originally Posted by LenL
Simply unfounded conjecture. T-MAX has had problems right along with MY9 way before the 1 WTC was even planned. He has posted and lamented many times on this forum about abrupt changes in his reception for no apparent reason and the need to make changes to his antennas. He has a very strange and unique situation that keeps recurring.
I'd have to check but I don't think I ever had the kind of problem I experienced last May (total loss of effective MY9 signal at my #1 antenna location). It was only when retiredengineer suggested that the then-state of 1WTC construction, having reached a near-completion height, might be effecting my reception, and that moving my antenna might help, that I tried moving the antenna. That resulted in good reception at my #2 position, which continued through September. Reception at the #1 position continued to be nil.
Keep in mind that I am located near the Bridgewater Mall, making 1WTC effectively in my line of sight with the Empire State building.
Also if there was any concrete (real) reception issue due to 1WTC as soon as the problem happened more of us would be ranting and raving on this forum.
As I say, I'm near the Bridgewater Mall. You are in Randolph with an entirely different line of sight to ESB than mine. It makes logical sense to me that any 1WTC effect would impact me more than you. Also keep in mind that my "basic" MY9 reception has always been problematic, as your post pointed out. It's always been right on the edge of reception and thus anything that might have an adverse effect is likely to make all the difference in the world to me. Solid 84% for me gives quite good reception, as long as it's SOLID. Reasonably solid 85% gives essentially issue-free reception. Solid 83% gives me basically nothing. So there's a very narrow range for me and anything that knocks me down below 84%, or even at an iffy 84%, is gonna make me "rant and rave," as you say. Remove that adverse factor and get me to a reasonably steady 84% to 85% and I'll be happy.
There are many causes for reception issues but to all of a sudden blame something that has been happening for years on 1WTC is without merit.
Again, location location location.
By the way there is tremendous SOLAR activity now and with the moon reflecting it on to the earth at night don't count out the moon as causing his issues.....you get my point.
Again, given the sensitivity of my MY9 reception, due to my particular location and my "very strange and unique situation" (your term, and one with which I agree), I'd say that anything that has even a small adverse effect is noticed by me. Indeed, planes flying overhead can give me anything from some glitches to a loss of signal.
If I had, say, 86% or 87%, I probably wouldn't even notice these adverse factors (like the planes). My Philly reception is basically above 90% for all stations, and mostly in the mid-to-high 90's, so I hardly ever see any glitches from Philly, which is where I get all of my OTA signals and do all of my watching unless there's a MY9 (or ch 11) ballgame. Which, in fact, is the case for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Two Yankees-Mets games on ch 11, and one on ch 9.
Now, as to this May's situation, it makes logical sense to me that since construction on 1WTC continued on since last May, taking us that much closer to completion of construction, any effect 1WTC may have had on me last year might very well be very different this year. For one thing, I don't think there was any "skin" on the upper floors of the building last May. The skin on those floors now could have an entirely different effect on my reception this year. So, to me, that could well account for the fact that this May I have no reception at the #2 location, and pretty good reception at the #1 location.
Basically the exact reverse of last year's reception situation.
BTW, Friday's game reception was very problematic. It was jumping all around and did drop to zero at times, but also did jump up to 85%, if only for a second or 2. But it spent most of the time around 83% to 84%, and mostly at 84%. So it was pretty annoying reception but I was still able to watch the game and see most of it. I attribute the poor reception to the rather poor weather conditions and perhaps other factors which likely are more in the nature of temporary.
But time will tell.Edited by T-Max - 5/26/13 at 3:01pm