Originally posted by Inundated
Same here. Though I don't usually have much probably getting a solid lock on WOIO-DT with my OTA box, even with my indoor antenna pointed out the window in northwest Akron. Maybe I'm on the right side of the stick, if there are interference issues out of Detroit or Canada...
The interference on WOIO-DT is from CFPL-TV London, Ontario about 110 miles north of Greater Cleveland. I grew up watching CFPL from my home in Euclid. It came in like gangbusters every summer (along with several other Canadian, Detroit , Erie, and Toledo stations). If you live in Lake, Geauga or Ashtabula counties you can count on interference on WOIO-DT (hey this gives a whole new meaning to the "snow belt"). If you live far enough south - like in Mansfield, I'm willing to bet WBNS-10 out of Columbus is also taking a byte out of your WOIO-DT reception.
Out of all the Cleveland DT assignments, WOIO-DT's being ch 10 is one of the worst choices the comittee made (followed by WKYC-DT's being on ch 2). I have nothing against VHF assignments, however when there are stations on nearly every VHF channel within 120 miles of a city VHF DT assignments should not have been considered. The "skip" from neighboring areas (not to mention the problems people in the outlying areas like Sandusky) will cause guarenteed interference problems.
Even the UHF DT's are not immune from the neighbors. About the only Cleveland DT assignment that I have not previously DX'ed an analog station on from my days in Euclid is ch 15 (digital home of WEWS-DT).
Using a highly directional antenna is almost a necessity in order to mitigate the analog interference. Even then if the interfering analog signal is strong enough you still may get pixillation or black screens.
I'm lucky that I now live in the Parma antenna farm. WOIO-DT peggs my 921 at a solid 125. I still cannot get a lock on WVIZ. I found out from their web site that they are on an "STA" (special temporary authority) broadcasting at a paltry 1 kw on a 99' tower located at their Brookpark Rd. studio (which is farther north and down the hill from the rest of the antenna farm tower sites).
So unless you live along I-480 just west of State, you probably won't be getting a lock on ch 26. (HINT: now you know where to aim if you want to try for WVIZ).