Originally Posted by lucasland
I contacted ch. 8 like 2 years ago about this. Their answer was for me to buy a better antenna. They are not going to spend money so the antenna crowd can get them. It is too small a crowd to justify it.
That's would be a good conspiracy theory if it was true, but it's not.
WTNH is on a VHF-Hi Band channel, and they are transmitting at the maximum allowed for their allocation.
(20kW @ ~ 350 meters, if my memory serves me.).
(And thanks to being wedged in between New York, and Boston, they don't have any room to move to, without losing coverage area).
There is a two fold problem with VHF DTV signals (outside of the obvious flaws of 8VSB). One, they are much more prone to multi-path problems., and two many of the set top antenna manufacturers made antennas with great UHF sections but really lousy VHF ones. As an engineer for another station, who has a high band assignment (actually two), I can tell you, 75% of the calls we got were from people with poor receiving equipment. (Bad antennas, poorly designed antennas, poor nosiy pre-amps, etc.). It's amazing what happens when people call after they get a better antenna system, how much better the reception is. There aren't any issues with WTNH's transmitting antenna system. I could pick them up in Springfield with a simple, and small, VHF Yagi (without amplification) when I lived there. Without knowing any details of your setup and or location (antenna type, set model), its tough to tell if youre just in a bad spot for the reception of WTNH or if in fact you do have antenna issues.