Originally posted by Trip in VA
Yes, but what I'm saying is that they could have gone to 100 kW on Poor Mountain and covered 98% of the areas they cover now PLUS Danville and Southside and NRV and Roanoke.
Right now, they cover Lynchburg and Bedford and not much else (most of Roanoke has trouble with it) with WJPR-DT. With WFXR-DT, they'd cover everywhere WFXR-TV covers, that being 90% of the DMA most likely.
I don't really see the purpose of WJPR myself, as WFXR-TV is easier to receive everywhere I've been, including Lynchburg and Bedford!
Although I will say this. When WJPR-DT went on the air, the plan was for Fox 21/27 to split. Had that plan been carried out, we'd see WFXR Fox 27 and WBVA WB21. They decided that with digital coming, they could just do it digitally, which IMO was a big mistake.
I also heard that they were going to try to separate WJPR-DT from the analog. For example, WJPR-TV's counterpart would have been WBVA-DT. Really.
Still, right now I think the best option for them would be to go full power on WFXR-DT and not worry about WJPR-DT too much. Most people will choose WFXR over WJPR if they go based on signal.
I'm going to jump in here with a reality check.
1. If you go back in history far enough, Channel 21 was a failing station in Lynchburg and Channel 27 was a failing station in Roanoke. FCC regulations do not permit ownership of more than one station in a market, but the FCC waived the rule to permit common ownership of the two stations, with one operating as a repeater(satellite) of the other. As I recall, the Roanoke station at first was a repeater for the Lynchburg station, but that later switched to the other way. It would be a fairly safe bet to assume that Fox is affiliated with the station(s) on the condition of having its signal on both.
2. The FCC allocation plan for new digital channels starts with one basic assumption: the digital channel's signal will cover approximately the same area as the station's analog signal covered -- without causing interference to another station on the same channel or adjacent channels. Thus, it is not possible to make an arbitrary decision to increase the power on either WFXR-DT or WJPR-DT beyond the power level allocated in the FCC table. Incidentally, I believe WJPR-DT was allocated an ERP of 178.3 KW and WFXR-DT was allocated an ERP of 84.9 KW to replicate their analog signals. If they're not operating at that power level, it was because they chose not to.
3. When WDBJ was on Colonial Avenue, its network satellite dishes were installed at a location 7 km away because of severe terrestrial microwave interference on Colonial Avenue. It was possible to install some Ku band dishes and some secondary C band dishes there, but it took careful engineering work. Also, the city has very specific zoning restrictions as to placement of structures such as commercial TVRO dishes. When WDBJ moved to its new location, it required a protracted series of steps to work through placement of the satellite dishes. All of that goes through the board of zoning appeals. The city council has nothing to do with it. A business that is already non-conforming or that didn't go through the hoops to get permits for auxiliary structures that are already in place faces an uphill fight.
4. Television stations have known all of this is coming for ten years or more. Some thought they just wouldn't bother with HD. Playing catch-up is hard to do.