Originally posted by mpark We have other viewers in Spotsyvania who receive us fine. Where do you live in Spotsylvania? How high is your antenna? Is it in an attic? Are you using any line amps? You are far enough away that if you are on a hill you could get us fine and if you are in a hole you may not. Have you thought about raising your antenna? Spotsylvania County is mostly grade B coverage for us and Northern Spotsylvania (Fredericksburg) is not even in our DMA. Few parts in Southern Spotsylvania are in our Grade A coverage. Get me more info and I may be able to help. [/b]
I live on a reservoir (Spotsy) so I am obviously a little lower than the surrounding area, but I have no obstructions in either direction (hills, trees, buildings, power lines, etc.). The Spotsy/F'burg folks on this forum tend to live at higher elevations.
My antennas (Channel Master 4228, Channel Master 4228 preamp) are eaves mounted at 30+ feet: one points toward DC/Baltimore and the other toward Richmond (51+ miles). I receive all full-power DC stations 24/7 with the exception of FOX5 (WTTG-DT) which is "flaky" once in a great while. They are broadcasting at 1000kW, but their antenna is 200+ feet lower than other DTV antenna in the DMA. Of course, they are raising their DTV antenna later this year or early in 2005 to be on par with the competition. Also, I receive Baltimore stations (90+ miles) after sunset from Mar-Nov and received WVIR-DT out of Charlottesville (53+ miles) whenever I feel like climbing the roof and rotating an antenna....which is almost never.
I don't have any pictures of my Richmond antenna, but I can assure you that it is properly installed and tuned just like my DC antenna: http://www.satelliteguys.us/showpost...&postcount=176
I receive WTVR-DT, WRIC-DT and WCVE-DT out of Richmond. In fact, the signal strength/quality from WCVE is on par or better than WRIC. The only time I receive WWBT-DT is during a thunderstorm when the signal is reflected off the atmosphere.
Antenna height is the issue with my inability to receive a signal from WWBT-DT; it is the root cause of this communication failure. Short of moving or erecting a 60ft. tower (both of which aren't going to happen) my only choice is to request that WWBT raise their DTV antenna to be on par with the other Richmond Broadcasters. FOX5 (WTTG-DT) in DC recognized their deficiency and is taking steps correct this problem as we speak. I am hoping WWBT will do likewise. I can understand FCC rules and regulations and you quote them all day and night if you wish....however, if you really want to solve my problem then you will raise your DTV antenna another 400-500 ft. Heck, you could then drop your ERP down to 160kW (big $avings in the monthly electric bill) and I wouldn't have a problem picking up your station.
Anyway, thanks for your help.