Originally Posted by Trip in VA
WPLG has now joined WSVN in asking to boost power. WPLG wants to go up to 60 kW on the current antenna.
I want to try to clear a few things up here, because there is some misinformation going on.
First thing, WPLG is on our new tower@ 30 KW erp on Channel 10. We went to that when we converted at 9AM on the 12th. WSVN will be joining us there when their transmitter building is complete. For now, they are using their old omni and I believe their erp is roughly 63KW. Neither of us was ever side mounted or on the same tower before.
WPLG is now using a patterned antenna, one that puts more power to the north and south, and less to the Everglades and Atlantic Ocean. Hopefully, this helps.
We do have a construction permit for 156 kw that we intended to complete by early to mid 2010. Seeing the continuing reception issues, we are quickly moving to increase power to 60kw erp. Trip is correct, we have filed for an STA to get there as soon as possible (hopefully in the next two weeks). We expect that will significantly improve reception until we can overcome some construction and technical hurdles to get us to fulfill our CP.
Please understand, we may need to lower power during daylight hours, and sometime go to our standby antenna at the 700 foot level to protect tower workers who are still on the job. If you ride by "the farm" you will still see a crane on top of our new tower. That should be down in the next few weeks.
There may be some other tempoarry power reductions as we begin the process of taking down the old Channel 10 tower (right beside the new one).
Sorry I haven't checked in for a while; we've been busy building our new studio, tower and transmitter building. Also got a little fatigued with patiently explaining misconceptions and getting attacked for it on this site. You can only explain so many times the difference in propagation between VHF and UHF and basically get taken to task for explaining reality! At times, the hostility level was more than I ever felt like dealing with.
As you all may know, reception of Digital VHF at assigned power levels turned out to be a huge problem not only here but all over the US. Google VHF HD and you will see many hits with serious issues in Philly, New York, Chicago, Washington, etc. We are working hard to rectify, but it may take time.