On Friday,12/11 WYBE moved its antenna to a top mounted position on the tall "candelabra" tower in Roxborough and increased its power to 450 kW ERP. Prior to the move, they were stationed on a sidemount antenna, transmitting at just 150kW ERP, with the tower's "shadow" effecting (further inhibiting signal strength within) areas to the west.
The new signal is circularly polarized. This is a good thing for (among other things) the up and coming Mobile DTV. If you are interested in more on this geeky polarization stuff pls paste the following link into your browser:
I see that there are a number of "in the know" OTA folks on this site. If I may, I would like to ask you to a few questions regarding your OTA WYBE signal:
What is your zip code?
What is your current % signal level?
What WAS your % signal level prior to the 12/11 power increase (if, by chance, you remember)
What OTA equipment are you using?
My household's WYBE signal information is as follows:
Zip = 08512 (I'm about 45-50 miles from the transmitter)
Current Signal Level = 90-94%
Prior signal level = 82-85%
My equipment is a Panasonic Viera Plasma HD TV with an ATSC tuner, a rooftop Weingard 9095P Yagi antenna with a Winegard AP-4700 preamp.
There's no need to get too techy... but would really appreciate you telling me whatever you can regarding your signal.
My name is Bob. I am a friend to this station (and other commercial and independent broadcasters). I can be found at BroadcasterConsulting.com.