AVS Forum Special Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Mauldin SC, 29607
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1359 Post(s)
I am 75 miles from the Gaston County transmitters in northern Greenville County, SC. I have a Winegard 6000 FM antenna in the attic, with 4 long elements. I get WLNK-107.9 and WNKS-95.1 reliably for HD signals, although 107.9 is strongest. I used to get Channel 96.1 and 102.9-WLKO reliably as well, but there is now localized interference.
On 102.9, WGTK now operates a translator on the same frequency that is subleased to a Hispanic broadcaster. It drowns out the analog from WLKO, but surprisingly the HD from WLKO will often lock in. On 96.1, the analog is very strong, but strong signals on 95.9 and 96.3 now prevent the HD from locking on.
I get the analog from WSOC-103.7 but the HD does not always lock on. For WBT, I get 99.3 but the HD sometimes drops out due to interference from a Georgia station on the same frequency which increased power, and a strong local signal on 99.5 also now causes problems.
And there is now bad localized interference on 107.9 as there is now a LPFM station on the same frequency as WLNK. No more car reception but in the house even my rabbit ears antenna will receive the HD from WLNK which has a strong signal. And local radio sources have confirmed the LPFM has recently boosted their power beyond the legal limit of 100 watts, making the interference worse. My main gripe is all these low power signals now interfering with the clear signals of the full power distant stations. All the Charlotte signals transmitting from Gaston County always had a strong, clear signal in Greenville County. Now all these aggravating translator channels are causing interference, which is very annoying. But I can still get WLNK clear in the house, and that is the main station I listen to. I like the music mix on the Link, as well as Bob and Sheri in the mornings. And I like to listen to WBT on 107.9-HD2.