Originally Posted by Andrew K
It looks like everyone's dream who has those cheap China-made plastic-covered antennas may be delayed a bit regarding WKBN/WYTV. If I'm reading it right, they have an STA for a short antenna on super-low power to start their repack channel... not sure how long it'll take until they reach blowtorch earth-scorching category.
I'm quite excited for this, as WYTV/WFMJ are the easiest to get here. I'm mostly excited about WYFX going up on 'the big tower', because I might be able to just shoot for Erie and pull the Youngstown stations off the side, as it does seem like my Cleveland experiment this summer has been an utter failure (sadly.. Even the strongest one for me, WKYC, struggles some days. WEWS is just barely above the noise on a good day, and WQHS is about the same.. And other than the WVIZ translator, that's all I get for Cleveland). WVPX is there sometimes, and is actually about as reliable as WEWS when I bump the antenna slightly to the south to actually shoot for it.. Which I don't really do. None of the other Cleveland stations even show a haystack on the SDR, they are absolutely non-existant out here without some rare local-enhancement tropo.
Used to be able to point pretty much anywhere and still get WKBN (I still get WYTV/WFMJ most of the time, even pointed at Cleveland), and since all three Youngstown stations will shooting more power in my direction even compared to what WKBN was putting out, I'm fairly certain WYTV/WFMJ are going to be there, regardless of where I point. WYFX will be a bit more of a wildcard, as I had to point right at Youngstown to get it before, and it was about 99% there (went from "medium outdoor" to "medium indoor" with the change according to RabbiTears), but sometimes would break up (the LG C7P seems to find 52% "strength" it's absolute floor for decoding reliably, and usually WYFX was at 54%, plus or minus about 4%.. And the C7P is hands down my best set at pulling crap signals out of the weeds)..
And yeah, 2 HD channels with 4 SD channels on one carrier looks about as beautiful as you'd expect, but was still better than WYTV with it's 3 HD and one SD channel (CBS and Fox, both in HD... Both playing NFL games... Yeah, it doesn't matter how good your mpeg2 encoder is, it's not going to handle that gracefully). I suppose if anyone really wants to see just how bad it is, I can dump the raw TS out and upload something from WYTV. The "MyTV" SD subchannel is just unwatchably bad.
Unfortunately DirecTV was my choice for Browns games last year due to this (and probably this year too), as WJW/WOIO are just never going to be options out here and I just couldn't tolerate all of the blockiness. But it'll be nice to have some TV options again.
I appear to be rambling, so I'm just gonna stop typing and hit submit now