Originally Posted by thedepster
Is there anything that can be done about the decreased reception on channels 2.1 - 2.3 since the rescan? Those channels used to have the strongest reception but since the rescan I can barely get signal on my outdoor antenna and no signal on the indoor antenna. I emailed WSB, but they were less than no help. Any ideas?
I exchanged some emails with the station engineer recently, and here is a summary of the information I was able to gather:
The transmitter tower for 2.1-2.3 (real channel RF32) is at a new temporary
location, north of the original one. Returning to the original location by the end of the year with an elliptical antenna. I was concerned about this since Stone Mountain used to cast a signal shadow for WSB in Athens, but he believes that the lower frequency (originally was real channel RF39) and elliptical antenna will be better for my area even after they relocate. In effect the signal shadow from Stone Mountain has (temporarily) swung to a line well south of Athens.
Sometime next year they will activate satellite transmitter towers on the same
frequency, which should help fill in coverage in the weaker areas....but it is tricky to implement a single frequency network (SFN) since the timing of the transmitters has to be absolutely perfect in terms of synchronization of the waves that arrive/get sent from different tower locations.
Bottom line...there is hope for improved reception in areas that are currently weaker. WSB is coming in great in Athens without the Stone Mountain shadow, so from my (selfish) perspective the longer they take to move back to the original tower, the better lol.