On Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:55:35 -0500, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Well ... no. The people who are going to be surprised when they wake up
on the 17th are those who didn't pay enough attention to know the switch
isn't until midnight. <g>
Yes, there will be a few people who wake up Feb 18th totally oblivious.
There also will be some "sensible people" who find the antenna they bought
last summer based on inaccurate/incomplete information isn't doing the job
govt is turning off tv only for Obammy voters.
whatta bunch Obamorons.
On Mon, 12 Jan 2009 17:33:22 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What a mess - particularly SE of Pittsburgh. If there are hills between
the transmitters and that area, the probable cause of loss of signal is
WTAE going from VHF to UHF.
Same here with three stations that went from VHF to UHF. I just found out
last weekend that one of the two remaining stations is moving their
transmitter 11 miles. The FCC map shows it where it is now, on the same
tower as the transmitter for the other station. I have emailed the FCC
politely pointing out the error. But I doubt it will ever reach anyone
who knows what I'm writing about, let alone cares.
You have two decent newspapers in Pittsburgh. Have you tried a litter to
A letter to the editor about exactly what? Geez... I can't believe
anyone would point out this FCC coverage map of Pittsburgh to make
their case. I expected to see a map full of no coverage, or at least
a substantial portion. Instead, it's a map showing a huge amount
of white, which is where coveage remains the same. That area extends
out about 70 miles. The there is a very large amount of green in
that area, which is COVERAGE THAT NOW EXISTS WHERE IT DID NOT
PREVIUOSLY. Then you have a very tiny amount of orange, which is
where coverage is lost, but the CBS network can still be received on
another channel. Finally, there are a few specs of red at about 50
miles+ where coverage is lost with no alternate channel available for
the CBS network. Bottom line, the map shows that for 99.99% of the
area, coveage either remains the same or improves.
If your standard is that this is unacceptable, then I think you're
going to go through life very unhappy.
On Jan 13, 9:30�am, email@example.com wrote:
did you look at just KDKA or all digitaL CHANNELS IN PITTSBURGH?
some are about the same like KDKA, some are much worse like WTAE
and no other ABC affiliate is available here, the next nearest is in
youngstown ohio a long way.
So the loss, if there actually is one, is due to the station changing from VHF
to UHF and has nothing to do with digital? There are at least 100 hills between
me and the nearest tower. I'm still getting a decent signal.
So are UFOs and Bigfoot sightings. I find it hard to believe that people are
complaining about losing coverage in a conversion that hasn't happened yet.
Methinks it's more a matter of not wanting to change anything than actual loss.
I didn't want to change and I probably wouldn't have changed anything if I
hadn't seen a demonstration of what was out there vs what the map said was out
there. I was working on a scheme to move one of my dish boxes to my campground
to provide TV for my customers. Forget that. I'll put up an antenna and they
can watch the same thing I'm watching.
Again, this has nothing to do with digital vs analog but has everything to do
with the different wave propagation of two very different frequencies.
11 miles is nothing unless you're already on the very extreme edge of coverage
and they move 11 miles in the opposite direction. As a very last resort,
amplifiers are available to boost the signal and vastly increase the quality of
reception in fringe areas. I had a leftover amp from the days when I subscribed
to Comcast cable. Hooking it up adds two more channels that previously were
Unless they've started transmitting from the new tower, then the map is correct,
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