On December 3rd, 2008 WJHG reduced the digital transmitter power to 50% as part of our final DTV transition build-out. The following addresses the most frequently asked questions by our viewers. If you have any other questions feel free to direct them to WJHG’s Chief Engineer, Mark Gilland, either via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 850-230-5285.1. Is the power reduction temporary, or will the power return to the present level after the DTV changeover in June?
Yes, the power reduction is temporary. We will be transmitting at full power when the transition occurs June 12, 2009. 2. Is this an actual power reduction, or a reduction in effective radiated power due to a frequency (channel) reassignment.
It is a power reduction, actually about a 50% reduction of our radiated power, so we can retune our digital transmitter for channel 7 (our permanent digital channel assignment) from channel 8.3. Given my location, is it likely that the reduced power will cause a significant drop in signal level in my area?
This depends on where you live and what kind of antenna you are using to receive our signal. The following scenarios may apply to you in order to receive our digital signal from May to June.
a) If you are currently using an indoor antenna you may need to use an outdoor antenna .
b) If you are currently using an outdoor antenna you may need to amplify the signal from your antenna.
c) If you are using an amplified outdoor antenna you may not be able to receive our digital signal.4. Will the geographical location of your transmitter change either during or after the transition?
No, the geographical location will not change. WJHG currently broadcasts from a location near the intersection of Hwy 20 and Hwy 231 north of Youngstown Florida.5. What is the logic of reducing the station's power at a time when most people will be buying a DTV and trying to receive the digital signal for the first time?
The digital transition has happened in stages for both the broadcasters and the consumers. The transition is very expensive for the broadcasters and a complicated process of assigning channels for digital transmission while not affecting the existing analog broadcasts. Many broadcasters had to purchase a transmitter for the initial digital broadcasts and then purchase another transmitter for their final channel assignment. WJHG was able to petition the FCC for a digital channel assignment (channel 8) adjacent to its analog channel (channel 7) with the goal of only having to purchase one transmitter and retune it for the final transition. The stipulation from the FCC was WJHG had to broadcast its digital signal with a directional antenna to protect another channel 8 in Montgomery AL. Now that the transition is upon us WJHG needs to retune the transmitter for channel 7, our final channel assignment. The transmitter has 2 amplifier cabinets and we will begin the retuning process on one of the cabinets beginning December 2nd. Once June 12, 2009 arrives WJHG will broadcast the digital signal on channel 7 from our omni directional antenna on top of the tower. Since it has higher gain than our directional antenna the one, retuned, cabinet will provide enough power for WJHG to meet its current authorization for ERP. After WJHG retunes its 2nd amplifier cabinet WJHG will begin broadcasting with it’s final authorized ERP of 49KW which will provide viewers with a better coverage area than our current analog signal.6. Will the analog signal be affected during this time?
No, our analog signal will be broadcast at full power until the transition date of June 12, 2009.
For more Information:www.dtv2009.gov888-388-2009