Well, still getting that never ending light to moderate pixellation and occasional brief sound dropouts on the local CTV2 OTA station (CHWI-DT RF16) out of Wheatley. You could still watch a program but it would definitely not be enjoyable. It's especially bad during programming that features lots of motion.
Brief history on this:
After waiting 3+ weeks to see if they would find the problem and fix it, I then sent a email to Don Mumford last Thursday morning (Sep 22) and throughly explained that CHWI 16 was having constant pixellation problems ever since the digital flashcut on Aug 31, and was the only CTV2 station in the region that had this problem. (When compared to CFPL-DT,Windsor's CHWI-DT26, both have no problems whatsoever). I also mentioned that some DHC members here reported a similar problem with CHRO in Ottawa which was not a signal strength problem at the receiving locations.
Later that morning I got a reply stating that he was actually unaware of these problems and would send a carbon copy my e-mail to both Mark Schembri (Manager
of Engineering and IT) and Arnold DeRoy (Broadcast Technician responsible for CTV Windsor) for further investigation. I got no further replies from anyone after this.
I checked CHWI-16 on Friday (Sep 23) around noon and found that the pixellation/sound problems had totally been fixed and the station was working properly for the first time! However, late that night around midnight, whatever they had done didn't last and it went all to hell again.
Here it is now 7 days later and still nothing has changed. I guess they don't consider this more rural OTA transmitter very important over at CTV.
Who knows... could we be stuck with this permanently here in eastern Essex county/Chatham-Kent?
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