Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Toronto (St. Clair/Bathurst)
What do you know.... a very enormous tree in my line of sight to Buffalo, maybe 25 meters away, was just cut down. Maybe an Ash or maybe the devastation from this recent winter. Sad to see it go.
Seems my Ibiquity HD on WNED-FM 94.5 (and of course, their second Ibiquity channel, WBFO NPR) is now running like 95% OK (on mostly good nights). So listening for 3-4 days since the tree was cut down, I am able to get HD quite satisfactorily now and can leave my modified Sony set for HD, unlike the week before. Or, if you have a radio with no HD-defeat switch, you can get HD as well as I can... if you have a 10-foot Yagi.
Funny, I would have thought the tree was radio-transparent in the winter. But reception wasn't much different. Hence I didn't think the presence of the tree was a hindrance until now. Guess I was wrong.
That's great news to share since it also means the catchment area for Canadian HD stations could be more than 150 km in radius*. I hope this preliminary good reception continues.
BTW, I think the WNED engineers have tweaked their gear such that when listener radio shift between HD and FM-Stereo (and back again), the hiccough is less noticiable. I think this has to do with proper time delays set up at the broadcast studio.
*WNED has a low antenna and is obliged (by the CRTC and stations here) not to sent power in the direction of Canada
midtown Toronto, DB4e, 60ft RG6, 8dB distr amp
FM: Sony STSA-50ES, Wine.6065, 40ft RG6
Last edited by stampeder; 2014-08-25 at 07:41 AM.