By Michael Laemers
Director of Engineering
WOOD TV / WOTV / WXSP
We have received emails and telephone calls from our viewers innorthern Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana counties, who haveindicated they watch the WOOD TV analog signal but cannot pickupthe digital signal when they purchase a converter box or a newTV.
WOOD TV operates on digital channel 7. This is the same channelWPBN in Traverse City uses for its analog broadcast. Viewers in thenorthern part of our viewing area may experience problems with thisinterference. This interference is most prevalent for about 4 hoursafter sunrise and the early evening hours. The viewer may do asimple test to see if this is the reason they are not able toreceive WOOD DT digital signal.
To test for interference, connect the antenna to the analog TVtuner. Tune to channel 7. If there is any picture or sound, thisinterference will unlock the digital tuner and prevent WOOD'sdigital reception. If the viewer has a rotor on their antenna, turnthe antenna until the analog signal is minimized, then re-connectthe antenna to the digital tuner and try to rescan.
The interference from WPBN, Traverse City should go away afterJune 12, 2009. This is the date that WPBN will turn off theirchannel 7 analog signal.
WOOD TV and WOOD DT both transmit from our tower in Middleville,MI
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