FAQ

How can I improve my radio reception?

WJCT FM/HD 89.9MHz transmits with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 98kW. Typical antenna for FM reception is the Dipole antenna.
Other antennas used for FM reception are the Curved, Turnstile, Yagi and Log Periodic. For more Information on which FM antenna is best for you, please use the following resources.

What if my transmission is intermittent?

DTV transmission can suffer from the “Cliff Effect,” where the signal is suddenly lost and the picture begins to tile or simply goes black or blue, depending on your TV. To improve, make sure that all connections are secure and free from corrosion. Weather seal all cable connectors if possible. Try not to kink the coax cable, and avoid using twin lead. Use black or UV-rated tie straps when securing cables. Power lines can not only interfere with reception, but can also kill. Be sure to exercise extreme caution when working near power lines.

How can I improve my TV reception?

You can improve reception by using a properly installed VHF antenna. Look for a VHF antenna that is “V” configured, commonly referred to as Yagi antenna. The antenna you purchase should be rated for the distance from your furthest transmission.
UHF antennas, usually circular in shape, are not suitable for VHF high band reception, despite manufacturers’ claims. Some VHF antennas are also not suitable for VHF high band reception. Rabbit ears or indoor antenna are poor receptors for today’s demanding digital transmission.
For best reception, your antenna should be externally mounted. Because all VHF transmissions are line-of-sight, your antenna should be elevated above any nearby structures. Try to avoid mounting your antenna near trees. Water adversely affects DTV reception, and trees are buckets of water. It is common for spring to bring on poor DTV reception, due to tree leaf growth.

Why is my TV reception poor?

WJCT DTV is one of the most difficult broadcast signals to receive. As VHF Channel 7, it is the lowest high band VHF transmission in the broadcast spectrum. (VHF Channels 2 through 6, which are low band, were removed from TV broadcast due to poor RF characteristics.) Thus, some customers might have difficulty receiving WJCT DTV, even though its signal transmits from the tower at 8675 Hogan Road at 174 MHz with an Effective Radiated Power (ERP) of 18kW.