Sunbeam’s Boston NBC affiliate’s new power level isn’t sufficient to maintain the signal strength it had prior to the transition. It’s asked the FCC for a power increase, but in the meantime it’s simulcasting on chs. 42 and 7.
Sunbeam NBC affiliate WHDH Boston is experiencing signal difficulties following last Friday’s digital transition. The station is working with the FCC to try to correct this problem as soon as possible.
But until this issue is solved, WHDH has begun simulcasting its digital signal on ch. 7 and ch. 42. Ch. 42 is where many viewers who watch over the air with an antenna saw the station before the switch.
In order for viewers to see WHDH’s signal on ch. 42 they will need to rescan their televisions or converter boxes. Even viewers who watched WHDH on ch. 42 before the switch with no problem will have to do this rescan to start getting the signal again.
WHDH says its signal problem is a result of a power allocation issue. The power level assigned to WHDH by the FCC for its post-switch channel (ch. 7) is not sufficient to maintain the signal strength that WHDH had prior to the digital transition.
WHDH is petitioning the FCC to adjust the technical parameters so that the station can increase its power and improve the signal strength to all viewers.
“We are very sorry for the inconvenience to our viewers and we hope to have this resolved quickly,” said Vice President-General Manager Chris Wayland.