Dear Minister Moore,
Writing with a good news/bad news OTA TV update.
I’ll give you the bad news first.
The bad news is that I’m no longer able to watch CHCH television.
I’ve been unable to receive it since they shut off their analogue transmitter in Hamilton on Monday.
Here’s video of the CHCH shut off:
I’ve tried both my special digital antenna and my ol’ rabbit ears.
No CHCH in digital.
According to the knowledgeable Mike Vormittag, the reason for this can be attributed to the fact that the “CHCH digital signal was on UHF 18 (mapped to 11.1), now on VHF channel 11. Problem for UHF-only antennas”.
Looks like I’ll need a special antenna to pull in CHCH along with any other stations that switch to VHF.
In the meantime, I’ll have to miss out on CHCH’s Burlington Skyway reports and their movies.
As for the good news, I can now watch TVO in digital.
After staying up to watch and record TVO’s analogue transmitter shut off in Toronto (see below), I did a scan on my DTV converter box this morning and pulled in TVO DT good and strong. They’re still working on the on-screen scheduler but otherwise it’s looking and sounding good in Toronto.