Channel 6 quadruples signal to improve reception
By Bob Fernandez
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
6ABC, which faced withering criticism when thousands of over-the-air television viewers lost reception on June 12, quadrupled its TV signal over the weekend.
The emergency signal boost was granted under temporary authority by the Federal Communications Commission and will last six months. A 6ABC official said the station will seek FCC
permission to make it permanent.
On June 12, the nation's TV stations ended their use of analog signals in favor of digital signals. The switch improved picture quality, but for viewers using traditional over-the-air sets and rabbit ears
, it also led to problems receiving 6ABC.
Viewers should rescan for the station on their digital-converter boxes. Some people still may not receive the station because of malfunctioning converters or poorly functioning antenna
s, said David Dombrowski, an FCC
electronics engineer in Philadelphia.