Frustrated with the sometimes-poor reception you're getting over the air from Fox Television?
You're not alone. El Centro's Fox 9 general manager Christopher Gallu is just as frustrated.
It seems the problem lies with the geography of the Imperial Valley. Moisture and sand are hampering the station's efforts to comply early with a federal law calling for television signals to be digital instead of analog by next year.
"We don't take the situation lightly," Gallu said Tuesday. "We're investing a great deal of money to make it right."
Channel 9 gets its Fox signal from a satellite. The signal is routed to the station's master control room, where programming and advertising is added. From there the signal is sent to Adelphia Cable via fiber optic cable and to the station's Black Mountain transmitter via radio signal. The transmitter is about 60 miles away from the station, and those who watch Fox get the signal from Black Mountain.