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post #481 of 9289 Old 10-18-2002, 03:02 PM
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Anyone in the Northern part of Port Saint Lucie or Ft Pierce area able to get WFLX and WFLXDT with good reception? If so, what antenna are you using... Im having a terrible time trying to tune it in with my DST3000. It seems the crappy lil TV i have pulls it in much better than the STB..
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post #482 of 9289 Old 10-21-2002, 06:06 AM
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HTNUT,

I'm in South Stuart, and am using a Radio Shack double bowtie antenna. I get WFLX-DT with 100% signal. I've tried the mega-wave antenna that www.titantv.com recommends, and an amplified antenna from wal-mart, both pale in comparison to the simple radio shack antenna.
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David, it's now late October... Any word on WPEC gettin going?????
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Is WPEC digital really going to be on VHF channel 13? That is, if they ever get a signal going?. I would have thought that there would be testing by now.
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Our tower has been reinforced to accomodate our new DTV antenna which should be mounted on the side of the tower at the 880 foot level soon. We are waiting for some back-ordered studio equipment. If we receive it soon we anticipate possibly beginning on-air testing sometime in November on channel 13-1. Keeping our fingers crossed!

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Thanks for the info Dave. When you say 13-1 do you mean that it's remapped to that channel by our receiver? What is the actual frequency? UHF or VHF?
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WPEC-DT will broadcast on VHF channel 13. Your receiver will remap it to 12-1.

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A truckload (!) of DTV equipment will be here at the studio today, basically everything needed at this end for CBS HD passthrough and upconversion of everything else.

We expect the feedline for the DTV antenna to go up the tower (at the west end of Lantana Road) next week, to be followed eventually by the antenna itself.

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Oh boy! Christmas came early at WPEC. That's good news indeed.
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Here's a link to an equipment block diagram at our vendor's website that will give you a feel for the complexity of what our engineers will be installing and testing over the coming weeks:

http://www.hvs-dtv.com/DTV_Systems/CBS/cbs.html

...and it all has to work perfectly

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Boy. I thought MY home theater system was complex. I see HiDefDave will be quite busy for a while. Thanks for the link. I had no idea that much equipment was involved.
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Actually all I'll be doing will be to help "schlep" stuff for the engineers! (I'm a sound mixer.)

I suspect that few viewers, even those who are fairly techically saavy, realize how complex a DTV facility is. And that block diagram only gets the signal to the input of the studio-to-transmitter link (STL) microwave transmitter. After that, out at the broadcast tower site is the STL receiver, then the over-the-air broadcast transmitter, feedline and antenna.

The whole shebang costs about $2 million...and that's just to pass-through CBS HD and upconvert all the SD programming to 1080i. We'll also have the capability of multicasting a second SD stream. We just ordered the gear to do that. (It already appears in the block diagram.)

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We have been receiving and viewing the CBS-HD feed here at the studio since Friday.

Today our DTV antenna was hoisted vertically alongside the bottom of our broadcast tower so that the mounting brackets can be attached, which is being done now. The next step will be hoisting the antenna/mount assembly up to the 880-foot level of the tower.

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Check DTV channel 50.

WTVX is on the air.

Congradulations WFOR WBFS WTVX engineers!!!!!!!!
3 DTV stations and a new high power analog in 2 years

You guys are great.

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And a great strong signal here on 50-1
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Does anyone know when UPN/WB (34-1) is going to start broadcasting HD programming. I'm getting a good analog signal (4:3), but that's not very useful without the accompanying HD programming.
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When do you think HiDefGuide.com will add UPN to their list?
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I agree those stations that implement solid HD programming will have a distinct advantage. Once you've watched HD video - you don't want to watch the blurry NTSC analog video any longer. FOX has a very strange attitude towards HD, especially considering they broadcast NFL football. Sporting events are awesome in HD - not only because of the video quality, but also because of the wider angle of view. Maybe the NFL should consider a more forward thinking network to carry their broadcasts!!
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I agree. Sports is probably the biggest draw for HD. Especially football. The TV manufacturer that sponsors and provides HD cameras for football will get a lot of support from the viewers. I suspect that since most of the manufacturers are overseas they don't understand American football.
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I live out in loxahatchee and picked up 2 RS double bowties last nite. I havent gotten an STB yet because I wanted to see how the RS unit worked so far out. I actually got pretty incouraging results from the analog broadcasts. Fox 29 and UPN were clearer than my adelphia cable. Now the real funny part is that I had bought a 300 to 75 ohm transformer but hadnt fully secured it to the antenna. I simply wedged its terminals under the existing ones. With this type of reception from just my jerry rigged setup I am assuming I will get pretty good results on a digital feed. Am I making the usual comment about assuming correct in thinking I will get good Digital signals considering my current analog reception? Anyone else out west like me and pulling good signals?
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I believe when digital channels such as UPN (34-1) are broadcasting analog signals, the transmission is digital. If I'm correct, when UPN begins broadcasting HD your signal strength shouldn't change.
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Where did you get the RS double bow-ties? I was just at the RS here in RPB and they are out of them. My friend in western Boynton uses the modified bow-tie. He points it northwest and gets all of the Palm Beach County digital stations. WPEC (CBS) will be on-line soon and we already get ABC, FOX and now UPN. That leaves NBC and WPTV - don't plan on them going digital any time soon. I don't even see any NBC stations in the Miami area so having a large outdoor antenna is not necessary. Your $5 double bow-tie should be just fine.
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I picked up the last 2 they had at the Royal Palm RS last nite. Took forever as there was an older gentleman who didnt not speak english very well working at the time. I got them about 6:30PM last nite. I will do the full mod tonight and see how things work then probably pick up an STB by the weekend.
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I am looking to buy a STB (Preferably Panny Over the Air Tuner) or SIRT151. Did any one find a good price on these locally? SEARS is offerering it for $449. I am looking for a better price.


I have another question. Does Adelphia have any plans to pass on Digital signals (including HD) through Cable? Other Cable companies in other parts of the country have started offering HD channels through Cable.
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Speaking of local South Florida reception, has anyone else noticed a slight delay on the West Palm WPBF-DT ABC channel 16? Both local and national shows. I've been noticing it since Friday. I also get WFLX - no delay and WTVX - no delay.
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I have always gotten a delay on WPBF-DT with my Mitsubishi HD5. I just put up a new antenna and it still does it so I think it's normal.
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Venkat,

Highly unlikely with Adelphia's current financial situation. I really wish comcast would come back into the area or maybe TWC. Its picking the lesser of 2 evils when it comes to cable. Though I do have to admit I have gotten rather spoiled with my 3mbps cable speeds.
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I picked up the last 2 they had at the Royal Palm RS last nite. Took forever as there was an older gentleman who didnt not speak english very well working at the time. I got them about 6:30PM last nite. I will do the full mod tonight and see how things work then probably pick up an STB by the weekend.

Full Mod? What mod are you planning? The only modification I've made was to put on a 300 ohm connector - Is there something else people are doing?
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