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post #91 of 9289 Old 03-19-2002, 04:39 PM
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Only 8 more episodes of 24 (ever, probably)...any chance I'll get to see it in widescreen?
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post #92 of 9289 Old 03-20-2002, 07:16 AM - Thread Starter
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For WPEC-DT:

Antenna and feedline installation to commence in the middle of April, followed by air conditioning equipment installation. Transmitter manufacturer Harris has rescheduled transmitter testing to begin May 13, as a result of the delay on AC installation. Still awaiting delivery of new digital microwave STL, format converter, CBS HD reception equipment, etc., all on order.

For WFLX-DT:

Meanwhile, the local SBE Chapter is, indeed meeting at the WFLX transmitter site tonight. The Chapter's website, the link to which is in satpro's post above, seems to suggest that they might sign-on WFLX-DT tonight! Time to get ready for a fresh channel scan tonight! (Channel 28-1.)

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So...did tonight's grand event get cancelled? A channel scan turned up nothing on 28-1. Oh wait....maybe they too applied for a change to their channel assignment.
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I have been waiting for some time for WPB to get some stations up, I'll be looking tonight as well.

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I was not able to detect anything, anyone else?

I have a Sony HD100, do I have to scan for digital stations everytime a new one comes on-line or is there a way to directly tune one in?

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I just called WFLX and spoke to someone named Rick in engineering. He said they haven't turned the transmitter on as yet. He was unable to give me a specific date as to when they would.
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I just learned this morning that they're having problems. The two computers inside the transmitter aren't communicating and the manufacturer, Thomcast, is sending some engineeers here to troubleshoot the problem.

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Dave, good to know that WFLX is trying... if only one of the NBC stations got their act together.
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Dave, anything new?

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I haven't heard anything yet. Don't know when the guys from Thomcast are supposed to come or whether they're already here. I'll look into it.

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WPEC-DT now shows "FCC Extension" on the titantv site.

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WPEC-DT now shows "FCC Extension" on the titantv site.

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See my post from 3/20/02 (second post on this page). We had to file for an extension because of delays in air-conditioning installation and equipment shipping.

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Does anyone know where or if WFLX plans to announce their initial digital broadcast? It seems funny that a TV station would throw the switch and we would have to "discover" that they have started broadcasting.
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TitanTV now shows WFLX going live on April 8.

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Here's what I just got in the email!!!

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Thanks for you interest in DTV broadcast. We should be testing on air this week . I don't know the exact time. We will be running the DTV transmitter from around 5 pm until midnight until we get more DTV viewers
Call or email me with and comments about what you see.
Angelo "Butch" Figurella
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WFLX FOX29 West Palm Beach FL.
561-845-2929 X 117

This is exciting!
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Thanks for passing this along, pogo!

Time for more channel scans...keeping my fingers crossed.

In case anyone's wondering about the "..5 p. m. to midnight" remark from Butch, yes, the FCC does, indeed allow DTV stations to operate during limited hours (for now).

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I emailed them and this was their reply today 4/1/02:

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Hi Rohan
I glad to hear you are ready for DTV. We will be testing this week. I don't know exactly yet. Our DTV channel is 28.
We should be on every evening starting next week.
Thanks

No this is not an April fools joke.
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I did a scan last night and didn't see anything. I will be doing one each night now.

Thanks to all for keeping track of this!

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Originally posted by hardrock
WFLX in West Palm Beach is almost live.

What are you saying?
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Click on the red-highlighted, underlined post by hardrock. It leads to another post. It says he received a signal briefly at 5 p. m. Thursday.

Sandy,

I believe that they'll upconvert everything to 1080i, for what it's worth, but yes, the best they'll get from Fox is 16:9/480p.

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Thanks for the explanation of the hardrock post. I don't watch Fox either, but lately have been surfing "FoxNews" channel on cable.

Perhaps Fox channel will have some of the FoxNews programs - I have to research this a bit.
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WPEC's CBS-HD receive gear is being installed at the studio. We're going to hook-up a multisync PC monitor to the RGBHV HD output of one of the decoders to look at "The Young & the Restless" on the HD feed at 12:30 p. m. They should light-up the transponder a few minutes before the feed starts.

CBS sent us a primary and backup receiver and decoder.

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What was that last post about?
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Oh Wow...AFP was a cliff hanger, even in low def cable. I can't believe they left us in the middle of an emergency 180mph, air brakes out, wheel brakes fail, and "we're" at the end of the runway. Only one answer, but is he going to make it...dump the brakes, full power, gotta fly baby...

When is my heart going to slow down?

And WFOR thought the "Heat" deserved digital time?

Tower, pogo trimmed for go 'round, request emergency landing runway 9...what's that?... Fly the pattern for a week?

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Now I see its on at 10 in HD, get the barf bag mama...
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New To Forum,

When Will They? Does Anyone have a clue? I like Friends and The Tonight Show. Also, What is their current status.

Thank You in Advanced.
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Günter Marksteiner from WHDT returned my call this afternoon.

His direct-dial number is (561) 471-9204



He claims that they are on target for May 1; and, that the bulk of their contracts with programming sources (unnamed) will be executed within the next 15 days.

He indicated that OTA HD would only be broadcast from their Miami antenna on Channel 44 "for now" because Adelphia Cable doesn't have the tuners necessary to distribute an HD signal.

Günter told me that they have been testing their signal since December of last year; they will continue testing regularly over the next few weeks; and, that Channel 44 will be broadcasting 24/7 after May 1.

The bad news is:
Based on their history of false promises, this information is hard to swallow.

The good news is:
Even though their projections have been way too aggressive, they haven't thrown in the towel; and, they appear to be sincere about bringing their unique product to market.

Here's to wishful thinking.

See the following thread for their Miami antenna location; and, other particulars:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ami#post311460

A back door to WHDT's old website:

http://www.whdt.net/entry.tpl

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Wasn't WFLX supposed to begin broadcasting today?
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Wasn't WFLX supposed to begin broadcasting today?

Yes. Is it possible they'll start during primetime????

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I didn't see anything from WFLX-DT at all last night.

Tick...tock...

Re: WHDT, the fact that Adelphia Cable doesn't have DTV tuners (or the means to pass HD signals) yet isn't the ONLY reason they're not broadcasting from West Palm Beach on channel 59...they still haven't installed an antenna yet.

I would be very interested to learn whether anyone has viewed any digital test transmissions on channel 44, since FCC documents indicate that it is a low-power NTSC translator:


WHDT-LP FL MIAMI USA

Licensee: GUENTER MARKSTEINER
Service Designation: TX Translator (Retransmitting) Facility or Application

Channel 44 Application
File No.: BPTTL -20011221ABA Facility ID No: 9614
CDBS Application ID No.: 5904830.

Antenna Structure Registration Number (ASRN): 10275290.

25 ° 58' 15.00" Latitude Zone:
80 ° 12' 32.00" Longitude (NAD27) Frequency Offset: None
Effective Radiated Power (ERP): 15.0 kW ERP
Ant. Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT): 0. meters HAAT
Ant. Radiation Center Above Mean Sea Level: 275.8 meters RCAMSL
Ant. Radiation Center Above Ground Level: 274. meters RCAGL

Directional Antenna ID: 42045 Pattern Rotation: 0.0°
Not in a Border Zone
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