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post #7231 of 7250 Old 07-19-2016, 02:55 PM
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A couple weeks ago, I finished my remotely controlled antenna setup in Doylestown. So whenever there is any tropospheric ducting, it shows me what signals are being received there. The location is ideal since it’s on a high elevation and just outside of Akron in a low-noise area. It seems to do a good job picking up Columbus and Pittsburgh just about every night. This morning, it was receiving a couple channels from Lexington Kentucky (WTVQ and WDKY). It should be interesting to see what a good location like this can do. Here is a list of last night’s scan (see attachment). All signals lead to Doylestown.
In Doylestown there is an amateur radio repeater that I can hit with full quieting from Parma. By any chance is your remote set-up associated with this repeater?
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In Doylestown there is an amateur radio repeater that I can hit with full quieting from Parma. By any chance is your remote set-up associated with this repeater?
No, my brother just bought a house in Doylestown, and I convinced him to allow me to install an XG91 UHF antenna on his roof. I can remotely control it using a program called TeamViewer. I have a laptop hooked up to the antenna rotator, and when I remotely log in to it, I can rotate the antenna whichever way I want to. It's hooked up to an HDHR computer based tuner and special scanning software that logs everything it receives. The software uses the tuner to continually scan all the channels 24/7. The elevation at his house is 1250', which is one of the higher points around the area. All tropo leads to Doylestown it seems. I was even picking up WOWK RF 13 from Huntington WV with just a UHF antenna there. Here is a screenshot of what the desktop looks like when I log into the remote laptop at his house...
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No, my brother just bought a house in Doylestown, and I convinced him to allow me to install an XG91 UHF antenna on his roof. I can remotely control it using a program called TeamViewer. I have a laptop hooked up to the antenna rotator, and when I remotely log in to it, I can rotate the antenna whichever way I want to. It's hooked up to an HDHR computer based tuner and special scanning software that logs everything it receives. The software uses the tuner to continually scan all the channels 24/7. The elevation at his house is 1250', which is one of the higher points around the area. All tropo leads to Doylestown it seems. I was even picking up WOWK RF 13 from Huntington WV with just a UHF antenna there. Here is a screenshot of what the desktop looks like when I log into the remote laptop at his house...
Impressive! It appears that Doylestown is 29 miles due south of the WKYC tower (O deg.) and 360 deg. from WBNX.
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In Doylestown there is an amateur radio repeater that I can hit with full quieting from Parma. By any chance is your remote set-up associated with this repeater?
Doesn't that all depend on your antenna setup, elevation, power & what band? It's been so long since on, I forgot the specifics.

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Doesn't that all depend on your antenna setup, elevation, power & what band? It's been so long since on, I forgot the specifics.

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I've got a discone 28' high and 50 watts on 2 meters. When tropo was up I hit a repeater in Indiana on the same frequency as a repeater in Massillon (145.18). Some of my ham friends called discone antennas "dummy loads". They may not have gain, but they do get you on the air.

I know someone who used as discone for a TV antenna! It probably would not work back in the analog days, but with digital it did work for him in North Royalton.
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I had to refresh my memory on the discone, I used to use a Ringo Ranger on 2M, & a home made ground plane on 440.

North Royalton, that's practically sitting on the farm.

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Just checked the Hepburn site. Friday & Saturday should be an interesting time in N.E. Ohio for Tropo!



(Edit)The link I took of the Saturday 7/23/16 1200 GMT Hepburn prediction changed to one of Sunday's, so I removed it. The Saturday map showed a small pink area right over NE Ohio and orange spreading out over a larger area. I was able to hear several Detroit FM stations in my car on my drive into work this morning @7 AM. I even got perfect reception of a Detroit station that was a 1st adjacent channel to WCRF (103.5 WMUZ). Both stations came in perfectly on my car radio including the RDS information.
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WEKA seems to come in good in the overnight hours & goes away in the daylight.... not that anyone else here is an insomniac.



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WEKA seems to come in good in the overnight hours & goes away in the daylight.... not that anyone else here is an insomniac.



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It may be a vampire station
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WEKA seems to come in good in the overnight hours & goes away in the daylight.... not that anyone else here is an insomniac.



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Improved reception here at night also. Let's see if WEKA comes in like a local on Friday & Saturday.

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Just checked the Hepburn site. Friday & Saturday should be an interesting time in N.E. Ohio for Tropo!

Saturday AM:
That would be about 7AM?, & what is before & after that?

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That would be about 7AM?, & what is before & after that?

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Actually 8AM, however when I post a link tot he Hepburn site it changes rather than becoming a snapshot. See my edited comment above. We were "in the pink".
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Yes "0 Channels Found" in all my scans, I even see a black band right along the lakeshore that makes my location nill for the map. I was getting stronger blips on RF 19 & RF 36 & a slight one on 11 this am, niothing on 13 .
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I rarely watch 55.1, but I was going through the channels last night and was surprised that 55.1 was showing advertisements encouraging viewers to watch Movies! and H&I. I know WJW does this with Antenna TV and WVIZ does this with their channels, but most stations pretend that their sub channels don't even exist. I don't think I've ever seen advertising for Me-TV, Bounce, Grit, COZI, LAFF or Justice on the main channels of the respective stations.

I was also watching Perry Mason last night on Me-TV. The green tint was absolutely horrible! Scenes with hardly any movement were constantly green with an occasional "non green" flicker. The engineer told me they tried to correct the problem, though I think they made it worse. Until these stations fix this problem, I won't be watching B&W shows on 19.2, 8.2 or 43.3 anymore.

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Tropo is so strong this morning that I actually had WPCB RF 50 @ 108 miles decode OVER WEAO @ 8 miles!!
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Tropo is so strong this morning that I actually had WPCB RF 50 @ 108 miles decode OVER WEAO @ 8 miles!!


What app are you using to scan? Something homebrew? With the rabbitears live bandscan still down I'd like to have something on the meantime.


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What app are you using to scan? Something homebrew? With the rabbitears live bandscan still down I'd like to have something on the meantime.


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I just sent you a private message about this. By the way, WJAC RF 34 (Johnstown PA) just decoded over WQHS at the remote site in Doylestown. Here are the results so far this morning...
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WYTV was in this morning (a fairly rare catch here) along with Erie's 24 and 66. WEAO and WMFD are both wiped out (but nothing else decoding in their place).

Never seem to get the exotic stuff that you pick up.

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Never seem to get the exotic stuff that you pick up.
Speaking of exotic, I also received Managua Nicaragua this morning on analog channel 2 via double-hop e-skip. It was IDed from the large 2 logo at the upper right...
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Never seem to get the exotic stuff that you pick up.
Neither do I anymore, my scans tid not yield anything from outside the Cleveland

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I was also watching Perry Mason last night on Me-TV. The green tint was absolutely horrible! Scenes with hardly any movement were constantly green with an occasional "non green" flicker. The engineer told me they tried to correct the problem, though I think they made it worse. Until these stations fix this problem, I won't be watching B&W shows on 19.2, 8.2 or 43.3 anymore.
I won't be watching any B&W shows on 19.2 (or color shows for that matter).

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