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Raub's Avatar Raub
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Wow. Wonder why they decided to put those stations on the same freq? It's a shame that I can get channels that are over twice as far away with no problem. Guess I'm stuck with old school CBS for now.
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I do like when he said "in theory". That's all nice but lets face it, UHF channels all seem to come in 50% better than VHF. I can get all the UHF DTV channels with just my indoor amplified rabbit ears. I put an antenna in my attic and now can get 1 more station (ABC). Not sure if it was even worth it... Oh well, 2 more years to go! seeing as D*TV broke the promise of HD Locals by the end of the year. Wonder which one will happen first!
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Yeah I can get everything except CBS with just my indoor amplified Radio Shack antenna. I'm not going through the cost and hassle of installing an outdoor directional antenna for 1 channel.
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There wasn't really anywhere else for WHP to go. I doubt the FCC would have let them move to channel 57 nor would they have wanted to (it's going away in 2009 and was supposed to be home to WHTM-DT before they filed to move to 10).

- Trip
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Why does Comcast in York scramble digtal similcasts?!
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Anyone know what Comcast's plans for the Gettysburg area are?

We're an area formally serviced by Adephia which has never had VOD or even all the major networks available in HD. I got a very vague letter earlier this month saying they VOD could be coming this month along with maybe some new HD channels, but nothing concrete.

I'd love to buy my first HDTV, but I want to know I can actually get the stuff I watch in HD first...
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01-22-2007 | Posts: 35
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Anyone hearing about DirecTV and their plans for Harrisburg HD Locals? Was supposed to be live in Dec, then some said delayed until Feb...still others say it will be later?
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What antenna would you guys recommend for me? I'm in Mechanicsburg (as stated in prior posts) and am trying to get Fox-43.

I can get it intermittently and can't decide whether I should put the antenna that came with my ATI HDTV Wonder outside and higher (roof?) or invest in a better indoor antenna.

Thoughts?
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I'm in Carlisle and I can get Fox 43 with the Radio Shack 15-1892 indoor antenna.
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Is WITF 33.3 off the air? Haven't been able to pick it up for a few days. Before that I could get it without even turning my antenna on.
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I can't get WITF the past few days either. But I'm not the best person to ask ;-)

Thanks, Raub. Coincidentally, I had the choice of 2 at Radio Shack on the way home, and that is the model that I picked! It worked like a charm. Now I can watch "24" in HD :-)
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Raub,

Look for WITF on 36.1.

Dougmister,

Try Antennas Direct DB2. small antenna but very powerful.
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Is it better than the Radio Shack 15-1892?

It looks huge.
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Dougmeister,

Here is the link to the site.http://www.antennasdirect.com/DB2_Indoor_antenna.html. I have used it both indoors and out. Currrently outside about 10ft up pointed at channels 8 & 42. Signal strength is 80% for 8 and 55-65% for 43. DB2 is about 12" x 19".
Raub's Avatar Raub
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sneekpeek View Post

Raub,

Look for WITF on 36.1.

Unfortunately I can't tune to specific frequencies. If my TVs auto-tuner doesn't pick it up I'm SOL.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lgspencer View Post

Anyone hearing about DirecTV and their plans for Harrisburg HD Locals? Was supposed to be live in Dec, then some said delayed until Feb...still others say it will be later?


here is the email response I got from DTV CS:
Quote:


Thanks for writing. I'm sorry that the launch date of local HD in your area has been moved. However, we hope to add local HD programming in Harrisburg, PA by late February of this year.

More details will be available when we launch the local HD service in your area, so watch your local TV, radio or mailbox for upcoming announcements or visit DIRECTV.com/HD

Thanks again for writing and stay tuned to DIRECTV.com for the latest news and information about HD programming.

Sincerely,

Jennielyn
Employee ID 100128901
DIRECTV Customer Service


Croda's Avatar Croda
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What I would like to know is if it's possible to pick up channels labelled FOXE/FOXW, ABCE/ABCW, etc. it says I'm not subscribed to them and the person I got when I called DTV seemed pretty clueless about them. I'm pretty bummed that I won't be able to watch the Super Bowl in HD.
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Croda,

Living were we do we are not abvle to get national broadcast. I have tried before. Why not use an antenna?
Croda's Avatar Croda
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Originally Posted by sneekpeek View Post

Croda,

Living were we do we are not abvle to get national broadcast. I have tried before. Why not use an antenna?

I could only get ABC, WITF, and 15 channels of the WB. no luck with CBS or FOX and intermittent NBC. not worth a big antenna for another month's usage.
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Agreed, but you know D*.....could be "several" months!!!!
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i live in elizabethown , near hershey and have dishnetwork's hd package...will dn be able to give me philly's local hd channels?..cbs,nbc,abc & fox?.

thanks
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Originally Posted by Crossbar View Post

Anyone know what Comcast's plans for the Gettysburg area are?

We're an area formally serviced by Adephia which has never had VOD or even all the major networks available in HD. I got a very vague letter earlier this month saying they VOD could be coming this month along with maybe some new HD channels, but nothing concrete.

I'd love to buy my first HDTV, but I want to know I can actually get the stuff I watch in HD first...

I got in touch with the Regional Director of Marketing Operations and Programming for our area.

Pretty much bad news all around.

He said they were having trouble getting On Demand to work with the old system in Gettysburg, and didn't have an ETA for a resolution. Upgrading the plant is one of the options they are looking at.

The new channel line up is just being finalized now and he would email me the line up when it was finished. The end of February is the time frame for the new channels. It sounded like the old system was to blame again here and squeezing more HD into the lineup could be a problem.

I'm not a happy camper
Swisher's Avatar Swisher
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I'm trying to get my brother up with HD but he lives in Lancaster and I'm having a hard time finding any info on HD reception in that area, in this forum and elswhere. I don't see many homes in Lancaster with antennas, so I'm wondering if trying is a lost cause.

My questions are: Is it posible to mount an antenna on the roof and have it pointing in one direction (without a rotor) and get most of what I need - Philly? Or am I too far?

Do I need a UHF antenna or something that picks up both VHF and UHF? I'm looking for digital-only channels. If there's anyone in the area that is having success with this, could you let me know what you did? Thanks.
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There are stations in both UHF and VHF, but the majority are UHF. You can find out what stations are possible to pick up by going here: http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Welcome.aspx

You enter your info and it will tell you what stations and what antenna you'll probably need to get them. It's pretty conservative though, because I've picked up stations with an antenna that shouldn't be able to receive them according to that page. Good place to start though.
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Yes, I've checked out Antennaweb.org and it says there are three locals I can get, but nothing from Philly or Baltimore...wondering if there's anyone in central Lancaster who can confirm that - no digitals other than WGAL, Harrisburg, Reading?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rleggs View Post

i live in elizabethown , near hershey and have dishnetwork's hd package...will dn be able to give me philly's local hd channels?..cbs,nbc,abc & fox?.

thanks

Short Answer, NO!

DN has harrisburg locals so that is what you will get.
shepler76's Avatar shepler76
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I'm trying to get my brother up with HD but he lives in Lancaster and I'm having a hard time finding any info on HD reception in that area, in this forum and elswhere. I don't see many homes in Lancaster with antennas, so I'm wondering if trying is a lost cause.

My questions are: Is it posible to mount an antenna on the roof and have it pointing in one direction (without a rotor) and get most of what I need - Philly? Or am I too far?

Do I need a UHF antenna or something that picks up both VHF and UHF? I'm looking for digital-only channels. If there's anyone in the area that is having success with this, could you let me know what you did? Thanks.

With an indoor UHF amplified antenna, you should be able to get NBC, FOX, CW with no problem. ABC and CBS require a VERY GOOD outside VHF antenna, and even then it is hit or miss...
metal4rock's Avatar metal4rock
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Im in York and I can get the Baltimore stations with a omnidirectinmal antenna in the attic, along with all the Harrisburg area locals (except cbs21).

I dont know about Lancaster.
Swisher's Avatar Swisher
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Thanks for your replies - knowing what others are getting (or not) is helpful. Sounds like I should go with an omnidirectional more than a directional. Does that sound right? Something like the CM 4228?
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anyone use the terk vhf/uhf indoor hdtv antenna and picking up harrisburg's local's hd channels?

tried the radioshack 1852 antenna to no avail....

thanks.

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