Originally posted by Stan54
Does anyone know the current status of channels 6, 8 and 13? Are they now broadcasting their digital signals at full power? Does anyone know the quality of their signals in the Augusta area? Is there any new info on channels 23, 35 and 51?
I want to buy a high def set sometime in the next year, but I want to know that 6, 8 and 13 are strong in the Augusta area before I do. I recognize that some of you are on a first name basis with key officials of the companies involved and any new information would be greatly appreciated.
I'm reposting this from earlier in the thread as there is some updated information
This is the info I have been able to find out about DTV in Maine. Any additions or corrections would be appreciated -- it looks like I am relocating this summer.
Where someone at the station replied to me I listed their name and title (if known), and italicized what they told me.
ERP = effective radiated power
OTA = over the air
STA = special temporary authority
Where I give two numbers for ERP, the first is the special temporary authority (usually a lower power than) the second in parentheses is the full ratingWPME-DT UPN
28 ERP 215 kW not OTAWPXT-DT WB
4 ERP 10 kW not OTA
Roy Oulette (unknown position)Our frequencies and power levels did not pass Canadian Coordination so we do not have construction permits for either station. I'm not sure when we will be able to put a digital carrier on the air. We have now entered goverment "red tape" land with the proviso of cross-border relations.(2/03)
As of this past fall, I reconfirmed this with the help of my congressman, Michael Michaud. He was able to get a response from the FCC about the status of these applications -- basically, the FCC is sitting on their thumbs.WGME-DT CBS
38 500 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) OTA
38-1 Simulcast Analog
38-2 High Definition Channel
Craig Clark (Chief Engineer)
38-2 is active from 12:00PM to 12:30AMWMTW-DT ABC
46 501 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) OTA
Amy Picucci (Program Coordinator)Programming on WMTW-DT channel 46 is currently a digital simulcast of the ABC 8 WMTW analog signal from 8-11 pm Monday through Saturday and 7-11 pm on Sundays. These hours will increase in April 2003 to 12 noon to 12 midnight, seven days a week.
We anticipate providing HDTV (High Definition Digital, 720p) pass through of ABC network programs sometime in 2004. (2/03)
Latest news here is that the Hearst-Argyle group is purchasing WMTW. The chief engineer says he expects that they will be very supportive of investing in the equipment it takes to pass throough network HD. The sale was supposed to pass the approval process this past April.http://www.hearstargyle.com/index2.html
is their website; drop them an email to let them know you are excited they are moving in and encourage them to upgrade the DTV tech here to allow HDTV passthrough.WCSH-DT NBC
44 500 kW ERP STA (1000 kW ERP) OTA
On air 24/7, passing high definition feed when availableWCBB-DT PBS
17 27.9 kW ERP OTAWMEA-DT (PBS)
45 50 kW ERP OTA
Broadcast on 4 subchannels, now carry PBS network HD content.WPFO-TV (Fox)
Not OTA -- No digital assignment
Analog only, no digital assignment.Cable Television:Adelphia Cable
does not carry High Definition at this time.Time Warner Digital Cable
carries the following high definition channels: Showtime and HBO (East and West), INHD 1 and 2, HDNet, HDNet Movies, Discovery HD, TNT-HD, NBC (WCSH) and Maine PBS. In York County, they also carry CBS (WBZ -- out of Boston).
I'm adding to the list the stations in Bangor from Jay Ireland's Bangor Post
Bangor MEWVII-DT (ABC)
14 1.85kW ERP STA (532kW ERP) OTA
Contact: email@example.comWABI-DT (CBS)
19 235kW ERP STA (363kW ERP) OTA
Now in High Definition, active 12:30PM to 12:30AMshilz@wabi.comWLBZ-DT (NBC)
25 500kW ERP STA (1000kW ERP) OTA
9 15kW ERP OTA
HD/SDTV Multicast Analog
I'm also adding two additional channels to the list -- please confirm if they can be received from New Hampshire in Southern Maine:WENH-DT (PBS)
57 589kW ERP OTA
From University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire. In HD.WPXG-DT (PAX)
33 100kW ERP OTA
From Concord, New Hampshire