Originally posted by R_Willis
It will be installed up in the attic facing towards the Dayton way (355°) with RG6.
Keep in mind however -- If you aim it towards Dayton, My guess is you're probably not going to get optimal reception from the Cincinnati(or other) stations from the Lebanon area. The good news is -- All the Cincinnati towers(just North of downtown except for KET in N ky(taylor mill) are close enough together that one heading should work, and all the Dayton towers are on the same "antenna farm"(On the hill in West Dayton - Just West of 75+South of 35). For best reception of Both Cincinnati+Dayton stations -- Using seperate antennas on Seperate feedlines with a A/B switch just before your receiver to select between the two is probably the most convienent way to do it.
Originally posted by R_Willis
I know all the channels I have listed are NOT broadcasting HD signals.
The only digital stations(not subchannels) that don't do HD or Fox Widescreen in Cincy/Dayton area currently are:
WBDT-DT 18 (remaps to 26.1) - WB Dayton
WSTR-DT 33 (Remaps to 64.1) - WB Cincinnati
WKOI-DT 39 (Remaps to 43.1) - TBN (Tower Near Oxford, Ohio)
Lets hope that someday the only station on the list above will be WKOI ...
WCET-DT 48-1 (PBS Cincinnati) is Blank from 8am-7pm, PBS HD nightly from 7pm-11pm. 48-2(simulcast of WCET analog) and 48-3(PBS Kids) run SD programming when they are in HD mode - 48-4(PBS You), 48-5(CET+ and CPB/Annenburg) are "blank"(or gone) when they are in HD mode. WCET-DT on air hours are 8am-11pm.
WPTD-DT 16-6 (ThinkTV/PBS Dayton) Has PBS HD from 6pm-6am Nightly --- 16-2(Simulcast of Think 16). and 16-4(Think Again) run SD programming when in HD mode ... 16-3(PBS Kids) and 16-5(Simulcast of ThinkTV 14) are blank when they are in HD mode ....
The commercial stations pass through network HD per network schedule --- Additionally, WRKC-DT (12.1) shows the Syndicated Paramount HDOne moves(one per month) and past couple of years has done a local HD, multi-HD camera production of Cincinnati Riverfest/WEBN fireworks.
More info on Cincinnati DTV/HD stations(such as WKRC's upcoming HDone movie schedule/etc) can be found in the Cincy thread at AVS (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=306883
), as well as here: http://www.cincinnatihdtv.com
Originally posted by R_Willis
Are there any other channels I should be getting without too much trouble?
Following is probably more than you wanted to know and I suppose it depends upon what you mean by "too much trouble" .... However, follows are the stations that aren't on your "list" above as being received which should be "in range", or "almost in range" for you ... Where WKOI+WSTR are concerned --- They may not be easily receivable for you now, but should be at some point in the future when they increase power(or antenna height in the case of WKOI-DT).
As mentioned --- WCPO-DT 10 ABC Cincinnati should be easy to pull in from Lebanon - (9.1 remap - ABC HD - 9.2 - SD Cincy Weather) - You'll probably want to add a VHF antenna for this one, though, as it transmits on VHF channel 10(All the other DTV stations in Cincy/Dayton currently transmit on UHF). "Rabbit ears" might do it - but you might need something a little better than that. FWIW, I can get them with rabbit ears up here(I'm between Middletown+Germantown) if antenna is placed near a window facing South. You would want to use a VHF/UHF joiner (such as CM part #0549) to combine a VHF antenna onto same feedline as your UHF CM4248. RS has a VHF/UHF joiner too for a few $, I can't think of the Part # off top of my head. Also, some preamps, such as CM7777 have inputs for seperate VHF/UHF antennas.
You might be able to pull in WCVN-DT 24 (54-x remap) KET/PBS - Covington, KY(Tower in Taylor Mill Just N of I-275) from Lebanon as well without too much trouble - but it's hard to say - probably depends a lot on what sort of terrain issues may be involved - and due mostly to their antenna height, you might need to go outdoors for it. I do get it just fine here from North of Middletown w/ a decent outdoor setup. They have:
54-1 - SD - KET+PBS programming
54-2 - SD - Mostly PBS National feed
54-3 - SD - KET School programming (blank during PBS HD)
54-4 - CPB/annenburg SD AND PBS HD per their schedule: http://www.ket.org/agency/dtv/programs.htm
54-5 - SD - KY General assembly coverage - House - Blank during HD+when not in session
54-6 - SD - KY General assembly coverage - Senate - Blank during HD+when not in session
As mentioned WPTO-DT 28 (should remap to 14-x) ThinkTV/PBS Oxford/Cincinnati isn't on air yet ... Last we heard, I believe they're currently planning for a 6/04 on air date. The info on their website indicates they are planning on multicasting as well as have some sort of PBS HD schedule. WPTO-DT will be broadcasting from WXIX Tower in Cincinnati (Their analog on 14 broadcasts from Oxford), and If you get WXIX-DT 29(19.1 remap), you probably should be able to get WPTO-DT just fine when they come up to.
WSTR-DT 33 (remap to 64-1) is running a 17.1KW ERP STA, which seems to do well even in Dayton for those with decent outdoor setups --- Problem is though -- They are using a directional antenna pattern which does send 17.1 KW ERP towards the North, but nowhere near that amount towards th the East or SE(certian directions to East+Se of their tower get sent only a few hundred watts) ... Your direction(NE) isn't worst ... but it isn't best either ...I show center of Lebanon at about 47 degree(true) bearing from WSTR Tower ... FCC site shows .497 relative field value at 50 degree bearing for the STA they are using --- which equates to roughly 4.2 KW ERP being sent in your direction. (relative field value in your direction Squared X Max ERP is how we figure ERP for directional antenna patterns). 4.2 KW DTV ERP is doable from 24 miles If there aren't any "too difficult" terrian/signal blockage issues -- and a CM4248 is a fine antenna that should do the job well .... Maybe even from the attic, but you'd probably need to get the antenna outdoors(and aimed at WSTR's tower of course). They'll likely be much easier to receive for you once they increase power --- Hopefully, they'll have WB HD by then(whenever that happens), but who knows.
WKOI-DT 39 (43-1 remap) TBN is on the air from a tower between Trenton+Oxford, Ohio -- But would likely be very difficult to receive from Lebanon+ you probably wouldn't think it worth the effort anyway ... They are using a antenna pattern that is even MORE(much more) directional than WSTR's --- They are currently running 18.1 KW ERP -- but Only their Community of License, Richmond, IN(some 30 miles NW of their tower) or in other words to the NW of their tower gets sent that much. Their antenna is also nowhere near as high as their analog on 43. - Generally hard to pull in unless you're around oxford or NW of their tower. I'm only 12 miles NE of their tower for instance and can just barely get them+the just over 1KW ERP they sent in my direction --- and I can only get them sometimes --- I have lots of trees+hills in the way in their direction though their analog on 43 comes in like gangbusters ....
Although you'd be out of range for most of the Columbus stations -- Much of Lebanon should be in WWHO-DT 46 (remap to 53-1) - (They have UPN AND WB HD) "fringe area" --- Very fringe area though at 55-60 miles -- and you'd likely need a outdoor setup+way to aim it towards them. Their Tower is Quite a bit South of Columbus, + Just West of Circleville in Williamsport, OHio --- 59 miles at bearing of 79 degrees from Downtown Lebanon -- which of course would be the only station in that direction .... Probably a long shot --- How possible it might be probably depends upon your exact location+any nearby terrain issues in that direction -- If you're in a low spot -- It's probably going to be especially difficult, especially as there is slow rise up to about 1100+ft about midway between their tower and Lebanon(about the same as it is between their tower and Dayton).
Originally posted by R_Willis
So far, picture quality is amazing. "Las Vegas" & "CSI: Miami" were great!
I'm glad you are enjoying it! With the Dayton/Cincy towers so close to each other(and most stations of interest at high power), with Dayton/Columbus not too far apart either for those East of Dayton/etc --- we really live in a great area for OTA+OTA HD ...
And as you've already been able to tell, most of the area DTV stations are at high power(or fairly high power), using nice transmitting antenna heights and are easily receivable for most locations in our area. All we are really "missing" currently(except those lucky enough to be in a spot where they can pull in WWHO) is WB+UPN HD - 24/7 PBS HD channel would be nice too, but the 12 hours of PBS HD from WPTD-DT is more than a lot of folks get --- The only other minus I can think of is the Bit-starved HD that results in quite noticable compression artifacts during bandwidth demanding HD from the Cincy+Dayton area Local PBS+CBS affiliates, but that's a issue many, and probably most areas are dealing with -- All in all, we are in pretty good shape, and I think pretty lucky in this area as compared to the situation in some other areas.
Hope some of this is useful, it sounds like you are already set up to enjoy lots of OTA HD