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post #91 of 1188 Old 12-29-2003, 02:17 PM
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I have e-mailed them a number of times on their logo in the upper right hand corner......maybe they got the hint, but like you say the station is not broadcasting hi-def either.

I also have e-mailed WREX about their logo and they appear to have gotten the hint as well, as theirs is gone.

We need to get WREX and WTVO to not stretch their SD programs.....
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post #92 of 1188 Old 01-09-2004, 06:22 PM
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Good news WIFR-DT has resumed HD broadcasting.
Bad news The bug is back.

Also, the color balance looks MUCH better to me.
CBS programs have always looked too Green on my set.
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Is anyone receiving WIFR-DT right now. It seems there is a signal but no picture of audio. No football in high def for me for now. Please answer someone!!!
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No they are NOT.
You should call their 24 hour news
phone number and report the problem.

3 PM CST 1/18/04
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Reported problem. Called them and they have someone working on it. Just think what would happen if this was the superbowl.

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I can not receive channel 3 from Chicago.
For CBS, it is WIFR-DT or nothing.

I doubt they will be handing out waivers
for DeKalb IL. when DirecTv starts CBS HD.

It seems your call was not in vain. The
station started transmitting in HD.

I guess they just do not have the staff to
monitor their own transmissions ?!
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Why are they not braodcasting it in 5.1 though. Don't they normally have the capability of this?

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Anyone else having problems with audio on WIFR-DT.
Last night during Jag and Cold Case it was quite noticeable.

It sounded like an old movie with a warped sound track.

My signal level is rock solid. No other channels seem effected.
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Will check this out for you cmunroe later today and post what I find out.

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On the question of waivers again... Has anyone actually gotten a waiver from WIFR? Was there a specific way you contacted them or a specific person you talked to who was effective in obtaining the waiver?
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Audio was good Sunday for the part of the Grammy's
I watched.

I hope the problem was with their encoder rather
than a weather related issue for my location.

I have not asked for a waiver Slordak, so I can not help
you.
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Originally posted by Slordak
On the question of waivers again... Has anyone actually gotten a waiver from WIFR? Was there a specific way you contacted them or a specific person you talked to who was effective in obtaining the waiver?

I'm in Lake In The Hills and my address shows Grade B coverage for WIFR. After several calls to D* trying to get them to apply for a waiver for me before CBS-HD was available, I finally got someone to apply for it (I think it was the Monday before it became available). Today in the mail I got a postcard from DirecTV saying that the waiver was granted. I managed to talk one of the CSRs into turning CBS-HD on for me the day that it first came on (I was getting the call X721 message but the guy simply added it to my account and it was on) so I was able to get the Super Bowl before the waiver was granted. But now that I have it, I won't worry about them turning it off.

Only one problem...they also turned on channel 380 and 381 (the SD CBS channels) and I now have a $2.00 charge on my bill for the distant CBS network feed. Time to make another phone call...

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you are lucky you got the waiver.....you don't have to view
that obnoxious "23WIFR" logo. It is back again, I have no
idea why. It totally ruins the hi-def experience. I wonder
if the VP of engineering , who started this thread, ever reads this
forum anymore....maybe he can explain to us why they
insist on showing that logo.
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I've recently moved out near DeKalb, and have been very frustrated with WIFR-DT. I have never seen them do any CBS HD, it's always upconverted and stretched - totally unwatchable, the analog channel looks way better.
Has anyone seen them ever do HD ?? Also, anybody have a valid email address for their engineering dept??
Thanks
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I live in DeKalb. Since the Super bowl WIFR-DT (Channel 41) has transmitted programs in HD during prime time. I do not believe they have
any automated switching equipment to help with the switch
between their SD signal and the HD signal. As a result, they
often fail to cut over to HD and sometimes fail to return to HD
after a local commercial. I also wish I could get a valid email for
their engineering department. The address on the Web Site did not
work the last time I tried. Sometimes you can get a response when
you try the Sales department's email.
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Can anyone tell me what the status is on WQRF? Antennaweb lists them as awaiting FCC approval. Are they broadcasting DTV yet, or do they have plans to do so?
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Originally posted by cmunroe
I live in DeKalb. Since the Super bowl WIFR-DT (Channel 41) has transmitted programs in HD during prime time. I do not believe they have
any automated switching equipment to help with the switch
between their SD signal and the HD signal. As a result, they
often fail to cut over to HD and sometimes fail to return to HD
after a local commercial.

Thanks for the reply. I'll give them another try. I'm in a townhome in Cortland, using a Silver Sensor with a preamp and an RCA F38310 TV. Antenna placement for WIFR-DT is touchy but at one sweet spot I had a 76 from them. Not bad considering they're 54 miles away and only 50Kw at 750ft.
Looking forward to seeing CBS-HD again.
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Can anyone tell me what the status is on WQRF? Antennaweb lists them as awaiting FCC approval. Are they broadcasting DTV yet, or do they have plans to do so?

Anyone out there with any info on this? Also anyone with current comments on DTV/HDTV reception out of Rockford these days. Considering equipment upgrade for HDTV, and out here in Dixon, Rockford channels are really the only option for me.
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WREX - NBC, WIFR-CBS and WTVO-ABC are all on the air.
The service from all three has been quite good in the last
few month. In terms of Transiting HD, I would
give them a 9 out of 10 in the last three months.

Issues:
WREX signal is the weakest of the three in DeKalb.
WTVO has had audio sync problems.

WIFR has weather related audio problems in DeKalb.
also their color balance is towards the green side
compared to ALL other sources I receive.
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WTVO-DT definitely has the most potent signal, at least from a DX perspective. I get WTVO-DT 16 about three times weekly on an indoor bowtie antenna in Monee, IL (33 miles SSW of Chicago along I-57).

WREX-DT is tougher to get than WTVO-DT for me (maybe once every two weeks), and WIFR-DT is by far the most difficult. The only time I get WIFR is when the DX is so strong that analog 17, 23, and 39 are crystal clear.
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I dont think WQRF 39 will ever go HD
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Actually, I don't think WQRF-DT is even on the air yet...
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Its not. Thats what I meant.
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I was attempting to see the Denver/Tampa Bay game and is was SD! Is the station having more problems? I caught the game via another source and it looked great!

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I'm looking to buy a good outdoor antenna to pick up the local channels from Rockford and hopefully from Madison and the Quad Cities. What antennas are you guys using (Wineguard, Channel Master) ? I'm looking at the Channel Master 3671. Is this antenna going to be overkill for me or is it really true that bigger is better? I'm just south of Polo, Illinois. Also what type of amp or pre-amp am I going to need or better yet what is the recommended one to purchase? Rotor too if you don't mind?

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Hello all,

A guy I know wants to get a DTV tuner and antenna to pick it
up in Belvidere. If he puts a ChannelMaster 4228 (8-bay UHF)
on his roof, and a large VHF antenna, and a CM 7777 preamp to diplex into, I know he'll get Rockford with no problem. Question: will he get
Madison, Chicago or Milwaukee DTV's?

Gilbert

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Most of our customers with similar setups in that area get Madison,Chicago & Rockford as long as they are not in a valley and have a rotor.
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There is now a thread dedicated to the Milwaukee, WI DMA. Please direct any issues regarding Milwaukee affiliates or Milwaukee area cable issues to this thread: Milwaukee, WI - HDTV
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Hey gang,

In case you didn't know, WQRF-FOX 39's parent company bought out
WTVO late in October for a cool $20.6 million. On Friday, November 5th,
a quick call to WQRF confirmed that all their equipment is being moved
over to the WTVO engineering room. They have "plenty of room there"
according to the WQRF engineer, who doubles as the WTVO chief engineer as well.

All this to say: According to the Rockford Register Star newspaper,
the Rockford Park District, which owns the old post office where
WQRF has its facilities in downtown Rockford, has told WQRF it must
be gone by December 31, 2004. And with all this work going on,
I'd venture to say that there will be little if any progress in getting
WQRF-DT on the air anytime soon.

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WQRF-DT's 1 MW application was approved this week by the FCC,
according to the FCC database. But I more than bet they'll apply for
a lower power STA (Special Temporary Authority) for the next
2 years until HDTV takes off. But who knows...WTVO is at a
respectable power for their channel, but new owners and their
desires/investment route may not want to put WQRF-DT on the air
anytime soon. I guess we'll see.

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