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post #91 of 6629 Old 04-29-2004, 04:49 PM
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PBS is back up and running tonight

I just scanned and got PBS back. Are that at a lower power? My picture goes and comes and when the picture is there my signal strength meter shows 77%. Previously it was 100% Anyway, I will be a happy camper when WSFA begins broadcasting programming.
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I'm not getting squat on 26-1 or 26-2.
Can you tell if they're on very low power?

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They appear to be lower power than previously. I have a picture and then it drops out and then comes back.
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26-1,26-2 reception comes and goes. Color bars on 12-1,12-2,12-3 look good. I am getting WNCF for the first time in several weeks. I will be glad when WSFA starts showing programs. WAKA sucks.
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Later last night, I started getting 26-1 (didn't check 26-2). Checking the power/quality/ and signal to noise ratio, the signal was coming and going. Maybe when they turn up the power this time, they won't fry their transmitter.

I'm getting WCOV, Fox?, and from what I can tell, it looks like standard def. Do they broadcast HD at all?

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20-1 is Standard TV. No high def for fox until maybe Fall of this year. After taking a beating they saw the light and are suppost to produce some high def content.
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PBS as of this morning looks to me to be operating at a lower power. I'm not having any problems w/ the picture myself. Fox is 480 until Fall when they are supposed to start broadcasting in 720p. Should happen by Sept, they are scheduled to show NFL in HD. It looks like things are coming together nicely. If only we get have someone w/ money to spend to buy WAKA. Anybody want to start a collection...LOL
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How much they want for the station?

My gut feeling is that being ahead in the ratings, they're not motivated to buy and install HD equipment until absolutly necessary.

Now if NBC could move ahead of them in the ratings, then WAKA might get motivated.

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Hmmm. I very very seldom watch CBS. I mostly watch Fox and they are not HD as well. What shows they got? Only sitcom I like now is ABC's Lopes. and Fox's 70 show,COPS and their sunday lineup. rest is cable or online computer game. I might be missing something but nothing has caught my eye.
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One thing that is being over looked is even stations like Fox that have no high def content, I get a MUCH better picture up here than analog with their digital signal. Even over my cable local analog pic sucks. No one seems to be able to get a good tuned pic up here. That's why I would like UPN out of Troy to get on digital as well.
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UPN was waiting on some money he had from some contract work the owner of the station did at Ft Rucker to come in and then he was going to go HD. He supposedly had ordered the equipment but the company he bought from was waiting on payment before shipping. They shouldn't be too much longer if the brief to the FCC for an extension was not a bold face lie.
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Sounds too much like the dog ate my homework. lol

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Probably, but I'm more interested in WAKA than the UPN station as I don't watch anything they have on.
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My point I guess is I'm waiting on All channels to go digital because unless you live close to the towers you have to put up with all the analog problems. For us that live 30 or more miles away we get better picture even on 480I broadcast.
Channel 8 pic for me right now is fuzzy, has lines, and the sound has a buzz to it. I have a directional antenna with preamp. I could go out and tune them in better but I think if they were live I'd pick them up without having to turn my antenna.
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You definitely will get a better picture w/ the digital channel. Hopefully you won't have to wait too much longer on UPN out of Troy. Anybody heard when WSFA is expecting approval from the FCC on going live w/ programming. Testing should be over with in another week.
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Once again, I am not able to receive 26-1, 26-2, and 32-1. Anyone else have this problem? Last fall, I got them with an indoor antenna. I may have to switch to an outdoor antenna. Can anyone suggest a vendor in the Montgomery area? Also, what is the approximate cost?

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I've got a VF-90 from Rat Shack w/ a amp in my attic, I have no problem receiving any of the channels.
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Yep. Raido Shack. Or order online.
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Has anyone noticed a drop in signal strength for 32-1 and 20-1 in the last week or so? I am having problems w/ 32-1 tonight and 20-1 has dropped but is hanging steady. Just curious, also WSFA's 3 week testing period ends tomorrow. We should be getting some shows shortly.
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32 must be on low power again as the signal I'm getting is too low to get a picture. :-(

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Well WSFA has stopped testing and they are off the air until the FCC gives approval to broadcast. My signal has come back up for 32-1 and 20-1 is up a little. Anyone have any insight on when we can expect WSFA to be up and running??? Are we looking at days or weeks?
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32-1 is back for me as is 26-1 (only got it sparodically or not at all for several days). I've only gotten 20-1 one time, and that was briefly, but it's not HD and I watch very little on Fox. Just hope WSFA get's their FCC approval to broadcast soon (was hoping for a HD Preakness but I guess not). Surely they will be on the air in time for the Olympics. Stan
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Typed too soon. I said 26-1 was back but it's gone again and 32-1 is dropping out often. Oh well.
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Is anyone having problems w/ the signal dropping in and out of 32-1 and 20-1 tonight. I have noticed the last couple of times it has rained they've dropped out. 26-1 is pretty stable. Also WSFA's temp extention runs out on the 23rd or 24th, we hopefully should have something coming up by Monday at the latest
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Is anyone having problems w/ the signal dropping in and out of 32-1 and 20-1 tonight. I have noticed the last couple of times it has rained they've dropped out. 26-1 is pretty stable. Also WSFA's temp extention runs out on the 23rd or 24th, we hopefully should have something coming up by Monday at the latest

Whenever it rains I have problems with 32-1 (or at least when the rain is hard and/or there are very windy condtions-light rain doesn't seem to cause a problem).
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How long does it take to get FCC approval to begin broadcasting (I'm referring to WSFA)? I guess I don't understand the system but it seems a little cumberson (I know we're dealing with the government) to have to get permission to begin construction and then once the construction is completed to then get permission to begin testing what you have a permit to construct and then once the testing is through to get permission to begin broadcasting and I'm sure there are probably some other steps in there. Digital broadcasting has been mandated but the process to reach that end doesn't appear designed to make the process quick (or is this just an excuse broadcasters use to justify the dragging of their feet--I have a feeling it's probably a little bit of both). I guess I am getting a little frustrated again--the promise of more local HD is there but it always seems to be just over the horizon.
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Yeh. Seems they should be live by now.
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If anything, (at least for me) we seem to be regressing. 32-1 used to be a very reliable signal, now it is a very unreliable signal. 26-1 is much less reliable than 32-1. HDTV seems more and more like an afterthought for our local area broadcasters.
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yeh. 32-1 seems to drop out alot for me here to.
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