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post #91 of 10653 Old 06-12-2001, 08:40 AM
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Originally posted by Bob Hess:
Hi guys,

Sorry about the problems. We hope to have this problem fixed in the next couple of days. Interestingly, the HD-100 in our shop shows us on 4-1. My DTC-100 shows us on 30-1. Not going to restore the old settings since the HD-100 users can now see us but we will have this problem fixed.

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You HD100 in the shop isn't on DirecTV, is it - so you don't have the patches that seemed to fix the problem BEFORE you switched...looks like we have Competing Solutions.

But thanks for your continued efforts - you ARE appreciated here in New England, to be sure!!!
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Originally posted by Bob Hess:
My DTC-100 shows us on 30-1.

Bob,
With the increase in power, are you able to get 30-1 at home using your outdoor antenna?

I have a problem with 30-1...now it is very, very difficult for me NOT to get. [ Somehow, I miss the good ol' days of voodoo attenuators, adding shielding to reduce analog channel 30 Hartford, and pointing antennas into hills to avoid the multipath. ;-) ]

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Yep,

I see it just fine on the indoor antenna and now I can even see it on the outdoor antenna. The outdoor antenna has been severely modified my mother nature and is pointed slightly off target. Have not been aboe to see WBZ on it until now .

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As of about 2 days ago, WHDH-DT has vanished from 7-1 on my TU-HDS20 and reappeared on 42-1.

Hope this update addresses some of these PSIP/virtual mapping issues. I'll post any differences noted after I've had time to play with it for a day or so.
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Rish,

I live in Hopkinton and watch WBZ, WCVB and WHDH on a set-top indoor antenna. From Southboro, a roof top antenna should yield acceptable reception of the Boston stations.

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WBZ-DT has been operating at half power since Thursday night due to the failure of one of our two high power amplifiers. Parts are on the way but we do not expect to be back at full power until Monday.

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I am duplicating this post which I posted on the HDTV Programming Topic so those of you who only read this topic get the info.

1. WCVB-DT is in production of a New HD Chronicle produced in native 720P. Air Date TBA but I'll try to give notice when it is scheduled.

2. WCVB-DT is awaiting FCC permission to increase power.

3. WCVB will implement PSIP in about a month or so.

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Are WCVB 20-1 and WBZ 30-1 broadcast from the same tower? If they are and I receive 20-1 without any problems, shouldn't I be able to receive WBZ at the same time?


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Originally posted by nlrich:
Are WCVB 20-1 and WBZ 30-1 broadcast from the same tower? If they are and I receive 20-1 without any problems, shouldn't I be able to receive WBZ at the same time?

Both stations broadcast from the same antenna on the same tower. WBZ-DT is currently operating at half power due to the failure of an amplifier. We hope to have it back at full power today or tomorrow.

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Can anyone give an update of the status of WGBH and its plans to start broadcasting digitally on channel 19? I have been following this thread very carefully for such information. I've been a member of WGBH for about 15 years and just received a notice to renew my membership. I am planning not to renew, and I have written out a lengthy letter detailing my reasons related to their lack of commitment to HDTV. The letter states that I will not renew until they are broadcasting digitally, and I'd rather not send it if they are about to start broadcasting on 19 and passing along PBS HD feeds.

Thanks.

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WBZ-DT is back at full power (725,000 watts)

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SMK:

In this thread, as well as in a couple others, it's been noted that WGBH has pretty much decided that it's too expensive to broadcast digitally.

Sad.
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Can anyone give an update of the status of WGBH and its plans to start broadcasting digitally on channel 19? I have been following this thread very carefully for such information

SMK,

Just go back one page in this thread and you can see what WGBH says for themselves, which is discouraging at best. My non-renewal pretty much ellicited a yawn.

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Hi All,

I think we have our PSIP act together again. After a new channel search, we should be found on 4-1.

BE SURE TO DO THE CHANNEL SEARCH IF YOU CAN'T FIND WBZ.

*** WBZ DTV HOTLINE - 617-787-7043 ***

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Thanks Bob for all that you do to keep us informed. I only wish the other channels would be as communicative.
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Boy, am I depressed.

I live in Concord, MA and can get the Needham digital signals great with a cheap Radio Shack twin bowtie. But I need to see the PBS HD stuff that everyone else in the country says is so great, and we're missing in Boston (home of the supposed flagship WGBH PBS station???).

So I bought a big honking Radio Shack outside antenna to pick up WENH-DT PBS out of New Hampshire. Antennaweb said I needed a medium directional antenna.

After a full day of pulling wires through walls and installation headaches in blistering Attic heat, NADA. Not even a blip on my Hauppauge card signal meter. The Needham tower strength is virtually the same as the $17 RS bowtie.

Curse you, WGBH!

Can anyone else in the Boston area pick up NH PBS on HD???

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They are not broadcasting in HD or digital.
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Originally posted by Bob Hess:
Hi All,

I think we have our PSIP act together again. After a new channel search, we should be found on 4-1.

BE SURE TO DO THE CHANNEL SEARCH IF YOU CAN'T FIND WBZ.

*** WBZ DTV HOTLINE - 617-787-7043 ***

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Hi Bob,

Indeed after doing a new channel search, WBZ is again showing up as 4-1 on my DTC-100 after an absence of several weeks. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

A general note: PSIP now appears to be working for 4 and 25, but 20 and 42 still show up in their native locations.
It seems to me I've heard that some folks have been getting 7-1. Is any one doing so with a DTC-100? If WHDH is sending out PSIP in a format that is unintelligible to the DTC-100, Bob is their any chance you could pass along your latest tweaks to your brethren? Thanks,

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Originally posted by spearse:
Boy, am I depressed.

I live in Concord, MA and can get the Needham digital signals great with a cheap Radio Shack twin bowtie. But I need to see the PBS HD stuff that everyone else in the country says is so great, and we're missing in Boston (home of the supposed flagship WGBH PBS station???).

Curse you, WGBH!

Starman Jones

According to David Liroff, WGBH Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, neither we viewers with the ability to receive DTV nor, for that matter, DTV in general exist. Until we make enough noise that WGBH can hear us, or their leadership gains a greater awareness of the evolution of Television, I'm afraid we are stuck with a backwater PBS station. It's especially galling having moved to Boston from the Bay Area where KQED has been on the air with HDTV for several years now. I guess that when it comes to PBS, Boston just isn't a high-tech mecca,

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I don't know how much it matters but I am not a PBS supporter as far as giving them money. But the content they have is probably the best HD material you watch these days. Its a shame they don't air it or try to see if they can get new supporters from it. I for one would pay/donate/contribute money if they did.
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Originally posted by Bob Hess:
I think we have our PSIP act together again. After a new channel search, we should be found on 4-1.

Bob - Just a heads up, my Panasonic TU-HDS20 now running V7.4 software still has 'BZ-DT on 30-1. Don't feel bad though, WHDH-DT wronged their right (as I feared) and has been back at 42-1 for a couple weeks now, also.
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Originally posted by Bob Hess:
I think we have our PSIP act together again. After a new channel search, we should be found on 4-1.

Bob,

Did a rescan and 4-1 maps correctly but there is still a problem with seein guide data only on WBZ on the Tosh/Mits/Hughes boxes. This data actually comes from satellite and if very convenient. Given that other channels in the market do the PSIP map and do not block out the Advanced Programming Guide information, it appears there remains a settings problem unique to BZ. Is there any progress on this front. To reiterate this is not a expectation for OTA guide data, just that the PSIP not mess up the receivers ability to get the guide data.

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Carbo,
I'm not sure you read my post carefully, unless I am badly mistaken. NH PBS definitely IS broadcasting digital, according to all current documentation (see antennaweb.org, for example). It is WGBH that is not broadcasting digital, as we all know.

My question stands-- unless I have been given wrong info-- can anyone pick up New Hampshire PBS digital in the boston area? What does it take to do it?
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I receive WENH-DT in Tewksbury with no problems what so ever. I use a DTC-100 and APS U92 antenna (no pre-amp) on the roof about 25 feet up. Signal quality is about 70. Only problem with ENH is that their schedule is so variable. But the quality of the PBS programming is the best. To bad WGBH is so stupid about this.
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Hellooooooo WGBH.
If an HD broadcast is anywhere near as good as a competing regular broadcast, I will watch the HD one. I used to watch some GBH, but since I got HD hardware a few months ago, I could count the number of GBH programs I've watched on one hand. As other posts point out, you're losing customers. Not only that, but people with HD hardware can better afford to make contributions.
Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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spearse,

Sorry I misread the post, not enough sleep.

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Originally posted by spearse:

Can anyone else in the Boston area pick up NH PBS on HD???

Starman Jones

I pick up WENH-DT with a signal strength between 75-80% from my location. (26 miles north of the Needham towers) Over the weekend I installed a ChannelMaster 4248 w/9521 rotor in my attic(118° BTW), but previously had similar results with both the RS double-bowtie and Silver Sensor located inside pointing out a window.

I was able to realize a boost of maybe 10% signal strength on the Needham stations with the CM, but my dropouts were considerably reduced. From Concord you should be pulling in a pretty strong signal, so the larger antenna may not boost this number.

WENH-DT may be just out of your reach as far as reception is concerned. (see http://www.metronet.com/~chipk/tv/MHT.html and click on the "tower" for a coverage map)

I don't want to rub it in, but what you've heard about PBS HD is true. It beats HBO-HD, SHO-HD and other OTA HD hands down.

I've never contributed to public television before, but WENH-DT will be getting a check from me this year.

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Originally posted by spearse:

Can anyone else in the Boston area pick up NH PBS on HD???

Starman Jones


Yes, I'm in Framingham, and I do get WENH-DT very well using the 7 ft Channel Master Parascope with 28db preamp. And indeed with some of their recent tweaks the it has gotten better, probably due to reduced multipath.

Check that you can get analog channel 50 reasonably well.
Channel 57's tower is on Saddleback Mtn. in Deerfield, NH, East of WMUR-DT Channel 59.


They are still operating under a construction permit so they're still at half-power.
Also note their normal schedule is 7pm-9pm on weekdays, and 2pm - 9pm on weekends.
Lately, they've been doing some tower work, so they've been off the air for a couple of days. Also this past Saturday (6/23 ~7:15pm), it appears they are having problems as I lost video and audio during a broadcast, but still had a strong carrier. I'll post when I see them back or I get more news.

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Doug and Tim,

Read your comments. Looking into the problem.

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I am based in Amherst NH, and am using a Sony HD100, roof mounted radio-shack antenna plus RS amplifier. I receive Channels 20 (ABC), 23 (IND),30 (CBS) and 42 (NBC) (30 has the strongest signal that does not require the amplifier). 31 (Fox) is sporadic - always has a signal in the 60-70 range, but mainly unlocked. 59 (WMUR) was the strongest, but has disappeared this past week (no signal). 57 (PBS) has never shown any form of signal.

Does anybody have any information on WMUR (anybody else notice its disappearance ?).

Any thoughts on why Fox might be difficult to receive, given that I can receive the other Boston channels quite clearly.

I am thinking of trying out the CM 7775, and then maybe the 4221, and maybe even replacing the cabling. I am surrounded by tall pines - not sure whether this causes the dreaded multipathing, and hence issues with Fox.

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