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post #4141 of 4149 Old 05-01-2015, 09:12 AM
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On vacation in Burlington, VT. The place we're staying near downtown has a beautiful Insignia HDTV, hooked to a DTA getting nothing but SD programming. So, naturally, I pulled out an antenna and decided to do something about it. Hooked my antenna up and scanned. You guys really aren't kidding, WVNY is nearly impossible to pull in. I'm using a Terk HDTVi and after 20 scans, I ended up using my spectrum analyzer to max out the signal by holding it in an awkward position in the center of the room with the VHF elements fully extended. It finally scanned in, but breaks up and is unwatchable no matter where I put it. I have yet to see a clean signal from WVNY.

Got every other station, including W25BT-D which almost always scans in but never seems to actually decode. So as long as I don't want to watch ABC, I'm in good shape, I guess.

44-2 really should be running a simulcast of WVNY.

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On vacation in Burlington, VT. The place we're staying near downtown has a beautiful Insignia HDTV, hooked to a DTA getting nothing but SD programming. So, naturally, I pulled out an antenna and decided to do something about it. Hooked my antenna up and scanned. You guys really aren't kidding, WVNY is nearly impossible to pull in. I'm using a Terk HDTVi and after 20 scans, I ended up using my spectrum analyzer to max out the signal by holding it in an awkward position in the center of the room with the VHF elements fully extended. It finally scanned in, but breaks up and is unwatchable no matter where I put it. I have yet to see a clean signal from WVNY.

Got every other station, including W25BT-D which almost always scans in but never seems to actually decode. So as long as I don't want to watch ABC, I'm in good shape, I guess.

44-2 really should be running a simulcast of WVNY.

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Downtown Burlington is a tough spot for Mt. Mansfield stations, of all types. Even WEZF and WVPS radio aren't the best down there, which has always confused me since that is the COL. WVPS HD locks south of Barre and holds all the way to just before St. Albans in my car staying on I-89. However, get off and go down the hill (US 2) into downtown Burlington and it drops a lot. I guess what is what WOXR HD is for. Back to TV, WVNY is my strongest signal, and that's with the antenna pointing at Montreal. To be fair, all of the Mt. Mansfield signals show 65 to 70% and WVNY is steady at 75 or so it's not that much different. WCFE is semi-blocked due to a small ridge, but it is still fine in the 40s. I used to get a couple of the translators on analog, but not on digital. CBC Montreal varies from 30% to 50% depending on atmospheric conditions, but locks most of the time.
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That's not what I'm seeing. Excellent signal on all UHFs with minimal trouble, WVNY a struggle. WVPS sounded great all the way here outside of some picket fencing (multipath).

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That's not what I'm seeing. Excellent signal on all UHFs with minimal trouble, WVNY a struggle. WVPS sounded great all the way here outside of some picket fencing (multipath).

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That is good to hear about the other TV signals. I have never done OTA TV downtown but I have in the North End when my cousin lived there, which has LOS to everything. WVNY is definitely antenna dependent. I have had good luck getting VHF with mine, but I definitely know that people have trouble with WVNY, especially with indoor antennas. My friend's parents are cord-cutters and I gave them an old indoor antenna I had. LOS and about 10 miles from Mt. Mansfield, they get WVNY well, but it requires making sure the antenna is just so. I used the same antenna here, and WVNY would (sometimes) scan in, but rarely show enough picture to tell what was on.

I have always based my thinking that TV would be tough OTA downtown based on the static on the radio and the TVFool maps. Click image for larger version

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Ah, I'm just north of Pearl, so I'm definitely outside that apparent void. I'm actually impressed with how well I've done getting WCFE at the same time as the other broadcasters given its location in the opposite direction.

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On vacation in Burlington, --snip-- I'm using a Terk HDTVi and after 20 scans, I ended up using my spectrum analyzer to max out the signal --snip--

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You bring an antenna and spectrum analyzer on vacation. Now that's dedication! My kind of guy.

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On vacation in Burlington, --snip-- I'm using a Terk HDTVi and after 20 scans, I ended up using my spectrum analyzer to max out the signal --snip--

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You bring an antenna and spectrum analyzer on vacation. Now that's dedication! My kind of guy.
Nah, I didn't bring an antenna. I brought three. :-)

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