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No. Info by channel:
7 new state of the art system that is exactly 16 seconds slow
10 +/1 one second since 2010
13 was doing pretty good for awhile now drifting forward currently +29 seconds
15 The biggest problem of all. Perfect one day, +2 minutes a few days later then -2 minutes a few days after that. Probably a computer system problem. I don't think the engineer can do anything about it.

21 Drifts forward a few seconds a day. When the error approaches 5 minutes I email the station.
27 +/-2 seconds
38 +/- 1 second failed once 2010 - email to ION got it fixed
43 Was +/1 second now holding at about -29 seconds

That being said, if you averaged all the stations together, the total error has always been under +/- 1 minute.
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From WBRA.org:

Please note that as of August 3, 2014 - WSBN and WMSY will be on the air a few hours each
day for testing.

Anybody know what is going on? FCC requirement to keep license?
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Please note that as of August 3, 2014 - WSBN and WMSY will be on the air a few hours each
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Anybody know what is going on? FCC requirement to keep license?
Testing? I doubt it... Keep the licenses? Yep, most likely...

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Testing? I doubt it... Keep the licenses? Yep, most likely...
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Please note that as of August 3, 2014 - WSBN and WMSY will be on the air a few hours each
day for testing.

Anybody know what is going on? FCC requirement to keep license?
Saw this on Wiki:

In March 2013, Blue Ridge PBS announced that it would close both WSBN and WMSY by June 30, 2013, leaving East Tennessee PBS outlet WETP as the sole source of PBS programming in the Tri-Cities. The move came as a result of budget cuts that followed the elimination of Virginia's funding for public broadcasting stations in 2012. However, station president James Baum told The Roanoke Times that there are no plans to tear down the transmitters, leaving the possibility that WSBN and WMSY could return in the future.[1]

Couldn't these be sold off??

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Probably hanging onto them in the hopes of selling them off in the incentive auction. I'm not sure who else would buy two non-commercial licenses in the Bristol, TN market, one of which doesn't actually cover the largest cities in the market.

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In March 2013, Blue Ridge PBS announced that it would close both WSBN and WMSY by June 30, 2013, leaving East Tennessee PBS outlet WETP as the sole source of PBS programming in the Tri-Cities. The move came as a result of budget cuts that followed the elimination of Virginia's funding for public broadcasting stations in 2012. However, station president James Baum told The Roanoke Times that there are no plans to tear down the transmitters, leaving the possibility that WSBN and WMSY could return in the future.[1]

Couldn't these be sold off??
Selling public licenses is not an easy task.

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Surprised no one asked me directly...hmm.
I didn't know if you were at liberty to discuss...

I figured that if you had anything constructive to add you would --- and you did!

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As far as who would buy it, there has been plenty of chatter but no one can follow the rules laid out by the commission for purchase.
I kind of thought that at this point it time all the rules and boundaries were up in the air. But interestingly, Trip did not indicate that.
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I didn't know if you were at liberty to discuss...
Same here.

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I kind of thought that at this point it time all the rules and boundaries were up in the air. But interestingly, Trip did not indicate that.
TV continues to exist as it always has, with the same set of rules, just that the stations have the option to be bought out by the government in an auction next year.

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Dear WDBJ, WSET, and WSLS:

Something needs to be done about your stations on Directv in NC. Many counties in NC get various assortments of the three stations mentioned above, but they are only SD. Meanwhile, customers in VA who get the Greensboro locals like WFMY and WGHP, get them in HD. That is really lame!

The Roanoke locals often air different games than the Greensboro and Raleigh locals. Redskins preseason, Ravens on CBS, etc are awful in SD and the only way we can watch this programming. I can get WDBJ and WSET with my antenna, but it's really not reliable at about 75-80 miles out. The chopped presentation is really unprofessional, too. During the syndicated programming on WDBJ, only a small part of the 7 that appears on the HD version of the channel is visible on the SD. Check out the picture of the WSLS weather segment during the news. How do people in the actual DMA who are SD-only deal with such a lack of professionalism?

Something needs to be done about this nationwide. I know that most SV locals are SD nationwide, but there are clearly ways around it since WGHP WFMY, etc are HD in VA. I hate being forced to watch sports in SD when others get them in HD for free. The spotbeams reach here just fine.

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Hello WDBJ7 are you there?

Hello WDBJ7 are you there?

Has anyone seen WDBJ7?

So much for state of the art equipment...
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So, I see WBRA 15-2 is back on the air. When I was visiting my parents over the Labor Day weekend, it looked like it was airing wall-to-wall pledge drive type programming, though I suppose that could have been just for the weekend.

Is this the programming that is airing on WMSY and WSBN?

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Dear WDBJ, WSET, and WSLS:

During the syndicated programming on WDBJ, only a small part of the 7 that appears on the HD version of the channel is visible on the SD. Check out the picture of the WSLS weather segment during the news. How do people in the actual DMA who are SD-only deal with such a lack of professionalism?
AFD code 1001 fixes that.

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channel 15 gone in Altavista ?
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http://www.wbra.org/

The Blue Ridge PBS transmitter, located on Poor Mountain in Roanoke, is having major equipment failure and remains off the air. This issue does not affect our viewers who receive our broadcast from Cox Cable, but does affect those who receive our broadcast over the air and other cable customers in the area. Station engineers are continuing to work on the equipment in an attempt to return the transmitter to broadcast operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
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So, I see WBRA 15-2 is back on the air. When I was visiting my parents over the Labor Day weekend, it looked like it was airing wall-to-wall pledge drive type programming, though I suppose that could have been just for the weekend.

Is this the programming that is airing on WMSY and WSBN?

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Yep running an alternate program schedule and during festival time it will include those fund raining programs, but those programs are not on the air during the time that WMSY and WSBN and on the air, it's "how to" shows and "Somg of the Mountains".

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The Blue Ridge PBS transmitter, located on Poor Mountain in Roanoke, is having major equipment failure and remains off the air. This issue does not affect our viewers who receive our broadcast from Cox Cable, but does affect those who receive our broadcast over the air and other cable customers in the area. Station engineers are continuing to work on the equipment in an attempt to return the transmitter to broadcast operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Yep, had a bullet burn up and had to replace the center conductor in part of the transmission line. It's all better now.

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Yep running an alternate program schedule and during festival time it will include those fund raining programs, but those programs are not on the air during the time that WMSY and WSBN and on the air, it's "how to" shows and "Somg of the Mountains".

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Will you expand the broadcast time during festival on these transmitters to give viewers an opportunity to contribute or is this simply a way to hold the license until the auctions? It looks like a lineup of programming could be assembled that would not trigger rights fees( BRPBS civil war documentaries, This Week in Richmond, etc.) These transmitters were shut off without giving viewers in these areas an opportunity to help keep them on air. Maybe BRPBS in Norton and Marion could operate at 10% power and appeal for a waiver of PBS rights fees until some funding is restored.
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Hello WDBJ7 are you there?

Hello WDBJ7 are you there?

Has anyone seen WDBJ7?

So much for state of the art equipment...
Sorry, haven't been too active on here. Too much to do. What is your issue?
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Everything is fine now. What happened to the transmitter about a month ago? I imagine you spent a couple of long nights on the mtn.
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Antenna installers in Roanoke? I've been trying to find someone in the Roanoke area to install a roof-mounted antenna but so far no luck. I'm getting almost everything with an indoor rabbit ear antenna but need something a little better and more permanent to get PBS and WSET consistently. Attic has foil insulation so no luck there and roof is at least 25' up so I'm not about to do that myself. My LoS to Poor Mountain is through some trees and just above the next ridge so thinking the higher off the ground the better but maybe just a good antenna at 10' would work too. Thanks for any help! - Ed
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Dear WDBJ, WSET, and WSLS:

How do people in the actual DMA who are SD-only deal with such a lack of professionalism?

Thank you. Rant over.

I have friends with DTV, and Dish, and Cox and all of them have SD and HD versions of the DMA. Not sure what you are getting. I'm pretty sure all the providers just receive HD and 4x3 chop the sides off. Most of the HD broadcasts OTA and PayTV seem to have stopped being 4x3 safe. I don't think its unprofessional, they have just moved on to making full use of the available area. When HD first started happening, all the content was in the middle, and the extra space on the side wasn't utilized at all.

If you are fussing about a game OTA that is SD when your local OTA is HD for a different game, its probably contractual agreements preventing stations from using the HD feed.
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The counties in NC that get these channels courtesy of significantly viewed, do not get the HD version on Directv, only the SD. They need to account for that and either letter box the news, sports... Everything... or not chop half of it off.

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I'm pretty sure DirecTV would be the people to change the SD to a letterbox version instead of 4x3 cut.
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Not sure how the stations there are doing it, but we send the AFD code for letterbox and the receiver D* is using at the local collection point then changes the aspect to letterbox and it should stay that way all the way through the SD system. We went to a full 16:9 house almost two years ago and basically locked the AFD code to letterbox all the time so the MVPD's could send the correct aspect ratio for those still watching on 4:3 TVs. The stations there may want to check with D* to be sure they haven't locked the receiver to center cut since that has been the general fallback for SD since the transition.

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