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MeowMeow's Avatar MeowMeow 06:58 AM 10-14-2009
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Upzedayzm, both of the antennas you're recommending to MeowMeow are far inferior to the YA-1713 for VHF high band reception. The YA-1713 is probably the best antenna currently available in the USA for high band VHF reception only. His only other viable alternative is an antenna like the Winegard HD8200U which is a huge all band (channels 2 through 69) antenna, and it may not work either.

I was having this conversation in a technical thread, and some of the folks there seem to think my pre-amp may be overloading the VHF antenna.

I'll have to wait until I get a nice day to try it.

salemtubes's Avatar salemtubes 03:09 PM 10-14-2009
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I was having this conversation in a technical thread, and some of the folks there seem to think my pre-amp may be overloading the VHF antenna.

I'll have to wait until I get a nice day to try it.

You might want to try a variable attenuator between the preamp's power supply and your television. If, indeed, you are experiencing overload, you might want to repace your current preamplifier with the Winegard HDP-269. The HDP-269 has much lower gain and is far less susceptible to overload than other preamplifiers on the market.
JK77's Avatar JK77 10:07 PM 10-16-2009
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Originally Posted by upzdayzm View Post

By the way, just renewed my progamming on NPS for the BUD for the year...hope it lasts that long! Sad the way that's going. Have had c- band since the spring of "84". Have not gone FTA as yet...

It is a shame what has happened to NPS.

You should get on the FTA bandwagon. It is like the early days of BUD, as you never know what you'll find.
ParkerVictim's Avatar ParkerVictim 05:02 AM 10-23-2009
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http://www.wnep.com/wnep-translater-...,7960793.story

In the near future Scranton-Wikes Barre ABC channel 16 will change their State College translator channel 36 to digital.

This will provide State College with an ABC with a higher PQ than watm 23.



The WNEP translator is now up and running.
systems2000's Avatar systems2000 08:56 PM 11-06-2009
That would be W36BE-D @ 0.205 KW.

Possibly more interference for my reception of WTTG.
systems2000's Avatar systems2000 07:19 AM 11-09-2009
The tropo is so bad lately, I can't get WTTG.
robry's Avatar robry 01:41 PM 11-14-2009
So been trying to setup a HTPC for a local buddy, we have 2 Asus PE9400 combo cards with ATSC/QAM and ANALOG tuners on each one. Analog works perfectly fine, but we get nothing over the QAM tuner. This is Windows 7 media center. I guess my question is, is there anyone in the Johnstown area using a QAM tuner on atlanticbb. Also, the customer has atlantic's HD local service, I plugged his box into the cable we're using and it worked immediately, so I know its not a signal thing. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! TIA!
75ohms's Avatar 75ohms 10:47 AM 11-16-2009
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So been trying to setup a HTPC for a local buddy, we have 2 Asus PE9400 combo cards with ATSC/QAM and ANALOG tuners on each one. Analog works perfectly fine, but we get nothing over the QAM tuner. This is Windows 7 media center. I guess my question is, is there anyone in the Johnstown area using a QAM tuner on atlanticbb. Also, the customer has atlantic's HD local service, I plugged his box into the cable we're using and it worked immediately, so I know its not a signal thing. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! TIA!

I'm not 100% sure, but it might be due to the fact that ABB is utilizing encrypted QAMs on their system. Does anyone know if ABB uses Clear QAMs at all?
PA_MainyYak's Avatar PA_MainyYak 04:14 AM 11-17-2009
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I'm not 100% sure, but it might be due to the fact that ABB is utilizing encrypted QAMs on their system. Does anyone know if ABB uses Clear QAMs at all?

Locals are clear QAM on ABB.
robry's Avatar robry 07:46 AM 11-17-2009
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I'm not 100% sure, but it might be due to the fact that ABB is utilizing encrypted QAMs on their system. Does anyone know if ABB uses Clear QAMs at all?

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Locals are clear QAM on ABB.

thank you gentlemen. We ordered an HDHomeRun tuner and are going to return the asus cards.
PANewsFan's Avatar PANewsFan 02:53 PM 11-18-2009
Has anyone noticed some changes with the picture quality on WJAC-HD during their newscasts. It is pretty hard to notice while watching in standard, but in HD, it seems as though a few of the shots of the anchors at the desk are clearer and brighter than previously before. When WJAC upgraded to widescreen 16:9, someone posted that they were in the process of installing HD lenses. I wonder if they are installing them now.
PA_MainyYak's Avatar PA_MainyYak 06:34 AM 11-30-2009
WJAC update..
WJAC has filed a second application for a translator in Bedford, this time on channel 29. The original channel 30 app is still alive, but there were numerous questions regarding potential interference with other low power transmitters in south central PA and the MD panhandle.
Meanwhile, the proposal for a ch 26 WJAC translator in DuBois has been modified to a lower power, now 4 Kw instead of the original 5 Kw.
And, there is still no word on when the channel 22 translator in Altoona may be up and running.
upzdayzm's Avatar upzdayzm 11:09 AM 12-01-2009
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And, there is still no word on when the channel 22 translator in Altoona may be up and running.

Has there been any word on a translator in the Johnstown area for WPSU. Even one near Altoona may help in the Johnstown region...WQED out of Pittsburgh comes in only at 35/45% most of the time,and a few break-ups in the eve. hours. For me the signal has Been about the same since their switch to 13...sure would like to see WPSU for a change.
PA_MainyYak's Avatar PA_MainyYak 06:13 AM 12-02-2009
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Has there been any word on a translator in the Johnstown area for WPSU. Even one near Altoona may help in the Johnstown region...WQED out of Pittsburgh comes in only at 35/45% most of the time,and a few break-ups in the eve. hours. For me the signal has Been about the same since their switch to 13...sure would like to see WPSU for a change.

They had been considering expanding their DTS to include sites and Altoona and Johnstown, but have apparently dropped those plans for now. The latest filing with the FCC seeks only to license the experimental system they built using the main transmitter in Clearfield and the secondary one in State College.
I do know that one issue they had faced in the Johnstown area was finding a suitable antenna site, but I suspect the economy is as much a factor as anything atm.
upzdayzm's Avatar upzdayzm 01:13 PM 12-03-2009
Thanks for the reply C.O.M.[from another C.O.M.], ....WQED and WPSU seems They are both turning their backs on all these surounding areas.east and south BAH HUMBUG!
systems2000's Avatar systems2000 07:45 PM 12-06-2009
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The tropo is so bad lately, I can't get WTTG.

WTTG is on the edge now.

I've found that WITF has possibly increased their power (-101.4dBm) and I have WGPT coming in via Tropo at -113dBm (according to TVFool.com (WTTG is at -106.8dBm).

Can anyone tell me when WKBS went to 200KW (-110.3)? I'm thinking that this is why I've lost WBFF & ThisTV (-108.6dBm).
ZeroOneTwoThree's Avatar ZeroOneTwoThree 03:02 AM 12-08-2009
Since many people in this forum are from Johnstown, PA are at least the surrounding area, I was thinking someone could answer this for me.

My friends and I were remember how we got from Charter to Atlantic Broadband, by ABB buying part of Charter.

But we were wondering what ever happened to "Cable Vision of Greater Johnstown" which some sources have "Time Warner" at the end and others don't. Was it both CableVision and Time Warner?

Also, didn't we have a CableCom once?
PA_MainyYak's Avatar PA_MainyYak 07:47 AM 12-08-2009
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Since many people in this forum are from Johnstown, PA are at least the surrounding area, I was thinking someone could answer this for me.

My friends and I were remember how we got from Charter to Atlantic Broadband, by ABB buying part of Charter.

But we were wondering what ever happened to "Cable Vision of Greater Johnstown" which some sources have "Time Warner" at the end and others don't. Was it both CableVision and Time Warner?

Also, didn't we have a CableCom once?

Teleprompter Cable was the original cable provider in Johnstown. It was locally owned. There were some financial-political shenanigans that landed the owner and a city council member in prison, and eventually the company was sold. First it was CableVision, which was acquired by Time Warner. T-W sold off a number of cable properties, including Johnstown to Charter Communications. Finally Charter, spun off some of its systems as it and Comcast picked at the carcass of the old Adelphia system. The Johnstown and Altoona systems were sold to Atlantic Broadband.

As I'm pulling this mostly from memory, buyer beware.
upzdayzm's Avatar upzdayzm 12:53 PM 12-09-2009
End of High definition ?.....is the FCC getting ready to make a major flub ? [kindest word I could use] http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles...oadcasting.php
DeeKaye07's Avatar DeeKaye07 06:07 PM 12-09-2009
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Teleprompter Cable was the original cable provider in Johnstown. It was locally owned. There were some financial-political shenanigans that landed the owner and a city council member in prison, and eventually the company was sold. First it was CableVision, which was acquired by Time Warner. T-W sold off a number of cable properties, including Johnstown to Charter Communications. Finally Charter, spun off some of its systems as it and Comcast picked at the carcass of the old Adelphia system. The Johnstown and Altoona systems were sold to Atlantic Broadband.

As I'm pulling this mostly from memory, buyer beware.

Wow...I'm having flashbacks. LOL

I dunno...for the most part, since ABB took over the cable market in this area, things have been generally good. I know there are a LOT fewer outages than there used to be. Other than the usual rate hikes, I'm pretty well happy with ABB (especially since they added the newest HD channels). So my point is, I'm glad (and thankful) that ABB bought out Charter.

DGK
DeeKaye07's Avatar DeeKaye07 06:16 PM 12-09-2009
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End of High definition ?.....is the FCC getting ready to make a major flub ? [kindest word I could use] http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles...oadcasting.php

They have GOT to be freakin' kidding......

FCC people must be on something to even halfway consider such a stupid thing.

DGK
PA_MainyYak's Avatar PA_MainyYak 06:12 AM 12-10-2009
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Wow...I'm having flashbacks. LOL

I dunno...for the most part, since ABB took over the cable market in this area, things have been generally good. I know there are a LOT fewer outages than there used to be. Other than the usual rate hikes, I'm pretty well happy with ABB (especially since they added the newest HD channels). So my point is, I'm glad (and thankful) that ABB bought out Charter.

DGK

I have to agree. BTW, it appears they are getting ready to add Versus HD.


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End of High definition ?.....is the FCC getting ready to make a major flub ? [kindest word I could use] http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles...oadcasting.php

That is one possible, but unlikely outcome of the discussion. I suspect as broadcasters begin to roll out mobile DTV services (thus adding an additional revenue stream), they'll be far less likely to give up any of their spectrum.
This certainly bears a close watch, and if it begins to go anywhere, OTA viewers will have to speak loud and clear to their Senators and representatives in Congress.
MeowMeow's Avatar MeowMeow 01:47 PM 12-19-2009
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OTA viewers will have to speak loud and clear to their Senators and representatives in Congress.

Considering the average Congress critter is an 80 y.o. coot, isn't speaking loud and clear a built-in assumption?
DeeKaye07's Avatar DeeKaye07 03:17 PM 12-19-2009
BTW I see Versus HD is now up and running (actually I think it was last week...or that's when I first noticed it ).

Wonder if there will be any other new HD channels added in the coming months (after the holidays)?

DGK
PA_MainyYak's Avatar PA_MainyYak 12:32 PM 12-20-2009
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BTW I see Versus HD is now up and running (actually I think it was last week...or that's when I first noticed it ).

Wonder if there will be any other new HD channels added in the coming months (after the holidays)?

DGK

ABB is running a crawl on the weather channel indicating that they will soon be dropping G4 and adding some new channels, but nothing specific as to which channels or whether they will be SD or HD. I also noticed they have moved the SD version of Big 10 Network into the slot originally used by ESPN Classic and moved ESPNC up into the 300-tier channels.
DeeKaye07's Avatar DeeKaye07 04:52 PM 12-20-2009
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ABB is running a crawl on the weather channel indicating that they will soon be dropping G4 and adding some new channels, but nothing specific as to which channels or whether they will be SD or HD. I also noticed they have moved the SD version of Big 10 Network into the slot originally used by ESPN Classic and moved ESPNC up into the 300-tier channels.

Too bad about G4 -- I used to watch it back in the day before it was called that...had some good stuff on then about techie things, how-to's about PCs, etc. I don't watch it anymore since they changed the name and switched their format some.

I'll have to keep an eye on the Weather Channel crawl or the message channel and see what they've got to say...thanks.

DGK
Nokorola's Avatar Nokorola 07:06 PM 12-28-2009
The word on wires is that the WJAC-TV Altoona translator on channel 22 should be completed by May 0f 2010.
upzdayzm's Avatar upzdayzm 12:20 PM 12-29-2009
Scant Tropo's noted for the western part of PA. on Wednesday Dec. 30 [morning] might be a good time to do some scanning.Not the best,but worth a try !
PA_MainyYak's Avatar PA_MainyYak 03:20 PM 12-31-2009
FCC today granted WJAC's alternate request for a ch 29 translator in Bedford. The ch 26 proposal for DuBois remains on the FCC's to-do list.

Happy New Year to one and all.
systems2000's Avatar systems2000 09:16 PM 01-01-2010
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