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ProjectSHO89's Avatar ProjectSHO89
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Some stations just have a poorer signal.

Not very likely. If one station had a deficient signal, it would affect others besides you. More likely, it's local interference from something local - electrical or FM, most likely. Slap a $5 FM filter from Radio Shack on there to eliminate FM as a cause.
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I'm located about halfway between Orlando and Tampa's signals and have tried using an indoor antenna to get the over-the-air signals. Being around 40+ miles away though, it's a crap-shoot at best, and reliability suffers. We'll be watching a CSI or a CRIMINAL MINDS on WKMG in Orlando and at a critical point, the signal will just drop out for a second or two.

Orlando has just one main VHF signal - WESH 2 which is RF 11. I've never, EVER even gotten a sniff of that signal on an indoor antenna, even with exact measuring of the dipoles.

Tampa has a number of VHF signals, WFLA 8 on RF 7, WTSP 10 on RF 10, and WTVT 13 on RF 12 being the three main network affiliates. Oddly, 8 and 10 I have received on a nothing-fancy set of dipoles attached to a loop for UHF. They don't come in reliably at all, but I HAVE at least seen them on occasion. But that WESH from Orlando is still among the missing on anything indoors.

I had an installer put a nice, big Winegard antenna up in our attic, and with some fiddling, he was able to get me WESH 2 on a semi-reliable basis - but it winks in and out. Oddly, he supposedly pointed the thing up toward the Bitho signals in Orlando, but whenever I switch to that antenna, I fairly reliable also pick up WFLA 8 and WTSP 10 - and sometimes WTVT 13. I must be picking those up on the back end of the antenna as the orientation at my house has the Tampa signals exactly 180° from the Orlando signals.

Oh - and before WTSP moved their antenna a year or so ago to the Riverview site, it was not ever receivable here. Now it comes in much better, if still not reliable on the indoor antenna.

Harry
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Channel 13 in Tampa is going to add channel 13.3, a 24 hour Accu-Weather sub channel. Sometime this fall I assume.
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I found that here in Wesley Chapel, an antenna with a rotator is perfect for Tampa and Orlando channels with the antenna split between the two locations all the subs come in perfectly; there are a number of those that aren't even on cable outlets yet. If an Orlando channel is marginal then I just rotate the antenna towards the east a little more. My array is two separate antennas, a UHF on top and VHF on bottom with a CHannel Master CM7777 pre-amp. This has worked perfectly for me. This is all on a 35 foot telescoping antenna mast that I got from Huston's TV in Zephyrhills.
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Heh! Bright House isn't yet carrying their 13.2 MOVIES channel.
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I think Comcast is the only cable provider carrying Movies on 13.2; there is another movie service on 50.3 (off antenna)called GET-TV; they actually don't start until October but are in test mode running movies 24/7. Channel 50 is actually a Spanish channel in Tampa on 50.1. GET-TV is similar to Movies on 13.2 carrying a lot of 1930's to 1970's features.
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Where did you here that about Accuweather and who owns the station?
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It appears the WFLA-TV Channel 28 is not broadcasting PSIG information. Anyone else notice this? I have sent them an e-mail.
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It appears the WFLA-TV Channel 28 is not broadcasting PSIG information. Anyone else notice this? I have sent them an e-mail.

You mean WFTS 28? It's annoying. AFAICT, all satellite and cable services strip the PSIG. Maybe it's trying to push the relative few getting it OTA for free into subscriptions to bolster its revenue.
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I agree. Cable companies are doing all they can to make cable cutters life hard. The on/off of PSIG information is causing my CM7000PAL to randomly change the recording schedule. For this reason I am looking into a TV tuner card for my HTPC. BTW I am lucky in that I live about seven miles from the Riverview antenna farm.
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Looks like WTSP has put ANTENNA TV on 10.2.

Harry
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It was at most half as good as WFTS's was for those interested in local rather than Pensacola, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Miami, or Atlanta, so it's no surprise to me any SD retro network would generate more ad revenue for WTSP. Still, where I live there are now zero 24 hour OTA video weather sources, so it will be missed.
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Well, though I sort of like having a channel on the TV where I can quickly turn to check the weather radar, the fact is that the main local channels break in with ANY kind of warning on flashing scrawls to the point of absurdity it seems. And when the weather's nice, who really cares? It's easy enough to check on a computer. So even though all local weather channels are now gone, I'm still happy that we have Antenna TV on the cable. Now, if they'd only add MOVIES! from 13.2...

Harry
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FWIW, most movies on Movies! that were wider than 1.37:1 as originally released to theaters are brought to WTSP wider than 4:3, usually 16:9 but sometimes letter boxed. WTSP center cuts all the wide ones back to give pillar boxing to HDTV screens that aren't stretching the picture to fill it. I suspect WFTT may be doing the same with Bounce and GetTV. ATM, GetTV is double-boxed.
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Bright House is now carrying GET TV on 50.3

Harry
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Anyone else getting a sudden precipitous drop in several channels (wfla (8), wtog (44) and channel 28). Used to get them fine. Bam--overnight a few days ago they went almost away, while other channels are fine. Thought it was the rain, but... same thing for 3 days now.

I'm in South Tampa. Has there been any change somewhere in the last week or so--perhaps one of the stations boosting their power enough to cause me interference? Using a directional antenna, outside, 20 feet up, aimed at the antenna field (south east). No amplifier.

Totally confused, as nothing's changed on my end, and the other stations are still fine, in the 80-90 percent range.
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^ I'm east of the Tampa stations by a good 40 miles, and today I checked our antenna feed and was getting 28 with no problem. 44 was in and out, and 8 is always problematic here on an indoor antenna.

Harry
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^ I'm east of the Tampa stations by a good 40 miles, and today I checked our antenna feed and was getting 28 with no problem. 44 was in and out, and 8 is always problematic here on an indoor antenna.

Harry
Thanks for the feedback. It's definitely weird that 3 channels went out on me like this--have to think -something- changed between me and the antennas, just don't know what.
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Anyone getting any popping, buzzing on 28.1? All other channels fine. But nothing I do gets rid of an undercurrent of buzzing, most noticeable in dialog with no background music. Before I rip into the antenna setup yet again, just wanted to make sure it's me and not something changed with the channel. (28.2 is fine, and the problem seems to have started up a week or so ago). And, at least according the tivo, the signal is one of my weakest, but still decent enough---around 89 out of a hundred.

Interestingly, and what makes me think it might be the station, is most commercials, it goes away. And some shows. For instance, just was watching Good Morning America--it popped during their chats. When it cut to local weather--it went away. Also in commercials (though some of those are so music-y its hard to say). On the show that comes after--Meridith--no more popping all. The networks shows--Castle, Once Upon a Time--showed it.
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Haven't had any issues with 28.1
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I am also getting sound distortion on 28.1. Mine is an annoying crackle sound and shows up on all my tivos.
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daneyuleb,

Good audio last night on Nightline, good audio now, on 28.1, using antenna 57 miles from the transmitter, 6 year old Vizio TV putting sound over optical audio out to 4 year old Pioneer A/V receiver. Switching Pioneer off and TV speakers on sounds OK too.

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