|Originally posted by Dave McWilliams
I believe that some folks in Cranberry are getting WTAE-DT, so in Allison Park it's definitely worth a try. Here in Chippewa I have no chance (unless I want to build a tower that's as high as the ones the broadcasters use.)
WTAE is currently prevented from kicking up the power by the FCC. Their full-power application is in the review process, and they can't even buy the equipment they need until the FCC gives their blessing. The only chance you & I have of getting WTAE-DT is if AT&T starts carrying it, and they've supposedly made noises in that direction. I just hope that if they ever do carry the digital transmission it's 8VSB so we don't need anything other than a basic cable subscription and our current STB.
I'm glad to hear some of you folks are able to get the three 'burgh digital channels from Cranberry but I can only get 25.1...KDKA. I could really use some help from you Pittsburgh/North Hills/Cranberry folks. Here's the deal...
If you want the FULL story of all that's been going on...start at pg. 3 on: http://www.***************.com/ubb/...c;f=55;t=000436
For the Reader's Digest version: bottom line was this...I'm a first generation DirecTV customer, since '94. Since the wife wanted local channels for weather I had the best Radio Shack (RS) antenna installed. I live in Cranberry Twp., PA 16066 (off of Powell Rd...close to Glen Eden) and my "plan"...particularly my house, sits down in a valley...but then you know that western PA is all hills and valleys. Anyhow...all I could get was "snow" so I told her if she wanted weather reports to open the front door for the most current and accurate report...LOL.
Fast forward to this past November and I got a Pioneer Elite 610HD. I got a Panny TUHDS20 receiver and, being ever the ignorant one, thought I'd get any local DIGITAL channels through it...period. I had NO idea in today's technological age I'd be required to STILL use a roof top antenna to pull in HD signals.
I got Radio Shack to come out and they were...sorry, but true...worthless to me. Heck, they didn't even know what component video was, etc.
I did alot of research and found a local company by the name of Digital Visions and while they were light years ahead of me and Radio Shack...they were well behind folks on here and on The Home Theatre SPot. Anyhow...after much research and trial and error...hit and miss...I went with the Channel Master CM 4248 YAGI and 7775 pre amp.
Bottom line was absolutely no improvement from before. No...the installers from Digital Visions had no signal strength meter or any other high tech equipment to locate any "sweet spots"...indeed if there are any on the top of my house.
Now...keep in mind...these installers were the best I could find and after several hours from several different trips and at $80 an hour this has all gotten to be a bit more expensive then I can justify to myself...let alone the wife.
Still...I am convinced the three signals can be had but ONLY by a truly experienced antenna man or woman with all the right equipment. If you know of any...PLEASE LET ME KNOW.