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Old 09-14-2009, 11:48 AM
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I was wondering if any of the HD news laggards in the area would be rolling out HD News in time for the fall season.

Heh, I'm almost convinced that WRC will never, EVER roll out HD news.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:18 PM
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Heh, I'm almost convinced that WRC will never, EVER roll out HD news.

Me too.
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What normally comes on CBS at 9pm on Mondays? According to my FiOS guide, WUSA will be airing the Dr. Oz premiere tonight at that time. Assuming that's accurate, I guess it's because they couldn't air it this afternoon due to U.S. Open coverage.
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Dr. Oz was in SD on WBAL.

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Hi Everyone!

I'm new to the DC Area and new to this thread, though I've been on the forums for a little while now. I've been having some problems with my Comcast HD signal and was wondering if anybody else has seen this.

I've got the Motorola HD Box (DCX3200) and I get a pixelated picture when using my AT&T cell phone. It appears to only effect SciHD (217) and FXHD (221) to my knowledge, but it may effect more than that.

Some quick Googling revealed I'm not crazy ( http://www.broadbandreports.com/foru...eless~start=20 ) but I was wondering if I'm the only one in the DC Area with this problem.

Does anyone have a channel list by frequency like what is posted in that link? I'd like to confirm the range of channels affected by my phone.

Does anyone think the Ferrite beads will do anything? My experience with Comcast tells me I'm going to get the SOL response from them, so I figured I'd check with the experts.

Thanks in advance!
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Does anyone think the Ferrite beads will do anything? My experience with Comcast tells me I'm going to get the SOL response from them, so I figured I'd check with the experts.

Thanks in advance!

Radio Shack has some ferrite chokes they stock, it can't hurt to try. You can undoubtedly get them WAY cheaper somewhere else, though

I personally don't think it will do much, though. It's probably more likely that the tuner inside the cable box isn't adequately shielded. Do you have the coax grounded? I think cable does it like you would with OTA with a grounding block outside the house hooked to the Earth ground. Also make sure all your connections are good through the entire system. I've heard that loose connectors can cause an increased sensitivity to interference.

Are you using an amplifier anywhere? If so, you might want to try unhooking that to see if perhaps the amp is making things worse.

One easy way to see if maybe your system itself might have a flaw would be to find somebody else with the same box and use your phone over there
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Dr. Oz was in SD on WBAL.

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WBAL likes to do things half way. They have two syndicated shows in HD and two that should be. They have HD news but still no DD5.1 at any time.

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Anyone having glitching issues with WJZ HD via Directv? Been watching the Ravens game and it's been dropping out and glitching the whole game.

I was at the game and recording it OTA through my DISH DVR. The DVR's OTA tuner is pretty flaky and I lost almost the entire game due to whatever problems they were having.
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Anyone else lose MPT Channel 22? I'm pointed towards Baltimore TV Hill but have been able to get channel 22 with 80%+ signal on the backside of my antenna (only 6 miles away due south). The last couple of weeks I've noticed that their signal strength had degraded a bit but I had no reception problems. Last night (Mon) they were completely gone - 22.1, 22.2, and 22.3. I could still receive 26.[1-4], 14.1, 50.[1-2] all from DC on the backside of the antenna. I rescanned a couple of times too - nothing. Have they jacked around with their xmission pattern?
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My daughter is less than 2 miles from the tower and occasionally loses all signal. I think they've got a screw loose.

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Anyone else lose MPT Channel 22? I'm pointed towards Baltimore TV Hill . . .

You may have been experiencing tropo activity from RF channel 42 in Philadelphia last night. The activity was moderate last night.
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Dr. Oz was in SD on WBAL.

It was HD on WUSA today. Hard to believe that's the same tiny studio that Late Night with Conan O'Brien used for 16 years. "Oprah money" indeed.
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I'm looking for anyone that lives out in haymarket/manassas/leesburg that is picking up baltimore stations. In particular, WJZ. What type of antenna/amp are you using? Thanks!
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I'm looking for anyone that lives out in haymarket/manassas/leesburg that is picking up baltimore stations. In particular, WJZ. What type of antenna/amp are you using? Thanks!

Here's a post from a couple months ago.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post16664202
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I'm looking for anyone that lives out in haymarket/manassas/leesburg that is picking up baltimore stations. In particular, WJZ. What type of antenna/amp are you using? Thanks!

I've put up 2 antenna systems recently in the Manassas, & Leesburg areas. The Baltimore stations come in much better in Leesburg than in Manassas, but neither location provided "reliable" digital reception. The heavy air traffic from Dulles airport is a deal breaker in most of these areas.

WJZ & WBAL are not even 100% in Fairfax or Arlington using a Winegard YA-1713. You'll see an occasional hiccup that you never see on the Baltimore UHF stations. And you can forget watching them with a thunderstorm within 20-30 miles. Unfortunately, the FCC didn't do enough research on this VHF thing.
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You may have been experiencing tropo activity from RF channel 42 in Philadelphia last night. The activity was moderate last night.

Seems that might have been it - I rescanned again tonight and Channel 22.[1-3] MPT is back on the air.
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My daughter is less than 2 miles from the tower and occasionally loses all signal. I think they've got a screw loose.

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I've never had drop outs from Channel 22 before - they have been rock solid. I wonder if your daughter is suffering from signal overload (I had that problem after WJZ 13 changed to their directional antennas).
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Looks like WUSA is finally doing 16:9 promos for local programming and news. Unfortunately, like WTTG, they're in SD. At least the one I saw for Dr. Oz and the afternoon programming block was. Couldn't tell if the bump for the 11pm weather forecast was or not.
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@Jim Miller:

FWIW, 22 (42) is rediculously powerful from here in Elkridge. It's the only DTV channel I can tune by simply putting my finger on the coax jack (no lie). I would seriously consider overload (as per hsweiss) given her distance from the tower.

Time will probably tell on this one. Tropo comes and goes, but as we move into the winter months, if the issue starts to get worse and worse, overload becomes more and more likely.

You could contact WMPT to see if they would hook you up with a single channel attenuator for 42 given your proximity, but be advised that you'll almost undoubtedly lose 54 (40) and 24 (41) from Baltimore, if those are a concern. I believe Channel Master's JoinTennas have been discontinued, but if in the end you feel that a single channel injector/attenuator is in order, a company named TinLee still makes them. Probably more $$ than it's worth.

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edit: I didn't even ask ... are you using an amplifier?
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Anyone else have Mont. County Comcast play peek-a-boo with some of the locals yesterday? I seem to have lost some of them again. Have they moved them (again)?
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Dr. Oz was in SD on WBAL.

WBAL had shown a promo in at least widescreen. False advertising.

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Both Wheel and Jeopardy! were in SD last night on WJLA, but the Leon Harris news special at 8pm (Pre-empting a repeat of Wipeout) was in HD!
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Both Wheel and Jeopardy! were in SD last night on WJLA, but the Leon Harris news special at 8pm (Pre-empting a repeat of Wipeout) was in HD!

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I know it ran earlier in the summer. They had ads for it at every movie I saw at the theater.

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I thought Wipeout was new?

Not for us. Kudos to WJLA for picking the timeslot of ABC's only summer hit to air some time-wasting news special on healthcare reform.
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Not for us. Kudos to WJLA for picking the timeslot of ABC's only summer hit to air some time-wasting news special on healthcare reform.

They're going to air that episode of Wipeout again, don't worry. It's on at like 2am some evening. Check your Tivo season pass. Probably won't be in HD tho.
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Anybody getting Channel Available Shortly on FOX-HD in Montgomery County? First episode of Fringe and I'm watching in SD...so lame

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Following-up on my earlier posts, WJLA was unable to locate a suitable UHF channel in and around Washington, DC. WJLA is now focused on solving, if at all possible, the myriad of reception problems that have arisen on high-band VHF channels since the DTV transition.

As part of this effort, WJLA recently received temporary authority from the FCC to increase WJLA's ERP. The FCC approved this increase to allow WJLA to conduct testing to determine if the resulting stronger signals overcome any of the reception problems.

We encourage all to conduct their own tests and to share your results on this page. Your work will be instrumental in determining whether the FCC should approve power increases for high-band VHF stations.

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