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I'm in Chevy Chase and since this past Spring or so channel 4 has been getting weaker. I'm not sure if it is the tress around my house growing over the years or is there something up with Channel 4? I do not get it anymore, but I do get all the rest of the DC stations including Baltimore stations 2, 45 and 13. I've been getting all these channels fine since 2008 with a rooftop installed Winegard HD 7694P antenna.

So what gives with WRC-TV, channel 4 ?
I've noticed the same thing, too, here in Fairfax Co. It's been playing havoc on my attempts to record vintage episodes of The Avengers on 4.2, much less watch the nightly news or Today show. It's particularly noticeable downstairs but observable upstairs - both with indoor antenna.
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I've noticed the same thing, too, here in Fairfax Co. It's been playing havoc on my attempts to record vintage episodes of The Avengers on 4.2, much less watch the nightly news or Today show. It's particularly noticeable downstairs but observable upstairs - both with indoor antenna.
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What part of Fairfax County? Just your zip code might help!


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What part of Fairfax County? Just your zip code might help!


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20191.
Of course, I check it after posting and the signal is pretty solid today. I had pretty much quit trying in the past few weeks out of frustration.
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Of course, I check it after posting and the signal is pretty solid today. I had pretty much quit trying in the past few weeks out of frustration.
Your zip is due west, so that blows the theory of direction being a factor.


I checked here too... 4 is steady and watchable for me today, at the usual maximum signal I get, that is 20% below other adjacent channels/transmitters. Probably the cloud cover.


To help figure out what's up with NBC, I had planned to make a custom yagi just for channel 48. That sounds like a good wet afternoon project for today.
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Last night WRC-TV, channel 4 did not come in at all, but other days it's fine. For me the weather is not a factor, the channel 4 tower is only 1.6 miles southeast of me. There must be some other factor since I have had no problem for the past 6 years until now.

Update: I looked up on TVfool that NBC's Channel 4 antenna is on the same tower as WFDC Univision's Channel 14. I get Channel 14 at 100% signal just fine, and it is listed as transmitting with less power. So it does not make sense that I can get Univision channel 14 just fine but not NBC channel 4.

There must be something affecting Channel 4's signal intermittently.

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WMDE, virtual 36.1, real 5(?) was auto added to the channel line-up of my Seki (am I a cheapskate or what?) TV. It is being received off my Wineguard combo that is pointed at Baltimore, about 30 degrees or north by northwest, whereas TV Fool says its heading from my residence is about due east.

The signal has been rock solid for a couple of hours now, but based on the limited transmitter info I have gleaned in my searches, I don't expect it to be reliably received here in College Park.

The programming is said to be "Soul of the South", and a recent web article says they now have penetration into nine of the ten largest DMAs.

Update at noon: it is still rock solid.

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You sure it's the RF 5 signal? WWTD-LD has a subchannel mapped to 36-1 with the WMDE label as well.

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