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post #751 of 962
It looks like WGAL has completed their power increase. I saw a commercial Wednesday night stating ………..”In response to our viewers who have loss or are having difficulty receiving WGAL since the digital transition last year we have more than doubled our broadcasting power”…..”If you had trouble receiving us with your antenna TV or know someone who did, please call them and ask them to rescan now.”
post #752 of 962
The additional 3+ db did not solve my reception issue here in central Chester County. No decode, just a slight increase on the signal meter.
post #753 of 962
I was watching the CBS Monday night sitcoms last evening on my big screen TV in my family room, which is also connected to my surround sound system. I noticed that my receiver is now showing Dolby Digital for WHP 21.1. I was of the understanding that WHP had no plans for implementing Dolby Digital, so I was rather suprised. Any idea when they began broadcasting in Dolby Digital?
post #754 of 962
Dolby Digital is the only audio codec in ATSC. Unless you mean 5.1.
post #755 of 962
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Originally Posted by CRT Dude View Post

Dolby Digital is the only audio codec in ATSC. Unless you mean 5.1.

Huh?

CHANNEL 21.1.

I haven't checked yet. I really don't care until football season, but it would be nice.
post #756 of 962
Wow, what a morning for scanning ! I don't know what changed but I can now pick up practically everything New York city has! Even New Jersey and finally channels 3 and 10 out of Philly! I live out in the sticks between Palmyra and Grantville. My system is a Channel Master 3671 deepest fringe into an old Radio Shack amp.
post #757 of 962
Rats ! System is back to normal today, Sunday. For one day it was like having an antenna on steroids !!!
post #758 of 962
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Originally Posted by pahdtv View Post

Wow, what a morning for scanning ! I don't know what changed but I can now pick up practically everything New York city has! Even New Jersey and finally channels 3 and 10 out of Philly! I live out in the sticks between Palmyra and Grantville. My system is a Channel Master 3671 deepest fringe into an old Radio Shack amp.

Yep, Saturday was a great day for DX - I caught channels from Philly, including 3 and 10, Washington DC, Allentown (Channel 69), and even channels 2 and 4 out of New York (never got anything close to NY before). I'm guessing there are some others in this forum who got a lot of channels that day as well. Can't help but think what I would have had with an outdoor antenna.
post #759 of 962
Wish I would have known this earlier as I would have loved to try to get some DX from NY and DC.
post #760 of 962
Hello everyone:

I'm new to this forum but I'm hoping to come back here frequently. I live west of Carlisle, PA. My house must be on fairly high ground because most days I can get several channels from Baltimore with nothing but a set of powered rabbit ears w/6-inch hoop. I'm most floored that I can get Maryland Public Television (channel 67 from Owings Mills and sometimes even 22 from Annapolis) -- at least I can most of the time. When the summer heat brings atmospheric distortion, MPT disappears. I've heard that leaves coming back can do this, but I don't think that's the issue for me because I can get it back temporarily after cold fronts pass through. It came back to stay last September and disappeared again about a month ago.

My family has grown attached to MPT; the station programs shows we can't find locally.

I figure if I can pull in MPT most of the time with a cheap antenna, I could probably do better with something bigger. But what should I get? I'm a little bewildered by the selection and range of opinions you find on Google. The Antennas Direct DB8 looks promising, but I'd rather not leap straight to a big rooftop antenna without trying something less obtrusive. Does anyone on the forum have a suggestion?
post #761 of 962
Hello Limestone,

At that distance you may make out better with the Antennas Direct 91XG. The first thing we need to do is take a look at your TV fool chart. Go to www.tvfool.com “check your address for free TV” and enter your address. Be sure to enter your estimated height, even if it is only 8 or 10 feet. Post your chart here. You address will not be displayed when you post. You may not be able to post links here on AVS until your 5th post, so just do a couple of “test” post to get your count up.
post #762 of 962
Thanks for your reply, pamajestic.

Which chart should I post? At tvfool.com, I see a map and a list of stations; there's a link called "make radar plot."
post #763 of 962
On the left side under Tools, click on “TV Signal locator”
post #764 of 962
Only a test...
LL
post #765 of 962
Umm... wow. It looks like the images posted before the 5th time! (Check my previous post marked "only a test" for the tvfool chart.)

The list of stations is much longer than I expected, including stations out well past 100 miles!

For the sake of reference, here are the stations I actually get with the small antenna (using the old numbers): 2, 8, 27, 21, 15, 22 (MPT), 33, 45, 54, and 67 (MPT). I should mention that 8 and 43 only come in on good days and with a bit of antenna-fiddling. NBC coverage in my area is thin.

I should mention that pre-digital, the only Baltimore stations I got were 11 and 13. They're both gone but we've had these other channels appear out of the ether post-transition. A pleasant surprise! We've heard all the stories of people losing even local channels, but we're a net gain.

Again, the channel I care about most is MPT. The chart shows their Hagerstown station to be nearest, and the station's FCC data shows it has a higher antenna and broadcast power. Even with that, I can't get even a drop of electrons to tickle my antenna. Even on bad days, 22 and 67 at least show a "presence." I guess digital 44 has to cross too many mountains to get to my house.
post #766 of 962
Anything in the gray under the 0.0 NM would be considered very difficult to receive and would require a very good roof top antenna with a pre-amp. But for some reason you do quite good with the Baltimore UHF stations. 2, 45 and 54 are not even listed on the chart.

I think the Antennas Direct 91XG with a Channel Master 7777 pre-amp would work best for you. If you would like the flexibility to view both Harrisburg and Baltimore I would add a Winegard YA 1713 and a rotor. The YA 1713 will give you solid reception for both WGAL 8 and WHTM 27.

You could also consider the Winegard HD 7689P as a single antenna solution. But the UHF side of the 7689P may not be a strong and the 91XG.

One of the best sources for everything you need would be www.solidsignal.com

Good Luck
post #767 of 962
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Originally Posted by N3NTJ View Post

Wish I would have known this earlier as I would have loved to try to get some DX from NY and DC.

According to the Hepburn Tropo Index, Thursday 8/5 may be a great day too. But one thing I've learned from my small time DX'ing is that my DX conditions are highly unpredictable, especially with an indoor antenna (dang HOA rules).
post #768 of 962
Quote:
Originally Posted by cwfenn View Post

According to the Hepburn Tropo Index, Thursday 8/5 may be a great day too. But one thing I've learned from my small time DX'ing is that my DX conditions are highly unpredictable, especially with an indoor antenna (dang HOA rules).

Actually, HOA rules cannnot restrict you from using an outdoor antenna for television reception. Please see http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html
post #769 of 962
I stand corrected - Thanks for the information rootofjesse.
post #770 of 962
Update from WITF -

The carriage agreement contract for WITF-HD is now in DirecTV's hands. WITF is awaiting word regarding when D* will start carrying WITF-HD. Could be this October possibly. I will post more info when I hear from WITF.
post #771 of 962
Anyone else here use a QAM tuner over Comcast plain jane cable? I'm in the Central PA market and noticed they recently changed a lot of the clear QAM HD stations (i.e. CBS HD went from 27-1 to 90-2, and I can't find a NBC HD or FOX HD). These constantly changing channel numbers drive me nuts! What we do for free(ish) TV...
post #772 of 962
Sunday night football sounds like the audio is clipping on voice. It is happening on both directv and ota so could this be a wgal problem?

Setup is using direct Dolby digital feed on a 5.1 setup
post #773 of 962
I watched the game from D*'s feed of WGAL HD. No audio issues were noted here and I normally notice such things.
post #774 of 962
This may have been posed before, but why doesn't whp broadcast jeopardy in hd?
post #775 of 962
WHP doesn't have the equipment apparently to record the syndicated programming (like Jeopardy) as it's fed from its supplier and then rebroadcast it in HD. I've talked to Rob Hershey and the station GM late last winter and they had both told me this equipment was in the 2010 budget... no idea why we haven't seen it yet.
post #776 of 962
Quote:
Originally Posted by CLT OTA Nut View Post

Sunday night football sounds like the audio is clipping on voice. It is happening on both directv and ota so could this be a wgal problem?

Setup is using direct Dolby digital feed on a 5.1 setup

Watching "Football Night in America" again on WGAL tonight and hearing the same audio break in the pre-game commentator's voices.

Confirmed it on 3 tv's both via Sat and OTA; in Stereo and in 5.1

Am I hearing things or does anyone else hear this?
post #777 of 962
Quote:
Originally Posted by N3NTJ View Post

WHP doesn't have the equipment apparently to record the syndicated programming (like Jeopardy) as it's fed from its supplier and then rebroadcast it in HD. I've talked to Rob Hershey and the station GM late last winter and they had both told me this equipment was in the 2010 budget... no idea why we haven't seen it yet.

Just talked to the current program director at WHP-TV. She said that the HD equipment that had been planned in the 2010 budget didn't happen but may still happen in the 2011 budget. The equipment that I am talking about is what would allow them to record and retransmit syndicated shows, like Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortine. Currently, WHP can only handle SD transmits of syndicated shows.

Just an extra comment from me - If Jeopardy was on WGAL, we would have started to see it shown in HD last winter. WGAL has had the necessary HD equipment (for syndication HD programming) for some time, although they still have no plans to do HD news anytime soon.
post #778 of 962
Directv now carries WITF-HD!

Now if they could get WLYH-HD and the other "significantly viewed channels" for our area, I'd be set!

Still will always keep that antenna up for the multicast stations and just in case "all else fails"

73's

Kj3e
post #779 of 962
Quote:
Originally Posted by CLT OTA Nut View Post

Directv now carries WITF-HD!

Now if they could get WLYH-HD and the other "significantly viewed channels" for our area, I'd be set!

Still will always keep that antenna up for the multicast stations and just in case "all else fails"

73's

Kj3e

Wahoo!! Just added it to my favorites. I've been waiting for this for a long time. Now, like you said, how about WLYH-HD. I can't get channel 15 or 33 at all with my outside antenna. I can get channel 54 from Baltimore for the CW in HD. Gotta have Supernatural in HD.
post #780 of 962
Anybody else see the ad on channel 8 with Kim Lemon. She says the news will soon be widescreen to fit your widescreen tv. No mention of HD, just widescreen. I hope they don't stretch it to fit. I thought they had no plans to do the news in HD.
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