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post #4951 of 5238
The CM7777 is in fact in my attic, about 10" of RG6 from the antenna to that pre-amp. I've had it like that for a couple years now. The WBKI thing is only recent because of that distribution amp and adding fresh RG6 runs. In practice these last couple weeks I learned It's not perfect and works much better when the sun is down. It's not 100% possible to get WBKI way out here with the antenna in the attic, but anything I want to watch from them is primetime. Unfortunately I have yet to see any HD out of them though. Maybe it will be more useful in the fall when the sun sets earlier in the evening coinciding with new TV episodes and hopefully WBKI will get their HD working again by then.

Also hopefully the heat doesn't become an issue for my CM7777. Maybe that's why I don't get WBKI when the sun is up (it over heats).
post #4952 of 5238
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Originally Posted by BenCJedi View Post

Also hopefully the heat doesn't become an issue for my CM7777. Maybe that's why I don't get WBKI when the sun is up (it over heats).

It's more likely that you're getting some summertime evening enhancement ... just enough to put you on the right side of the cliff.
post #4953 of 5238
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Originally Posted by BenCJedi View Post

The CM7777 is in fact in my attic, about 10" of RG6 from the antenna to that pre-amp. I've had it like that for a couple years now. The WBKI thing is only recent because of that distribution amp and adding fresh RG6 runs. In practice these last couple weeks I learned It's not perfect and works much better when the sun is down. It's not 100% possible to get WBKI way out here with the antenna in the attic, but anything I want to watch from them is primetime. Unfortunately I have yet to see any HD out of them though. Maybe it will be more useful in the fall when the sun sets earlier in the evening coinciding with new TV episodes and hopefully WBKI will get their HD working again by then.

Also hopefully the heat doesn't become an issue for my CM7777. Maybe that's why I don't get WBKI when the sun is up (it over heats).

I've actually had my CM7777 for about four years. The first couple, it worked great all year, last year it would stop working completely for a few minutes on really hot afternoons. This year, as soon as it got hot it would stop completely every day until the weather cooled in late evenings. That's when I called and moved it. Hope you'll have better luck than I have. I do plan to move it back to the attic again, once cooler weather returns this fall.
post #4954 of 5238
Has the WKYT-DT 36 antenna been put on top of the 27 tower?

Also has anyone been having problems getting LEX18 at night?
post #4955 of 5238
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Originally Posted by jb_ky1 View Post

Has the WKYT-DT 36 antenna been put on top of the 27 tower?

Also has anyone been having problems getting LEX18 at night?

I only watch LEX18 in the early evening, but have been getting the random glitchy breakups on my DVR. Not sure if it is them or me.
post #4956 of 5238
I see that Insight has finally posted information on their website regarding the discontinuance of analog signals over cable in Lexington. I find it disappointing that ALL televisions, even those with clear QAM tuners, will require a mini box. I have read their excuse for not providing the channels now available without a converter in analog format as clear QAM. They say some programming providers require them to scramble their signals. I don't buy the argument. Why were they able to provide them unscrambled in analog form?
One effect of Insight's setup is to force people with tvs with digital tuners to rent a cable box in order to receive digital quality pictures since the minibox only has an RF output on channel 3 or 4. Nice move Insight...

See http://myinsight.com/Product-Cable-Digital610.asp
post #4957 of 5238
Ben,
What type or brand of DVR do you have?
post #4958 of 5238
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Originally Posted by lexviewer View Post

I see that Insight has finally posted information on their website regarding the discontinuance of analog signals over cable in Lexington. I find it disappointing that ALL televisions, even those with clear QAM tuners, will require a mini box.

... but the question is what are/were they providing in "clear" QAM that you would not be able to get via OTA? I would suspect that the list would be quite short to non-existent (not counting music channels.)
post #4959 of 5238
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Originally Posted by lexviewer View Post

I see that Insight has finally posted information on their website regarding the discontinuance of analog signals over cable in Lexington. I find it disappointing that ALL televisions, even those with clear QAM tuners, will require a mini box. I have read their excuse for not providing the channels now available without a converter in analog format as clear QAM. They say some programming providers require them to scramble their signals. I don't buy the argument. Why were they able to provide them unscrambled in analog form?
One effect of Insight's setup is to force people with tvs with digital tuners to rent a cable box in order to receive digital quality pictures since the minibox only has an RF output on channel 3 or 4. Nice move Insight...

See http://myinsight.com/Product-Cable-Digital610.asp

Actually, Insight will be leaving the current set of clear channels intact, according to my reading of the FAQ here:
http://www.610upgrade.com/faqs.html
It looks like the basic channels will still be available to a TV with a QAM tuner: the OTA networks, Discovery HD, WGN HD, TBS HD ?, and Weather HD.

That said, the minibox is next to useless for anything other than an old SD tv. Putting it on the RF input of a TV may interfere with the reception of the clear QAM channels.
post #4960 of 5238
It seems to me that Insight could provide the channels now included in analog classic service via clear QAM so that subscribers with newer TVs with digital tuners would not need the mini converter. Only older SD televisions without a digital tuner would need one.

Since the mini converters have to be activated by Insight, I take it that they can also be deactivated when an account is canceled. Perhaps the added security from piracy justified the additional cost to Insight of providing the mini converters to people whose televisions have digital tuners.
post #4961 of 5238
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Originally Posted by dude69 View Post

Ben,
What type or brand of DVR do you have?

A home-made Microsoft Windows 7 Media Center pc DVR is what I use for digital over the air TV channels. I also have a Dish Network DVR, but still in the standard def level for that (no locals on my dish package since I get them over the air free). The Media Center PC has two tuners.. a Hauppauge WinDVR 1600 card and the other is a Hauppauge USB tuner 950Q I believe.
post #4962 of 5238
Interesting setup Ben. I have a Dish DTV DVR that records over the air only. I don't pay for any TV. I have issues with LEX too. I hear they'll be sweeping the transmitter at the end of the month and that should take care of my problem. Hope that helps you too.
post #4963 of 5238
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Originally Posted by dude69 View Post

Interesting setup Ben. I have a Dish DTV DVR that records over the air only. I don't pay for any TV. I have issues with LEX too. I hear they'll be sweeping the transmitter at the end of the month and that should take care of my problem. Hope that helps you too.

Does that take a special broom?
post #4964 of 5238
Very Special. It's probably very dirty. Too many hot babes on that channel.
post #4965 of 5238
I just saw a piece on the WKYT noon news today, 8/18, that they are preparing to replace their antenna and move to the UHF band in the next few days. Folks picking up their signal over the air will need to rescan when this occurs.
post #4966 of 5238
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Originally Posted by lexviewer View Post

I just saw a piece on the WKYT noon news today, 8/18, that they are preparing to replace their antenna and move to the UHF band in the next few days. Folks picking up their signal over the air will need to rescan when this occurs.

Nice, I was told that the DT 36 antenna would arrive today and would be up very soon.

Now that WTVQ old 36 analog is gone the DT 40 looks a little weird... Has like a hook shape to it.
post #4967 of 5238
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Originally Posted by jb_ky1 View Post

Now that WTVQ old 36 analog is gone the DT 40 looks a little weird... Has like a hook shape to it.

What are you looking at? The tower? A spectrum anaylzer?
post #4968 of 5238
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Originally Posted by sam_gordon View Post

What are you looking at? The tower? A spectrum anaylzer?

Left that one out... Actually the tower itself.
post #4969 of 5238
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Originally Posted by jb_ky1 View Post

Nice, I was told that the DT 36 antenna would arrive today and would be up very soon.

Humm ... so ... on a lark yesterday afternoon, I checked my OTA signal meters for the first in quite awhile. I was surprised to find a pretty strong signal on Ch36(RF.) The bad news, it was a skip-in from OH. This move should be "interesting," not to mention the virtual vs physical channel # conflict with WTVQ.
post #4970 of 5238
Here is some pictures of WKYT-DT 36 new antenna... This is off their facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...id=33684860765

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...id=33684860765

They just keep calling it their UHF antenna. Guess calling it our channel 36 antenna would just throw a lot of people off
post #4971 of 5238
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Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged View Post

Humm ... so ... on a lark yesterday afternoon, I checked my OTA signal meters for the first in quite awhile. I was surprised to find a pretty strong signal on Ch36(RF.) The bad news, it was a skip-in from OH. This move should be "interesting," not to mention the virtual vs physical channel # conflict with WTVQ.

Was it WTTE in Columbus? We don't have our low-powered channel 36 (W36DG - Daystar) in Cincinnati yet.
post #4972 of 5238
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Originally Posted by ThoraX695 View Post

Was it WTTE in Columbus? We don't have our low-powered channel 36 (W36DG - Daystar) in Cincinnati yet.

I didn't watch long enough to get a call sign, but that's a likely suspect given past DX activity. The virtual channel # came up as 28-1, once I got my receiver to tune to it (instead of WTVQ.)

PS: Have I mentioned before, just how much I hate "virtual" channel mapping? (that's rhetorical BTW.)
post #4973 of 5238
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Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged View Post

PS: Have I mentioned before, just how much I hate "virtual" channel mapping? (that's rhetorical BTW.)

It's a pain sometimes, but that's what makes hunting down digital channels you get on DX fun!
post #4974 of 5238
Just picked up a new TV and scanned the QAM channels on Insight... here's what I surfaced... not sure how much longer these will be around once the "upgrade" completes...

72-1 WKYT-HD
72-4 KET2-DT
72-5 KET3-DT
72-13 KET-DT
73-1 TBS-HD
73-2 WEATHER-HD
74-3 QVC
80-1 KET2
80-5 WDKY
80-6 ION-HD
80-7 WKYT
80-8 DISC
80-9 WGN-HD
80-11 EDU
80-12 CN2
81-2 GOV
81-3 WTVQ
81-4 WKYTCW
81-5 STBG
81-10 TBSHD
81-11 WLEX
112-1 WTVQ-HD
112-2 WDKY-HD
112-3 WTVQ3-DT
112-4 WTVQ2-DT
115-2 DISC-HD
116-1 WLEX-HD
116-2 WAZOO (WLEX2-DT)
116-3 WKYTCW-HD
post #4975 of 5238
Ben,

Your set up work any better on LEX now? Mine is clean.
post #4976 of 5238
It looks like WKYT is going to make the switch to UHF in the next couple of days.

http://www.kentucky.com/2010/08/26/1...r-the-air.html
post #4977 of 5238
Ah... You beat me to posting it. LoL

I wonder if they will leave the DT 13 stick on the tower for future useage like the CW
post #4978 of 5238
I just performed a re-scan... and WKYT is coming in crystal clear on my UHF only antenna... which was subject to break-up previously...

My current DTV tuner doesn't show me the underlying VHF/UHF channel, it only shows me the PSIP re-mapped virtual channel...

Can anyone confirm that WKYT is up on UHF-36 at the moment?

4:45pm on THR August 26
post #4979 of 5238
Nope. Still on the VHF channel.
post #4980 of 5238
Got it on UHF 36 here(and still on VHF too at the moment).

No difference in signal strength on my Dish DTVPal.
My readings before were 90-93, and now on UHF, they are also 91-93, so basically no dif.
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