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post #6631 of 6947
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Originally Posted by arneycl View Post

Hi everyone. I live in Odon (Daviess County) and I have an antenna approximately 25ft in the air (not sure what kind but I had it installed about 5 years ago). There are some large trees around my house. I have an amplifier booster (not sure what kind). I am only able to pick up WVUT, WTWO, WAWV, WTHI. I would really like to pick up the Evansville stations (WTVW, WEHT, WFIE, WEVV). I provided the data below for those that know what all of this info means. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could pull in the Evansville stations? I truly appreciate your advice/suggestions. Thanks!!!


Callsign Chan Network Dist (mi) Path NM (dB)
WTWO-DT 36 (2.1) NBC 34.6 1Edge 22.4
WAWV-TV -- 39 (38.1) 34.6 1Edge 20.9
WTHI-DT 10 (10.1) CBS 34.4 1Edge 19.4
WTVW-DT 28 (7.1) Fox 60.0 2Edge 6.1
WEHT 7 (25.1) ABC 74.4 2Edge -2.6
WFIE-DT 46 (14.1) NBC 71.9 2Edge -3.6
WEVV-DT 45 (44.1) CBS 72.4 2Edge -6.0


The ability to receive distant reception like that on a consistent basis is going to come down to several factors. Location is very key. Being in the sweet spot for the strongest signal is very important. When you are trying to receive stations beyond line of sight, almost anything can block the signal. It can be done, but it is going to take some antenna height, a high gain antenna(s) and fine precision wiring to get that signal delivered to the DTV receiver/tuner.

I know a viewer on the southeast side of Kokomo who can watch Fort Wayne DTV @ 66 miles and South Bend DTV @ 80-81 miles MOST of the time and these stations are all listed by TV Fool as 2 edge. But the terrain between Kokomo and those cities is mostly very flat. Even with WIPB, Muncie @ 45 miles, with his 48 ft. tower WIPB's signal is still within line of sight, whereas with your antenna height of 25 ft., even the Terre Haute stations @ 34 miles are not within line of sight, but rather 1 edge (below the horizon). The terrain in your area is going to make distant reception more difficult, unless you happen to be located on a nice hilltop (perfect!!).

I don't know what type of antenna you are currently using but the viewer in Kokomo is using a discontinued Channel Master 4251 (7 ft. parabolic UHF antenna) which might have been one of the highest gain UHF antennas ever made for residential use. Here's a great website with the history of the CM 4251. http://www.rocketroberts.com/cm4251/cm4251.htm BTW, this antenna in Kokomo was originally installed in 1975 and has been in use ever since.

Also, a very good (high gain/low noise) preamp is a must for your setup, too. One of the best, and widely used preamps when at some distance from local TV and FM transmitters, is the Channel Master 7777. In your location, you are going to need to boost those weak signals as much as possible. The viewer in Kokomo is also using this preamp.

That's my 2 cents in your search for info. I've messed around with a number of antennas, preamps, etc. in this area around Indy, but I'm not that familiar with the terrain issues and such around your area. Just because something works fine in this area, doesn't mean it will work in your area, or any other location. You may just need to do some testing (trial and error) to see what works or doesn't. I'd check with some neighbors or maybe a local/area antenna supply store (??).

Good luck. Let us know what you try and/or decide to do.
post #6632 of 6947
As customary, Goldrich nailed it.
I can only say that my own experience has shown how quirky OTA reception is. Moving an antenna just a few feet in one direction or anther can make a lot of difference.
Experimentation is one of the main keys.
post #6633 of 6947
I am still not sure what type of antenna I have but it looks alot like the Rca Ant3038xr. The booster I have is a Winegard PS-9370. I thought my antenna was pointing the right direction but it wasn't. So I turned it to the South and I can pull in channel 7-1 (which used to be fox but doesn't appear to be now) and channel 25 (ABC). I am unable to pull anything else in. Do I have a good signal booster? From the antenna mentioned above is that a good one to have in my situation?
post #6634 of 6947
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Originally Posted by arneycl View Post

I am still not sure what type of antenna I have but it looks alot like the Rca Ant3038xr. The booster I have is a Winegard PS-9370. I thought my antenna was pointing the right direction but it wasn't. So I turned it to the South and I can pull in channel 7-1 (which used to be fox but doesn't appear to be now) and channel 25 (ABC). I am unable to pull anything else in. Do I have a good signal booster? From the antenna mentioned above is that a good one to have in my situation?

I am not familiar with the RCA antenna you own, but after looking it up, it does appear that it should be good for the VHF stations, like WTHI on RF channel 10 and WEHT on RF channel 7. As for its ability to receive weak UHF stations, that's a trial and error situation. As for aiming the antenna, that can be a very critical issue with receiving a weak DTV station. A few degrees plus or minus can make the difference between receiving it and not receiving it.

As for the Winegard PS-9370, that appears to be a discontinued AC power supply unit for a Winegard preamp, not the actual model of the preamp.
http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...u=615798101480

The Channel Master 4251 is discontinued. I mentioned it as a reference as to what I know works well for long distance UHF reception. If you could locate one in your area, especially closer to Evansville, that antenna might work very well for your location. Stacking two Antennas Direct 91XGs might work well, too. Just a couple suggestions. Or your current antenna might work well too if up a little higher and accurately aimed.

Have you tried receiving the Louisville DTVs which are virtually the same distance as the Evansville stations? The Louisville stations transmit from towers on top of a high peak in Floyds Knobs, IN.

BTW, WTVW, Evansville, is no longer a Fox affiliate. Fox moved to WEVV, Evansville on its subchannel. If you are looking for a Fox affiliate, you might try WDRB, Louisville on RF channel 49, virtual channels 41.1 and 41.2. It transmits at the maximum power level of 1000 kW.
post #6635 of 6947
Question about the Channel Master 7777. When I google it I'm seeing a couple different models under that name. One model has input and output power. Another model has VHF Separate Input, UHF or Combined Input, and Output power. Which one should I get?

BTW, I turned antenna towards Louisville and I can't get them. Once I get the Channel Master I will try it again.
post #6636 of 6947
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Originally Posted by arneycl View Post

Question about the Channel Master 7777. When I google it I'm seeing a couple different models under that name. One model has input and output power. Another model has VHF Separate Input, UHF or Combined Input, and Output power. Which one should I get?

There is only one model of the Channel Master 7777. It has two parts: the outdoor preamp unit located as close to the antenna as possible and the indoor power supply unit. http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...ku=02057207774

The outdoor unit allows you various combinations of hookups: VHF separate input & UHF or combined input. With your all-channel antenna, you could simply use the combined input (VHF/UHF). If you decide to use two different antennas, one for VHF and one UHF, then use the VHF input from the VHF antenna and then use the UHF input from the UHF antenna.

I believe this unit is currently on back order by almost all suppliers/retailers.
post #6637 of 6947
So this is hooked up outside on my tower? The one I have now is in my basement. I have the antenna ran into the house and plugged into the pre-amp and then cables running off of that going to 3 different tv's.
post #6638 of 6947
I'm checking with the folks that installed my antenna but I believe the brand/model of my antenna is Winegard HD8200U or Winegard HD7084P. I'm also checking with them to find out if they installed any type of amplifier on the tower itself. After seeing the Channel Master 7777 and thinking there is a part that is installed on the tower itself and then the power supply in the house I'm thinking I've got a similar setup. I will post that info when I hear back from them.
post #6639 of 6947
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So this is hooked up outside on my tower? The one I have now is in my basement. I have the antenna ran into the house and plugged into the pre-amp and then cables running off of that going to 3 different tv's.

Yes, part of it goes outside on the tower near the antenna so it can amplify the strongest possible signal right off the antenna. Depending on how long the coaxial cable is between the antenna and the DTV receiver/tuner, the signal is getting weaker and weaker the longer the distance. The pre-amp keeps the signal strong from the antenna to the receiver. Installation of a pre-amp. http://www.solidsignal.com/p/?p=3535

It sounds like you have a distribution amp. Sometimes splitting signals to various TVs can weaken the signal even more. As a test, I'd try hooking up just one TV and seeing if your signal level increases without the coax runs to the other two TVs. Also, you currently have some signal loss through the cable between the antenna and the amp in the basement, depending on how many feet of cable that represents. When you are trying to receive weak signals, you need to receive and maintain as much of that signal as possible.
post #6640 of 6947
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Al Grossniklaus, WTHR's director of engineering, monitors the posts here at AVS Forum and he had this recommendation to pass along.............

"BTW, regarding the recent AVS discussions about outdoor antenna recommendations - I've found the AntennaCraft HBU series to be reasonably priced, well built and excellent performers, don't have unnecessary low band VHF elements which unnecessarily add windload and compromise gain, and they are available through Radio Shack as well as online. For those 40 - 50 miles out the HBU44 can work well and at more fringe distances the HBU55 would be the ticket."

Thanks, Al, and congrats on your recent award!
http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/2...er-of-the-year

Steve
post #6641 of 6947
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Originally Posted by goldrich View Post

Al Grossniklaus, WTHR's director of engineering, monitors the posts here at AVS Forum and he had this recommendation to pass along.............

"BTW, regarding the recent AVS discussions about outdoor antenna recommendations - I've found the AntennaCraft HBU series to be reasonably priced, well built and excellent performers, don't have unnecessary low band VHF elements which unnecessarily add windload and compromise gain, and they are available through Radio Shack as well as online. For those 40 - 50 miles out the HBU44 can work well and at more fringe distances the HBU55 would be the ticket."

Thanks, Al, and congrats on your recent award!
http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/2...er-of-the-year

Steve

Check online or call the local Radio Shack store if they have the antennas in stock. My local Radio Shack stores do not carry any outdoor antennas in stock. They however allow you to order online, & have them shipped to the store for free. For the Indianapolis market, no all channel antennas or VHF antenna Antennacraft CS600 should even be sold locally (at least in the stores), since WISH-TV & WTHR are the only VHF stations in the market, & they're VHF-Hi. All channel antennas & & Antennacraft CS600 should only be sold at stores in markets where there is at least 1 VHF-Lo station. The only markets within the midwest that need an antenna with VHF-Lo are those in the Kalamazoo portion of the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo market, Chicago (for those interested in Class A station WOCK-CD), Davenport, IA, & if WWAZ ever gets back on the air on RF 5 (licensed to Fond Du Lac in the Green Bay market, but would transmit from Milwaukee).
post #6642 of 6947
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Originally Posted by goldrich View Post

"I've found the AntennaCraft HBU series to be reasonably priced, well built and excellent performers, don't have unnecessary low band VHF elements which unnecessarily add windload and compromise gain, and they are available through Radio Shack as well as online. For those 40 - 50 miles out the HBU44 can work well and at more fringe distances the HBU55 would be the ticket."

For what it's worth, I concur with Al Grossniklaus on his appraisal of the HBU line. My only addition is to make sure you have a good balun.

The "as shipped" baluns with the HBU are hit and miss in terms of quality and might make a difference for that hard-to-get station. I've found the ChannelMaster baluns to be good performers and are a good match for the exceptional line of HBU antennas.
post #6643 of 6947
I just got confirmation that my antenna is the Winegard HD 7084P PLATINUM SERIES and my amplifier is the Winegard ANWI8780 Winegard ANWI8780 Signal Amplifier. Do you think I would benefit that much by getting a new antenna and a new amplifier? Both were installed in 2004.
post #6644 of 6947
I live on the Southwest side of Anderson and I too have been experiencing drop outs on Wish 8.1. I installed a CM 7777 and LOST channels. I returned it to Summitsource and pick up a Winegard HD7697. It was a nice today, finally got it installed. I replaced a 2 year old Winegard HD 7694. On my dish 722k tuner, I actually lost a few points on the meter, but the signal is much more steady. Haven't seen as many drop outs. My next step is to get a distribution amp to replace my ancient Channel Plus. Anybody tried the Wingard HDA 200 ?
post #6645 of 6947
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I live on the Southwest side of Anderson and I too have been experiencing drop outs on Wish 8.1. I installed a CM 7777 and LOST channels. I returned it to Summitsource and pick up a Winegard HD7697. It was a nice today, finally got it installed. I replaced a 2 year old Winegard HD 7694. On my dish 722k tuner, I actually lost a few points on the meter, but the signal is much more steady. Haven't seen as many drop outs. My next step is to get a distribution amp to replace my ancient Channel Plus. Anybody tried the Wingard HDA 200 ?

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the 7777. I'm wondering if you got too much RF from WGNR 97.9's 50,000 watt signal on the southwest side of Anderson since you live in that area. The unit should have been shipped with the FM trap switch in the "on" position.

Just a thought. The other internal switch should have been set in the "combined" position, which is for an all-channel antenna or UHF-only antenna. If you use a separate VHF antenna and used the VHF input on the 7777, the internal switch needs to be changed to the "separate" position.

http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...74&tab=reviews Click on "ALTERNATE VIEWS" and then "Image 3 of 6" picture to see the switch locations with positions. I'm sure you already checked this out but I know an occasion where an antenna installer forgot to change the switch and had to reclimb a tall tower to get it changed.
post #6646 of 6947
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Originally Posted by arneycl View Post

I just got confirmation that my antenna is the Winegard HD 7084P PLATINUM SERIES and my amplifier is the Winegard ANWI8780 Winegard ANWI8780 Signal Amplifier. Do you think I would benefit that much by getting a new antenna and a new amplifier? Both were installed in 2004.

If the antenna is still in good condition, & you receive your stations, then I wouldn't replace it, just because WTTV & WRTV left the VHF band. If you just want to get one that has the shorter VHF elements & less wind resistance, then it might be worth it. I can't speak about the pre-amp, but if that still works, then I also wouldn't replace it. I had considered the Winegard HD7084p myself, but took a pass on it, & got separate VHF & UHF antennas.
post #6647 of 6947
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Originally Posted by mrc54 View Post

I live on the Southwest side of Anderson and I too have been experiencing drop outs on Wish 8.1. I installed a CM 7777 and LOST channels. I returned it to Summitsource and pick up a Winegard HD7697. It was a nice today, finally got it installed. I replaced a 2 year old Winegard HD 7694. On my dish 722k tuner, I actually lost a few points on the meter, but the signal is much more steady. Haven't seen as many drop outs. My next step is to get a distribution amp to replace my ancient Channel Plus. Anybody tried the Wingard HDA 200 ?

Installed a Winegard HDA 200, enough power for 12 outlets. Between the larger antenna and this amp, I rarely see a drop out. My problems with WISH 8.1 have been solved. WTHR 13.1 is much improved, just in time for Super Bowl !
post #6648 of 6947
Over-the-Air TV Catches Second Wind, Aided by Web
Wall Street Journal Feb 21 2012
By CHRISTOPHER S. STEWART


It's cool to have rabbit ears again.

Largely relegated to obscurity decades ago, old-fashioned television broadcastsover the airwaves and not via cable or satelliteare enjoying an unexpected revival in the digital era.

With an increased array of online-video programming now drawing viewers' attention, companies are starting to pitch consumers on complementing online video streamed from the Web with broadcast-TV signals as a way to save money on cable subscriptions.

If it gains traction, this trend could undercut part of the rationale for selling off TV spectrum in voluntary auctions, approved by Congress on Friday, aimed at freeing up spectrum for wireless broadband.

There are signs that consumers are responding. TV-antenna seller Richard Schneider of St. Louis says sales at his company are soaring. Mr. Schneider's Antennas Direct sold 70,000 antennas in January, and he expects to double last year's sales of about 600,000. That was up from 400,000 antennas in 2010.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently agreed to sell Mr. Schneider's antennas, the retailer confirmed Friday, joining Best Buy Co., Costco Wholesale Corp. and others.

Mr. Schneider's antennas cost from $50 to $150, and he says the typical customer saves $96 a month by "cutting the cord" on cable or satellite TV, according a survey his company conducted.

The average monthly bills for basic cable service and broadband service add up $91.44, before add-ons like high definition and premium channels, according to SNL Kagan. By sacrificing basic-cable channels, and signing up for Netflix Inc., a household could pay less than $48 per month.

"Every time that Hulu and Netflix enhance their services, our phones light up," said Mr., Schneider, referring to two online-video services. (Hulu is an online-video service owned by Walt Disney Co., Providence Equity Partners, Hulu employees, Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal and News Corp. News Corp. also owns The Wall Street Journal.)

Others have jumped on the bandwagon. Boxee Inc., which sells a set-top box that lets people stream online video, offers a $49 add-on antenna that pulls in broadcast-TV signals.

"Many consumers don't realize they can get these channels over the air in HD for free, or for a small fee from your cable provider," said Avner Ronen, chief executive of Boxee.

A variation of this idea came last week from a new service called Aereo, backed by IAC/ InterActiveCorp chairman and television veteran Barry Diller. Aereo will start next month a service to stream online local-broadcast signals for residents in New York Citywhere over-the-air reception is difficultfor a monthly fee of $12.

It is aimed as a complement to online video services. But Mr. Diller said, "I think this will mean increased usage for broadcast."

The value of spectrum used by broadcast TV has been hotly debated in the past couple of years, as the FCC has looked for ways to add spectrum for wireless broadband. Last year FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the percentage of viewers watching broadcast over the air, rather than through cable or satellite, has fallen to less than 10%, in contrast to the precable-TV days when it was 100%.

While most people get their broadcast channels as part of a pay-TV package that usually includes cable channels, consumers with newer TVs, or an inexpensive converter for old TVs, can receive over-the-air signals from broadcast stations free in areas with good reception. Mr Schneider says the number of channels varies based on the area, from about 90 stations in Los Angeles to about 25 in St. Louis. He says on average that viewers get 30 to 45 channels, as long as they don't live in a canyon or deep valley and are within 65 miles of a transmitting tower.

Cable channels have become the most lucrative part of the entertainment business, mainly because of huge fees paid by cable and satellite subscribers, a cut of which is passed on to the channels. Broadcast stations found it difficult to extract cash payments from distributors until relatively recently. And even now these fees are a relatively small, albeit growing, part of broadcast stations' revenue. SNL Kagan estimates stations will pull in nearly $1.5 billion in such fees in 2011, compared with $38 billion in fees for cable channels.

TV executives lately have warned that cable's rising subscription costs may prompt people to cut back. Indeed, in the past 18 months, the number of overall pay-TV subscribers has largely stagnated, after years of steady growth. At the same time, the number of American households wired with only broadband and broadcast TV jumped 23% to 5.1 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the year-earlier period, according to a recent Nielsen study.

"It's not a stretch to think that the broadcast business model will outlive that of cable," said National Association of Broadcasters spokesman Dennis Wharton. "The naysayers can talk all they want about broadcasting being a dinosaur."

The big media companies that own the major broadcast networks are generally eager to preserve the current cable-centric model. Not only do they mostly own big portfolios of cable channels; media outlets also haven't figured out how to generate advertising revenues from online outlets in the same proportion as off-line. So the shift of viewers from traditional TV to the Web could hurt ad revenues.

"There are a lot of moving parts," said Perry Sook, CEO and president of Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns a few dozen local-TV stations. In a cord-cutting world, Mr. Sook sees the advantage to broadcasters of fewer channelseven against greater online competitionbut worries that the potential ad revenue wouldn't make up for lost subscription fees.

Mr. Schneider, the antenna seller, meanwhile, has been lately partnering with TV stations to give away antennas and spread the gospel of cord-cutting. He says that for some stations the giveaways are about increasing viewership while for others it's "out a sense of duty to their community."

Sam Schechner contributed to this article.
Write to Christopher S. Stewart at christopher.stewart@wsj.com
post #6649 of 6947
Hey guys,

Just by happenstance I picked up a Channel Master 7777 for the grand total of FREE, so I could not turn it down. I have just hooked it up just off the deck in a temp position and done a quick channel search. I know that when I mount it up on a mast and get it dialed in the reception will be much better. Also I think that there is another part to the 7777, but all I was given was the antenna. I know I will need a signal amplifier, but I also need to split the signal three ways. Can you guys point me to a good signal amp for multiple outlets.

I know getting 13 and 8 with this antenna will be a long shot but I thought I would cut my teeth with this antenna and then upgrade to something like THIS.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #6650 of 6947
As hot as the Channel Master 7777 is, you should be able to split it 3 ways with no distribution amp. At the my lake place, I have a 3 way splitter on a less powerful preamp and it works great. Just be sure to put the splitter on the "to tv output".
post #6651 of 6947
Thread Starter 
Central Indiana weather was much different today, March 12, in 1991, as a major and destructive ice storm hit areas just north of Indy, including Lafayette, Frankfort and Kokomo. So much ice accumulated on the 500 ft. broadcast tower for WSHW (FM), Frankfort, located in Middle Fork (Clinton Co.) that it fell to the ground. Not far away, the tower for WLFI-TV, Lafayette, located just south of Rossville (Clinton Co.) survived the thick accumulation of ice. Most of downtown Frankfort was without electric service for 6-7 days.

http://www.crrel.usace.army.mil/libr...tmos_Icing.pdf
post #6652 of 6947
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WDNI-CD 19, Indianapolis, has been off the air since Friday morning.
post #6653 of 6947
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If you grew up in or near Indy in the 60s/70s, you'll remember how rock radio transitioned from AM (WIBC-1070 to WIFE-1310) to FM (WNAP-93.1). WFYI-TV 20.1 will show “Naptown Rock Radio Wars” at 9pm on Thursday, April 19. Here’s the promo...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKZbR...ature=youtu.be

Steve
post #6654 of 6947
I saw the longer version of this when it played a few shows at the IMAX. It will bring back many memories and I also learned a few new things as well. Highly recommended.
post #6655 of 6947
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Originally Posted by goldrich View Post

If you grew up in or near Indy in the 60s/70s, you'll remember how rock radio transitioned from AM (WIBC-1070 to WIFE-1310) to FM (WNAP-93.1). WFYI-TV 20.1 will show “Naptown Rock Radio Wars” at 9pm on Thursday, April 19. Here’s the promo...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKZbR...ature=youtu.be

Steve

What great memories I have of those "simpler times." Thanks for the heads up Steve. Can't wait!!
post #6656 of 6947
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Originally Posted by ADT58 View Post

What great memories I have of those "simpler times." Thanks for the heads up Steve. Can't wait!!

The DVR is set. Counting down the days.
post #6657 of 6947
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Originally Posted by goldrich View Post

If you grew up in or near Indy in the 60s/70s, you'll remember how rock radio transitioned from AM (WIBC-1070 to WIFE-1310) to FM (WNAP-93.1). WFYI-TV 20.1 will show Naptown Rock Radio Wars at 9pm on Thursday, April 19. Here's the promo...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKZbR...ature=youtu.be

Steve

Thanks Steve!

CW_epg is 'locked and loaded' .... Looking forward to a great show.
post #6658 of 6947
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WHMB-DT was off the air briefly yesterday morning and now it is off the air again this morning. I called the station and was told by a phone receptionist that it is scheduled to be back on the air by 6 p.m. today on its new channel and with a higher ERP. Engineers are in the process of switching the station's RF channel from 16 to 20 and increasing the power from 163 kW (DA) @ 302 m. to 530 kW @ 297 m. The station has been holding a CP to make this change.
http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tv...=0&facid=37102
post #6659 of 6947
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Originally Posted by goldrich View Post

WHMB-DT was off the air briefly yesterday morning and now it is off the air again this morning. I called the station and was told by a phone receptionist that it is scheduled to be back on the air by 6 p.m. today on its new channel and with a higher ERP. Engineers are in the process of switching the station's RF channel from 16 to 20 and increasing the power from 163 kW (DA) @ 302 m. to 530 kW @ 297 m. The station has been holding a CP to make this change.
http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tv...=0&facid=37102

One of their techs. said everything was set for the SkyCrane last week so station made announcements and notifications except SkyCrane got rescheduled causing much confusion.
post #6660 of 6947
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Originally Posted by goldrich View Post

WHMB-DT was off the air briefly yesterday morning and now it is off the air again this morning. I called the station and was told by a phone receptionist that it is scheduled to be back on the air by 6 p.m. today on its new channel and with a higher ERP. Engineers are in the process of switching the station's RF channel from 16 to 20 and increasing the power from 163 kW (DA) @ 302 m. to 530 kW @ 297 m. The station has been holding a CP to make this change.
http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tv...=0&facid=37102

So it looks like one OTA station is not all that anxious to sell their spectrum....
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