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post #31 of 4529
anyone try this antenna out?
post #32 of 4529
As noted a while back, all of a sudden I was unable to lock on WTAE. Each day I would try again and again with no luck. Not even a flicker...

Today, I gave it another try and it came on immediately and has not disappeared.

Question...anyone know if they were doing any experiments over the past several weeks? Was anyone else experiencing any problems with Ch. 51 (4)?

I know it couldn't be that they cut back on the power since their lousy 50K watts already sucks.

Replies welcome...thanks.

PS I do have Greg C. coming over on Thursday to increase my mast height. I'm hoping this will give me better signal strength.
post #33 of 4529
51 is the same strength for me, you could have run into a weather fluke. I got one once where it pushed the signal up to around 60-70 (it's normally at 35-40).
post #34 of 4529
I have said it before, last winter i pulled in 51 on my hd100, then it dropped down to 41-50 signal and now i get nothing. im in the shadyside area
post #35 of 4529
Anyone out there with a HD200 with channel mapping problems with the Johnstown, PA stations? I live in Kittanning, PA(about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh). I've been doing searches with 15904 zipcode, but nothing. I manually added channel 34 and locked in to 6.1 WJAC, which is very strong at my location. Did another auto scan and still no Johnstown DT stations. Might be the way they are sending the signal?

Searches with a Pittsburgh zip works fine. Get all exept 22.1.
post #36 of 4529
gmc: I don't understand what you mean when you say you're searching with a zip code. Does the HD200 box somehow know what DTV channels are available in a given zip code (?!). I would say just autoscan and get what you can, or manually enter channels from Pittsburgh and Johnstown and see which ones you can receive.
post #37 of 4529
agtiny,
You can enter up to two seperate zip codes to search for all over the air channels within the given zips. Even if the digital channel does not lock in, it is still entered on the channel list in the HD200, so all I have to do then is rotate my oudoor antenna for best strength. It makes it alot easier than entering one number and scanning, turning the antenna and rescanning for just that one channel. That's where my problem is.... I can enter lets say Clev. Ohio zip and the receiver will show all ota including digital for that location. Then all I do is rotate my antenna to get the strongest signal, I haven't been able to pull these in yet, but the Johnstown stations do not even get added to my channel list unless I add manually and that is only one. I think there are more up at this time than just WJAC-DT

Thanks for your quick reply
post #38 of 4529
Interesting, that is one thing that annoys me about the DTC-100, that you can't check signal strength on a digital channel until it is first locked on (so I have no way of knowing how bad my signal is on 42 for example). Sounds like a neat feature!
post #39 of 4529
It is a great feature, just can't figure out the Johnstown thing. Are you able to pull in anything besides Pittsburgh?
post #40 of 4529
Nope I just get all Pgh stations except 42. I have an indoor antenna in an eastern window so there is no hope of receiving Youngstown 36 (180 deg. away) and Johnstown is like 80+ miles away.
post #41 of 4529
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As noted a while back, all of a sudden I was unable to lock on WTAE. Each day I would try again and again with no luck. Not even a flicker...
Today, I gave it another try and it came on immediately and has not disappeared.
Question...anyone know if they were doing any experiments over the past several weeks? Was anyone else experiencing any problems with Ch. 51 (4)?

Blitzburgh,

51 has been a mystery for me also. I lost it altogether in September. I added a seperate antenna pointed directly at Elizabeth to pick it up. Now it is not as reliable as it was on the second antenna, but it's showing up on my original antenna very solid.

38 is my current hemorrhoid.
post #42 of 4529
Thought I would chime in,

Armstrong Cable services are going to be firing up there "Armstrong HD" on December 8th..per their advertisements. Anybody no what they are going to be broadcasting? Also, anybody see the QED (PBS) broadcast of "The Face", a 2 part series about Art and Jesus? Wonderful..
post #43 of 4529
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Also, anybody see the QED (PBS) broadcast of "The Face", a 2 part series about Art and Jesus? Wonderful..

jsnides,

My wife & I just got done watching this show. The part at the end with all the faces morphing gave us goosebumps. These are the times when all the antenna struggles make it worth it!

Also, I turned on my audio receiver & was shocked to see (hear) that it was being broadcast in DD5.1. Has WQED been passing this signal all along or is this something new?
post #44 of 4529
KAA,

I agree with the the 'gooses". I believe it depends on the individual broadcast that determines the 5.1 sound. Some have it others don't. I actually recorded the series with my HiPix card. Awesome..

Enjoy..
post #45 of 4529
An answer to my earlier question,


Armstrong HD will be offering Discovery HD Theater, HBO HD, Showtime HD, CBS, ABC, NBC and PBS HD broadcasts. Projected date - very soon - per customer support. Cool..
post #46 of 4529
Wow, that's great news for Armstrong customers! I'll never give up HDNet (and I can't get Armstrong anyway), but getting ABC without signal strength issues would be nice. Those WTAE *******s should just increase their power like they are required to.
post #47 of 4529
agtiny,

why can't you receive Armstrongs Cable Services, Cranberry?
post #48 of 4529
I live in the Laurelwood apts. and in his great wisdom, the owner runs his own phone and cable service. The only good thing about it is the cheap 2mbit SDSL, but the regular phone and cable service is terrible. They also try to prohibit satellite dishes but thanks to the FCC I have mine up.
post #49 of 4529
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Originally posted by agtiny
I live in the Laurelwood apts. and in his great wisdom, the owner runs his own phone and cable service. The only good thing about it is the cheap 2mbit SDSL, but the regular phone and cable service is terrible. They also try to prohibit satellite dishes but thanks to the FCC I have mine up.

agtiny...when I moved to Pittsburgh from Jacksonville, Fl back in late '91, I lived in the Villages of Laurelwood for a year. I can't believe old man West is still doing his own cable and phone.
post #50 of 4529
I turned on "Ed" last night on 48 to find SD picture. Was there a good reason for non-HD or did they forget to flip the switch?

Do we need to light up the switchboard in the future to let them know we are out here?
post #51 of 4529
Apparently it was a national problem...Check out this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=200218
post #52 of 4529
My problem (once I found out how to measure the strengths...duh) is that I get about 70 SS for channel 36 out of Youngstown, OH (I live in Salem, OH) if the doublebowtie is perfectly placed...most positions..almost all...leave about a 2 for SS peaked. I have also repointed the antenna towards Cleveland and was able to get a SS of about 70 or so as well for channel 31 in Cleveland. Neither are viewable though. Just video and audio every few seconds for a split second. Any ideas what I can do?
Here's my scenario: I live in a 2-story apartment..We have the bottom floor and basement to our disposal and can pretty-much do whatver we need to as long as we aren't destructive to the property (ie we have aluminum siding so I mounted our Directv dish on a pole that I put in the ground to save from damaging the home. Anyhow, the TV and receiver are at the extreme NW corner of the house with 3 windows starting at that corner and continuing side-by-side on the north side of that corner..those windows lead to a large open front porch that I thought if the antenna wire was longer I could run to the porch for reception. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
post #53 of 4529
So I reset my receiver and hit the auto scan early this morning. This evening, I went to the "guide" to see what was on and I see Channel 6-1. Yeah, I know there's a Channel 6 out of J-town so I turned on 6-1 and I get their digital channel...cool.

Here's the rub though...now I don't know where the "tower" for this channel is but surely its got to be in a worse location for reception to me in Cranberry then WTAE in the 'burgh.

WTAE should be ashamed of themselves. Anyone know what the other digital channels are for J-town? Like ABC?
post #54 of 4529
Hey has anyone else been seeing the dropouts on KDKA lately? It's like a complete dropout for several seconds...I get dumped to the "weak signal" message. I see it at least a few times during every hourly show I watch and it's been happening for about the last week.
post #55 of 4529
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Originally posted by agtiny
Hey has anyone else been seeing the dropouts on KDKA lately? It's like a complete dropout for several seconds...I get dumped to the "weak signal" message. I see it at least a few times during every hourly show I watch and it's been happening for about the last week.

AGTINY...in case you were wondering if it was you...NO, you're not alone. Same thing on my end too.
post #56 of 4529
Hey, yunz guys! I'm here in the North Hills and wondering where you purchased your HDTV and receiver. I can't believe anybody pays the full-retail prices Listening Post and Let's Make Music are charging. Anyhow, I'm itching to get HD but am hesitant to buy over the internet. Any suggestions would be appreaciated. TIA
post #57 of 4529
I bought my TV at Best Buy. I probably wouldn't do that again though, but I already knew what model I wanted so I didn't have to put up with too much of the salesman's stupidity. Next time I'll probably buy from an online dealer, check the Hardware forum for advice maybe. I got my DTC-100 used on ebay. You'll probably want to purchase a newer generation receiver though. Again, read through some of the stuff in the Hardware forum. Good luck and welcome!
post #58 of 4529
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Originally posted by ex007
Hey, yunz guys! I'm here in the North Hills and wondering where you purchased your HDTV and receiver. I can't believe anybody pays the full-retail prices Listening Post and Let's Make Music are charging. Anyhow, I'm itching to get HD but am hesitant to buy over the internet. Any suggestions would be appreaciated. TIA

Shopping for HDTV's, receiver's, home theatre sound systems, etc.? First things first...DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Understand that the high tech world of HD requires caveman technology to recieve the picture, specifically, and usually for optimal reception...a rooftop antenna. The question is then which is not the best but the RIGHT one for you. For me it was a YAGI with a preamp boost while for others it may be only necessary to get rabbit ears on top of your TV. Depends on where you live and the line of direction you have to the Pittsburgh TV digital towers.

Anyhow...once educated...and trust me, it takes a while and just when you think you know it all you learn something new...still, as for me...some of you may not believe this but I bought what my education told me was the best HD Monitor out there...Pioneer Elite...no, not just Pioneer but Pioneer Elite.

That's my opinion and you're sure to get many. Runner up was the Mitzubisi and third was the top of the line Sony.

Oh, what you may not believe is I bought my 58" Elite on eBay. Now mind you...I'm a very experienced eBayer and know to ask all the right questions, secure serial numbers and verify through the manufacturer as to remaining warranties and to insure it's not hot. A year ago my Pro610 was selling for $7500 and I got one that was less than a year old for just $2200. The picture is magnificent to say the least.

But I'll tell you...you must be very careful if you're shopping eBay and if you are and know what you're doing...you can snap up some unbelievable bargains. While the old saying "you get what you pay for" is true...I still think if you really know what you're doing you can achieve the best if that's your goal.

If you're not aware of my Simon for comparison shopping purposes, here's the link: http://www.mysimon.com/index.jhtml Once again though, know the vendor...call the manufacturer to see if they're an authorized dealer to sell. If not, that shouldn't necessarily stop you from buying from one of them...just means you have to be a bit more careful.

Anyhow...good luck and if I can give you any tips from my experience I'll be happy to do so but just remember...in the end, your decisions are yours. If you want real peace of mind...buy from Best Buy. Then again, I bought a computer from them and to get service I had to jump through more hoops then I care to explain.

Point is in my opinion, the profit margins in most, if not all, high tech "stuff" is so thin that the service from most companies suck. Which is, again, why I bought the Pioneer Elite. Ask repairmen who they think is the easiest manufacturer for them to work with. Nearly all I first talked to said Pioneer.

In my case, when I set up my TV it appeared a bit out of focus to me. I called Pioneer and they sent someone out right away...NO CHARGE. That person "somewhat" agreed with me but because I wasn't happy...long story short...Pioneer ended up replacing video boards AND the three CRT's...all at NO CHARGE. In effect...I got a brand new TV...all for just $2200

Anyhow...best of luck.

PS...My sound system is the Sony 555ES receiver with Atlantic Technology speakers. My HD receiver is the Panasonic (sucks, but gets the job done)...go with the top of the line Zenith. My DVD player is also a top of the line Panny...forget the model number.

PPS...My next goal is to build a home theatre room though I'm having to deal with the "wife factor"

Keep you posted...
post #59 of 4529
Thanks for the info. I probably should have explained a little more: I'm fairly well versed in HD hardware and know what I want. I was hoping that somebody knew of a local store who would deal. Best Buy and CC are out because they don't carry the model of TV or STB I want. I'm so jealous of those who live near a Tweeter's or Good Guys. I guess the internet is the way to go. This is one of those times when I regret living in the 'burgh.
post #60 of 4529
ex007, I bought my HDTV at R W Mc Donald & Sons in Butler. Great guys and good prices. The cheapest I could find around.

Merry Christmas folks!!
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