"As of 3PM on Friday, January 19, we changed our WCIA-DT and WCFN-DT signals to provide WCIA in HD. In addition, we provided an HD signal to Insight Communications both in Champaign and Springfield via a fiber optic link" per WCIA HD Project Update at extranet dot wcia dot com
So, in searching posts at this forum I understand when some say they can view WCIA in HD via cable subscription (Insight Comm.) I also understand that subscribers to WCFN apparently can receive WCIA on channel 48 (or 49.1?) However, I wonder if these are truly WCIA's local news, sports, etc. or simply CBS programming.
But my primary question is whether anyone is actually receiving WCIA HD transmissions OTA on channel 3-1? I get an intermittent noise sound simultaneous with on/off "searching for signal" messages when 'zeroed' onto WCIA's tower, where pitch of the 'noise' changes lower/higher depending on my tweaking of OTA antenna amplifier. On other channels having 'no' signal the "searching for signal" message stays on constantly with black screen -- so I must be receiving 'something' on 3-1, albeit extremely weakly.
I live in 'rural' Tuscola (no cable) about 25 miles south of WCIA tower and have a large VHF-UHF-audio directional roof antenna with rotor (on 12' tower above 2-level home) connected to a Samsung SIR-TS360 HDTV Receiver/Tuner (1080i, DVI-HDMI interface) and 51" widescreen Hitachi HDTV (projection style.) We've really enjoyed this system trouble-free since Aug. 2004 and have received all of the other 'local' digital-HD channels (as -1, -2 and -3 for ch12) for channels 12, 15, 17, 20, 23, 51 and 55, plus DTV's HD package and many other HD programs from DTV -- they are great !!
In my olden days, WCIA had the strongest VHF signal in Central Illinois, where clear viewing (as defined for those times) was obtainable via coat-hangar or a wad of aluminum foil on rabbit ears. Now, their analog signal has been the absolute worst in this entire area for it seems like several years. until they added filters, increased power, or did something sometime within the past ten days or so -- the Superbowl viewing was at least tolerable via analog signal. WCIA's Engineering Mgr did not return my two phone calls in recent months (re: poor analog signal) but one of their Eng. Tech's. told me awhile back that the reason for poor analog reception has been due to a high degree of interferences at the lower end of their bandwidth -- (?)
Can anyone tell me more as to whether others are indeed receiving WCIA's channel 3-1 HD transmission OTA (and, if so, any suggestions for amplifier or other means to help more viewers receive it?) Also, whether Insight Comm and WCFN subscribers are indeed receiving the local news, sports and special programming of WCIA, i.e. the same as what I view on channel 3 analog?
Thanks for any input,