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post #61 of 1188
Would someone please e-mail or call WIFR-DT
to see if there is any news on their HD.

I am afraid I have sent too many disparaging
messages in the past and I no longer receive
a reply.

Thanks
post #62 of 1188
Sure, can you post the email address that I should use?
post #63 of 1188
I have been using talkto23@wifr.com with a request
to pass the e-mail to the engineer.

Using engineer23@wifr.com has always bounced.
post #64 of 1188
Quote:


Originally posted by cmunroe
I have been using talkto23@wifr.com with a request
to pass the e-mail to the engineer.

Using engineer23@wifr.com has always bounced.

Is the problem that they are still not using a sat receiver for their HD? I quit tuning in because of it and now that we are in reruns....
post #65 of 1188
Quote:


Originally posted by jldet5
Is the problem that they are still not using a sat receiver for their HD? I quit tuning in because of it and now that we are in reruns....

That was my understanding - CBS provided the receiver and they
are waiting for CBS to replace it.

Whatever they are using for the network feed, it looks awful.
There are horizontal bands showing on their analog and digital.
The digital channel actually makes the signal look WORSE.

I now watch CBS on my old 27" set connected to DirecTV.
post #66 of 1188
Quote:


Originally posted by cmunroe
That was my understanding - CBS provided the receiver and they
are waiting for CBS to replace it.

Whatever they are using for the network feed, it looks awful.
There are horizontal bands showing on their analog and digital.
The digital channel actually makes the signal look WORSE.

I now watch CBS on my old 27" set connected to DirecTV.


NO REPLY so far
post #67 of 1188
This morning - July 5th - a strong storm hit Rockford.
WIFR lost their tower to 100 MPH winds.
post #68 of 1188
I have been getting a much stronger
signal for WREX-DT recently. I noticed
a jump to 94% while watching Leno
last night - Aug. 14.

Maybe they upped their power
Or it could be atmospheric ?!
post #69 of 1188
I will be moving from California to Rockford, Ill and would like to know what the market is like for HDTV in the area?? Am a novice, but looking to upgrade my system.
Thanks
post #70 of 1188
Well we have the local ABC,NBC and will have CBS again once they get their tower back up (taken down by a storm as mention a couple posts up) I also get ABC,CBS,UPN (just digital for the time being)& PBS (2 channels) from Madison WI. There are a couple more stations that are supposed to be coming from WB and a local FOX station. There is an NBC and Fox station in Madison but they are transmiting at not a high enough signal strength for me to get them right now. Hope that helps.
post #71 of 1188
Thank you for your reply. What do you recommend for reception...cable, Direct or Dish??

RBG
post #72 of 1188
Well the cable here is not even close to going to HD. We are usually the last place on earth to get anything. I like and have had Direct TV for a while now. At present they offer more HD programing but I think I heard that dish is going to offer the same stuff within a few months. Not sure on the price though.
post #73 of 1188
Quote:


Originally posted by Jeff Whitford
I also get ABC,CBS,UPN (just digital for the time being...

Jeff
What station is UPN on in Madison? I cant get WPWR out of Chicago.

Thanks...
post #74 of 1188
The UPN station in Madison is 3.2,3.1 being the CBS feed in my program guide. It is actually channel 50 when trying to lock the signal on a Hughes E86. I believe the analog channel is 14. Should be at or around 314*for you.
post #75 of 1188
E-Mailed WREX with -
The new switching equipment looks great.
The transition from SD to HD looks transparent.
Several of the show I have watched lately where prefect.
Thought you should know that the last segment of
The Tonight Show - the music segment -
has remained in SD after the local commercials.

WREX Reply -
Thanks again for your e-mail.

The problem we have here is the Tonight show and Conan are seamless and there is not a line in our program event between the shows to do a GPI trigger to drop the HD program. Therefore we are dropping the HD after the last scheduled local commercial break in the Tonight Show. We may run into problems with other seamless shows as well. We'll keep working to find solutions around these little problems.
post #76 of 1188
Thanks but that does me no good. 50 is cochannel with WPWR analog and I cant get it, even with WPWR off the back of the beam. Drat... Looks like I'll have to watch Enterprise on snowy WPWR analog...
post #77 of 1188
In case you missed it WIFR plans on having their new tower up and running in November. No mention of the SAT problem fix but I'm hoping.
post #78 of 1188
WIFR-DT has resumed HD broadcasting.
post #79 of 1188
Quote:


Originally posted by cmunroe
WIFR-DT has resumed HD broadcasting.

For some reason I can not get their signal on the MYHD card. I use to before the antenna went down. Either the signal is weaker or I think their encoder is off a bit.
post #80 of 1188
The signal strength is alot better than it used to be. Im in the high 90's now.
post #81 of 1188
Here in DeKalb, I receive WIFR-DT at a level
of 85 on my DTC-100 receiver.

It appears they are doing the HD/SD switches
by hand. I hope they get some automated
switching equipment soon !!!

Right now 12/14/03 4:56PM they are sending out
a test pattern instead of the football game.
post #82 of 1188
I live in Janesville, WI 53546 and can get milwaukee, madison and rockford digital and analog signals via antenna. I also pick up WBBM, WLS, WGN out of Chicago. I want to try to get WFLD,WMAQ, WCIU out of Chicago. At what compass direction should I point my antenna?

Chris
post #83 of 1188
All you have to do is type in your zip at this address and it will till you the compass direction to point your antenna
http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.asp
post #84 of 1188
Chrisj1
You live in Janesville and can get WBBM? Wow! Even the Chicago locals cant get WBBM.

I live in Woodstock Il, about equidistant between Chicago and Madison. But it seems that most the Madison DTV stations are cochannel with Chicago analog stations so I cant seem to get very many of them.

Rockford is another story. While I live closer to Rockford than Chicago, I cant seem to get most of the Rockford stations. I havent tried WIFR since they came back on the air, but I never could pick them up before and I doubt anything's changed. WTVO comes in like gangbusters, and I can just barely get WREX with some pixellation. The rest are too weak.

I cant get WCIU, or WYCC from Chicago either.

dickm
post #85 of 1188
WIFR channel 23 has drastically improved their signal. Actually so has WREX but not as much as WIFR.
post #86 of 1188
Quote:


Originally posted by Jeff Whitford
WIFR channel 23 has drastically improved their signal. Actually so has WREX but not as much as WIFR.

I use to be able to pick them up on the MYHD tuner card before the tower went down but now I can only pick them up on my old E86 STB. If you can't get them it may be that their encoding is off as I have at least one type of tuner that can not see the signal. I have emailed them several times on this but no response. So I can only assume they really don't care about their digital broadcasting.
post #87 of 1188
They stopped answering e-mail shortly before they
lost their HD receiver from the Network.

I'm just glad I can finally receive HD from CBS again !
post #88 of 1188
It seems WIFR-DT is having problems with HD, AGAIN.

I was thinking about inviting some friends over to
see the Superbowl in HD. Now I am worried it would
be a waste of their time.

When it comes to HD, WIFR-DT does not have people
you can count on !
post #89 of 1188
What problems are they having now?

Chris
post #90 of 1188
The main issue for me is that programs scheduled
to show in HD are not being transmitted in HD over
the last several days.

I also noticed that the large "Bug" of the station logo
is also missing. That is NOT missed. however, I am
assuming that this is not intentional.
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