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post #1741 of 2194
ulltron,

Should we be excited about what you are working on? Jeopardy in HD maybe? Vanna White HD?
post #1742 of 2194
Thank you, WWAY, for ditching that large, distracting logo during programming. It was such an annoyance that I didn't bother watching new shows, and with the exception of Lost, I chose to watch all other ABC shows online.

I know the logo has been gone for about a month, but I didn't want to say anything to jinx it.
post #1743 of 2194
On WWAY, I have noticed quite a drop in signal over the last week or so. I guess it is from the leaves and pine trees filling out...

WWAY - 67% before 92%
WECT - 90% (for a while it was down to the 60's, but now is back to normal)
WSFX - 56 - 60% down a little, before was in the 70's
WUNJ - 58 - 66% down from 70's

No loss of pic and sound though.
post #1744 of 2194
I wonder what happened to DWTS tonight?
90% was in SD. And very bad SD!
post #1745 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Rich in ILM View Post

I wonder what happened to DWTS tonight?
90% was in SD. And very bad SD!

I wondered too, but I just turned on channel 12.1 and they had HD. 3.1 kept trying to get HD, but it flipped out every time.
post #1746 of 2194
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Originally Posted by jspENC View Post

I wondered too, but I just turned on channel 12.1 and they had HD. 3.1 kept trying to get HD, but it flipped out every time.

It must have been a WWAY thing and not the network as my kids told me it was fine in Chicago.

I wonder if Billy is reading the thread?
post #1747 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Rich in ILM View Post

It must have been a WWAY thing and not the network as my kids told me it was fine in Chicago.

I wonder if Billy is reading the thread?


Yes, I'm still lurking around here from time to time. We were having a problem last night with our closed captioning on the HD channel. I asked the guys at the station to check on the HD feed every now and then to see if the CC had returned, but it never did. So I had them stay on the SD feeds all night long. I know it didn't look as good, but at least we were legal! We were able to find out what was wrong with the captioning and it should be back in the HD feeds tonight.
post #1748 of 2194
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Originally Posted by bstratton View Post

Yes, I'm still lurking around here from time to time. We were having a problem last night with our closed captioning on the HD channel. I asked the guys at the station to check on the HD feed every now and then to see if the CC had returned, but it never did. So I had them stay on the SD feeds all night long. I know it didn't look as good, but at least we were legal! We were able to find out what was wrong with the captioning and it should be back in the HD feeds tonight.

Billy,

Thanks!

It's a much happier place around here with HD for DWTS. It's amazing to see how seroius my wife is about getting here favorite votes in.
post #1749 of 2194
Billy,
I turned on the closed caption just to see if it worked, and it was on, but it was bouncing up and down about two inches from where it would start. I tried the WCTI signal and it wasn't bouncing like that.

Hope that may be of some help. I normally never turn on CC

BTW, it was good to see the PSIP showing up last night. I can't remember when the last time I saw it on 3 was...
post #1750 of 2194
Anyone know whats up with Earth 2100 on WWAY? Its like the voices are being blocked out and the backgrond soundtrack is clear.
post #1751 of 2194
We are working on a 5.1 issue from the network.
Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Ray
WWAY Engineering.
post #1752 of 2194
Last night I had Charleston stations WCBD and WCSC coming in at 92-93% but WWAY would not budge still above 70%. I even had WTAT coming in with a signal bouncing wildly (I imagine because of WILM is on the same frequency of 40). WECT and WSFX were at 93%. However, a few times last night, WSFX seemed to go off the air and back on rapidly during the 9 PM hour. Signal meter would go from 90's to 0 in just a seconds time.

I am also planning to install a Winegard HD 8800 just before June 12, so will take a daytime signal reading with a Digital Stream before and after installation. My Samsung uses a bar graph, so that isn't much help for taking readings.
post #1753 of 2194
WWAY to bring in Retro TV on channel 3.2 starting June 15th according to http://wwaytv3.com

No mention of what will become of the weather graphics. I was thinking of the people in Bladen county the other day and figured they must be watching Florence channels! Any Bladen viewers out there?
post #1754 of 2194
Now that WTAT is not using ch 40 I am getting WILM in Myrtle Beach. It is not solid thou. But I am far out side of the coverage circle.

But for some strange reason WSFX is not receiveable. WSFX is much higher & way more power. Maybe that 6LQ6 power out put tube is weak & need changing
post #1755 of 2194
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Originally Posted by David-the-dtv-ma View Post

Now that WTAT is not using ch 40 I am getting WILM in Myrtle Beach. It is not solid thou. But I am far out side of the coverage circle.

But for some strange reason WSFX is not receiveable. WSFX is much higher & way more power. Maybe that 6LQ6 power out put tube is weak & need changing

6LQ6...... The favorite of 8 zillion CB linears. Sometimes they even managed to have spurious choke on them. But, mostly, not!
post #1756 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Rich in ILM View Post

6LQ6...... The favorite of 8 zillion CB linears. Sometimes they even managed to have spurious choke on them. But, mostly, not!

That is for sure. I knew that ... I was just being funny.


I do not think a 6LQ6 would have much gain at UHF. A UHF power tube would have been a 6AF4. The low power that WSFX is I do not think they even use a tube but a transister
post #1757 of 2194
Since I installed a Winegard HD 8800, I am getting WSFX at 92%. WECT at 95%

Could be some other channel 30 is bothering WSFX to the south.
post #1758 of 2194
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Originally Posted by jspENC View Post

Since I installed a Winegard HD 8800, I am getting WSFX at 92%. WECT at 95%

Could be some other channel 30 is bothering WSFX to the south.

Since the dtv cut & am not receving WSFX any more. From what I see on the FCC there is a station using ch 30 north east of Charlotte. They must have just switched to it late last week. I do miss the week end news at 10:00pm & "This TV" network that was on 26-2. I can watch the news on WTAT 24 from Charleston but I liked the news from WSFX better. I have received WSFX but at the same time I was receiving WILM. But the weather conditions had to be just right. They both came in & went out togther. WSFX is so much lower power than like WWAY it will not take much knock it out.
post #1759 of 2194
I don't get WWAY near as strong as it used to be. Putting up the HD 8800 did nothing for their signal. It still sits at near 70%. Used to get it at 93% up until a few months ago.

I can't understand why WSFX is so weak down there, unless they aim more signal northward? It seems by looking at this map I post below, that there is a notch that really gets a weak signal due west toward say Whiteville or so.



I used to like the Wilmington channels a lot more, until they fouled up their weather folks. At least last night on 6 and 26 they attempted to warn people of a Tornado. They just don't have the talent there that they once did, or they put them on the morning shift when weather is calm. The two best there are on the morning shift... Makes no sense...
post #1760 of 2194
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Originally Posted by jspENC View Post

I don't get WWAY near as strong as it used to be. Putting up the HD 8800 did nothing for their signal. It still sits at near 70%. Used to get it at 93% up until a few months ago.

I can't understand why WSFX is so weak down there, unless they aim more signal northward? It seems by looking at this map I post below, that there is a notch that really gets a weak signal due west toward say Whiteville or so.

...

From what I understand WSFX, WECT & WWAY all use the same antenna & have the same coverage pattern. WSFX only has 190k watts. Since WWAY is 1000k , WSFX coverage area is smaller.

I had thought since WUNJ uses ch 29 & WSFX uses ch 30 they would have used the ame antenna. But the NC ETV may not wanted to have an duplexer on the alntenna feed line.
post #1761 of 2194
Yea, the main three use the same antenna on the same tower. I don't quite understand the logic of the directional antenna they chose, because of all the waste over the water. It would have seemed more feasible to me if they had chosen an antenna with a pattern that would direct the signal inland, while cutting the signal off say 25 miles out over the water, but half their power is wasted over the ocean, while it could be directed up towards the Fayetteville, Clinton, Lumberton, Warsaw area. Right now, the southern portion of the Raleigh market is having a time getting WTVD's digital signal, and this is a time that the pwrful signal of WWAY could have taken advantage of that weakness.
post #1762 of 2194
We just arrived back here at our vacation home and to my dismay I find WILM has disappeared and WSFX is much weaker than when we were here in early May. We are in Leland. Just wondering if anyone in this area is having luck with these stations and what setup you might be using. Thanks.
post #1763 of 2194
Please ignore my last post. I was able to solve the problem by bypassing the surge protector I had run the coax through. Thanks.
post #1764 of 2194
I have given up on WECT in surround sound. Contacted NBC and Raycom. Dead ends.
post #1765 of 2194
Ultron is the head engineer at WACT and he said, NBC has serious problems that have to be fixed before he will turn on the DD encoder. I can also say that WITN has terrible audio problems as well. One minute it is so loud it runs you out of the room and the next you can't hardly hear anything. They do not use Dolby digital either because of the same mess.
post #1766 of 2194
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Originally Posted by jspENC View Post

Ultron is the head engineer at WACT and he said, NBC has serious problems that have to be fixed before he will turn on the DD encoder. I can also say that WITN has terrible audio problems as well. One minute it is so loud it runs you out of the room and the next you can't hardly hear anything. They do not use Dolby digital either because of the same mess.

I had NBC contact him and offer assistance. I offered to assist. I'd do anything to get it back on. I understand that WECT was in the process of going full-HD and the projects there had to be overwhelming, but they must have caught up by now.

I work for NBC. Over one hundred other affiliates have DD signals. I seriously doubt it's a network issue. And I thought WECT's surround was good when they had it up for a few months.

If Dan reads the thread, please email me. If you have lost my info, email me at imixtv@yahoo.com. I'll donate my time and I have a host of NBC transmission and audio technicians we can consult on whatever issues you have.

Wendel
post #1767 of 2194
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Originally Posted by SNF Mixer View Post

I work for NBC. Over one hundred other affiliates have DD signals. I seriously doubt it's a network issue.

KNBC in LA has been having problems for at least a couple years. Definitely a network issue.
post #1768 of 2194
I would LOVE to have digital sound, but if it is going to be screwed up half the time, I think it is foolish to try and run it and have to keep turning it on and off. Stations around here don't have enough people to monitor these things all the time either.
post #1769 of 2194
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Originally Posted by ulltron View Post

There are several reasons why we have not re-instated 5.1 audio at WECT and the main one is NBC audio encoding issues since they rolled out MPEG-4 network distribution equipment early this year. Many NBC stations are dealing with significant problems, which we completely avoided by staying with the stereo feed. You have to remember that a majority of our viewers are still analog and only a minority of DTV viewers care about 5.1. NBC Network operations is working with their satellite IRD manufacturer for a software solution to correct their issues. I will be holding off on 5.1 until I'm satisfied that they have the issues corrected. In the mean time, we are working hard on several other priorities that benefits the majority of our viewers far more then 5.1 audio so please be patent.
Dan Ullmer
WECT Chief Engineer


Is there something different that WNCN Raleigh is doing? They seem to be broadcasting 5.1 just fine?

And so does WMBF in Myrtle Beach. I guess even some smaller stations seem to be able to cope?
post #1770 of 2194
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Originally Posted by Rich in ILM View Post

Is there something different that WNCN Raleigh is doing? They seem to be broadcasting 5.1 just fine?

And so does WMBF in Myrtle Beach. I guess even some smaller stations seem to be able to cope?

True, NBC WMBF 32-1 Myrtle Beach have no problem with DD5.1 audio.
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