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post #1981 of 2194
scvfd1202,

are you getting the WNCT, WCTI, WITN all day or just at night? Those should all work consistently. Also WYDO should come in there on channel 47 and show as 14.1
post #1982 of 2194
Thread Starter 
My antenna has become very disruptive lately. Its possible something has come loose on the rotor or something. I am no RF man....I am going to pay someone to come fix this for me unless HD locals over directv will happen sooner rather than later.

On a side note did everyone see this post at dbstalk

http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=174922
post #1983 of 2194
Quote:
Originally Posted by nc88keyz View Post

My antenna has become very disruptive lately. Its possible something has come loose on the rotor or something. I am no RF man....I am going to pay someone to come fix this for me unless HD locals over directv will happen sooner rather than later.

On a side note did everyone see this post at dbstalk

http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=174922

Is it all the time or just at night that you are having problems, and all channels or just some? Inversion is happening right now, and that may be the problem. Last night I was picking up Savannah Georgia stations near 90%
post #1984 of 2194
Thread Starter 
I think its been doing this for quite some time. The orientation is all messed up as far as i know. Its a diff place everytime on the rotor these days.
I also have a VHF yagi on there as well that needs to come down...I was never able to get CBS out of greenville, washington DMA> Its just too dang high to climb and it hasnt been a priority. I think something is loose.

Not sure, maybe storms did it. Have to either pay for a pro or go up on the ladder again. It was not fun crab crawling the roof line. I am not a toothpick


If the locals will be here in just a few months on directv I can wait it out, otherwise i need to do something.

On a side note - Ive had 2 HR20s crap out in the last 3 months. Funny since i got them all around 3 years ago. ....My HR10 is power cycling as well. , Only used for OTA now these days.

The other HR20s (3) are doing fine though.
post #1985 of 2194
WWAY lost one of their evening anchors it appears. Also I've seen their weather chief anchoring the late night as well as doing weather. I have never seen this on any station before. They must be hurting for funds...
post #1986 of 2194
There was something in the paper last week or so about Rondinaro getting the boot...(a piece written by him explaining what happened). He did say it was due to budget issues...

You'd think the station would at least let the anchor say goodbye on air...

Something wasn't right with their signal last night either during the news, I had strength fluctuating between 0 and 90s--while at the same time all the other stations on the same tower were rock solid...
post #1987 of 2194
I have not noticed any signal problems here. I don't watch their news very often, but still watch ABC from them for Dolby Digital.

edit to add:

Saw the article from the paper on Rondinaro. Also see the Elliot discussion is still going strong.
post #1988 of 2194
WPXU 35.1 (34) is now airing programs in 720p HD in the evenings.
post #1989 of 2194
Thread Starter 
Once again bad news here for our directv customers in the port city (Why Why Why)


http://hd.engadget.com/2010/05/17/di...-2010-startin/

Doesnt look promising.

DIRECTV to Offer Local Channels in 172 Markets Including 16 New Markets in HD
More Than 97 Percent of U.S. TV Homes Will Have Access to Local Channels from DIRECTV; Roll Out of New Local Markets to Begin in June

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 17, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- DIRECTV, the world's most popular video service, will begin the rollout of 16 new HD local-channel markets next month, providing more than 97 percent of U.S. TV households access to local channels by the end of this year. When the rollout is complete, DIRECTV will offer local channels in 172 markets, including local HD in 155 markets.

DIRECTV will roll-out the following new HD local markets, beginning in June with Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.; Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho; and Joplin-Pittsburg, Mo. In the third quarter, DIRECTV will launch Albany, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Gainesville, Fla.; and Montgomery-Selma, Ark. In the fourth quarter, DIRECTV will launch Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Binghamton, N.Y.; Clarksburg-Weston, W.Va.; Lubbock, Texas; Sioux City, Iowa; Terre Haute, Ind.; Wheeling-Steubenville, W.Va.; and Wichita Falls-Lawton, Texas. For more HD local launch details, customers can visit www.directv.com/hdlocals.

"The launch of national HD channels capture the headlines, but the ability to watch local news, weather and primetime programming in HD or SD, remains an important part of our customers' daily viewing," said Derek Chang, executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development for DIRECTV. "And that's why we continue to expand our local channel service. Now more than 97 percent of TV homes in the U.S. will have access to DIRECTV local channels and a true alternative to other TV providers in their communities."
post #1990 of 2194
Small market, with only one major city in it. If say the market included one other good size city like Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville, or Fayetteville, then Wilmington would be on D*

I don't agree with the way the markets are drawn for SE NC anyway. I think Raleigh's market has too many counties for starters, and those stations do a weak job of news / weather coverage in the southern ones but that is my opinion, and you know the saying about those.

Keep the antenna greased up is all I know...
post #1991 of 2194
Hi all,

This is my first time posting, so I hope I'm not breaking any rules.....but I am hoping to find some answers.....or at least some of ya'll who are experiencing the same thing.

Here's my deal: For the past few weeks fox26 on Wilmington TMC has been a wreck......constant feezing, skipping, random digital interference at all times of the day on both live tv and DVR'd shows. I've experienced this before, but it was with all the channels. They sent out a contractor who fixed the problem. I've called the "help" line and they sent a reboot to my machine.....nothing changed. Then they said they could send someone out.....the weekend after this one. I said not to worry with it, I'd try to figure it out myself.......b/c you know the minute the cable guy arrives, that channel will start acting right.

So I know it's not my box---all other channels come in fine and record fine, I know it's not my connection----I've tested it, and I already mentioned everything else is fine.

So have any of ya'll been experiencing this headache in Wilmington. If so, any idea of what I could do?

Thanks for reading and I really am glad a place like this exists.

Peace,

J
post #1992 of 2194
Quote:
Originally Posted by jracknicu View Post

Hi all,

This is my first time posting, so I hope I'm not breaking any rules.....but I am hoping to find some answers.....or at least some of ya'll who are experiencing the same thing.

Here's my deal: For the past few weeks fox26 on Wilmington TMC has been a wreck......constant feezing, skipping, random digital interference at all times of the day on both live tv and DVR'd shows. I've experienced this before, but it was with all the channels. They sent out a contractor who fixed the problem. I've called the "help" line and they sent a reboot to my machine.....nothing changed. Then they said they could send someone out.....the weekend after this one. I said not to worry with it, I'd try to figure it out myself.......b/c you know the minute the cable guy arrives, that channel will start acting right.

So I know it's not my box---all other channels come in fine and record fine, I know it's not my connection----I've tested it, and I already mentioned everything else is fine.

So have any of ya'll been experiencing this headache in Wilmington. If so, any idea of what I could do?

Thanks for reading and I really am glad a place like this exists.

Peace,

J



Sorry, I just saw this post. Are you still having the problem and if so what model DVR do you have?
post #1993 of 2194
If anyone who reads this discussion picks up WCTI 12 out of New Bern, or WYDO FOX East Carolina News at 10 News check them out tonight. Their news goes HD for the first time. WCTI reaches Wilmington, not sure if WYDO quite does or not.
post #1994 of 2194
What happened to WWAY ? No signal at all here.
post #1995 of 2194
No joy for me either...

Maybe they shut down their transmitter in anticipation of the line of thunderstorms rolling through????????

I thought maybe they made another one of their PSIP changes that required deleting and adding the channel again... but I guess not in this case...
post #1996 of 2194
3.1 is back now, but only low power at about 60% here. (edit just checked again and at 87% so getting fixed I guess) The storms already happened here, but the station was off at 5:30 when I was flipping around too.
post #1997 of 2194
just tried to add them back, and get no signal at all...

Geeze, I'm picking up ION at 86%... but no WWAY...
post #1998 of 2194
We changed our IOT tube at WWAY.

What started out as a reasonable job tuned into a huge job as we ran into some strange issues with stray electrons and my magic wand broke. After working about 18 straight hours we were back up. Sorry about any inconvenience this may have caused.

Ray
WWAY Engineer
post #1999 of 2194
Hey Ray,

You guys are showing up on 46 again instead of 3-1 etc. Wow. Sorry to hear of the complications!
post #2000 of 2194
You don't have pixie dust as a backup to your magic wand?

post #2001 of 2194
We also just installed a new HD server and new automation system and we are having issues interfacing to the PSIP. Hopefully, we will get that fixed soon. Billy, Randy and I have been very busy the last few weeks!

Ray
post #2002 of 2194
Ray,

Did you guys adjust some picture quality settings? The color looks really good now on widescreen syndicated shows.

I sure miss that 24/7 wx channel by the way. I can't get any radar or maps worth a darn up here at night on TV.
post #2003 of 2194
Any suggestions on OTA antennas? All the stations are 17-20 miles from my home, and yellow on attennaweb. Would like an indoor for ease if possible.
post #2004 of 2194
If you want an indoor, a channel master 4220 would be my choice. It is a small 2 bay bow tie.
post #2005 of 2194
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossaq View Post

Any suggestions on OTA antennas? All the stations are 17-20 miles from my home, and yellow on attennaweb. Would like an indoor for ease if possible.

Indoors as in set top or attic mount?

If you're looking to receive Wilmington locals, you really shouldn't need to worry with adjusting for best reception by channel...there are only two towers and a decent 2 or 4 element bowtie should have a wide enough reception window for both towers simultaneously. If you care about CBS (WILM), you'll probably want to go attic mount. I don't do OTA myself, but a friend who lives off of 23rd can't get CBS with a set top.

If you can go attic mount, I recommend a DIY 4 bay bowtie. The commercial bowties like a Channel Master 4221 are compromised somewhat for shipping purposes. I forget the exact center channel tuning, but it's a bit lower than optimal for our area. Using the math from a thread on lumenlab (you'll need to join to view), I built a 4 bay for my parents over in Whiteville. I used channel 37 as the center frequency, which produced a mast that's about 6' tall. Without a reflector, they actually get all of the Wilmington stations except WILM along with the MB-Florence stations off the backside. Not bad, especially since the SC CBS station in Florence is broadcasting in 5.1. Parts cost is probably less than $20 and an hour or so of your time. I can dig up the details for the bowtie lengths/spacing if you're interested. Sorry, that's the best photo I have of it...ignore the batwing in the background.

-Brent
LL
post #2006 of 2194
I agree with riverwolf. Outside and/or higher is always better. I use a Winegard HD 8800, and I can receive WILM LD usually after 7 PM outside their viewing area. I also get WFXB, WPDE and occasionally even WBTW even though it is VHF.
post #2007 of 2194
Sorry about the late reply JSP.

Yes, we have added a full HD Grass Valley HD server so now we can run our
local programs and spots in HD (when available). Plus, we have upgraded our Grass Valley Concerto routing system for HD. That unit is doing our OTA switching.

Thanks for noticing. We have been working very hard to give our viewers the best quality image and audio possible.



Quote:
Originally Posted by jspENC View Post

Ray,

Did you guys adjust some picture quality settings? The color looks really good now on widescreen syndicated shows.

I sure miss that 24/7 wx channel by the way. I can't get any radar or maps worth a darn up here at night on TV.
post #2008 of 2194
Quote:
Originally Posted by ILMRay View Post

Sorry about the late reply JSP.

Yes, we have added a full HD Grass Valley HD server so now we can run our
local programs and spots in HD (when available). Plus, we have upgraded our Grass Valley Concerto routing system for HD. That unit is doing our OTA switching.

Thanks for noticing. We have been working very hard to give our viewers the best quality image and audio possible.

Very cool!

I've been noticing lots of changes lately, keep up the good work. Insider HD isn't something I normally watch, but I couldn't help but tune in and stay with it when I saw the quality.
post #2009 of 2194
Anyone else noticed the Wilmington DMA increased from 134 to 132?
post #2010 of 2194
Quote:
Originally Posted by brice52 View Post

Anyone else noticed the Wilmington DMA increased from 134 to 132?

Was this listed as 2010-2011 or was it last years?


I have kind of started watching WWAY a lot more lately. Their evening news and weather team is doing so much better now! They are reminding me of the way they ran it years ago.
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