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post #31 of 4216
Could you let us know exactly what channels you are getting and the signal strength that they are coming in at?

Are you using the antenna you installed in your attic or a silver sensor?

Thanks,

Jason
post #32 of 4216
Thread Starter 
When Wane tv got rid of thier old transmitter the analog one they had the old top antenna removed as well. They had new wave guide installed to the new antanna. Also they left the old wave guide in place for digital signal. Then the anlog power went from 434,000 watts erp to 2.5 million watts erp. I was told that the top antenna installed handled analog and digital transmissions as the one PBS has in place now. Take a look at the new antenna channel 21 just put up it looks awesome. This antenna has four feeds going into it and handles analog and digital transmissions also. I do have pictures of the new antenna on the ground with a look at the inside four feed tubes.
post #33 of 4216
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the anlog power went from 434,000 watts erp to 2.5 million watts

WANE by far has the clearest analog signal reception of all the Ft. Wayne channels. This must be evidence of the high power that they are transmitting at.

I only wish that they were broadcasting a digital HD signal as CBS seems to be the leader in primetime HD content.
post #34 of 4216
WANE has been really clear over the past few weeks as far as the analog side goes. WPTA is pretty weak.

Any chance of posting the pics of the antenna J?
post #35 of 4216
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Any chance of posting the pics of the antenna J?

Yeah, I'll have to remember to bring home the digital camera from work. Give me a few days as I don't usually get home from work before it's dark, I'll have to take a pic in the morning before work.

I got the antenna at Radio Shack (the one connected to do it center), it was the $35 model that picks up vhf/uhf/fm, you can go there and check it out too if you want.

I don't have an amplifier hooked up either. Using a 50' cable of rg-6 from the surge protector to the antenna. I am curious to see if a signal amp will help at all. Not really in a hurry to buy one though because the signal is fine without one. I really can't wait to test it out on some digital signals.
post #36 of 4216
Anyone know of Problems with WFWA-HD? All I'm getting is a green screen. I've reset my TV, which worries me if the chip for 1080i has gone boom.
post #37 of 4216
I've been getting the same thing. No idea what is going on though.
post #38 of 4216
Just spoke to Brian over in Engineering at WFWA. Their satellite dish which receives the HD programming was damaged in the storms over the weekend. No ETA at this point when it will be back online.
post #39 of 4216
Starlight was out again today, this time moving my attic install to the top of the roof. Now I can clearly get 19 & 39 and to a surprise, 36. He double checked with 36 and they are still broadcasting at 100 watts at 200 feet.

Still can't get 23 or the Indy stations. Might have to install a second antenna at some point.
post #40 of 4216
I am curious to find out how many Fort Wayne residents are receiving Indianapolis digital channels? The other day I was getting 23-1 and 25-1 out of Indy, it's kind of off and on whether I get them or not. But I'm thinking about moving my antenna outside. Right now I'm running a Winegard 4400 in my attic. If I point it to the north sometimes I can get 6 and 8 out of Detroit, but only at 30 percent and it is very rare. So I guess my question is if I moved this thing outside would I get the Indy channels on a regular basis. Btw I live on the east side of town around the New Haven/Fort Wayne line off of Maysville Road. Let me know of anyone else's experiences.
post #41 of 4216
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I am curious to find out how many Fort Wayne residents are receiving Indianapolis digital channels?

I usually get at least ch 23 (DT32) out of Marion on a nightly basis. In fact, after throwing a 12dB amp on my Silver Sensor, I have no problems getting all the Fort Wayne, Marion, and most of the Indy stations. I find the biggest problem is with elevation when it comes to the Indy channels. Be ready to get a really tall mast if you live in a valley at all or if you have large trees.

BTW, I live on the Southwest side of Huntington. I highly doubt that I could pull in Detroit at all.
post #42 of 4216
Were you able to get all of those channels without the amp? What kind of amp is it btw? I'm looking for something around 12 dB with low noise and that can receive power from my dish receiver without using a line injector or something.
post #43 of 4216
What kind of amp is it btw?

It's a cheapo Phillips amp I picked up at Wal-Mart. It's rated at 12dB. I did pickup a Radio Shack 26dB one a few days ago but it made it worse. Thank God I had the receipt. :-)

I'm probably going to install a second antenna in the near future to pick up the Indy stations since I think they will come in pretty easily with the Antenna I have on the roof.
post #44 of 4216
Something strange happened Sunday night. All of a sudden 36.02 and 36.03 appeared with the callsign WUPNW (or something along those lines). Did anyone else notice it? It looks like they were rebroadcasting 25.02 out of Indy.
post #45 of 4216
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Originally posted by bwohlgemuth
Something strange happened Sunday night. All of a sudden 36.02 and 36.03 appeared with the callsign WUPNW (or something along those lines). Did anyone else notice it? It looks like they were rebroadcasting 25.02 out of Indy.


The signal from WFFT-DT 36, about as powerful as a small appliance bulb, and with their antenna barely off the ground, was blown away by WUPW, analog channel 36 , Toledo, OH. The station transmits with almost 2 million watts from a 1200- foot tower. I've recently been seeing that station here in Indy quite often, and I'm 186 miles from their tower. This could continue to be a problem as long as WFFT-DT continues to broadcast with this low power.

I've never seen WFFT-DT nor WISE-DT 19 here in Indy. I have, however, received WTVG-DT 19, Toledo and WXMI-DT 19, Grand Rapids.

Steve
Indy
post #46 of 4216
Anyone know if WPTA is broadcasting in HD? If not will they be doing it soon? Been reading in the HDTV Programming forum that the picture on MNF has been fantastic so far this year and is coming in dd 5.1 for a lot of people.

This would be a big help in making the purchase of my DTV receiver.
post #47 of 4216
WPTA is scheduled to go live Sep 30. www.antennaweb.org will let you know who is live in your area. Not sure weather they will be HD right away or just standard def digital.
post #48 of 4216
Sometime this morning (around 09:00), I could only get 19 out of Fort Wayne. 36 and 40 were dead in the water.

However, for some reason channels 8, 13, 23, 25, and 45 came in perfectly (something that has never happened in the daytime).

Shortly after 09:30, the magnetosphere must have changed and they all went blank (as they usually do) and 40 and 36 resumed their normal service.
post #49 of 4216
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Originally posted by bwohlgemuth
I usually get at least ch 23 (DT32) out of Marion on a nightly basis. In fact, after throwing a 12dB amp on my Silver Sensor, I have no problems getting all the Fort Wayne, Marion, and most of the Indy stations. I find the biggest problem is with elevation when it comes to the Indy channels. Be ready to get a really tall mast if you live in a valley at all or if you have large trees.

I have a yagi antenna on my roof pointed at the ft. wayne towers and am only able to get pbs digital channel and the tri state christian channel. Tried adding a 12db amp and that didn't help any. With the silver sensor antenna do you have to point it towards marion and/or indy to get those stations or do you leave the orientation of it the same?

I'm using a samsung sir ts160 for my tuner. Would be nice if I could get the indy stations by only adding a silver sensor antenna, I've read that some people are even installing them in their attic even though I believe the SS is designed to set on top of your tv.

Not getting the ft. wayne channels isn't much of an issue because I'm not really missing much but it's always nice to have more channels to choose from.

Thanks,

Jason
post #50 of 4216
Anyone know if WPTA still has plans to start broadcasting digital on the 30th? That date is rapidly approaching and nothing has changed on antennaweb in a while.

I don't want to get my hopes set too high but getting some MNF in hd before the seasons over would be great!

The only ft. wayne digital station I am able to receive is PBS, still unable to pull in CBS or FOX, so that probably is an indicator that I won't be receiving wpta if they have a really weak signal.
post #51 of 4216
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Originally posted by vereekej
Anyone know if WPTA still has plans to start broadcasting digital on the 30th? That date is rapidly approaching and nothing has changed on antennaweb in a while.

I don't want to get my hopes set too high but getting some MNF in hd before the seasons over would be great!

The only ft. wayne digital station I am able to receive is PBS, still unable to pull in CBS or FOX, so that probably is an indicator that I won't be receiving wpta if they have a really weak signal.


Yesterday I sent an email to the GM of WPTA inquiring about the sign on date of WPTA-DT. So far no reply. Once WPTA-DT 24 signs on, it should blanket the Ft. Wayne area with a great signal. The station's filing with the FCC indicates it will operate with 335 kw. @ 734 feet with their new top-mounted antenna (non-directional).

The folks at WANE (CBS) are still finalizing details with the FCC in switching their DTV channel assignment from 4 to 31. I read another post that their new antenna has been mounted on their tower. Hopefully it won't be much longer for WANE-DT 31 to sign on.

Steve
post #52 of 4216
Just called WPTA and spoke to Jim over there. He just got back from vacation and didn't know what was going on. He didn't seem too interested in asking a simple question on whether it was going to happen or not.

My guess is they won't be broadcasting HD tomorrow, nor will they be in the near future. I'm going to try to grab 25 tonight to watch the Bears play, but my luck lately has been pretty bad in getting a good signal. Should have installed that 2nd antenna two weeks ago....oh well....
post #53 of 4216
Thas sucky. I was looking forward to them broadcasting the Packers Bears in HD. Oh well. I would have bought a OTA receiver if they did. I will still be skipping my last class tonight to watch the game on shity cable. Well hopefully they will be getting with the program and have HD soon. Here's to hoping.
Ryan
post #54 of 4216
What do you know.....as of this morning antennaweb.org is now saying that WPTA-24 is "Under Review" as opposed to going live today.

Called over to the front desk and they told me the soonest they will be transmitting will be end of October...
post #55 of 4216
DAMN! I knew they wouldn't make it on time.

Anybody know what kind of power and signal they'll be broadcasting when they DO go live? I just praying it's worth the wait since WANE and WFFT screwed up so bad.
post #56 of 4216
So when are the stations in fort wayne going to start broadcasting their digital signal with greater strength? I am able to get PBS 40 and TBN 12 out of angola only. I live in auburn and all of the analog signals come in perfectly over a pair of bunny ears, but i get nothing on 19 and 36. I know that NBC put up their new antenna the other day (2nd i believe) but haven't turned it on yet. Does anyone know if when they turn it on, it will broadcast digital with a signal similar to pbs? If stations don't get up to speed soon, my stb will be going back.
Ryan
post #57 of 4216
Good news on WANE-DT....

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As promised, I am informing you when WANE-DT is going on the air. We are planning for November 1st to be the official date to be broadcasting with digital on channel 31. If you have anymore questions, please feel free to contact me.

Maybe now I can watch a real football game in HD!
post #58 of 4216
I have noticed while searching for sports on my digital cable from Comcast that they have added a few HD channels, HBOHD, SHOHD, ESPNHD, IND1, IND2,DWFWA, DWISE.

Seeing this I immediately called Comcast tonite, but the nice lady on the phone could not order the HD service because of some areas ouside of Fort Wayne do not even have cable internet hooked up yet, so Comcast HD won't go online until Jan 1st 2004.

I'll call again on Monday to talk to somebody locally, to see if I can get on some type of beta program, as I don't want to wait any longer than I have to. Hell, I was ready to take the 20$ installation fee, and another 30$ they was going to charge me for a DVI cable that I do not have.

Also read in the paper today that WISE's new antenna is now broadcasting at full power. Not sure if that means anything for HDTV owners in the area, but it might!
post #59 of 4216
I get wise at about 60% now that they turned on their antenna. I never got it before so it definitly has helped me out. I'll note that i live in auburn and i am using a 30 buck rca antenna
post #60 of 4216
Is WISE broadcasting an HD signal or is it just 480p? Although there isn't that much on WISE that I watch currently there could be more if it is HD. I often find myself watching television programs in HD even if they aren't that good, just like to sit back and enjoy the picture quality.

Having these stations broadcast just a digital signal doesn't help me much because my analog signal looks just fine.

Would test for myself but I sold my Sammy receiver and ordered an hd-300 which hasn't yet arrived.

Thanks for any help.
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