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post #1681 of 8537
Chris,

This is typical of my experience with DC vs. Baltimore as well. My situation is even more extreme in that I'm 15 miles SSE of Washinton stations, but 45-50 miles SSE of Baltimore. In spite of that, from time to time one of the Washington signals will flake out for me (usually FOX 5) and I will have to watch the Baltimore equivalent. The Baltimore stations never fail to come in unless the weather is very severe.

So here I am, shooting right over the DC transmitters, all the way to Baltimore, and the Baltimore signals are more reliable. No moving the antenna at all. Very odd!
post #1682 of 8537
The Comcast Sportsnet HD schedule lists the Flyers-Caps hockey game for tonight at 7 p.m. However, on the standard def channels, this game is being telecast on ESPN2, while Comcast Sportsnet non-HD is telecasting the Maryland basketball game.

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Originally posted by REL77
Did any one watch A Bugs life OTA last night? How did it look, I got trapped at the GFs house and missed it... Was it in OAR or 5.1? Thanks
Bugs' Life was 2.35:1 OAR and DD 5.1 on WMAR last night.
post #1683 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by dneily


Bugs' Life was 2.35:1 OAR and DD 5.1 on WMAR last night.

Dang, I wish I got to watch it... How did it look to everyone? Excellent??
post #1684 of 8537
So the WTTG-DT feed of the Simpsons has a "narrator" in the background, describing everything like the show is for blind people!

Don't get it on my D* signal..,
post #1685 of 8537
Is anyone else experiencing reception problems with WTTG-DT? For the past several days, my reception has been extremely poor - often no lockup, or unwatchable. This station has never been the strongest for me, but it's usually stable at least.

Gerald C
post #1686 of 8537
Don't know if this was mentioned somewhere above or not, but I get a crappy WJLA-DT/7 signal anyway. Before I write an FCC letter to them:

Has/can anyone test HD CC for me to see that they are/are not transmitting CC on DT? I've never seen CC but my signal is in the dumps. Want to be sure it's them and not me... (Heck, even Jeopardy is CC in SD, but never seen such in DT/HD when I do get a clear signal.)

Thanks for the check! (Obviously, web emails to them were black-holed... :) )
post #1687 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by Gerald C
Is anyone else experiencing reception problems with WTTG-DT? For the past several days, my reception has been extremely poor - often no lockup, or unwatchable. This station has never been the strongest for me, but it's usually stable at least.

Gerald C
Usually Fox 5 & CBS 9 are my strong ones out here.
However tonight, I cannot lock into them possilby due to weather?!?!?
I did lock into WETA ok & even got Pax 43 for the first time ever after the software upgrade to my 921.

Question: Does Pax 43 remap to anything else? Also, it did not show its call letters after adding to guide.
post #1688 of 8537
Thread Starter 
Pax 43 could remap to 66.1 and so on.
post #1689 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by eros
So the WTTG-DT feed of the Simpsons has a "narrator" in the background, describing everything like the show is for blind people!

Don't get it on my D* signal..,
yea, what the heck was that? I had to turn it off. Another audio hiccup by WTTG-DT.
post #1690 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by Gerald C
Is anyone else experiencing reception problems with WTTG-DT? For the past several days, my reception has been extremely poor - often no lockup, or unwatchable. This station has never been the strongest for me, but it's usually stable at least.

Gerald C
Fine in Sterling....
post #1691 of 8537
Thread Starter 
The Simpson's Descriptive Video incident was national, there is a thread about it over in the HDTV Programming forum.
post #1692 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by 4HiMarks
I just got my Sammy HLN507W and my Dish 921 hooked up on Wed. I am able to pick up the Baltimore digital stations almost perfectly, but for DC, nada. This is interesting, because I am in Laurel and the DC stations are somewhat closer. According to the 2150 website, most of the DC stations are just under 15 miles to the SW, and the Balt. stations are over 20 miles to the NE.

When I try to tune a DC station the signal strength meter goes from 0 to around 65-70, then immediately changes from locked to unlocked and drops back to zero, all within less than a second. It repeats this cycle over and over. It doesn't seem to matter which station. I am able to pick up their analog brethren OK though.

I'm guessing this might well have something to do with antenna placement as I have a Terk TV44 mounted on my dish on the back (north) side of the house and the peak of my roof is between it and DC. But there are so many other potential causes; e.g. the antenna itself, the signal strength of the stations, and the tuner in my 921 to name a few, I'd like to eliminate as many as possible before spending any more money (or climbing around on my roof in this weather).

Does anyone have any thoughts, suggestions? I have already tried putting an amplifed RS antenna in my front window, but that doesn't seem to make a difference.

-Chris
Chris,
I am also in Laurel and it probably depends on what part of Laurel you live in. Although we are closer to the DC transmitters, I think that the terrain makes the biggest difference.

When I first got my STB, I lived in a development near the intersection of the BW Parkway and route 197. In that situation, I had no problems with DC (I had a UHF yagi on the third floor of my home), but Baltimore was harder to get (I had to mount an antenna on the roof). A couple of years ago, I moved to a home that is probably not even 15 blocks from my previous home, and the reverse is true. I can get Baltimore easily, while DC requires the roof top antenna.

In either event, I'm not much of a fan of the Dish mounted antennas. They are not very directional which makes it harder. You should get a rotor and a directional antenna (UHF yagi or bowtie type). This would probably give you the best signals from both markets.

Also, if you look at the antennaweb.org site, I have found it to be a good predictor since it exactly predicts the experiences I've had between the two homes in terms of DTV reception.

Good luck.
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I live in Spotsylvania, Virginia - near the Spotsylvania Courthouse, and have recently received my Samsung HDTV DirecTV rcvr. I hooked up my large, roof top antenna and tried to tune in ANY HDTV signal with no results at all. A few of the analog DC locals came in, but not clear at all (nothing like digital), but was disappointed that it could not get a good HD signal. I tried the Richmond stations as well to no avail.

I would love some help/suggestions from anyone who lives in the area that I do. Better antenna (the one I have is pretty big and should do the job), amplifiers, BIGGER antenna?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
post #1694 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by CycloneGT
State of the Union was in HDTV on all of the big three networks. Fox even had it in Widescreen. Surprisingly, PBS did not cover it on their HD channels.

CBS was somehow very much the clearest HD. They all had the same pool footage, but CBS was noticably clearer. ABC was 2nd, NBC 3rd, and Fox was 4th.
Interesting. I found out over the weekend that the cameras in House were 720p so ABC which transmits 720p should have been the most accurate. I switched back and forth between ABC and CBS and honestly didn't see a noticeable difference but they both looked very good. Some HD TV's are inherently 1080i and scale 720p down to 540p. That may have been why the CBS picture looked better. I can't wait till FOX goes 720p. That 480p wide-screen is pretty bad.
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Dang, I wish I got to watch it... How did it look to everyone? Excellent??

Bugs Life looked incredible with my Sammy, and JVC 48" - Had some friends over who were astounded.
post #1696 of 8537
I reading about a lot of folks who are trying to get better reception. After waiting for a couple of months to get my antenna put up, the folks I bought it from subcontracted out to a couple of guys who really knew what they were doing. They put the cabash on the antenna, rotor and preamp that I had be sold and put a smaller antenna in my attic with a much smaller preamp (19db boost rather than 60). I'm in Fairfax (almost Centerville) and get all the locals except 20, Baltimore ABC, Fox and PBS and sometimes NBC and CBS as well. I'm completely thrilled and realized that putting antennas up is as much art as science.

I'll put in my shameless plug--if anyone needs help go to www.***************.com and talk to Matt and Dave. They are literally the best two installation folks who have ever come to my house for anything. Five stars!

P.S. Is it just my imagination or do the HD signals carry better on cloudy nights? I hadn't gotten Baltimore 13 until last night, and there it was clear as a bell.
post #1697 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by NickelPickel
I live in Spotsylvania, Virginia - near the Spotsylvania Courthouse, and have recently received my Samsung HDTV DirecTV rcvr. I hooked up my large, roof top antenna and tried to tune in ANY HDTV signal with no results at all. A few of the analog DC locals came in, but not clear at all (nothing like digital), but was disappointed that it could not get a good HD signal. I tried the Richmond stations as well to no avail.

I would love some help/suggestions from anyone who lives in the area that I do. Better antenna (the one I have is pretty big and should do the job), amplifiers, BIGGER antenna?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
I also live in Spotsylvania, over in Lee's Hill North near Massapponax. I am using a CM 4228 with a CM 7777 amp. I have it mounted about 8 ft. above the peak of my roof and am using a rotor. I get all the Richmond stations and most of the D.C. stations.

You said you are getting some analog stations. Sorry, but I have to ask the question...Are you using the digital tuner to try and get the digital stations?
post #1698 of 8537
what audio is everyone getting with Armegeddon tonight???
post #1699 of 8537
2.0 sound and what's up with the OAR when the movie first started it looked great, then it went full screen and dosen't look nearly as good!
post #1700 of 8537
1.77:1 but DD5.1 on WMAR. I wish they were showing OAR too. Oh well.
post #1701 of 8537
I can usually figure out acronyms, but this one has me stumped. What is OAR?

-Chris
post #1702 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by 4HiMarks
I can usually figure out acronyms, but this one has me stumped. What is OAR?

-Chris
Original Aspect Ratio
post #1703 of 8537
OAR=Original Aspect Ratio. The OAR for "Armageddon" was 2.35:1, but ABC was filling the entire 1.77:1 ratio (i.e. 16:9 widescreen) of the image.
post #1704 of 8537
Sorry for the bump, but can anyone do a test of HD/DT CC of WJLA for Jeapody or primetime? I got nothing, and want to confirm before I write an FCC-style letter to them. (My signal sucks....) Thanks!
post #1705 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by NickelPickel
I live in Spotsylvania, Virginia - near the Spotsylvania Courthouse, and have recently received my Samsung HDTV DirecTV rcvr. I hooked up my large, roof top antenna and tried to tune in ANY HDTV signal with no results at all. A few of the analog DC locals came in, but not clear at all (nothing like digital), but was disappointed that it could not get a good HD signal. I tried the Richmond stations as well to no avail.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Your close enough to Richmond to recieve all of their digital broadcasts with a reasonably good outdoor antenna.

Did you aim the antenna at Richmond? What type of antenna did you get?
It needs to have UHF capability. Are you using an amplifier and how is the antenna connected to your reciever?
post #1706 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by NightHawk
Your close enough to Richmond to receive all of their digital broadcasts with a reasonably good outdoor antenna.

Did you aim the antenna at Richmond? What type of antenna did you get?
It needs to have UHF capability. Are you using an amplifier and how is the antenna connected to your receiver?
I have no idea what type of antenna I have since it came with the house when my wife and I bought it a couple of years ago. It is fairly large and roof mounted with a rotor (although the rotor does me no good since the controls went with the previous owner). It has a smaller antenna pointed downward at and angle. The antenna itself is connected externally to my home's wired jacks that are thru out many rooms inside. I have a line connected directly from the wall connection to the rcvr. So, (with a small amount of signal loss) my rcvr is directly connected (via the wall connection) to the antenna. The antenna is pointed as close to Richmond's compass heading (as dictated by antennaweb.org) as possible.

Any suggestions of name/type of antenna to buy and where to find it??
post #1707 of 8537
NickelPickel;
One of the best selling antennas is a Channel Master 4228. I can recieve most of the Richmond stations from about 70 miles away using one. They can be purchased on-line from several places and a simple internet search can find a supplier. It will allow you to recieve all the UHF band which will include all the Richmond digital broadcasts and you can get VHF down to and including channel 7 using it. If you need to below channel 7 you will need a combination VHF/UHF antenna. The downward pointing section you describe sounds like a portion of a UHF section so if thats all there is it may be broken.

One thing you need to determine is if the antenna distribution system you mentioned is splitting your antenna signal and how many times. This can degrade your signal significantly unless you are also using a antenna pre-amplifier.
post #1708 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by NickelPickel
It has a smaller antenna pointed downward at and angle.

Any suggestions of name/type of antenna to buy and where to find it??
Sounds like the UHF portion may not be opened all the way. If you can get to it make sure the "arms" are extended and locked into place.

As far as places to get antennas/preamps Radio Shack has a great return policy and I've also seen them at Lowe's if you want to try something cheap and local.
post #1709 of 8537
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Originally posted by sasha_j
Hey Scott,

How about an update on the Brambleton HDTV situation...
I started a separate thread on Brambleton HDTV:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ght=Brambleton
post #1710 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by NightHawk
One of the best selling antennas is a Channel Master 4228. I can recieve most of the Richmond stations from about 70 miles away using one. They can be purchased on-line from several places and a simple internet search can find a supplier. It will allow you to recieve all the UHF band which will include all the Richmond digital broadcasts and you can get VHF down to and including channel 7 using it. If you need to below channel 7 you will need a combination VHF/UHF antenna. The downward pointing section you describe sounds like a portion of a UHF section so if thats all there is it may be broken.

One thing you need to determine is if the antenna distribution system you mentioned is splitting your antenna signal and how many times. This can degrade your signal significantly unless you are also using a antenna pre-amplifier.
Thanks for the assistance. I do not believe the UHF is broken, it seems pretty rigid, but I can not explain why I can only rcv the analog signal (at reduced reception.) Is it possible to receive signals at 50+ miles away via an interior antenna?? Or would some sort of amplifier help?

Thanks again to all for the help!!
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