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post #151 of 4127
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Originally Posted by waltinvt View Post

Yea I hear ya coach. Where are you in Vt (or NH)? What kind of digital receiver do you have ?

You shouldn't have to run a scan everytime. I just got a Dish 942 (I've been using an 811 but am selling it now) and to check a particular station, all you have to do is use the "add dtv" button and type in the station number, which in this case would be 25.

What kind of signal do you get for VtPBS's digital (at # 24) ?

Anyway, Roger (at WNNE) is keeping me posted and said he will let me know as soon as they're ready to start testing the signal and I will post it here as soon as I know.

Keep the faith. Like I told Roger: "Build it and they will come"

I'm in NH. Claremont to be exact though not that D* knows that

I have a Samsung s-160 or something to that effect. It's a DirecTV receiver and I do have to run a scan everytime. Funny thing about the VT PBS, it appears on my receiver as channel 33-5 rather than 24. I have no idea why that is. I wonder where WNNE's channel will show up as far as channel location. I receive Fox 25 from Boston on channel 25 so I wonder if that will effect where it's located.

As far as signal strength goes, I just switched from a Phillips indoor antenna to a RCA one and now my signal meter says 100% for the PBS HD channel. I would constantly lose signal on the Phillips.
post #152 of 4127
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Originally Posted by Coach Gibbs View Post

I'm in NH. Claremont to be exact though not that D* knows that

I have a Samsung s-160 or something to that effect. It's a DirecTV receiver and I do have to run a scan everytime. Funny thing about the VT PBS, it appears on my receiver as channel 33-5 rather than 24. I have no idea why that is. I wonder where WNNE's channel will show up as far as channel location. I receive Fox 25 from Boston on channel 25 so I wonder if that will effect where it's located.

As far as signal strength goes, I just switched from a Phillips indoor antenna to a RCA one and now my signal meter says 100% for the PBS HD channel. I would constantly lose signal on the Phillips.

Too bad you have to scan everytime. Yea, I just noticed that all 5 VTPBS are now labeled 33-x. That just happened recently. I checked though and they're still picked up by my 811 by entering 24 but listed as 33 for some reason.

You get the digital signal for Fox 25 out of Boston on an indoor antenna !!? - I'm way jealous. How high are you?

I'm in Bradford, Vt , at 800 feet ASL, with a decent view South and South East; just spent $500 on a good rooftop antenna with amp and rotor and can't even get a jiggle for that channel.

I do get (or should say did get with my 811 - haven't tried with my 942 yet) 49% signal readings for 30, 33, 35 and 42 but never a lock. I take that back. I did once get a lock that lasted for a second or two on 42 (Channel 7, WHDH I think).

I also get a consistant %49 with sparadic spikes to 65% for channel 59 (WMUR out of Manchester NH) but it will only lock for a few seconds every once in a while.

I'm hoping power increases in the near future will help.
post #153 of 4127
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Originally Posted by waltinvt View Post

Too bad you have to scan everytime. Yea, I just noticed that all 5 VTPBS are now labeled 33-x. That just happened recently. I checked though and they're still picked up by my 811 by entering 24 but listed as 33 for some reason.

You get the digital signal for Fox 25 out of Boston on an indoor antenna !!? - I'm way jealous. How high are you?

I'm in Bradford, Vt , at 800 feet ASL, with a decent view South and South East; just spent $500 on a good rooftop antenna with amp and rotor and can't even get a jiggle for that channel.

I do get (or should say did get with my 811 - haven't tried with my 942 yet) 49% signal readings for 30, 33, 35 and 42 but never a lock. I take that back. I did once get a lock that lasted for a second or two on 42 (Channel 7, WHDH I think).

I also get a consistant %49 with sparadic spikes to 65% for channel 59 (WMUR out of Manchester NH) but it will only lock for a few seconds every once in a while.

I'm hoping power increases in the near future will help.

I don't get fox 25 with the antenna, I get it through Directv and since I use the same receiver for both signals I thought it might cause a conflict(i'm pretty ignorant as to the specifics of how everything works). I'm like 7 miles from Ascutney VT so that explains why I can such a strong signal on the PBS feed.

I'm surprised you can pick up the southern NH channels. Your way further north than I am and no one I knows can get any signal from them.
post #154 of 4127
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Originally Posted by Coach Gibbs View Post

I don't get fox 25 with the antenna, I get it through Directv and since I use the same receiver for both signals I thought it might cause a conflict(i'm pretty ignorant as to the specifics of how everything works). I'm like 7 miles from Ascutney VT so that explains why I can such a strong signal on the PBS feed.

I'm surprised you can pick up the southern NH channels. Your way further north than I am and no one I knows can get any signal from them.

Sorry, didn't mean to imply I was getting those channels - just some signal activity on them but not enough (except for a couple brief exceptions) to actually lock in. However that was all with my Dish 811 receiver. With the 942 I just got, I no longer get any signal activity on any of those other channels, just the Vt PBS and NH PBS. This surprises me as I heard that the 942 had a better OTA tuner.
post #155 of 4127
Walt, Central Vermont HD Enthusiasts;

Any news on WNNE?

From " devoid of HD in Northern New England"
post #156 of 4127
No HD news on the Adelphia Cable front in Montpelier.
post #157 of 4127
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Originally Posted by vermonter View Post

Walt, Central Vermont HD Enthusiasts;

Any news on WNNE?

From " devoid of HD in Northern New England"

They've been working hard but have also been plagued with many problems & setbacks. Their most recent being microwave and decoder issues. They again thought they we're set to start testing 3 weeks ago but ended up having to order 5 new decoders (which come from UK). They came in last Friday.

I talked with their engineer on Wednsday. He's a real Nascar enthusist like myself and has really been pushing hard to get everything done in time for NBCs first race (which is tonight) but he just told me it's not going to happen in time. He's hoping for maybe sometime next week.

Apparently a lot of their problems (and this is way over my head) are related to getting both the WNNE and WPTZ digital streams tied in with the national NBC digital signal and then microwave it all from Burlington down to Mt. Ascutney along with the analog. I guess it's all caused some unique issues that they hadn't planned on.

I know this sounds like a broken record but it really does sound like we'll see something happening (at both WNNE and WPTZ) very soon.

The part about WPTZ going digital at the same time surprised me because I didn't realize they even had their towers done up on Mt Mansfield. That must mean that the other affiliates will be doing something soon. Any word on that ?
post #158 of 4127
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Originally Posted by waltinvt View Post

They've been working hard but have also been plagued with many problems & setbacks. Their most recent being microwave and decoder issues. They again thought they we're set to start testing 3 weeks ago but ended up having to order 5 new decoders (which come from UK). They came in last Friday.

I talked with their engineer on Wednsday. He's a real Nascar enthusist like myself and has really been pushing hard to get everything done in time for NBCs first race (which is tonight) but he just told me it's not going to happen in time. He's hoping for maybe sometime next week.

Apparently a lot of their problems (and this is way over my head) are related to getting both the WNNE and WPTZ digital streams tied in with the national NBC digital signal and then microwave it all from Burlington down to Mt. Ascutney along with the analog. I guess it's all caused some unique issues that they hadn't planned on.

I know this sounds like a broken record but it really does sound like we'll see something happening (at both WNNE and WPTZ) very soon.

The part about WPTZ going digital at the same time surprised me because I didn't realize they even had their towers done up on Mt Mansfield. That must mean that the other affiliates will be doing something soon. Any word on that ?

I doubt very much that anything is going on on mt mansfield, last I heard they were not going to start construction of the tower until early next year at the earliest.
post #159 of 4127
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Originally Posted by gottahavit View Post

I doubt very much that anything is going on on mt mansfield, last I heard they were not going to start construction of the tower until early next year at the earliest.

I was under the same impression but according to WNNE's Engineer, WPTZ is going digital at the same time. I didn't get all the specific details. Maybe WPTZ has modified their existing analog transmitter location to do digital until the new towers are finished. I don't even know if that's possible.
post #160 of 4127
I don't think WPTZ digital will be broadcast over-the-air for the time being. They will likely just feed the cable company. Their DTV permit on channel 14 is for Mt. Mansfield. If they wanted to broadcast temporarilly on Mt. Terry, they would need to ask the FCC for an STA; they have not done so.

Is anyone in VT able to go up to Mt. Mansfield to see if something is happening? I was told that while the towers would only be going up next year, the cement foundations and the new building would be constructed this year.
post #161 of 4127
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Originally Posted by foxfan View Post

I don't think WPTZ digital will be broadcast over-the-air for the time being. They will likely just feed the cable company. Their DTV permit on channel 14 is for Mt. Mansfield. If they wanted to broadcast temporarilly on Mt. Terry, they would need to ask the FCC for an STA; they have not done so.

Is anyone in VT able to go up to Mt. Mansfield to see if something is happening? I was told that while the towers would only be going up next year, the cement foundations and the new building would be constructed this year.

You're right. I checked back with the WNNE eng and apparently I misunderstood about WPTZ - they are just working on roads and foundations right now and won't be up until next year sometime. Sorry 'bout that.

As for WNNE, the latest as of today is they're working all night tonight to get the signal on microwave and although they're shooting for something this week, it may not be until next week. If I'm reading between the lines correctly, I get a sense that although their engineer is pushing real hard, there are other factors beyond his control that are impeding the whole process.

Just look at us - we're so deprived of HD up here in the sticks we (maybe it's just me) jump on every little bit of information with new hope and get so disappointed when it falls through. Sad I tell ya...sad. :-((((((((
post #162 of 4127
Remember the slogan, "I Want My MTV!"?

I am ready to shout, "I want my DTV!"
post #163 of 4127
ALERT!

I am currently picking up something digital on channel 25, but I'm unable to get a lock. All I get is a reading of about 10 on my HTL-HD.

Is someone in southern Vermont able to see if it is WNNE-DT.

Damn I wish I could get a lock!
post #164 of 4127
I have a antenna reading of 100% for the PBS-HD from Ascutney so I should get a strong signal from WNNE, but as of now there is nothing showing from channel 25 other than the normal Fox 25 SD feed I get from DirecTV. I ran a digital scan and found nothing new. I still have no idea of whether or not having that channel will interfere in me picking up WNNE since I use the D* receiver for OTA as well.
post #165 of 4127
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Originally Posted by marcus51 View Post

No HD news on the Adelphia Cable front in Montpelier.

I just got this message from WPTZ/WNNE about the adelphia feed.

We cleared a major hurdle this week in the technological wonder we've
created to get the signal over to the cable head end.
I am hoping to first get the WNNE Digital Transmitter on the air next week,
then I'll work on getting Adelphia up and running.

Problem is I have a lot of other projects demanding time right now, so
progress is slow... but steady.

If you don't see it there in a month, check back with me.

Thanks for watching...
post #166 of 4127
Just letting you all know that WNNE-DT has been test their digital signal today for channel 25. I don't have all the details yet but I did pick up channels 31-1, 31-3, 31-4 & 31-5 when I did a scan (they come through on channel 25 and register as the 31x stations)

I won't really have time to fool with them until later but wanted to let you people know. Their engineer did say they would be down for a while later today (aprox 1pm to 3pm) and then (I assume) back up.

I don't know when NBC starts their HD lineup but I assume prime time will be a better time to see how their PQ's going to be.

Post your feedback here.

WaltinVt
post #167 of 4127
RE WNNE

Thanks Walt. Just did a quick scan (4pm) here in Manchester, NH and nothing. Probably still down? Analog 31 I do get w/some snow and was curious whether I would receive the digital signal.
post #168 of 4127
It's on here. Thanks for keeping us updated Walt.
post #169 of 4127
I checked the channel(s) out last night(during primetime) but didn't see any HD. Guess they haven't gotten that far yet or they can't get it working. The PQ of the digital channel is mediocre on my TV.
post #170 of 4127
Thread Starter 
Are you still getting 57-1, 57-2? Even my analog 57 doesnt come in? Everything else is ok?

any help please...
post #171 of 4127
There was a note on Mountain Lake PBS' website explaining that the analog feed will be down for the week as they change the transmitter. They intend to keep the digital signal up during most of this time. They also gave directions to cable companies to rent DTV set-top-boxes in order to continue to provide the signal to subscribers.

One thing I noticed is that WCFE-DT 38 appears to come in STRONGER when WCFE-TV 57 is down.
post #172 of 4127
Thread Starter 
FoxFan: Where are you located exctly? I'm in Greenfield Park near the hospital, and my 57-1, 57-2 are very weak. At the same time 3,5,22, 33, 44 are near perfect? Any ideas why???


thanks
post #173 of 4127
It was mentioned in an earlier press release that the power on WCFE-DT might be reduced when people would be in the tower. I haven't checked today.
post #174 of 4127
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Originally Posted by Coach Gibbs View Post

I checked the channel(s) out last night(during primetime) but didn't see any HD. Guess they haven't gotten that far yet or they can't get it working. The PQ of the digital channel is mediocre on my TV.

Yea, I noticed that too. Apparently they're having problems with the Plattsburg switcher. I checked with their engineer and below is what he emailed me:


"Walt,
....... I am working with the guys in plattsburgh to get the switching from SD to HD working reliably so they can switch to network HD feed more reliably. It will be ready soon, if I have to go up myself. The Heineken sounds good.

Thanks for your feedback and patience. Keep in touch."


Sounds like they're working on it and may have at least the switch to HD fixed soon.

I'll post more as I get it.

WaltinVt
post #175 of 4127
I expect most of you in the area have noticed that WNNE-DT is up and running on channel 25 (31-1) but is not passing on any HD yet.

Apparently the problem involves the switching equipment at the Plattsburg (WPTZ) office and if I understand it correctly, their equipment needs to be updated or replaced.

Everything's up and running at Mt Ascutney and I'm getting a very strong signal up here in Bradford but of course none of NBC's HD is being passed through.

Now this is just speculation on my part but I think the WNNE people have done all they can at their end and it's the Plattsburg / Burlington end that's not doing their part. Again, I have not been told that - I'm just reading between the lines so to speak.

Anyway, I think it might help for all of us waiting for HD in this area to contact them and let them know we're out here.

I've got this bad feeling that if they think there's no HD viewer base out here, they may not bother with this until the Mt Mansfield towers are ready.

As I understand it, WNNE's ready to send out a strong HD signal now if Plattsburg will just flip the switch.

I don't have a name or contact info for Plattsburg, so if one of you do, please post it.

We've gotten this close, I hate to see it get stalled now.

WaltinVt
post #176 of 4127
Yeah it's been kinda a tease them having the digital singal up but no HD. Not that I'm into anything that is on NBC anyway but it would be nice to get anymore HD. So if someone comes up with the contact info I'd be glad to write in as well.
post #177 of 4127
I still don't have a direct contact yet for WPTZ but did try emailing through the WPTZ web site:

http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/index.html

and also called the Hearst-Argyle HQ in NY and talked to a very nice lady who said she'd persue it with that department.

Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc.
888 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10106
Tel: (212) 887-6800
Fax: (212) 887-6875
post #178 of 4127
so has anyone with an HD TIVIO gotten this signal setup? I've tried but I'm not sure I'm doing it right or if I just have zero chance getting a signal here in vergennes.
post #179 of 4127
Received this update today. Hope Joe doesn't mind if I post it here.

Marc

We are all working hard to get out HDTV systems up and running!

WNNE-HD (Ch 25) on Mr Ascutney went on the air last Monday and IS
transmitting in HD.

We have not yet reached an agreement with Adelphia to carry that signal
yet.

WPTZ-DT (Ch 14) on Mt Mansfield is still under construction (are are
ALL of
the Burlington stations as we will all be located on Mt Mansfield). The
current plan is for them to go on the air late next summer or early
next
fall. At this time they are running ahead of the construction schedule
but
bad weather or more holdups by the State Of Vt could delay the entire
time
line.

In any case, it shouldnt be too much longer!

Thanks for writing.


Joe Krone

Operations Manager
WPTZ TV (Ch 05) Burlington VT - Plattsburgh NY
WPTZ DT (Ch 14) Burlington VT - Plattsburgh NY
WNNE TV (Ch 31) Hartford VT - Hanover NH
WNNE DT (Ch 25) Hartford VT - Hanover NH
post #180 of 4127
I don't know whatb the hell that guy is talking about. WNNE hasn't broadcast one single thing in HD.
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