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post #241 of 2195
I called wdsi today and was hopeing to speak to the cheif eng. PATRICK MOTLEY, but the girl that answered the phone was quite rude and put me on hold but after a period of holding on with no response i just hung up. I don't belive the signal is true digitial; more like analog.
post #242 of 2195
My recently purchased HDTV receiver and antenna are in transit. I chose the Samsung SIR-T451 and Zenith ZHDTV1....wish me luck. I live in North Chattanooga and I'm up quite a bit but not at the top of the hill. I have direct line of sight to Missionary Ridge but not to Lookout Mountain or Signal Mountain.

I've been lurking this forum and have used your comments and ideas to make the leap. And, I got tired of waiting on Comcast and Direct TV.... so I chose OTA and the chance to live dangerously.

Stay tuned....
post #243 of 2195
I am getting WDSI-DT in Jasper, TN just fine.
post #244 of 2195
Hey Guys..... I sent an email to Fox network (not WDSI). I'm trying to bypass guys at WDSI and sent an email. Here it is.......

"Hello, my name is ********, and I am located in Chattanooga, TN. We have Fox61(WDSI) and they did not start transmitting their digital signal until last week (Oct. 2, 2005). I wanted to express my disappointment with their services. The MLB playoffs have started and the advertisements claim that the games are being broadcast in High Definition, however here in Chattanooga we are only getting Standard Definition broadcasts. I know that Fox owns coverage rights to the American League and National League Championship Series, the World Series, as well as several NFL games this year, and it is a shame that we wont be able to see them in High Definition. Here is a link to a respectable forum in which people in the Chattanooga area express their HDTV findings/opinions and it appears that several people have tried getting in touch with the engineers from WDSI and have either been told false information or have had their emails/calls unanswered. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ht=chattanooga

I hope this email will let the Fox corporation as a whole know how HDTV lovers in Chattanooga are being neglected, and it is in our high hopes that you will please get this situation fixed as soon as possible. Thank you very much. "

I will let you know the response. Maybe if we start complaining to people with more authority, we might see some change.
post #245 of 2195
I am using an LG LST 4200-A receiver with a Winegard Squareshooter antenna. I am located in Red Bank. HD reception for channel 3 was fine until they started carrying the weather "sub-channel". Now, digital channel 3 is not detected at all by the receiver (not even when you run auto-scan to add new channels). Any thoughts/suggestions?
post #246 of 2195
I have recently installed the Samsung SIR-T451 (using a single-link DVI-D to DVI-D cable to my HDTV) and the Zenith ZHDTV1 antenna . I live in North Chattanooga and per this forum I used the antenna guide on "checkhd" to pick the type of antenna for my address, thus the Zenith ZHDTV1 a.k.a. "Silver Sensor" indoor antenna.

Right now, I'm only getting WTVC, WDSI, and the WB (all coming in strong) and that's all. And not even a bad or low signal for the others (NBC, CBS, WTCI).

It appears (per the anntena giude) that all three local networks NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS (WTCI) are broadcasting from the same general area from atop Signal Mountain. So why am I not getting the others?

What are my optons for the existing equipment? What are my options in general?

Thanks.
post #247 of 2195
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Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post

I have recently installed the Samsung SIR-T451 (using a single-link DVI-D to DVI-D cable to my HDTV) and the Zenith ZHDTV1 antenna . I live in North Chattanooga and per this forum I used the antenna guide on "checkhd" to pick the type of antenna for my address, thus the Zenith ZHDTV1 a.k.a. "Silver Sensor" indoor antenna.

Right now, I'm only getting WTVC, WDSI, and the WB (all coming in strong) and that's all. And not even a bad or low signal for the others (NBC, CBS, WTCI).

It appears (per the anntena giude) that all three local networks NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS (WTCI) are broadcasting from the same general area from atop Signal Mountain. So why am I not getting the others?

What are my optons for the existing equipment? What are my options in general?

Thanks.

Get it higher. I had to move mine to the attic to get all the stations.
post #248 of 2195
I have a Dish Network 942 receiver and use a Channel Master antenna in my attic with a +10db pre-amp on it. I live in the Ooltewah/Collegedale area and can receive WRCB, WTVC, WDEF and WFLI with good signal strengths. I cannot receive WDSI.

I have sent numerous emails to WDSI, the station manager, the chief engineer and the parent company (Pegasus Communications?). The only response that I've received stated that WDSI would begin broadcasting a digital signal in August, but they had no plans to broadcast in High Definition.

I just wanted to go on record with the rest of you and publically state my severe disgust with the idiotic management of our local Fox affiliate. I could live with waiting a year to watch "24" on DVD, but the sports programming that we are missing is unacceptable!!!!

I wrote a letter to the editor at the TimesFreePress, but it was not published. Maybe if others tried that approach, we could bring public attention to this issue.
post #249 of 2195
Try rescanning for WDSI as I'm picking them up in Ooltewah now.
post #250 of 2195
Is digital OTA like Sat in that the weather affects the signal?

Today, the first clear and sunny day since my new installation (Friday, October 7) and I'm receiving all six digital channels NBC (HD and Weather +), CBS (HD), ABC (DT and HD), Fox (DT), PBS (4 HD channels), and WB (DT). However, it does require moving around my indoor antenna and not all channels are 80%.

Everyday seems to get better and better
post #251 of 2195
I'm not sure about your weather question, but I have my directional antenna pointing at signal mountain and I'm picking them all up without having to maneuver the antenna at all. And no, I'm not getting them all at 80% and above but they all come in clear.
post #252 of 2195
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Originally Posted by wmessin View Post

Try rescanning for WDSI as I'm picking them up in Ooltewah now.


Ok--that worked. Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, now I have a poor quality digital version of their broadcast.

Why don't they broadcast an HD signal? (I am still disgusted by their incompetence!) :-)
post #253 of 2195
WDSI Broadcast video is the poorest in chattanooga.. I have local channels from directv and it is still lousy video. I get a better video quality from the analog channel than i do on the digital channels. I called them today and asked when we could expect hd the lady that answered the phone said it would be soon; i told her that was what they told us 4 months ago. I also sent an e-mail to fox brodcasting and told them that wdsi was giving us the run around. Doubt it will do any good but a least it it a place to complain.
post #254 of 2195
does any one have the vhf/uhf frequencies for chattanooga hdtv stations? I have a CATV meter that does frequency readout also. Would make mulitple antennea alignment easier.

Thanks
post #255 of 2195
Here are the digital channel #'s

WTCI-DT 29 560Mhz
WTVC-DT 35 596Mhz
WDSI-DT 40 626Mhz
WFLI-DT 42 638Mhz
WRCB-DT 13 210Mhz
WDEF-DT 47 668Mhz
WELF-DT 16 482Mhz
post #256 of 2195
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmessin View Post

I'm not sure about your weather question, but I have my directional antenna pointing at signal mountain and I'm picking them all up without having to maneuver the antenna at all. And no, I'm not getting them all at 80% and above but they all come in clear.

The weather question is this: does weather affect the OTA signal? An employee at Best Buy told me yes it does....

I'm in North Chatt which is <10 miles from the broadcast sources on Signal Mountain. So, I have to manuver my indoor directional antenna (move a foot and point out a different window) to receive the signals. Still, my goal would be to "optimize" signal strength with the equipment I have.
post #257 of 2195
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post

The weather question is this: does weather affect the OTA signal? An employee at Best Buy told me yes it does....


Weather can affect it, but not like satellite signals. You may lose a few points in the signal strength or have a momentary picture breakup, but you won't just outright lose a signal.
post #258 of 2195
Quote:
Originally Posted by maharg18 View Post

Here are the digital channel #'s

WTCI-DT 29 560Mhz
WTVC-DT 35 596Mhz
WDSI-DT 40 626Mhz
WFLI-DT 42 638Mhz
WRCB-DT 13 210Mhz
WDEF-DT 47 668Mhz
WELF-DT 16 482Mhz


thanks for the info.
post #259 of 2195
Not only is digital reception affected by weather like rain/snow/clouds..... it is also affected by atmospheric conditions. Check it out....

http://home.cogeco.ca/~dxinfo/tropo.html
post #260 of 2195
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dieselhum View Post

Not only is digital reception affected by weather like rain/snow/clouds..... it is also affected by atmospheric conditions. Check it out....

http://home.cogeco.ca/~dxinfo/tropo.html


great link, thanks!
post #261 of 2195
Can anyone list the channels for me?

For example my HD tuner in my Hitachi picks up 12-1 for CBS and yes I'm still getting ESPN HD on 74-1. Can anyone list the other stations? I know a PBS HD station is 88-1. I don't know of any others at this time. Can someone help with the other stations?
post #262 of 2195
Well WDSI is not transmitting a digital signal anymore. We were certainly privileged to have had it for those two weeks.
post #263 of 2195
Quote:
Originally Posted by esaletnik View Post

Well WDSI is not transmitting a digital signal anymore. We were certainly privileged to have had it for those two weeks.

I was just about to ask about this. Glad it's not just me. Pissed that WDSI doesn't have a clue.
post #264 of 2195
For my part they can stay off for ever. The video quality they were transmitting was not worth watching. This goes for ch. 61 local on Directtv Sat.
post #265 of 2195
The SportsCenter recaps on ESPN-HD that use Fox footage look fantastic! It would be nice to see the NFL in High Definition on Fox, but that would be asking too much I suppose...Why should they bother with HD--isn't it just a passing fad? :-)

They used to have a "Fox-61 Kid's Club", maybe we could start a "We hate Fox-61 because they don't have a clue about HD club!"
post #266 of 2195
Hey Guys, I have a Channel Master 3020 Deep Fringe Antenna sittin here and I need to get rid of it.. it is in great shape and I have all the hardware. It is just too big to e-bay it. So if you are in the Chattanooga Area and would like to buy it.... I am asking $50 for it. I can meet you somewhere for the exchange. Thanx guys!!!

here is the antenna..

http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_disp...oom=zoom#xview
post #267 of 2195
This may be a stupid question but, does an amplifier increase the signal to the OTA receiver? Specifically, I live on the back side of Big Ridge (in Hixson) and amazingly enough I receive all the local stations with a reading of about 80% to 90% except for WTVC. It seems to jump around a lot and will fall below the 50% range quite often. I'm running a Radio Shack OTA receiver (inexpensive, but impressive tuner) and an attic antenna. I have it aimed directly toward the towers (although the ridge is in the way). Would an amplifier help my signal?
post #268 of 2195
an amplifier isn't gonna hurt you I wouldn't think. Go to radio shack, lowes, etc. and buy a simple signal amplifier and plug it in and see what you get. if WTVC is still a problem, return the amplifier and get your money back.
post #269 of 2195
I got an e-mail from Dennis Brown the chief eng. at wtvc he stated that they are transmitting a 200kw now but when thier tower team comes home from work in the gulf(katrnia work) they will install the new antenna on the tower and then they will be transmitting at 575 kw, don't know if this will help anyone but just thought i would pass it along
post #270 of 2195
Finally got an e-mail from Patrick motely wdsi chief eng. today he said they were transmiting full power digital and the reason for thier delays was parts delay. But hd is still in thier future plans so i guess we will have to be satisfied with digital for now.He stated they will try to improve the video and audio on the digital transmission. His tel. number and fax number which was included in the e-mail are 423-386-2361 and fax 423-265-3636. I encourage everyone in the chattanooga hd avs forum to call or send him a fax to get them to provide hd or improve thier digital video ; which in my opinion is not even as good as analog.
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