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post #151 of 3205
I have never actually seen this except when I first turn on my CRT projector and its pretty cold. But, five minutes of warmup and its gone.
post #152 of 3205
Strangest thing is it's only on WSB with SD broadcasts. Not a warm-up thing since it happens most of the time. It's got my mind bogged down in a troubleshooting loop. I don't have any way to isolate the problem so I can't fix it.

CW
Wife wonders why I fret about such trivial things...
post #153 of 3205
How do I join this Atlanta HT group? I might even host a meeting if I knew how many people normally come to an event like this. My wife thinks I am a SICK PUPPY because I have spent $50,000 on my home entertainment systems. I don't fish or hunt and you can spend alot on those hobbies so at least she gets to enjoy my PASSION. Also, I have no problems picking up 2-1, 5-1, 11-1, 19-1, 30-1 and 46-1 but I don't get channel 21. Is my 30-1 the same as 21?
post #154 of 3205
plasmamaniac, are you running into a problem joining the local group? Send me a PM and I can manually create you an account if you wish.
post #155 of 3205
I turned on WSB late last night when I got home from work & saw it as well.

Definitely looks like some random line of data in the vertical blanking that's not supposed to be there...
post #156 of 3205
OH THANK GOD!
sorry you have the "glitch" too but, nobody else had seen it I was thinking it was on my end...
Now...who do we know at WSB?...
CW
post #157 of 3205
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Originally posted by Wakey
Take the Terk back & get one of the Winegards I listed and pocket well over 100 bucks.

I have yet to hear a positive review of anything Terk makes.

Perhaps you haven't seen my post. I am receiving ALL Atlanta digital channels in Alpharetta using Terk TV-55 without a glitch.
post #158 of 3205
TheFerret, where do you go to join? What info do you need? Also. I had Cliff Sheppard of Atlanta Antenna do mine and he did a great job. He put a Channel Master GainMaster 36 X 24 inch Directv dish up with a 5 X 8 multiswitch which has given me better signal strength and is great for rainfade. I hardly ever notice rainfade anymore so the larger footprint must be doing the job. I have a CM 3677 antenna with a CM 0064 Amp and a CM 9521 Rotator. I may install the Radio Shack attenuator to reduce the signal strength going into the HD Tivo HR10-250 because the OTA is very sensitive and has a very small window that it likes for signal strength. You can back it off a couple of dbs at a time to see if it helps the unit pick up OTA channels. I have mine mounted on the roof because being in the attic just didn't cut it. I was in the 60s and went 10 feet up on the roof off of my chimney and I am in the high 90s. I love the rotator because when I go from one channel to the next it dials in the proper angle and I get great reception. If you go on the roof and can afford it I think it is well worth the money. I also use it to tweak my settings if there are clouds, rain etc and it seems to help. See my Profile if you care to see what A/V equipment I have.
post #159 of 3205
Sorry for respondnig late. I work second shift (I'm at work right now).

Go here and register accordingly. I got, and responded, to your PM, but I wasn't sure what moniker on that forum you wished to use.
post #160 of 3205
Quick update... Finally got WSB-DT. Funniest thing how I got it.

I had about 10 extra feet of RG6 in the attic so I cut it out, rebooted the RCA receiver, did a channel scan and there to my surpise was WSB-DT!!

I am now getting all the major networks out of Atlanta in HD. ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, WTBS, WB, UPN, and PBS. All have a signal level of 80% or better.

Not bad considering I am about 30 miles from the towers, have 100 foot tall hardwoods about 50 feet from the Winegard non-amplified "Bat Wing" antenna which is mounted on my roof right next to the DirecTV dish.

Next purchase... HD Tivo. I almost have the green light from the wife too. The more and more she watches HD the more and more I hear "I wish I could record in HD!" I imagine we'll have one ordered within a couple weeks.
post #161 of 3205
Quote:


Originally posted by DSS AJ
Quick update... Finally got WSB-DT. Funniest thing how I got it.

I had about 10 extra feet of RG6 in the attic so I cut it out, rebooted the RCA receiver, did a channel scan and there to my surpise was WSB-DT!!

Might have had a bad f-connector, 10' of RG-6 would doubtfull give you back even .5db of gain. Then again OTA reception is certainly a black art.

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Not bad considering I am about 30 miles from the towers, have 100 foot tall hardwoods about 50 feet from the Winegard non-amplified "Bat Wing" antenna which is mounted on my roof right next to the DirecTV dish.

Hope you are right, but I wouldn't get too excited until it is there consistantly. I remember being thrilled at suddenly getting 46.1 the night before a Bulldogs game and then feeling like an idiot when the signal was DOA at game time.

At your close distance, you ought to upgrade your antenna for more reliable reception. The ATL DTV group has a loaner 4228 you could try.
post #162 of 3205
Quote:
Originally posted by plasmamaniac
TheFerret, where do you go to join? What info do you need? Also. I had Cliff Sheppard of Atlanta Antenna do mine and he did a great job. He put a Channel Master GainMaster 36 X 24 inch Directv dish up with a 5 X 8 multiswitch which has given me better signal strength and is great for rainfade. I hardly ever notice rainfade anymore so the larger footprint must be doing the job. I have a CM 3677 antenna with a CM 0064 Amp and a CM 9521 Rotator. I may install the Radio Shack attenuator to reduce the signal strength going into the HD Tivo HR10-250 because the OTA is very sensitive and has a very small window that it likes for signal strength. You can back it off a couple of dbs at a time to see if it helps the unit pick up OTA channels. I have mine mounted on the roof because being in the attic just didn't cut it. I was in the 60s and went 10 feet up on the roof off of my chimney and I am in the high 90s. I love the rotator because when I go from one channel to the next it dials in the proper angle and I get great reception. If you go on the roof and can afford it I think it is well worth the money. I also use it to tweak my settings if there are clouds, rain etc and it seems to help. See my Profile if you care to see what A/V equipment I have.

Plasma,
With the CM Rotator do you get WTBS witha any kind of good steady signal strength? WTBS an PAX are the only channels I really have problems with here in Fayetteville. Not really worried about PAX, but TBS would be nice to lock in.
Have a good one...

jb
post #163 of 3205
I highly recommend the rotator as I am getting WTBS at 95% signal strength and you can come over and see my setup if you would like. PM me if you want to cruise by. When I scanned for my channels I pickup up PAX but right now I am getting no signal strength.
post #164 of 3205
Quote:
Originally posted by plasmamaniac
I highly recommend the rotator as I am getting WTBS at 95% signal strength and you can come over and see my setup if you would like. PM me if you want to cruise by. When I scanned for my channels I pickup up PAX but right now I am getting no signal strength.

I may have to do that- I'll just have to find a good day to swing by.
Thanks for the info and the invite...
later,
jb
post #165 of 3205
Got this response today from WSB regarding my annoying glitch in their digital transmission:

"Thanks for alerting me to this. I hadn't noticed it before. We worked on it today but only managed to move it more to the right of center. Actually, where it's more objectionable. We're going to have to call our encoder technical support for more help. Again thanks for letting me know.

Gene Faulkner
Director of Engineering.
WSB-TV
Atlanta, GA 30309-"

Interesting that nobody at the station noticed this since it was driving me crazy BUT at least they're working on it AND they admitted it was there! Nice also that Mr. Faulkner found time to respond to me.

Cory
post #166 of 3205
That is truly amazing. It's like they don't know what's going on or they are not monitoring it and what does that say for their senior management who is only looking at statistics.
post #167 of 3205
Quote:


Originally posted by plasmamaniac
That is truly amazing. It's like they don't know what's going on or they are not monitoring it and what does that say for their senior management who is only looking at statistics.

Squeakiest wheel gets the grease. The blob did move to the right, I saw it tonight.
post #168 of 3205
I do not doubt for a minute the local affiliates have 'talent' issues in the control room and in their engineering room. Its why I would take the national feeds over the locals in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, FCC says otherwise.
post #169 of 3205
OK -

I'm still struggling with my reception issues. Will a preamp help me, or am I resigned to either:

(a) trying another antenna (now have CM4228)

or

(b) moving the antenna from the attic to the roof (same concerns as everyone else - steep pitch)

Thanks...
post #170 of 3205
I would definitely go with the CM4228 and an amp, it did wonders for my reception. I also had a CM rotator which is great for dialing in stations, then fine tuning it due to weather etc. I get all stations in the mid 90s.
post #171 of 3205
I had directv install an OTA antenna over the summer for my HD TIVO as a part of the Samsung receiver deal. The first antenna was never able to receive a signal of any type on either receiver. I called directv and they sent out a technician who replaced the antenna. Now I can only get one station (WXIA channel 11 in Atlanta) digitally on the HD TIVO. The other stations come in fine via analog using the Sammy receiver but none come in digitally. I believe both antennas were square shooters. When I check the digital signal strength meter, I get partial signals on a number of stations.

The installation technician says I am on the back side of a hill and that is why I cannot get the digital signals. I am not sure that is true. Any suggestions? What can I do?

post #172 of 3205
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Originally posted by timmernator
OK -

I'm still struggling with my reception issues. Will a preamp help me, or am I resigned to either:

(a) trying another antenna (now have CM4228)

or

(b) moving the antenna from the attic to the roof (same concerns as everyone else - steep pitch)

Thanks...

Speaking from experience, (alot of time spent on my roof)- if you are having reception issues, a roof mount should help tremendously. Unless you are just in a really bad area as far as location, I think the roof mount is your best bet. I first tried an attic install, and was getting nothing. Then bit the bullet, bought a couple of masts, and a chimney install kit, and never looked back.
I get everything now except for PAX (no biggy), with very good reception- even CBS. WTBS is a little shaky at times, but again no big deal for me.
That's my $.02...
Good luck,

jb
post #173 of 3205
When an antenna is in an attic it really cuts down on signal strength. If it works fine but if it doesn't and mine didn't and Cliff from Atlanta Antenna swore that it would I put it as high on my chimney as I could, put an amp on it and a rotator, cut down some trees and now I am getting everything in the mid 90s and I was only getting 2 or 3 channels in the attic.
post #174 of 3205
Man, CBS was good all day today that I checked (70-76 signal strength) but after half time in the georgia florida game, the signal had been dropping every few seconds. Our sony grand wega is showing spikes from 76 down to the 40's. Anyone else experiencing this, or is it localized to me?
post #175 of 3205
joeld100: Same problem here. I don't depend on the WGCL-DT feed. I know it's always touch and go. My WSB-DT feed has been touch and go this weekend as well.

CBS 46... Awful is the only word. It's funny though, leading upto the game the feed was fine (non HD of course, but pre-game was perfect on 46-1 and 19-1 for me). I've e-mailed them several times, never get a response.

Guess that's what we can expect from a small station trying to operate in a big market.
post #176 of 3205
That's funny because I don't have any problems with 46-1 for the game. I have dialed in the strongest signal with my channel master rotator but it must be due to my location in Peachtree City.
post #177 of 3205
I always have a problem with CBS's 46-1. I have never watched a game where it did not either have signal dropout, and complete loss of HD feed, etc.
post #178 of 3205
You're welcome to come to Peachtree City and see my reception. I have an OTA antenna mounted about 15 feet above my 2 story roorline with an amp and a rotator so I can dial in the exact antenna direction that gives me the strongest signal. I could just be lucky or I may just have a great setup, I don't know.
post #179 of 3205
Oh, I do not doubt your situation. Also, I have stated I am running ampless and with the CM4228 in an attic. I just found their spotty reception during football games strange. Its almost like they deliberately do something to weaken the signal. I have never lost a signal during other HD events I've watched on their station.
post #180 of 3205
Sometimes I have found out that they do maintenance on Saturdays, go and figure this one out. I have called the station and talked to an engineer who said they were working on the antenna and they were waiting for some equipment to upgrade their equipment. Can you put your antenna on the roof? I would buy and amp first and try that. Channels 2, 5 and 11 are in about the same location for me but channel 46 is at a different antenna direction which is why when I tune to channel 46 I first dial in channel 46 on my rotator by entering 46 and the antenna moves to that directional location which is stored in memory and then I dial in channel 46 on my STB remote or my HD Tivo and I then pull in and lock onto a strong signal. Sometimes if I select it via my Guide I don't lock in the station and get "Searching for signal". Then if I do channel up to another station and then channel down back to channel 46 or 11 I then lock onto the station and get a picture. That's strange and it took me a while to figure it out.
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