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post #3661 of 3703
Has anyone had any problems getting channel 6 out of Richmond lately? It's been gone off my set for the past week or more. I think I will email them and see if they are having transmitter problems.
post #3662 of 3703
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Originally Posted by franklin2 View Post

Has anyone had any problems getting channel 6 out of Richmond lately? It's been gone off my set for the past week or more. I think I will email them and see if they are having transmitter problems.
WTVR should be back to normal in a few days.

http://www.timesdispatch.com/entertainment-life/music-movies-tv/television/antenna-repairs-interrupted-area-tv-stations-broadcast-signals/article_37a51e71-53a0-5841-907b-5a8c47818b45.html
post #3663 of 3703

Thanks for that link. I did email them and got a nice response from their Chief Engineer.

In early March WRIC’s antenna suffered a failure. A tower crew from California as well as RF consultants has been brought in to address this situation. How does this impact WTVR’s signal? We, along with WRIC, WRLH and WCVE (Public Broadcasting) are on the same tower. The good news for us is on top of the tower there are two antennas. One antenna houses WRIC, WRLH and WCVW, the other antenna, which was not damaged, supports WTVR and WCVE. While there was no damage to our antenna, because of the required repairs to WRIC’s antenna the entire “assembly” on top of the tower must be taken to the ground for repair. All TV stations (WRIC, WRLH, WCVE, WCVW and WTVR) affiliated with the tower are now operating on temporary antennas at lower power. Consequently, some over the air viewers in marginal reception areas may not be able to receive our signal at this time. The expectation is WTVR and WCVE will return to normal transmission by Thursday, April 11th. We sincerely apologize to those affected for this disruption of programming.



Regards,



Roger Katchen

Chief Engineer


I didn't know so many stations relied on the one tower location. A few weeks ago I had lost channel 35 Fox and channel 8. Now they are back on, but soon after I lost channel 6 which I watch a lot. I also lost 57, but it's weak most of the time anyway and I didn't think about it much. Now I also know why I don't get 23 anymore, but I wasn't too worried since I still get 41 which is a exact copy of 23.

These station guys are pretty friendly. Most professionals seem to be too busy to mess with ordinary people. This is the second time I have emailed a station engineer and got a nice timely response(the other time was channel 35 a couple of weeks ago). I thought they might comment on how far away i am from their stations, but apparently it must not be uncommon for their signal to be picked up over 100 miles away.
post #3664 of 3703
The Staunton area has pretty good signal from the Richmond stations due to knife-edge diffraction, so it's probably not a surprise that you're receiving it.

I've also found most station engineers, if you can get to them, are pretty friendly and willing to explain things.

- Trip
post #3665 of 3703
I just got another email from channel 6. Seems things are not going well, and it looks complicated with all the other stations being affected. Hopefully they will get it all straightened out eventually. I appreciated how they tell you exactly what happened, nuts and bolts literally are holding things up.

Dear Sir/Madam,



You are receiving this email because of a previous inquiry that you made to WTVR-CBS 6 regarding your loss of signal. There has been an update to the antenna repair completion date that we would like to make you aware of.



Based on the daily feedback WTVR has been receiving from the tower crews working on site in Chesterfield County, we were of the belief that those affected OTA (Over The Air) viewers would regain WTVR's signal by today, Thursday, April 11th. Unfortunately, when the antenna was dismounted yesterday, two issues arose: First, in disassembling the antenna, several NASA standard bolts cracked. New bolts have been ordered, but this has created a delay. Secondly, a specialized portable wench that is specifically designed for this type of project suffered hydraulic problems and is currently being repaired.



Because of these latest developments, WTVR is now being informed by the technicians on site that their "project completion date" will be pushed back by one week. That date is Friday, April 19th. We are hopeful it will be sooner, but from the station's perspective our goal is to be more conservative with this estimate in order to meet expectations and in providing this date it should be noted that it is dependent upon the weather and the near future circumstances at the site.



WTVR understands the negative impact on viewers not being able to receive CBS 6 programming at our current temporary lower power level. For OTA viewers, WTVR and WCVE will be back at full power when this phase of the repair is expected to be completed next week. It is also of note that WRIC, WRLH and WCVW will by necessity remain at their low power level throughout the duration of this complex repair, possibly lasting for several months. We sincerely apologize and want to reemphasize we are doing all we can to resolve the situation as soon as possible.



Sincerely,



Stephen



Stephen P. Hayes

General Manager

WTVR-TV, CBS 6

3301 W. Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23230




LLD
post #3666 of 3703
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

wildwillie I like your avatar. Looks like an original Channel Master 4248 UHF Diamond antenna.

Yes, that's right, and it's a great antenna. Below it now I have an Antennacraft VHF-only yagi and a CM 3010, both of those aimed at particular stations. But the ol' 4248 is the king of the stack. smile.gif
post #3667 of 3703
Channel 6 has been back up for over a week now, we are back in business it seems. 23 is coming in now too, and 35 seems to be ok, though it was having problems earlier in the week. I still can't get 57 yet, but that was a hard one to receive anyway. It's more difficult in warmer weather it seems.

I now have a new project waiting in the wings to supplement my over-the-air system. I am going to revive my old C-band 8ft dish and get a FTA receiver. I am surprised how many channels are up there, and the low cost of the equipment to get them. We'll see.
post #3668 of 3703
Did they ever get PBS channel 57 going in Richmond? I try every once in awhile and it never has come back since the transmitter trouble they had. I usually punch in 44, which is what channel 57 is.
post #3669 of 3703
I live in Waynesboro and tried out a new antenna today (LAVAHD2605) and am able to pick up about 30 different stations (mostly out of DC). The issue I have is I can not get an ABC affiliate which seems really odd as WHSV3 was the one station I figured would be a lock to have. Confounding me even more is that I am able to pick up WSVF (Valley's Fox, and The V CBS) which is broadcast from Massanutten Mountain which is also where WHSV's tower is located. Any ideas why this would be and any tips to fix it?
post #3670 of 3703
The Lava antennas are pretty poor quality, from what I've heard.

But WHSV does not come from Massanutten, as WSVF-CD and W30CT-D do. It is available to you either from Elliot Knob (where WVPT is) or from Short Horse Mountain northeast of Harrisonburg. Without knowing precisely where you are, it is hard to say how best to get it. Can you plug your location into tvfool.com and provide us the bolded link so we can see what it looks like at your location?

- Trip
post #3671 of 3703
post #3672 of 3703
It looks like you would have a much easier time with the Elliot Knob signal of WHSV, but you'd likely have to aim your antenna right at Staunton to see it. It's broadcasting at a relatively low power of 0.5 kW from that location.

- Trip
post #3673 of 3703
Has anyone else been experiencing the same issue I am? See Below:

I have lost all access to the 30.X channels. I have used multiple antennas on various HD tvs with internal turners but they all show the signal quality being at least 60% for the 30.X channels but there is no picture. I am stumped.

Thanks
post #3674 of 3703
Same here. I've gotten no 30.xx for the last 2 days. Not sure why but until the rain stops, I'm not heading on to the roof. 3.xx, 43.xx and 51.xx are all good.
post #3675 of 3703
If more than one person are having the same issue, then it's possible it could be the station. I'm sure 29Guy is reading and will get someone to look at it. I know right when W30CT-D went on the air there was an issue with some people only seeing 30.1 and not 30.2 or 30.3. Turned out to be an equipment issue that the vendor had to fix.

- Trip
post #3676 of 3703
I have also noticed 30.x has been out the past few days. At a family gathering today quite a few others mentioned the same. Looks like the feed is there but nothing in it.

29Guy what's going on?

Thanks
post #3677 of 3703

ABC HD in Charlottesville

Hi all - I recently upgraded to dish's hopper system (few weeks ago), and ever since, I've been unable to pull in ABC HD OTA (have an attic antennae). I'm able to pull in all the other local HD channels. Anybody have any idea why this might be? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
post #3678 of 3703
Can anyone recommend a TV antenna installer here in Charlottesville that can help me optimize my installation?

Thanks so much...

Dan
post #3679 of 3703
Well, it's the 3rd of November, 2013 and channel 6 has been gone again the past few days. I know it's not me, I am still getting 8, 35 and 41.
post #3680 of 3703
Well, it's Nov 17 and I don't know when it came back, but channel 6 is very strong now. Channel 57 is back now also. They must have finally fixed the transmitter tower common with all those channels.
post #3681 of 3703
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Originally Posted by franklin2 View Post

Well, it's Nov 17 and I don't know when it came back, but channel 6 is very strong now. Channel 57 is back now also. They must have finally fixed the transmitter tower common with all those channels.
They just went back to full power...
post #3682 of 3703
Anyone know what is going on with WVIR NBC2 29.1 in Charlottesville. Reception is either great or no-signal? I emailed them a couple weeks ago and no response. They appear to be off the air for extended periods every evening. Their non-HD broadcast is always there. Thanks.

Bill
post #3683 of 3703
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Originally Posted by wdpuso View Post

Anyone know what is going on with WVIR NBC2 29.1 in Charlottesville. Reception is either great or no-signal? I emailed them a couple weeks ago and no response. They appear to be off the air for extended periods every evening. Their non-HD broadcast is always there. Thanks.

Bill

We are about seven miles from Carters Mountain. We've had no issues here with NBC 29.
post #3684 of 3703
Dan, thanks for the response. Could be my receiver but I doubt it. Are you responding to channel 29 or 29.1. I have no problem with 29. It is 29.1, 29.2 and 29.3 which disappear. When I have them the signal is very strong. When they are gone it is zero. There is no in between. I also notice WHTJ disappears at the same time. All our local stations come from the same location so it is a bit baffling that these disappear and CBS, FOX and ABC are always there. I am probably 12 miles for Carter's Mountain as the crow flies. Thanks again.


Bill
post #3685 of 3703
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Originally Posted by wdpuso View Post

Dan, thanks for the response. Could be my receiver but I doubt it. Are you responding to channel 29 or 29.1. I have no problem with 29. It is 29.1, 29.2 and 29.3 which disappear. When I have them the signal is very strong. When they are gone it is zero. There is no in between. I also notice WHTJ disappears at the same time. All our local stations come from the same location so it is a bit baffling that these disappear and CBS, FOX and ABC are always there. I am probably 12 miles for Carter's Mountain as the crow flies. Thanks again.

Sorry, I didn't notice the ".1" in your original post. I was referring to NBC29, not the 29.x sub channels which we rarely watch.
post #3686 of 3703
How can you have no problem with 29 but problems with 29.1, 29.2, and 29.3? If you're watching over-the-air, you should only be receiving a 29.1, 29.2, and 29.3. Analog has been dead and gone for almost 5 years now.

- Trip
post #3687 of 3703
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

How can you have no problem with 29 but problems with 29.1, 29.2, and 29.3? If you're watching over-the-air, you should only be receiving a 29.1, 29.2, and 29.3. Analog has been dead and gone for almost 5 years now.

Right, Trip. My bad. When I said NBC29 I meant their "main" channel which is 29.1 as you correctly point out. We rarely look at 29.2 or 29.3 here.
post #3688 of 3703
I am receiving the local channels through a Dish 722 DVR. Dish doesn't have the local channels in HD. They broadcast channel 29. I also get OTA through that receiver which is where I get (or can't always get) 29.1, 29.2 and 29.3. First chance I get I will bypass the 722 DVR and see if the OTA channels 29.1, 29.2 and 29.3 work consistently. If so, it is likely a receiver problem with the 722 DVR. Thanks for the feedback.

Bill
post #3689 of 3703
Bill,

I am in Culpeper and receive NBC29 through OTA Module on my Dish VIP722K. There are times when the signal degrades for me and I am 40plus miles away from Carters Mountain. However, I have several other sets hooked t the same OTA antenna and not through the VIP722K.

I have had the signal disappear with the yellow screen appearing on my sets connected through Dish, but unless there is a total power outage at NBC29 I never lose that same signal on the sets directly connected to the OTA.

I think there is a problem with the Dish software as it relates to the OTA Module that causes the problem.

Right now, NBC29.1 is at 87 and the picture crystal clear and in HD through the VIP722K. I would bet on my other set, the signal would be in the 90s since it doesn't go through the Dish box. There always seems to be a loss through the Dish box.

Not sure that helps.

Wally
post #3690 of 3703
Do you not get WRC NBC-4 in Culpepper? I would choose to watch that station. As well as the other DC major channels.
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