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post #2491 of 3311
Question on CBS HD picture:
I am on DirecTV and this past week been having this problem with CBS HD. When program goes to commercials and then comes back the audio drops out, sometime the picture totally drops out for a second. Was wonder if this was all over the place or just maybe my HD DVR.
post #2492 of 3311
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Originally Posted by 75ohms View Post

Most stations in our area are transmitting on UHF channels after transition. The only one that is not, I believe, is WWCP Fox 8.

I have a CM 4228, which is a UHF antenna known for good reception of VHF-hi, so come Weds morning I'll find out whether that particular antenna is good enough. I'll post how it works (if it works) so folks can add that to their information pile.
post #2493 of 3311
I recall reading a while back on this thread that people were having trouble watching NBC in State College on DirecTV with OTA due to NBC being on W42DG-D instead of WJAC-DT. I don't recall if a solution was found, but if not, try putting in 30901 as the secondary zip code. I don't know if it will work, but it's worth a try.

- Trip
post #2494 of 3311
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Originally Posted by DeeKaye07 View Post

Speaking of antennas -- are HD antennas (the set-top indoor type) of any use at all? (I'm in the ABB Altoona area.) Just wondering.

DGK

The "HD" label on an antenna means absolutely nothing.
post #2495 of 3311
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Originally Posted by PA_MainyYak View Post

The "HD" label on an antenna means absolutely nothing.

OK, I'd wondered about that.

So are there any indoor antennas that are even worth trying? I'm not talking about rabbit ears, but something like the Terk antennas I've seen here and there (or something similar to them). Would something like that even work to get OTA HD channels, for example?

Thanks,
DGK
post #2496 of 3311
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Originally Posted by DeeKaye07 View Post

So are there any indoor antennas that are even worth trying? I'm not talking about rabbit ears, but something like the Terk antennas I've seen here and there (or something similar to them). Would something like that even work to get OTA HD channels, for example?

I tried a Terk a few years back and got nothing, although the closest transmitter is about 20 miles away and I was using a WinTV HD card from 2001.
post #2497 of 3311
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Originally Posted by kd3yt View Post

Question on CBS HD picture:
I am on DirecTV and this past week been having this problem with CBS HD. When program goes to commercials and then comes back the audio drops out, sometime the picture totally drops out for a second. Was wonder if this was all over the place or just maybe my HD DVR.


I have DirecTV and I have had the same issues with WTAJ HD feed.

In fact, all the local HD's have been a little squirrely since the big wind event.
post #2498 of 3311
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Originally Posted by DeeKaye07 View Post

OK, I'd wondered about that.

So are there any indoor antennas that are even worth trying? I'm not talking about rabbit ears, but something like the Terk antennas I've seen here and there (or something similar to them). Would something like that even work to get OTA HD channels, for example?

Thanks,
DGK

It all depends. The TV Fool tool should help you make some good estimations of which stations an indoor antenna might receive given your location.
From my location in Johnstown's western suburbs, I can receive WJAC, WATM, and WTAJ in tests with a cheap amplified antenna. However, WWCP has been a problem (that might go away as of Wednesday,) and the signals are frequently disrupted by internal environmental factors.
I have a rooftop antenna for normal OTA reception.

Good luck.
post #2499 of 3311
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Originally Posted by PA_MainyYak View Post

It all depends. The TV Fool tool should help you make some good estimations of which stations an indoor antenna might receive given your location.

Good luck.

Thanks for the link.

Well if I go by the TV Fool results, it seems there's just 1 station I might get with just the indoor antenna. The rest would need an attic or rooftop antenna, and it's just not worth the trouble for me to do it. Ah well. I'll stick with cable, I guess.

DGK
post #2500 of 3311
Does anyone know if WTAJ plans to switch off their analogue signal on Feb 17th as originally planned.
post #2501 of 3311
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Originally Posted by Nokorola View Post

Does anyone know if WTAJ plans to switch off their analogue signal on Feb 17th as originally planned.

No only WATM and WWCP are switching off tomorrow.
post #2502 of 3311
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Originally Posted by paragon View Post

No only WATM and WWCP are switching off tomorrow.

Alright, thanks. I only ask cause WTAJ DT is not working for me as of a few hours ago, and the analogue signal keeps cutting out to static and then coming back shortly after.
post #2503 of 3311
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Originally Posted by Nokorola View Post

Alright, thanks. I only ask cause WTAJ DT is not working for me as of a few hours ago, and the analogue signal keeps cutting out to static and then coming back shortly after.

WTAJ appears to be having difficulties with their digital transmitter. Nothing to do with the transition. They and WJAC are remaining on until June 12.
WKBS, the Jesus Saves station in Altoona was also off the air for a time this evening, but they are back up at of this post.
WATM seemed to be unaffected by whatever happened (perhaps a power issue up on Wopsy Mountain?)
Nothing on the WTAJ web site (no surprise.)
Update: Everything appears to be back to normal this morning.
post #2504 of 3311
Looks like Peak Media has decided to pull the plug early. I turned to RF 8 and my HDTV got snow, which was confirmed by my analog TV, but when I hit channel down to 6 then back up to 8 it locked in "8-1." Until I deleted RF 29, the channel list had two sets of 8-1 and 8-2. Now I guess they will run crawls on 29 telling people to rescan as that will be shut off.

I am guessing WATM has done the same.
post #2505 of 3311
WWCP apparently shutoff their analog at noon.

Rescanned, and their digital is now on RF ch 8. Picked up instantly on my CM-4228. So much for the reduced signal strength -- it's stronger on 8 than it was on 29. Of course, at 60 mi that might be more a function of VHF than anything else.
post #2506 of 3311
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Originally Posted by MeowMeow View Post

WWCP apparently shutoff their analog at noon.

Rescanned, and their digital is now on RF ch 8. Picked up instantly on my CM-4228. So much for the reduced signal strength -- it's stronger on 8 than it was on 29. Of course, at 60 mi that might be more a function of VHF than anything else.

Both analog 8 and 23 are off. Digital 8 is up. Unfortunately for me, I'm getting killed with multipath. (Not to mention drowning in WJAC's 6 and 34 signals.) Looks like I have some work to do on the roof.

Thumbs up for them for early transition.
post #2507 of 3311
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Originally Posted by PA_MainyYak View Post

Thumbs up for them for early transition.

I'm just glad to see that my antenna (CM 4228) does well on VHF-Hi. Fortunately, I pick up WPGH rock solid, so I wasn't really risking losing anything if the antenna couldn't do the job.

I feel a lot better about my chances for picking up WQED (supposedly going to RF 13 in April) and WPCW (probably not until June, since WPXI is staying put on analog). WPCW's power levels look monstrous in comparison to WWCP's.
post #2508 of 3311
To confirm, WATN and WWCP have turned OFF their analog transmitters and WTAJ-TV will stay on the air until June 12th. Correct?

Is WTAJ-DT at 883KW yet? And did WATN-DT and WWCP-DT go to full power?

What's the status of WJAC?
post #2509 of 3311
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Originally Posted by systems2000 View Post

To confirm, WATN and WWCP have turned OFF their analog transmitters and WTAJ-TV will stay on the air until June 12th. Correct?

Is WTAJ-DT at 883KW yet? And did WATN-DT and WWCP-DT go to full power?

What's the status of WJAC?

WTAJ has been at full power for well over a year. They will turn off analog on 6/12

WATM has been at full power (1 Mw) for several years. Analog off 2/17

WWCP turned off analog on 2/17 and commenced digital on ch 8 at 9.3 Kw. Pre-transition digital ch 29 (1 Mw) going away.

WJAC has been at full power (1 Mw) for several years. Will turn off analog on 6/12.
post #2510 of 3311
Thanks.
post #2511 of 3311
I moved my set-top antenna from on top of my TV over to a space in front of the the front windows, and guess what? I went from having WTAJ, WATM(23.1- 23.2), and WWCP(23.3) to now being able to enjoy WTAJ, WATM, WWCP(23.3), WPSU(3.1-3.3), and WHVL(29.1-29.2). Such a simple solution. I forgot how much I love PBS programming.
post #2512 of 3311
No its not your HD Dvr. Its the satellite reproduction. I just turned mind off and went back to off air. Being where you live buy an outdoor ant. and rotor and you should be able to pick up 3-1,6-1,8-1,10-1 and maybe 23-1. That should cover you for locals in HD.
post #2513 of 3311
Would anyone happen to know if/when WWCP's transmitter in Centre County is changing from 59 to 17?
post #2514 of 3311
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Originally Posted by Jerk View Post

Would anyone happen to know if/when WWCP's transmitter in Centre County is changing from 59 to 17?

A best guess now is sometime on or shortly after the new and improved June 12 analog shutdown.
post #2515 of 3311
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Originally Posted by slykens View Post

Central Pennsylvania Digital TV Status (February 11, 2009)

...WATM-DT (Former Analog 23, Digital 24) ABC - Altoona, PA

Subchannels: 23.1 ABC-HD, 23.2 WWCP-TV, 23.3 WATM-TV

I may be misreading this, but on my TV at least WATM-TV is on 23.2, and WWCP-TV is on 23.3.
post #2516 of 3311
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Nokorola View Post

I may be misreading this, but on my TV at least WATM-TV is on 23.2, and WWCP-TV is on 23.3.

Yes, these things will happen in a small world.
post #2517 of 3311
Alight, I think i may have asked this question already but I really doubt it.

Anyway, I just ordered myself a Clear QAM device for my computer.

The main thing I wanted in it was the QAM so I could pick up RTN (ABB 110) and the other digital channels that were to be in Clear QAM because they were local and could not be legally encrypted.

I just remembered though, I am not going to be totally SOL am I? I mean because I subscribe only to basic (2-22) cable and will just run in to the fact of a trap just denying me access to every single Clear QAM, will I?

Like I said, I'm in the West End section of Johnstown in Atlantic Broadband's service area.

EDIT: I do have Atlantic Broadband's Preferred (5MB) Internet, if that makes any difference. Figured it may since some people on the net (not AVSForums) claim QAM is near the Internet frequencies.

Also, where is Comcast in Johnstown? I mean, Adelphia no matter what TV listings site you went to claimed Adelphia served Johnstown, yet I know of no Johnstown area they served. I heard they served Windber and Somerset, but to me that's not Johnstown.
post #2518 of 3311
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Originally Posted by da888 View Post

No its not your HD Dvr. Its the satellite reproduction. I just turned mind off and went back to off air. Being where you live buy an outdoor ant. and rotor and you should be able to pick up 3-1,6-1,8-1,10-1 and maybe 23-1. That should cover you for locals in HD.

All the locals seem fine now. If I have problems with the satellite locals, I still have locals through cable.
post #2519 of 3311
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Originally Posted by slykens View Post

Yes, these things will happen in a small world.

Well, it is a small world after all.
post #2520 of 3311
ZeoOneTwoThree

I used to have Atlantic Broadbands Digital package with HD and also the 5 MPS internet. When I went with DirecTV, I dropped the Digital Package but kept the internet. With just subscribing to internet, I still get HD locals on cable with my QAM tuner in my HDTV.
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