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post #691 of 750
I just set up my HTPC and am in the mapping channels process. Would anyone have a list of all the QAM channels through basic cable with comcast...THANKS!! I live in mandarin if that helps!!
post #692 of 750
The wife found out -- I didn't turn on the TV until late this morning -- that This TV is now on WFIE 14-3. Pretty good stuff, I have to say. The sound wasn't on during "The Kentuckian," but it came on later.

Can't wait to see "Teen Wolf" tomorrow night. Haven't seen that movie in years.
post #693 of 750
Has anyone heard if the Evansville stations will cut off analog next week?
post #694 of 750
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Originally Posted by jazzfan216 View Post

Has anyone heard if the Evansville stations will cut off analog next week?

According to this list, none of the Evansville stations are switching next week.
post #695 of 750
According to the Courier & Press, they were all going to do it, but WEHT held out, so now NONE of them will.

I don't get it, I just don't get it ... coupons or no, there will STILL be people who don't think this is going to affect them, be it this month, June or whenever. All I know is if Congress pulls the same stunt again come June that they did a few days ago and tries to push the shutoff back again, I will be HIGHLY ticked off.

Some of us -- probably MOST of us here -- have been ready for several YEARS now. Why we have to deal with those who refuse to spend $50 for a converter box (and no, there's no shortage of them here in Owensboro, I've checked) is beyond me.
post #696 of 750
Anybody heard anything about WAZE lately? I happened to drive by their tower site in Hopkins county Sunday afternoon and didn't notice anything which looked like tower construction. If they don't get it built by the analog cutoff date (whenever that turns out to be :-( will they just go off the air?
post #697 of 750
I wondered about that, RMP. Haven't been able to get down that way myself, but I'm glad you did.

My understanding is that any station that is not ready on the shutoff date will have to go dark. They were not going to use their existing tower site, but another site in that same area, but if there was no work going on in the vicinity, it means one (or more) of the following:

1. The KY aviation board (or whatever its official title is) denied Roberts' application for the new location. (Possible.)

2. They were able to make the old tower work. (Not likely.)

3. Roberts is just stringing everyone along a few more months and will then shut the whole works down in June. (Seems like the most likely scenario.)

Based on what I've seen and heard out of this outfit, they shifted the blame for the original delays to South Central Communications (WAZE's previous owner), but that does not explain the shutdown of the Evansville office (which I refuse to believe was solely related to the economy) or anything else they've done -- i.e., refusing to answer e-mails, not keeping their viewers updated on air or online about their plans for the switch, etc.

I really think they'll abandon ship before too much longer. I really hope, for all the CW fans out there, that another of our local stations will pick up CW and put it on a digital subchannel. I think WTVW would be the most natural fit for CW (since they are alone among Evansville's commercial stations in not carrying another network besides their main one), but that's just me speculating. Besides, in past conversations with folks at 7, they'd have to get corporate approval from Nexstar to add a subchannel for anything, which I don't see happening anytime soon.
post #698 of 750
Of the other four stations Roberts owns:

WRBU has been operational at low power for a while.
WZRB and WRBJ both flash-cut to digital in January, using the existing analog equipment.
WQCW is operating a full-powered facility with an application to move to the facilities of abandoned by another full-powered facility.

So WAZE is the only Roberts station that has to be basically rebuilt from scratch. I seriously doubt they're going to just abandon it, having just spent the money to acquire it, but there may be reasons for the continued delays that may include an inability to fund it given the current state of the economy or other things of which I am not aware.

As I understand it, all or most of the Roberts stations are run via satellite out of St. Louis, which may explain the closure of the local office.

Still, it would be nice if they would answer your inquiries. I'm not sure what to tell you about that.

- Trip
post #699 of 750
I heard from WAZE's GM today. She is having the engineering director give me the lowdown, and I expect to get that info soon. As soon as I have it and sift through it, I'll post what I find out here and on my blog. Looking forward to it!!
post #700 of 750
Well, the word is in.

First off, I'd like to thank WAZE's general manager, Dody Yarborough, and their chief engineer, Chris Meisch, for taking the time to answer my questions this week. It has been a pleasure to deal with the "new folks" running the station, especially in contrast to the complete lack of cooperation I got from the folks who used to run the place when it was headquartered in Evansville.

That said, I wish the news I have to share was good, but it isn't.

According to Chris, the reason there was no construction going on when RMP drove through the area around the present tower recently is because there is no construction going on. "As it stands at this time we are having issues with site acquisition," he explained. "We are planning on building a new tower for digital signal at a taller height than our current tower to better serve the Evansville market."

So, for those of us getting things OTA, digital WAZE isn't happening any time soon. But if you're on cable, fear not, because, as Chris explains, "At this time we are currently getting our satellite feed to as many cable headends as possible before the new digital transition." So, if your cable system in the area doesn't now offer WAZE, it could become available soon.

Chris has promised to try and keep me updated on things as they develop, and in turn, I will pass any and all information along to you.

Even if it's not what we want to hear.
post #701 of 750
Does anyone know why Insight cable has the bigten network on 929(and ch 920) the special event hd ch?

I guess it is time to call and ask I sure hope they will have all the Cardinals HD games again thsi year.
post #702 of 750
Well, folks, now it looks like WAZE is being sold. There is a filing with the FCC requesting approval of the sale from Roberts to BGT Communications LLC. I've got more at my blog, just click on the link in my signature line.
post #703 of 750
Anyone in the Richland County area receiving the Evansville stations? If so, type of antenna/preamp/height? Tvfool indicates we are on the fringe here in Olney. Just wanted to check before I spring for a new antenna/preamp.
Thanks.

dennis
post #704 of 750
I am in Daviess Co, IN and get all Evansville stations ( Weht usually only at night ) I have a Channel Master 4221 UHF with amplifier.
post #705 of 750
I am thinking of signing up for Avenue cable here in Paoli, IN. I have a TV tuner for my computer. Do you happen to know what channels are clear to be picked up by a tuner and not an Avenue cable box? Thanks!
post #706 of 750
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Originally Posted by DAMAC View Post

I am thinking of signing up for Avenue cable here in Paoli, IN. I have a TV tuner for my computer. Do you happen to know what channels are clear to be picked up by a tuner and not an Avenue cable box? Thanks!

Unless the entire system is "digital channels", you should be able to see the basic analog package. PPVs, premium channels (HBO, Cinemax, etc), are now digital on most cable systems. Of course, you will have to have a connection to their system (subscription) or the coax will be disconnected at the pole. You might just ask them what channels are still analog on their system and can you receive them on a cable ready tv. If they say 'yes', you are good to go.
This place doesn't seem to be a hotbed of activity (even after the switch) but I hope this helps answer your question.
post #707 of 750
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Originally Posted by jermac View Post

I am in Daviess Co, IN and get all Evansville stations ( Weht usually only at night ) I have a Channel Master 4221 UHF with amplifier.

Thanks for the reply. I think I'll go with a Winegard 7698/preamp combo and see what happens. TV Fool says I am borderline for reception but I need a new antenna anyway. I prefer the Evansville stations but maybe will just have to swing around and suffer with Terre Haute for the off-air signals.
post #708 of 750
Anyone in the Evansville reception area have any comments on how the "big switchover" went?
Speaking of changes to the Evansville television scene, anyone remember Nona Miller (I think that was her name) doing the weather on one of the stations (WEHT?) down there way back when? She was my introduction to "warm fronts" many, MANY years ago. Also have memories of wrestling LIVE from Channel 7, Romper Room and of course....Marcia!
(Yeah...I'm nearly 60.)
post #709 of 750
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Originally Posted by KG9JW View Post

Anyone in the Evansville reception area have any comments on how the "big switchover" went?
Speaking of changes to the Evansville television scene, anyone remember Nona Miller (I think that was her name) doing the weather on one of the stations (WEHT?) down there way back when? She was my introduction to "warm fronts" many, MANY years ago. Also have memories of wrestling LIVE from Channel 7, Romper Room and of course....Marcia!
(Yeah...I'm nearly 60.)

In Owensboro, I can't seem to get WEHT digital.
I can still get 7-1, 14-1, 44-1, 9-1 etc. But 25-1 now says signal too low. I rescanned twice. I heard the physical channel moved to 7 and the power reduced. I'm not sure if the problem is Owensboro is due to the power reduction or possible conflict with FOX 7-1. If I manually enter 7-1, I get FOX.
Anyone else having problems with WEHT25 in Owensboro?
post #710 of 750
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Originally Posted by Ken42303 View Post

In Owensboro, I can't seem to get WEHT digital.
I can still get 7-1, 14-1, 44-1, 9-1 etc. But 25-1 now says signal too low. I rescanned twice. I heard the physical channel moved to 7 and the power reduced. I'm not sure if the problem is Owensboro is due to the power reduction or possible conflict with FOX 7-1. If I manually enter 7-1, I get FOX.
Anyone else having problems with WEHT25 in Owensboro?

WEHT25 has switched from transmit channel 59 to channel 7. I have read that they have also lowered their transmit power. Also UHF only antennas may have a problem.
post #711 of 750
good luck picking up the signal in Olney
post #712 of 750
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ken42303 View Post

In Owensboro, I can't seem to get WEHT digital.
I can still get 7-1, 14-1, 44-1, 9-1 etc. But 25-1 now says signal too low. I rescanned twice. I heard the physical channel moved to 7 and the power reduced. I'm not sure if the problem is Owensboro is due to the power reduction or possible conflict with FOX 7-1. If I manually enter 7-1, I get FOX.
Anyone else having problems with WEHT25 in Owensboro?

I live in Philpot and I am getting 93% signal on WEHT. Fox WTVW digital channel is 28 so that should not interfere with WEHT digital 7. WNIN is now digital channel 9 instead of 12, btw.

I hardly got a signal from WEHT pre-transition when it was digital 59. Now, that it's moved to digital 7, 93% and I live farther from the towers than you. So, I'm stumped if you have rescanned twice already. I did notice that WEHT did not shut off their analog signal until late Friday. I was still watching the evening news on analog.
post #713 of 750
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Originally Posted by KG9JW View Post

Unless the entire system is "digital channels", you should be able to see the basic analog package. PPVs, premium channels (HBO, Cinemax, etc), are now digital on most cable systems. Of course, you will have to have a connection to their system (subscription) or the coax will be disconnected at the pole. You might just ask them what channels are still analog on their system and can you receive them on a cable ready tv. If they say 'yes', you are good to go.
This place doesn't seem to be a hotbed of activity (even after the switch) but I hope this helps answer your question.


Thanks for the reply! That is pretty much what I thought. The customer service rep told me I could get everything up through channel 65 straight to the TV. I just didn't know if any of the channels above 65 are unencrypted QAM.
post #714 of 750
Before the big switch I was able to receive WEHT 25 OTA with a somewhat intermittent signal. Now I have not been able to receive that channel. Anyone have a suggestion as to an antenna that might get good reception here in Morganfield? I receive 6, 7, 9, 14, and 44 with pretty good signals.
post #715 of 750
this is for my buddy in olney
as you should well know Olney is a sinkhole when it comes to radio. lol

I can travel two miles east or north and pick up lawrence prison just fine on the radio
but in town...forget about it

instead of bothering you on the phone here's my report from a antenna about fifty feet feet in the air

8 miles s/e of olney are all the channels that we picked up tonite
the antenna is facing towards evansville


2.1 WTWO spotty
7.1 WTVW SPOTTY
9.1 WNIN SPOTTY
9.2
9.3
14.1 WFIE
14.2
14.3
16.1 WUSI
16.2
16.3
16.4
22.1 WVUT
22.2
38.1 WFXT SPOTTY
44.1 WEVV
44.2



i.e. spotty means picture freezes with low signal,
otherwise good signal for the rest
post #716 of 750
for John Mason:
I just returned from re-scanning the TV's in my sister's residence on Beaver Dam Road. They have a Channel Master 4-bay bow-tie antenna (don't remember the exact model number) in the attic about 15 feet or so above ground level, with good visibility from there to the horizon toward Evansville. Using a CM 7777 booster ahead of an 8-way(!) splitter. Had good signal on all Evansville stations as well as KET from Reed.
post #717 of 750
PS ot John Mason:

I forgot yesterday about the VHF side. We are using a VHF Hi-band 5-element yagi (I think it's an Antennacraft 5-7-13) connected to the CM UHF antenna with a Radio Shack U/V combiner, all ahead of the pre-amp.
post #718 of 750
WFIE is crapping out on me now. Working on the converter boxes just fine, but not on the satelitte box.
post #719 of 750
I'm in Owensboro using powered rabbit ears (U/V) and cannot get 25.1 WEHT for anything. 14.1 WFIE is touchy, but does stay tuned. Everything else comes in great. Anyone else in Owensboro having problems with WEHT? Have they straightened out their reception problems or antenna strength that I've been reading about? Will I ever be able to get their station without too much hassle?

Thanks.
post #720 of 750
I'm on the far west side of Owensboro with a channelmaster 4-bowtie above the single story crest of my house coupled with an amp and I can't get a signal. I recieved this signal fine before the switch but haven't got any signal since.
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