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post #1501 of 1547
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Originally Posted by agus0103 View Post

Are the newscasts on WLAX/WEUX also now in HD?

The 9 pm news on WLAX 25.1, I believe had the black bars on the side.
The 10 pm news on 25.2, which is now WEAU, is wide screen, but
does not look like Full HD.
post #1502 of 1547
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Originally Posted by grgeiger View Post

Here's the latest I could find about WEAU...
WISCONSIN:
The FCC has moved quickly to approve a proposal from WEAU-TV (Eau Claire) to change its digital channel from 13 to 38. The station's tower near Fairchild collapsed in March, and WEAU proposed moving to UHF as part of the reconstruction because viewers had reported reception problems since WEAU moved digital broadcasts from channel 39 to 13 in 2009. WEAU must still apply for and receive a construction permit for the channel 38 facility. The FCC had already approved a 15kW translator for WEAU on channel 25 in Eau Claire and special temporary authority to broadcast on channel 13 from Eau Claire until the new tower is built. WEAU's NBC lineup has been seen on subchannels of other stations in the area, as well as cable and satellite, since the collapse. (7/24/2011)

YEAH!!! I wish WKBT - has an 'act of nature' ice storm take out it's tower so they could move to UHF as well.

WoW, here's hoping the FCC tools actually grant the change (if they aren't too busy being lobbied by & doing Comcast's bidding in exchange for a VP job when they quite the FCC...but I digress!)
post #1503 of 1547
Anybody?
Charter Cable has made it there mission these past few months (phone calls, letters, more letters, more phone calls) to tell us our current TV, Internet, Phone deal is coming to an end. They keep saying the prices were just for a year (on things like the HBO, Starz, Cinemax bundle)... I keep telling them, that's funny because we've had that deal for a lot longer than that.

Anyway, the people on the phone keep say things like 'we have deals that your local office can't offer. I ask them what they are and there the same thing that the local office or the same letter we get several times a month with the same package everytime being shoved towards us.

Verbatim: The package is $154.97 + about $22 in taxes & fees. Locked in for a 2 year contract: For that we would get.
1) Internet
=Internet Express up to 12Mbps Internet (WAY MORE THAN I ACTUALLY NEED) but the next lowest plan they offer (intentionally) is 1Mbps.

2) TV
=Basic, Extended Basic, (+) the Digital View Plus Tier.
=Premium Channel Package: HBO, Cinemax, Starz/Encore, Showtime/TMC channels
=A DVR/HD Box

3) Telephone
Unlimited Local & Long Distance - (Voice Mail, Caller ID etc. included)

I own my Cable modem so no additional charge for that...
But that thing includes STUPID extras like the $5.00 a month wire maintenence fee. I have a box of 1000' of RG-6 cable in the garage and if the box dies I take it to Charter and they replace it. So this way, I pay them $60 more a year so they can come to my house (on their own darn time schedule) and swap out the box.

So then I keep telling them well I don't need the $5.00 a month wire maintenence - "well it's part of that package" --- So I ask for more offers of other packages that they keep telling me they have but no one else does... and they don't have anything else to say??? NOT that's all they can give me, unless I want to add more service. The problem is none of the additional services have any kind of deal... so unlike the bundles they are just a straight add on to the original bundle that they keep quoting.

I really would like some information from others. I'm determined to stay out of 2 year contract, but I would like to see what some of the other offers are that they are mailing to other people.

Please if you use are a charter customer or get offers from them could you please share them. The last lady I talked to, after telling me they we the only ones that could offer me the best deals (but couldn't list any of them other than what they've been mailing me about for many many months... she added but if you find something cheaper @ Charter.com or your local office we'll match that. I started to snort... at how ridiculous they are acting. They won't tell me any better deals, and say they people on the phone are the only ones with the best deals; failing to list more than the one most similar to the tier we currently get.

I got really pissed at one point of the last call and said something to the effect of, this is how you treat a loyal customer that has been with you for 20 years?!? You keep trying to push me and lock me into a contract that I don't want, you keep telling me that in the next few months all my packages will revert to "full price" as if I wasn't already overpaying; I might as well go over to Direct TV if this is the kind of treatment I'm going to get her at Charter.
post #1504 of 1547
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Originally Posted by DA1745 View Post

YEAH!!! I wish WKBT - has an 'act of nature' ice storm take out it's tower so they could move to UHF as well.

WoW, here's hoping the FCC tools actually grant the change (if they aren't too busy be lobbied by & doing Comcast's bidding in exchange for a VP job when they quite the FCC...but I digress!)

It's already been granted.

- Trip
post #1505 of 1547
A friend of mine used to climb the KNXR tower in Rochester. Apparently, some rednecks thought it'd be funny to shoot out the tower lights, as he found bullet holes in the fixtures (just inches from the nitrogen-injected feed line). If the nitrogen were to leak out (and oxygen leak in), this would almost certainly result in arching between the feed and shield, causing (more or less) a dead short and potentially blowing out the transmitter (barring that no one sees the in-studio nitrogen level alarm go off or protection circuitry doesn't kick in).

Note: The author does not actually endorse the destruction of private property as a means to move any TV station to the UHF band. Description of such actions intended for satirical purposes only.
post #1506 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

It's already been granted.

- Trip

Live in Rochester and like to recieve WEAU as it is where I used to live.
So have they responded to that request for some low power station in
Rochester also requesting to use Channel 38?

Hoping they do not get to use that channel. When WEAU
was on there old 39, I got there signal probaby 95% of the
time. When they were using 13, I probably got it 50%
of the time. Happy they are going back to UHF, but not
if this LP station messes it up...
Thanks in advance for you response.
post #1507 of 1547
It's been granted, but I wouldn't be surprised to see WEAU try to make them move. The coverage shows as extending into prime WEAU territory.

- Trip
post #1508 of 1547
That would be K58GC-DT (3ABN), which is the TV network of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which certainly isn't a very high budget operation. I would be very surprised if they actually put up the DT at all. TBN (which is much larger) decided not to upgrade most of their translator network at all.
post #1509 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

It's been granted, but I wouldn't be surprised to see WEAU try to make them move. The coverage shows as extending into prime WEAU territory.

- Trip

Thanks much for the response. So that leads to another question, how do they "try to make them move." WEAU have to petition back to the FCC?
Does this happen often and what is the typical result, if there is one.

Matt, thanks for your response. Hopefully, if they are asked to move, and do not agree too, they decide not to build. Like to get WEAU rock solid again, like I used to get it.
post #1510 of 1547
3ABN has been building out their translator network, unlike TBN.

WEAU can just send them a letter and since they're secondary, they would have to go off the air if they bother to put it on in the first place. 3ABN will likely file to displace it pre-emptively if they can find a channel to move to.

- Trip
post #1511 of 1547
Any real ETA on when this new tower is back up and running? I assume we are SOL for the first Packer game of the year on NBC?
post #1512 of 1547
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Originally Posted by lovebohn View Post

Any real ETA on when this new tower is back up and running? I assume we are SOL for the first Packer game of the year on NBC?

I think I have heard sometime in November, so yes you are out of luck, if that is your only source of NBC. You can check the WEAU website.
Think they have some info on the build timeline there
post #1513 of 1547
Does anyone have the QAM mapping for Charter in La Crosse? I think some changed quite awhile ago, and I've usually found what I wanted, but I think I'm missing FOX. What channel is it.

These are the channels I know about:
79-1 WXOW ABC
79-3 WKBT CBS
82.1 WEAU NBC
post #1514 of 1547
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Originally Posted by mtu_huskies View Post

Does anyone have the QAM mapping for Charter in La Crosse? I think some changed quite awhile ago, and I've usually found what I wanted, but I think I'm missing FOX. What channel is it.

These are the channels I know about:
79-1 WXOW ABC
79-3 WKBT CBS
82.1 WEAU NBC

http://www.silicondust.com/hdhomerun...lineup_7761819
post #1515 of 1547
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtu_huskies View Post

Does anyone have the QAM mapping for Charter in La Crosse? I think some changed quite awhile ago, and I've usually found what I wanted, but I think I'm missing FOX. What channel is it.

These are the channels I know about:
79-1 WXOW ABC
79-3 WKBT CBS
82.1 WEAU NBC

Quote:

I was about to say look back a few pages, I always post the Clear QAM lineup when it changes... but unfortunately you live in LAX. If you are using a TV it should at least sniff out and map all of them, unlike Windows Vista & W7 Media player where you will only get what charter reports to Titan TV (Ch. lineup) and I've been complaining bc they only have reported 1 freaking ch. to them lately; which means the other 44 + 45 digital music ch. I have to map out manually (basically tell Windows that yes it's a ch. and to start using it) and find and link it to it's proper name and listings in the guide otherwise you can't program future records by name or series.

Silicon dust's listing is very superficial and often very innaccurate. Take a look @ the E.C. Digital Cable lineup for example.
http://www.silicondust.com/hdhomerun...lineup_8066350

All those Minnesota channels WCCO - > we don't get anymore that's actually WKBT's location but at least that was CBS-CBS, KARE11 is posted over WEAUX channel (82.1) which isn't NBC (but a Fox affiliate) location (i already closed the settings menu) and then all the unknowns; I usually go through the guide in Windows and enable every single un-encrypted digital ch that windows picks up and then I have to go through manually and see what they are and then either map or disable again.
I used to be able to find the PPV Locked channels and map them, but I can no longer tell out of the 100's of additional locked channels which ones they are. No more catching random feeds from neighbors as they stream movies or Pron.

Just a tip the best time to manually map (located what channel is what is during the 5/6PM or 9/10PM news broadcasts. If it's a 24 hour infomercial channel you will see & and know for sure then vs trying to map channels on the weekend or @ 3:00Am when infomericial are all over the place. During the news broadcast you will see the station name and call letters multiple times. Makes it really easy, especially if like for E.C you get a few Ch.s yet from Minnesota. It can speed up a long process into less than half hour if you are sitting in front of just a TV, maybe 1 hour total if you are mapping out all the channels in windows including the digital music. [We got a letter from Charter saying they were ending that (digital music) w/o a cable box in August but so far they have not here.]
post #1516 of 1547
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Originally Posted by lovebohn View Post

Any real ETA on when this new tower is back up and running? I assume we are SOL for the first Packer game of the year on NBC?

Check their website. On the 10PM news tonight (10/7) they had coverage of the "stub" being installed.
post #1517 of 1547
The WEAU tower is making great progress over the last week. They are now over half way and hope to be broadcasting (I would guess on channel 38) within a month! You can see tower pictures and a video on the WEAU website (sorry, no link right now).

The tower is a monster!

OK, a link and another link to pictures .
post #1518 of 1547
Not sure if anyone noticed, but WJFW is also doing its nightly local news in HD. Well, some of the studio shots are SD, but still...

So all three local stations are HD capable. Pretty impressive.
post #1519 of 1547
WEAU's tower was completed today!!!!!

It will still be several weeks before the electrical is finished, but they are hoping to be on the air before the new year!
post #1520 of 1547
I would love for this to be running by Christmas day for the Packer game!
post #1521 of 1547
This mild winter has probably been good for keeping construction on schedule. This is excellent news!
post #1522 of 1547
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Originally Posted by DustoMan View Post

This mild winter has probably been good for keeping construction on schedule. This is excellent news!

@wmtvtech (Madison, WI's NBC Chief Engineer via Twitter) reports that WEAU-TV fired up their transmitter at 3:40 PM this afternoon, December 23. They're baaaack!
9 months and 1 day after their collapse on March 22. Great work, guys!
post #1523 of 1547
IT'S ALIVE, IT'S ALIVE!!!!

...and just in time for a GB game. I can't tell what channel they are broadcasting on, my TV only says 13-1.
post #1524 of 1547
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Originally Posted by lovebohn View Post

IT'S ALIVE, IT'S ALIVE!!!!

...and just in time for a GB game. I can't tell what channel they are broadcasting on, my TV only says 13-1.

One million watts on channel 38 at 598.7 meters...aka 2,000' (alright, 1998' average, which means the top is a hair above 2000', and the rest a hair below it, if I must split hairs). On top of a hill, no less. Dang, what a blowtorch...
grade "A" coverage in La Crosse...

http://maps.google.com/?q=http://www...IRE%26state=WI

Seriously, that thing should easily crank 60 miles, and possibly 80 to 90 miles with 2-edge refraction...
post #1525 of 1547
It has been hit or miss for me to get the station. Then again I remember doing a dedicated antenna for channel 13 with a jointenna which isn't helping channel 38.
post #1526 of 1547
As of today, WLAX 25.2 in La Crosse is now: MeTV

Picture quality, subjectively to my eye, seems noticeably better than some of the other local subchannels, such as WKBT 8.2, W50DR 10.2, or WXOW 19.2 or 19.3. Is that just me?

I can't pick up the new WEAU with my indoor antenna, but I couldn't pull in the old WEAU either.
post #1527 of 1547
I will have to rescan now, sounds like things went full power on Wednesday. So much for buying the custom VHF channel 13 antenna and jointenna. Any advice with pulling in channels 7, 9, 24 & 31 from the north and now 38 from the west without using a rotor?
post #1528 of 1547
Hi everybody!

I'm new to this stuff, but I would like to learn. I'm tired of paying for cable and its nice out (won't spend as much time watching tv), so I figured I would give OTA a try. I live in West Salem, WI and would like to make an informed decision about how to pick out a setup that will work for me.

I don't really want to put an antenna on the roof, but may consider it in the future. So, I guess I'm looking for recommendations on indoor antennas or attic mounted antennas. I'm guessing that attic mounts would allow me to tie all of my current tv's together?

Let me know what you all think. Thanks!
post #1529 of 1547
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Originally Posted by Massey16 View Post

I live in West Salem, WI

Have you tried using just rabbit ears? In West Salem you should be within range of the La Crescent "tower farm" and the channel 8 tower in Galesville without much in the way of antenna hardware. It all depends on where you are in the valley though.
post #1530 of 1547
found this over at Northpine

Gray Television's WSAW/7 (Wausau) has increased its power from 16.9kW to 72kW. The station carries CBS on 7.1, My Network TV and syndicated programming on 7.2, and weather on 7.3. Meanwhile, Quincy Newspapers' ABC/CW affiliate WAOW/9 (Wausau), which also transmits on VHF High, has a construction permit to upgrade from 31.6kW to 63.2kW.
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