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post #6121 of 6660
Which is exactly why WTKR-DT would map to 3-1 and not 40-1. But you wouldn't want every channel doing it, so the PSIP spec says stations are supposed to retain their analog channel number for mapping, forever.

- Trip
post #6122 of 6660
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Originally Posted by VARTV View Post

After looking at WVBT's pattern, my previous statement is VERY wrong. My apologies. There is significant power reduction in your direction; in a 75 degree arc from the SW to the NW of the station's antenna...

Could this be because of WRAY-TV, Wilson (analog 30) and WRDC-TV, Durham (analog 28)???

Anyway, it looks like you will get a big relief post-transition! WVBT goes non-directional, full power... http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-serv...DT1251365.html on 2/17/2009...

Nice, so the day of transition they go non directional.

Thats very good news for me (and i'm sure other people)

Thanks the heads up VARTV
post #6123 of 6660
It probably won't be the day of the transition, you'll have to ask the folks at WVBT, but they do have the permit.

I doubt anyone wants to be climbing towers in the middle of February.

- Trip
post #6124 of 6660
We can all hope especially when you're as far as I am. There is hope though since WRAL Raleigh, NC changed they're antenna last week.
post #6125 of 6660
I'm getting WHRO DT way down in southeast NC this evening.
post #6126 of 6660
Does anyone know if the DTV frequency changes for stations like WSKY (4 to 9) and WVEC (? to 13) will occur on 2-17 or will that part of the transition take a while?
post #6127 of 6660
WSKY won't move right away, but WHRE has to I think and WVEC is supposed to.

- Trip
post #6128 of 6660
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Does anyone know if the DTV frequency changes for stations like WSKY (4 to 9) and WVEC (? to 13) will occur on 2-17 or will that part of the transition take a while?



WSKY has one year to do so.
WVEC will switch at midnight Feb 17 from 41 to 13
WHRE will switch at midnight Feb 17 from 21 to 7
post #6129 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

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WSKY has one year to do so.
WVEC will switch at midnight Feb 17 from 41 to 13
WHRE will switch at midnight Feb 17 from 21 to 7

WTVZ moves back to 33...
post #6130 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

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WSKY has one year to do so.
WVEC will switch at midnight Feb 17 from 41 to 13
WHRE will switch at midnight Feb 17 from 21 to 7

When WHRE moves to 7, it'll displace WGBS-LP. WGBS-LP will become WGBS-LD but I haven't heard if they are ready for the 17th...
post #6131 of 6660
So what is the antenna recommendation after Feb 17th? My Yagi doesnt have VHF elements.
post #6132 of 6660
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So what is the antenna recommendation after Feb 17th? My Yagi doesnt have VHF elements.

You are not alone:
http://redtape.msnbc.com/2009/01/dtv...ant.html#posts
post #6133 of 6660
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So what is the antenna recommendation after Feb 17th? My Yagi doesnt have VHF elements.

I have been testing "DTV" antennas for analog VHF reception as well as UHF DT, some work acceptably. The antenna direct C models work fairly well. I would test your current set up with analog 13 and see how the signal level is. Ghosts should not matter as much, as they should cancel out digitally.

I have a wireless mic antenna that I adapted to a set top converter "coupon" box that worked great on 13 digital when tested, signal level was down a little, but not as bad as I expected. The wireless antenna is a quarter wave cut for 518-550 MHz. Channel 13 is roughly 212MHz.

However, I have never been able to get WSKY. I even did a road trip test is the Hickory school district, got WUND-DT as well as all HR stations, but still no WSKY-DT. That test was with the Antenna Direct C-2 antenna attached to a mic stand, total height under 5 feet inside a church classroom.
post #6134 of 6660
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Originally Posted by vurbano View Post

So what is the antenna recommendation after Feb 17th? My Yagi doesnt have VHF elements.

Shouldn't you be close enough for 13 not being an issue? WHRE (Trinity) on 7 could be an issue...
post #6135 of 6660
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Originally Posted by VARTV View Post

Shouldn't you be close enough for 13 not being an issue? WHRE (Trinity) on 7 could be an issue...

Depends on what power level WHRE-DT signs on with. If they sign on at that 4.86 kW level, then possibly. At the 85 kW level (why do I feel like a PBS pledge-a-thon?) I doubt it'll be an issue since that's twice the power WVEC-DT will have on 13.

- Trip
post #6136 of 6660
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WTVZ moves back to 33...

I received a welome bit of news earlier this week. WTVZ's rversion to 33 as a digital transmitter will take place very soon after the Analog cutoff, assuming that it is on Feb 17 as planned. The installation crew should be here within the next three weeks or so, and our Ch 33 Analog transmitter will be prepared for Digital cutover. Our Channel 33 antenna has slightly better elevation, and a non Directional pattern vs. the current Channel 38 Digital pattern, which is cardioid, and does not cover some of the areas, particularly to the Southwest of Suffolk, as well as the Channel 33 Antenna.

This means that we will be able to provide Digital service with essentially the same coverage as we currently provide with our Analog signal.
post #6137 of 6660
Jan 16, 3:22 PM (ET)


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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that would delay the nationwide switch from analog to digital television broadcasts until June 12. But Democrats say they will try again to pass the measure next week.

The bill was defeated even after President-elect Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 transition. There have been mounting concerns that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up broadcast channels won't be ready. The federal program that subsidizes converter boxes for such viewers ran out of money this month.

But Senate Republicans fear a delay would cause consumer confusion and deprive public safety agencies of chunks of the airwaves that will be freed by the switchover.

Just like democrats to try to make citizens dependent on them. "Don't worry the government will help you."
post #6138 of 6660
what happened to the analog signal of MYTVZ-33 tonight. its really bad with a snowy picture, but the skies are clear outside.
post #6139 of 6660
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Originally Posted by MeeZ01 View Post

what happened to the analog signal of MYTVZ-33 tonight. its really bad with a snowy picture, but the skies are clear outside.

WTVZ was operating at VERY low power while Digital filters were installed in the transmission line. It was a major job, and we were actually at about 1% power from Thursday morning until late in the afternoon Friday.

As a heads up - sometime in the next week the Analog will be completely off air for a day or so as the Digital exciter is set up and proofed on Ch. 33.

Our plan is now to cut 33 directly from analog to digital servicel, and relinquish 38 at that time.

Our pattern on Ch 33 is a bit better than 38, and we will have slightly increased antenna height and power, both of which should allow us to roughly replicate our analog service area.

This is great news from my point of view since it means that we shouldbe able to maintain service to the vast majority of our over the air viewers, and might even pick up a few!

I'll try to post when I have a firm date for the next interruption, and you will be seeing our announcements on air shortly concerning the actual cutover date.
post #6140 of 6660
Thank you
post #6141 of 6660
All the new graphics on WTKR-DT local news looks just wonderful.... NOT
- A big gaudy golden HD logo
- Some kind of black bar below it that looks like a battleship..expecting to see it shoot it's guns soon.
- A big 6" blue box with a spinning 3 logo complete with Time & Temp

I am sure they could add something else to clutter the works.

Give me a freeking break man.
post #6142 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Bill Barber View Post

WTVZ was operating at VERY low power while Digital filters were installed in the transmission line. It was a major job, and we were actually at about 1% power from Thursday morning until late in the afternoon Friday.

As a heads up - sometime in the next week the Analog will be completely off air for a day or so as the Digital exciter is set up and proofed on Ch. 33.

Our plan is now to cut 33 directly from analog to digital servicel, and relinquish 38 at that time.

Our pattern on Ch 33 is a bit better than 38, and we will have slightly increased antenna height and power, both of which should allow us to roughly replicate our analog service area.

This is great news from my point of view since it means that we shouldbe able to maintain service to the vast majority of our over the air viewers, and might even pick up a few!

I'll try to post when I have a firm date for the next interruption, and you will be seeing our announcements on air shortly concerning the actual cutover date.

Great news for the Ahoskie area which was going to lose you according the the fcc maps. You are right, you will probably gain some viewers.
post #6143 of 6660
Republican were successful in defeating the house bill to delay digital tv transition. Hooray!!! Hope it is not brought up again, but it probably will be next week.
post #6144 of 6660
Did anyone find 3D glasses for chuck and the SB?
post #6145 of 6660
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Originally Posted by vurbano View Post

Did anyone find 3D glasses for chuck and the SB?

Oceana Commissary had plently. My mom picked up 8. I'm curious if Chuck is in 3D from Hulu.com?????
post #6146 of 6660
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Originally Posted by VARTV View Post

Oceana Commissary had plently. My mom picked up 8. I'm curious if Chuck is in 3D from Hulu.com?????

Couldnt find any in Newport news. I recorded it all with chuck and finally broke down and ordered 4 off ebay for about 50 cents a piece.
post #6147 of 6660
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Originally Posted by vurbano View Post

Couldnt find any in Newport news. I recorded it all with chuck and finally broke down and ordered 4 off ebay for about 50 cents a piece.

Most of the 3D wasn't really that good anyway. I hate using the colored 3D glasses too. I like the gray ones better.
post #6148 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

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WSKY has one year to do so.
WVEC will switch at midnight Feb 17 from 41 to 13
WHRE will switch at midnight Feb 17 from 21 to 7

Anyone know when WVEC will change now that the deadline has been moved? I'm assuming they'll just wait until June, but I know they have the option of doing it sooner.

Bruce
post #6149 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Bruce Lowekamp View Post

Anyone know when WVEC will change now that the deadline has been moved? I'm assuming they'll just wait until June, but I know they have the option of doing it sooner.

Bruce

It looks like they want to on the 17th. They could go reduced digital power on 13 to avoid interference from WJZ/13 Baltimore...
post #6150 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Bruce Lowekamp View Post

Anyone know when WVEC will change now that the deadline has been moved? I'm assuming they'll just wait until June, but I know they have the option of doing it sooner.

Bruce

WVEC & WVEC-DT will stay as is.
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