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post #61 of 129
WTVM and WRBL have the countdown prominently displayed on their websites so Feb 17th is it for them. Can't find any info on the others.

Thanks for the links, Frank-O.

You said you get Alabama Public Television. From Mt. Cheaha, I assume.
I can never get that well enough to watch it. I usually watch GPB from Columbus/Warm Springs. Used to get Dawson.

I wonder if your converter box is the reason? I noticed from the Columbus DTV link you sent that the ChannelMaster is one of the top-rated boxes. Another brand, the Tivax, also offers automatic scanning and manual as well.
I wonder if that makes the difference or you simply have a better unit. We have two Insignia units in the house.
post #62 of 129
Greetings ....

My Alabama Public TV source is WGIQ 43 (44-DT) in Louisville (Barbour County).

It's incredible to see the picture when the signal comes in, even at 40% to 70% signal strength - when I can get the signal, which isn't always. We'll see after Feb 17th.

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
post #63 of 129
Greetings Once More ....

Tonight - Early This Morning after Midnight to be precise - Something quite interesting happened, and I got it recorded on DVD (part of a sampler series).

Alabama Public TV WGIQ-43 (44-DT) came in quite clearly and steadily, even with a signal strength that varied from 16% to 25% - Remarkable! I got the latest weekly episode of "Jack Horkheimer-StarGazer" as well as the APT Sunday night sign-off. During those several minutes I toggled the Channel Master CM-7000's INFO Screen so that signal strength and other data would appear onscreen, and this was all recorded to DVD.

This all took place in my North Phenix City residence, using an RCA ANT1050 flat antenna mounted in my front window, which is just about the OPPOSITE DIRECTION of where WGIQ's incoming signal is supposed to be coming from.

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
post #64 of 129
Greetings ....

Just observations here - feel free to offer comments.

Today, Saturday Feb 14th 2009, WRBL TV-3 (DT-15) presented a regional basketball game televised by Raycom Sports on its primary (HD) digital channel - also the analog channel. On its second digital channel - the "RA" channel where Weather usually airs - WRBL presented CBS' coverage of the 3rd round of the AT&T Pebble Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

When the basketball ended, I thought that WRBL would switch the golf over to the HD/analog channel and resume the WeatherCast on the RA channel. Instead, golf stayed on the RA channel through its conclusion on CBS, while infomerical programs aired on the HD/analog channel.

WRBL's digital HD channel is available for free on Phenix City cable (Cable TV of East Alabama), but it seems that the RA channel is not. Rather, the RA channel appears to be part of the digital subscription package.

End of my observations!

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
post #65 of 129
Greetings ....

WLTZ TV-38 (DT-35) closed the book on analog transmission today - Feb 17 2009 - at 12 Noon Eastern Time.

The analog shut-off was the lead story on the station's 6 o'clock P.M. newscast. Just one problem - the newscast's audio was turned DOWN so much you had to crank up the TV volume to very high levels just to hear people talk.

Oh well - WLTZ's all-digital era is off and running. The only question now is - what power level will they transmit at? Up thru today the transmitter was running at 50 KW, which is low for a digital UHF station.

UPDATE - WLTZ's audio levels were "up to speed" on their 7 o'clock PM newscast.

I have also learned that as of now 50-KW will be the FCC-allotted "max" on WLTZ's transmitter power.

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
post #66 of 129
Do you guys happen to know if WGIQ or WJSP/WACS shut off their analog transmitters the other day?

I've gotten word that WBIQ, WCIQ, WHIQ and WEIQ all terminated analog broadcasts, but I don't know about the other APT/GPB/PBS stations in the area.
post #67 of 129
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post

Do you guys happen to know if WGIQ or WJSP/WACS shut off their analog transmitters the other day?

I've gotten word that WBIQ, WCIQ, WHIQ and WEIQ all terminated analog broadcasts, but I don't know about the other APT/GPB/PBS stations in the area.

All APT and GPB stations shut down on the 17th. That includes WGIQ, WJSP, and WACS.

~Alan
post #68 of 129
Greetings ...

As far as I know, Columbus GA's WLTZ NBC TV-38 (DT-35) has transmitted only one channel of programming (1080i), with no sub-channels. Now, I think there's a need for at least one sub-channel.

WLTZ has interrupted both weekday prime time and weekend programming with Raycom Sports coverage of NCAA College basketball - ACC Division. Weekend viewers looking to watch the WGC CA-Doral Invitational golf tournament are fast finding out that basketball will totally pre-empt Saturday NBC golf coverage, and at least the first 30 minutes of Sunday NBC golf coverage.

OK, WLTZ - What could be wrong with adding a 480i channel 38.2 and let those who WANT to watch golf watch it?????

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
post #69 of 129
WLTZ now has color bars on Ch 38.2 with a crawl that says "WLTZ-D2 The CW"
post #70 of 129
Doesn't Columbus already get The CW from WLGA 31 out of Opelika?
post #71 of 129
I read an article that says WLGA lost the affiliation to WLTZ. I don't know what WLGA will put in its place. Anyone here know?

- Trip
post #72 of 129
Greetings ....

WRBL TV-3, the Columbus GA CBS station, has been off the air since about 10:00 PM or so Friday Night. I can not find any reason for this, although we did have severe weather roll thru this area.

Hopefully, they will be back up in time for Masters Golf Coverage on both Saturday and Sunday.

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
post #73 of 129
Greetings ...

About eight-to-ten minutes elapsed into CBS' Masters coverage (began at 3:30 pm EDT), and BOOM! -- WRBL is back on the air!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanx-A-Lot and Enjoy the Masters, Frank-0-Video
post #74 of 129
WRBL's 3.2 Weather Channel has become an RTN affiliate (Retro Television Network)
It has old tv shows and is similar to what TVLand was like when it first started
Also it has Infomercials from about 2a.m. (eastern) till almost Noon (I haven't looked, but my guess would be 10a.m.) before regular programming starts
post #75 of 129
I miss the radar actually. How come WRBL and any other stations around here never let anyone know what's going on? If you are going to change your programming tell someone.

Why we are on the topic. Anyone know if WLTZ or WXTX are going to increase power after the transition?
post #76 of 129
What is the deal with wxtx, I'm in eufaula alabama and get signal strengths in the high 90's on wrbl, wltz, wtvm but on wxtx it doesn't even register not even enough for my vip722 to save the channel. And another thing I am finally able to get wlga but its not cw anymore, look's like there will be no high def cw for me.
post #77 of 129
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Originally Posted by jd00001 View Post

What is the deal with wxtx, I'm in eufaula alabama and get signal strengths in the high 90's on wrbl, wltz, wtvm but on wxtx it doesn't even register not even enough for my vip722 to save the channel. And another thing I am finally able to get wlga but its not cw anymore, look's like there will be no high def cw for me.

What type of setup do you have? Curious as I am in Eufaula and have always had problems getting WLTZ and WXTZ. Now I am finding it hard to get WTVM.
post #78 of 129
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Originally Posted by jd00001 View Post

...I am finally able to get wlga but its not cw anymore, look's like there will be no high def cw for me.

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Originally Posted by Wesro View Post

What type of setup do you have? Curious as I am in Eufaula and have always had problems getting WLTZ and WXTZ. Now I am finding it hard to get WTVM.

1. WLGA took over what was WTVM's DT-47 transmitter on June 12; I can occasionally receive it here in Albany. However, they lost their CW affiliation fairly recently and is now broadcasting as an independent station. IIRC, WLTZ now broadcasts CW on a subchannel.

2. WTVM flash-cut to DT-11 (VHF-high) on June 12. You may want to consider getting rabbit ears or a VHF aerial antenna. I now use rabbit ears to pick up WALB on DT-10 (I live in northwest Albany, some 20 miles from the station's Doerun stick).
post #79 of 129
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Originally Posted by Wesro View Post

What type of setup do you have? Curious as I am in Eufaula and have always had problems getting WLTZ and WXTZ. Now I am finding it hard to get WTVM.

I have a large aerial that came with the house and it's mounted a pole on about 35 ft above the ground, it runs through a walmart brand amplifier to my dishnet vip722. I turned my antenna south today and found out that I can get now get the big 4 networks out of Thomasville,ga/tallahassee,fl except my fox channel is once again a little weak. I thought after the transition wxtx would be my solution for fox and the other 3 networks. I have been trying to get all 4 networks without having to repoint my antenna, I though columbus would be the solution since all the towers are very close together, but something odd is going on with wxtx I have only picked it up once back in december and not at all since the transition.
post #80 of 129
Greetings everyone,
I will be moving to Columbus next month and exploring my options. I will be moving into the Clubview section of town which is apparently served by charter cable.
does anyone know which cable box they use? I have requested the MOXI HD DVR box but they are not promising anything. They tell me I would have to visit a local store personally to inquire. As I'm currently in Nebraska, that would be difficult.

Satellite companies. What is the story with access to network television in high definition via satellite? Does anyone have a DVR that records the over the air signals adequately?

Thank you in advance for any advice, etc.

take care, Scott
post #81 of 129
Greetings ....

According to this Ledger-Enquirer news article, WTVM's "Big Switch" transition isn't going so smoothly.

I am going to wait until they finish up on their transmitter to see if my present antenna (indoor UHF bow-tie mounted in window) can pick up their signal.

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
post #82 of 129
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Originally Posted by scparker View Post

Greetings everyone,
I will be moving to Columbus next month and exploring my options. I will be moving into the Clubview section of town which is apparently served by charter cable.
does anyone know which cable box they use? I have requested the MOXI HD DVR box but they are not promising anything. They tell me I would have to visit a local store personally to inquire. As I'm currently in Nebraska, that would be difficult.

Satellite companies. What is the story with access to network television in high definition via satellite? Does anyone have a DVR that records the over the air signals adequately?

Thank you in advance for any advice, etc.

take care, Scott


Good Evening,

I have contacted our local office in Columbus and should have an answer to your question tomorrow.

George
post #83 of 129
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Originally Posted by scparker View Post

Satellite companies. What is the story with access to network television in high definition via satellite? Does anyone have a DVR that records the over the air signals adequately?

As far as I know none of the satellite companies cover the Columbus dma, I am just south of there in Eufaula, Al, and my dma is Dothan, Al so I get SD locals on Dishnetwork, I have a vip722 and get all networks but fox OTA out of Columbus. The vip722 can record two satellite channels and one OTA while watching one hd recorded program and one sd recorded program, I have been pleased with mine thus far, the OTA recordings look gorgeous, and you being so close to the towers ought to be able to get excellent reception on Columbus locals OTA. I can't speak for Directv.
post #84 of 129
Quote:
Originally Posted by scparker View Post

Greetings everyone,
I will be moving to Columbus next month and exploring my options. I will be moving into the Clubview section of town which is apparently served by charter cable.
does anyone know which cable box they use? I have requested the MOXI HD DVR box but they are not promising anything. They tell me I would have to visit a local store personally to inquire. As I'm currently in Nebraska, that would be difficult.

Satellite companies. What is the story with access to network television in high definition via satellite? Does anyone have a DVR that records the over the air signals adequately?

Thank you in advance for any advice, etc.

take care, Scott


Here is what we currently have available in Columbus.

Motorola DCT6200
Motorola DCH6200
Moxi BMC9012



George
post #85 of 129
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Originally Posted by jd00001 View Post

I have a large aerial that came with the house and it's mounted a pole on about 35 ft above the ground, it runs through a walmart brand amplifier to my dishnet vip722. I turned my antenna south today and found out that I can get now get the big 4 networks out of Thomasville,ga/tallahassee,fl except my fox channel is once again a little weak. I thought after the transition wxtx would be my solution for fox and the other 3 networks. I have been trying to get all 4 networks without having to repoint my antenna, I though columbus would be the solution since all the towers are very close together, but something odd is going on with wxtx I have only picked it up once back in december and not at all since the transition.

I have tried about four antennas. The one I am currently using is a Wineguard MS 2002. It is pulling CBS and ABC from Columbus. NBC and FOX from Montgomery. CBS and ABC from Dothan. The only way I can get FOX or NBC from Columbus is a directional antenna about 30 feet in the air. Their signal strength is a joke.

As far as getting Columbus locals on DirecTV or Dish, if it ever happens it will be a long time away. I can't speak for Dish but I know that DirecTV is at capacity as far as satellite bandwidth goes.
post #86 of 129
Hi. I have a question about the OTA HD signals after the digital conversion.
I have an indoor antenna (Terk, I believe) that sits near my TV inside my house. The TV is an hi-def LG. Before the conversion I picked up all 4 local stations (the big 4). 9.1 was choppy at times, but that was the only problem. Now, after the conversion, CBS, FOX come in clear - still. ABC is clear, with very few choppy moments. However, my NBC has disappeared all-together. It doesn't even come up in the scan at all. I have scanned many times with and without the antenna attached (the TV has a tuner).
Has anybody else experienced this problem with the local NBC affiliate?

thanks,

brian
post #87 of 129
Most Unhappy Greetings ....

The rain-delayed final round of the 2009 US Open was to air on NBC beginning at 11:30 am, but WLTZ is currently showing the last half of the 700 Club on 38.1, while 38.2 is presenting Bill Cosby.

Definitely No Thanx-A-Lot to you LTZ, Frank-0-Video
post #88 of 129
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Originally Posted by Frank-0-Video View Post

Most Unhappy Greetings ....

The rain-delayed final round of the 2009 US Open was to air on NBC beginning at 11:30 am, but WLTZ is currently showing the last half of the 700 Club on 38.1, while 38.2 is presenting Bill Cosby.

Definitely No Thanx-A-Lot to you LTZ, Frank-0-Video


WLTZ is a joke. A few months ago down here in Eufaula WLTZ made a big deal of WSFA being on the cable system. WLTZ said it was taking money from them. IMO I believe WLTZ is inferior to WSFA in every way. They always screw up programming and their signal power is a joke.
post #89 of 129
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Originally Posted by connect42 View Post

However, my NBC has disappeared all-together. It doesn't even come up in the scan at all. I have scanned many times with and without the antenna attached (the TV has a tuner).
Has anybody else experienced this problem with the local NBC affiliate?

As far I know WLTZ has been digital since feb. , also I haven't noticed any changes in NBC since the transition, and my other channels besides WXTX have improved. What I can't get is that wxtx's tower is right next to wlzt's tower and wxtx is supposed to be broadcasting at 500kw, that is 10 times wlzt's 50kw yet I can't get it at all.
post #90 of 129
Greetings ....

WLTZ's biggest mistake was committed way back in the 1960s, when the station was in the planning stage. They saw WSFA as the enemy and tried to block WSFA's application to construct a tall transmitter tower.

When they could not stop the WSFA tower, WLTZ settled for exercising its right as the exclusive NBC station for the local Columbus market and eventually forced Phenix City's Cable TV service to cease full-time carriage of WSFA (January 16th 1990 was the infamous date of doom). The cable system now carries WSFA's scheduled newscasts, but not much of anything else. On occasion, Atlanta Braves Baseball on Peachtree-TV pre-empts the WSFA newscasts, as does the RFD network showings of its Don Imus morning show (thought we were rid of THAT guy).

WLTZ could have made a better name for itself if at their inception in 1970 it had struck a deal to carry all of WSFA's news programming in the Columbus-Phenix City market. Alas, we'll never know what potential good that one single move might have done for them.

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank-0-Video
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