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post #931 of 1182
Twice the power is only 3 dB. It wouldn't have made much of a difference.

- Trip
post #932 of 1182
I'm wondering if anybody gets WTVA on DirecTV via OTA antenna. I'm getting WLOV, WCBI, and the greenwood ABC station at 80% or higher in my signal strength reading from the HR20. However, I get absolutely nothing from WTVA...0% and have never seen any signal register. I checked again tonight after seeing that they had boosted the power. I am in Oxford, and I get all the stations from memphis except WMC, and I sometimes get that. I have an Antennas Direct DB8, which probably isn't great for the hi VHF channel, but I'm not that far away.

I guess I wonder slightly if the HR20 isn't checking the right channel...I don't know if it is looking at channel 8, which I think is what WTVA is broadcasting digitally on. I only see that it is remapped to 9-1 and 9-2.

Any ideas?
post #933 of 1182
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Originally Posted by Smidgerine View Post

I'm wondering if anybody gets WTVA on DirecTV via OTA antenna. I'm getting WLOV, WCBI, and the greenwood ABC station at 80% or higher in my signal strength reading from the HR20. However, I get absolutely nothing from WTVA...0% and have never seen any signal register. I checked again tonight after seeing that they had boosted the power. I am in Oxford, and I get all the stations from memphis except WMC, and I sometimes get that. I have an Antennas Direct DB8, which probably isn't great for the hi VHF channel, but I'm not that far away.

I guess I wonder slightly if the HR20 isn't checking the right channel...I don't know if it is looking at channel 8, which I think is what WTVA is broadcasting digitally on. I only see that it is remapped to 9-1 and 9-2.

Any ideas?

You will have to have a high-band VHF antenna to see WTVA-DT. I had to replace both my DB4 and my grandparent's DB8 in order to see it. I installed an AntennaCraft HBU33. For you I would recommend an AntennaCraft HBU44.
post #934 of 1182
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Originally Posted by Smidgerine View Post

I'm wondering if anybody gets WTVA on DirecTV via OTA antenna. I'm getting WLOV, WCBI, and the greenwood ABC station at 80% or higher in my signal strength reading from the HR20. However, I get absolutely nothing from WTVA...0% and have never seen any signal register. I checked again tonight after seeing that they had boosted the power. I am in Oxford, and I get all the stations from memphis except WMC, and I sometimes get that. I have an Antennas Direct DB8, which probably isn't great for the hi VHF channel, but I'm not that far away.

I guess I wonder slightly if the HR20 isn't checking the right channel...I don't know if it is looking at channel 8, which I think is what WTVA is broadcasting digitally on. I only see that it is remapped to 9-1 and 9-2.

Any ideas?

I've been trying for a day now to get WTVA on a bedroom-located H20 with no luck. Not even a blip in the signal strength meter. I have to wonder if DirecTV's data is wrong and is mapping the wrong RF channel.

On an unrelated note I got to peek at Cable One's lineup the other day and noticed that WTVA was on the system twice, once on channel 8 or 9 and once on channel 3. Yesterday they were off 3 and KTBS 3 from Shreveport was bleeding in with nitelite programming.

Now I can say I've DX'ed through the cable system.
post #935 of 1182
Do you think it would be ok to go through my channelmaster amp with a high VHF antenna on the VHF side (I think somebody makes one for channels 7-13 that isn't quite so darn big and use my DB8 for the UHFs on the UHF input of the channelmaster amp?

I guess I might try an old directv box that will allow me to search for channels and see if I can find it that way too. That'll have to wait until the weekend though.
post #936 of 1182
I should have said like this antenna http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_disp...p?PROD=Y5-7-13
which is the AntennaCraft Y5-7-13.
post #937 of 1182
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Originally Posted by Smidgerine View Post

Do you think it would be ok to go through my channelmaster amp with a high VHF antenna on the VHF side (I think somebody makes one for channels 7-13 that isn't quite so darn big and use my DB8 for the UHFs on the UHF input of the channelmaster amp?

I guess I might try an old directv box that will allow me to search for channels and see if I can find it that way too. That'll have to wait until the weekend though.

That sounds good. I did that for a few weeks before I got my HBU33. The only problem with my setup was high noise loss on the VHF side, but with the preamp you have you should be okay.

Make sure you get a 75ohm converter if you order the Y5-7-13 antenna. That is the same I had and it did not come with one.
post #938 of 1182
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post

I've been trying for a day now to get WTVA on a bedroom-located H20 with no luck. Not even a blip in the signal strength meter. I have to wonder if DirecTV's data is wrong and is mapping the wrong RF channel.

On an unrelated note I got to peek at Cable One's lineup the other day and noticed that WTVA was on the system twice, once on channel 8 or 9 and once on channel 3. Yesterday they were off 3 and KTBS 3 from Shreveport was bleeding in with nitelite programming.

Now I can say I've DX'ed through the cable system.

I did that once, too. I grew up in South MS, and we had WDAM-7 on our cable system. One day, a big storm rolled through, and the WDAM signal was gone. in its place was WJCT-7, Jacksonville, FL.

As for the H20, try setting your zip code to 99999; that seems to bypass the data tables. Then, do a manual scan. All DTV channels should show up. I had the same problem on my bedroom H20, and this worked for me.
post #939 of 1182
I have never had trouble getting WTVA-DT on my H20 or my HR21 with AM21 tuner. In order to pick it up, the antenna must be outdoors. The only DTV station I was able to pick up with indoor rabbit ears was WCBI. It came in pretty well, but it's tower is 583 meters above average terrain and WTVA's is 540 meters.
post #940 of 1182
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Originally Posted by ChrisPC View Post

I did that once, too. I grew up in South MS, and we had WDAM-7 on our cable system. One day, a big storm rolled through, and the WDAM signal was gone. in its place was WJCT-7, Jacksonville, FL.

As for the H20, try setting your zip code to 99999; that seems to bypass the data tables. Then, do a manual scan. All DTV channels should show up. I had the same problem on my bedroom H20, and this worked for me.

Cool, thanks for the tip!
post #941 of 1182
Anybody having trouble with WKDH? My signal strength for WTVA is 85% and WLOV is 95%. WKDH is hovering between 0% and 30% I guess it may be time for an antenna adjustment.
post #942 of 1182
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post

Cool, thanks for the tip!

My zip code has finally been updated for the new frequencies. Hopefully, yours has been, too. You can probably try doing the zip code setup now.
post #943 of 1182
What is the actual hdtv channel for WTVA. I've seen 9-1, 9-2 and mention of 8-? I can get the other channels here in Saltillo, but not WTVA.
post #944 of 1182
WTVA-DT is on channel 8. You need an upper-VHF antenna to receive it.

- Trip
post #945 of 1182
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Originally Posted by ChrisPC View Post

My zip code has finally been updated for the new frequencies. Hopefully, yours has been, too. You can probably try doing the zip code setup now.

Yup it appears to have updated, and I got WTVA briefly the other night.

I finally got one of those DTV converters to play with, a Channel Master model. It is a lot more sensitive than the DirecTV box and has a wonderful signal strength meter to boot, so instead of putting it up as a "just in case" backup, I may press it into service in the bedroom where the D* receiver is.

Just fiddling with a cheapo antenna in the bedroom, I was able to get WKDH (5%), WLOV (48%), WABG (76%) and WMAO (12%) in one location. Then I moved it a few feet and got WABG (100%), WTVA (28%) and WMAV (30%).

If anything, this certainly confirms my thoughts that DTV reception is super finicky, and that minute antenna adjustments can make a huge difference. And that some digital tuners are better than others!

On an unrelated note, I was able to fiddle with someone's cable-supplied TV and discovered that, as expected, KTBS Shreveport's analog nitelite is gone from CableOne's analog channel 3 on their lineup. To my surprise, it's now carrying WLBT 3 from Jackson, at least it was during the 10pm newscast tonight. I sure would like to know how they managed to snag WLBT's digital signal from over 110 miles away.
post #946 of 1182
What word, if any, on the locals getting turned up in HiDef on Directv or Dish? Appears they hit everywhere but here
post #947 of 1182
Don't know about D*, but E*'s scheduled to turn them on tomorrow, July 1. Of course E* was originally supposed to turn them on April 23, so...I wouldn't be surprised if they're delayed again.
post #948 of 1182
Hi I'm from Camden, TN and early this morning I was able to watch both WCBI and WLOV which are about 165 miles away as the crow flies. Amazing how far these signals can go sometimes. Odd thing is aiming the antenna( DB 4 ) towards Tupelo and Columbus the stations didn't come in. The antenna was about 90 degrees off getting the best signal. Weird.
post #949 of 1182
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Originally Posted by Examiner45 View Post

Don't know about D*, but E*'s scheduled to turn them on tomorrow, July 1. Of course E* was originally supposed to turn them on April 23, so...I wouldn't be surprised if they're delayed again.

Looks like the Columbus/Tupelo HD Locals were left out of E* uplinks today.. (surprise, surprise).

I sent dishnetwork a dm tweet asking what was up with them..

Maybe they're just late and will be uplinked tonight? I'm not holding my breath though..
post #950 of 1182
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post

I sure would like to know how they managed to snag WLBT's digital signal from over 110 miles away.

It's possible. When I lived in south MS, the local cable company had WBRZ-DT from about 90 miles away. Of course, they had a 300 foot tower.
post #951 of 1182
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Originally Posted by kscott900 View Post

Looks like the Columbus/Tupelo HD Locals were left out of E* uplinks today.. (surprise, surprise).

I sent dishnetwork a dm tweet asking what was up with them..

Maybe they're just late and will be uplinked tonight? I'm not holding my breath though..

Yeah good ole Charlie and company just told us another fairy tale....again!!! I'll believe we'll have the channels when they show up in the guide. Thank goodness I get decent OTA reception here (except for WKDH--don't know what's up with them and their weak signal).
post #952 of 1182
Has anybody heard of any updates on possibly when or if we may be getting the retro television network, better known now as RTV?
post #953 of 1182
I have noticed on a website that some ESPN Regional TV (ERT) affiliates are being announced. Click here to see some of the channels.

Does anyone know if WCBI will pick them up or will it go to another station? Whoever gets them, I hope the HD feeds of the games are carried.

Another note: the early game will be moving from 11:30am to 11:00am. I hope the prevents overlap with the 2:30 CBS game.
post #954 of 1182
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Originally Posted by mcrutland View Post

I have noticed on a website that some ESPN Regional TV (ERT) affiliates are being announced. Click here to see some of the channels.

Does anyone know if WCBI will pick them up or will it go to another station? Whoever gets them, I hope the HD feeds of the games are carried.

Another note: the early game will be moving from 11:30am to 11:00am. I hope the prevents overlap with the 2:30 CBS game.

Considering both Vandy and UT are in the SEC you'd think they'd have some affiliates in Tennessee.
post #955 of 1182
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Originally Posted by BCF68 View Post

Considering both Vandy and UT are in the SEC you'd think they'd have some affiliates in Tennessee.

I think the ones listed on that site are only the confirmed stations. It is not a final list.
post #956 of 1182
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Originally Posted by mcrutland View Post

I think the ones listed on that site are only the confirmed stations. It is not a final list.

Well they've got about 7 weeks until the season starts.
post #957 of 1182
I emailed WCBI general manager Bobby Berry today. He said WCBI will be carrying the SEC Network (ESPN Regional) games.

This is his quote about them being in HD:

"We are trying to determine if we will be able to offer it in HD."

I hope they can offer them in HD.
post #958 of 1182
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Originally Posted by mcrutland View Post

I emailed WCBI general manager Bobby Berry today. He said WCBI will be carrying the SEC Network (ESPN Regional) games.

This is his quote about them being in HD:

"We are trying to determine if we will be able to offer it in HD."

I hope they can offer them in HD.

Makes 2 of us! Saw your little brother last Friday!
post #959 of 1182
Maybe someone (scarpenter) can help me with this: Why has WCBI gone back to grey sidebars for SD content?

It would be nice to know it had something to do with the SEC Network games being in HD.
post #960 of 1182
I'll be glad when they go HD on Dish/D*. Come on already.
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