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post #3541 of 7657
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

WSOC and WAXN are at reduced power and have been off and on all week...Yesterday was usually as the JIM Pole was in the UP position in an attempt to lift the new WAXN antenna, however the storm came up and they were not able to lower the JIM Pole for the night. Both station were at reduced power during the overnight. Hopefully the WAXN antenna will go up today and the reduced power times will be behind us. Thank you for your patients.

Ted, it is a Gin Pole, not Jim...

http://www.tower-technologies.com/GinPole.htm

rob
post #3542 of 7657
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Originally Posted by ybsane View Post

Ted, it is a Gin Pole, not Jim...

rob


Ted will probably need some Gin by the time he's finished...
post #3543 of 7657
My tower, my antenna.....I call it what I want......
post #3544 of 7657
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

My tower, my antenna.....I call it what I want......

Did they get the antenna up before the storms today? I guess the bigger question is did the guys get down the elevator before the storms hit?
post #3545 of 7657
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Originally Posted by ybsane View Post

Ted, it is a Gin Pole, not Jim...

http://www.tower-technologies.com/GinPole.htm

rob

Then there's guy wires and guide wires also......
post #3546 of 7657
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

both WSOC and WAXN went back to full power at 1602, Friday, 7/8/11....they will go back to reduced power tomorrow (7/9/11) for appox 6 hours.

Ted, can you provide any updates on WSOC and WAXN? I am just curious to know whether the work is completed or if it is still ongoing. Appreciate it.
post #3547 of 7657
WSOC and WAXN appear to be back at full power Sun night as I am getting 10 bars on 9.1 and 3-5 on 64.1. Looks like I may now be able to see 64.1 more often at night with their new antenna and more power.
post #3548 of 7657
By midnight, WAXN ranged from 6-10 bars and WSOC remained a solid 10. WCCB is at 8-10. Seems like their work may be done as I am now seeing good overnight reception. Although I will lose these channels by 10am, they usually return by 7:30pm. The Dallas signals remain solid all day, ranging from 8-10 lead by WBTV. Sometimes lose WCNC due to overnight weather conditions.
post #3549 of 7657
Structure issues will require WSOC and WAXN to go to reduced power doing the daylight hours on July 12th, (Tuesday)..Depending on the outcome of these repairs, more reduced power days maybe needed. At the end of all work, WAXN-TV will increase to 150Kw, DA, Horiz polar....109Kw, DA, Vertical polar.
post #3550 of 7657
Crowder's Mt. translator has lost a RF PA module and is at 75% power...Harris is overnighting a new module.
post #3551 of 7657
WAXN is now on its new antenna, at new power level and new vertical polarization.....any signal reports from SC or West of Charlotte are welcome.

Thank you....


Crowder's Mt translator is back at 100% as of 9:02am this morning (Wednesday)
post #3552 of 7657
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

WAXN is now on its new antenna, at new power level and new vertical polarization.....

Does it have MH pids to test with Ted? I'm in Montgomery now so can't check.
post #3553 of 7657
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Does it have MH pids to test with Ted? I'm in Montgomery now so can't check.



Yes, MH/H is there...I will start testing in August to see if MH/H improves with the 30% V-Pole...
post #3554 of 7657
Has anyone had any problems with WSOC tonight (Wed night) after 1130pm? This station was acting very eractic on me. The signal meter was first in the high 90s, then it dropped as low at 38% when the picture dropped out completely. Then back again between the 50's, 60's, 80% and back down again to 40%. All of this in the space of a few minutes apart.

With my long range antenna and amplier, I normally get a good (consistent signal) on RF34 WSOC during the day and night. However, tonight was very much the exception.

Note: I don't expect a consistent signal on RF50 for WAXN. But, again, this is was not expected on main WSOC since it operates at higher power and there seems to be no bad weather in the area.
post #3555 of 7657
Had some drop out issues with WSOC and WCCB last night but I believe it was due to weather conditions and storms in Clt area. And I am just beyond their coverage area, but I often do see WSOC overnight. WAXN is also appearing now, but not as strong as WSOC. But I seldom saw it before the antenna/power upgrade, so that does seem to be an improvement.
post #3556 of 7657
AntennaTV's website has updated their map to include WJZY, with a pop-up note saying, "early August".

AJ
post #3557 of 7657
Regarding WCCB (ch 27): Down here in North Charleston I received it at up to 24 dB (signal-to-noise ratio) last night. This summer I have been receiving WCCB at least seven nights per month, once at more than 28 dB. I got WBTV (ch 23) last night also, 19 to 20dB. It is not possible to get WSOC (ch 34), WJZY (ch 47) or WAXN (ch 50) here because there are stations in Charleston on those channels. WCNC (ch 22) never comes in here either, at least partially due to WJCL (ch 22) in Savannah, which I can see most nights.
post #3558 of 7657
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Originally Posted by rls976 View Post

Regarding WCCB (ch 27): Down here in North Charleston I received it at up to 24 dB (signal-to-noise ratio) last night. This summer I have been receiving WCCB at least seven nights per month, once at more than 28 dB. I got WBTV (ch 23) last night also, 19 to 20dB. It is not possible to get WSOC (ch 34), WJZY (ch 47) or WAXN (ch 50) here because there are stations in Charleston on those channels. WCNC (ch 22) never comes in here either, at least partially due to WJCL (ch 22) in Savannah, which I can see most nights.

That's impressive, especially with your ability to get WCCB up to 24 db and seven nights per month.
post #3559 of 7657
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Had some drop out issues with WSOC and WCCB last night but I believe it was due to weather conditions and storms in Clt area. And I am just beyond their coverage area, but I often do see WSOC overnight. WAXN is also appearing now, but not as strong as WSOC. But I seldom saw it before the antenna/power upgrade, so that does seem to be an improvement.

I guess there must've been some bad storms in the CLT area last night b/c my coverage was no where near what I am used to. I've been gone all day and evening. Right now, main WSOC on RF34 is up to 97% on the signal meter.

The only weird thing now is WAXN. As we know, RF50 does not put out a lot of signal to the east and north.....particuarly now with the directional antenna to the west and south. However, I am getting 'some' signal on that while nothing at all from RF36 CH 64-7 out of China Grove.

Does anyone know if there's a problem with WAXN out of China Grove? I always get this signal, except for the last two days evenings in a row. I haven't been home during the day to check it but I assume it's been out the whole time (at least for me up here).
post #3560 of 7657
That's impressive, especially with your ability to get WCCB up to 24 db and seven nights per month.


I am using a Winegard 7698 antenna, 42 ft above sea level (30 ft above the ground). The UHF section of it is enhanced: I extended the end of the boom and added five UHF director elements from the 8084 antenna I was replacing. And it is grounded: It helps that the junk signals received by the coaxial shielding are dumped to earth ground, rather than being allowed to bleed through to the center conductor and reduce my signal-to-noise ratio. Nevertheless, I doubt that I will get quite such stellar reception results once summer atmospheric conditions have ended.
post #3561 of 7657
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post
WAXN is now on its new antenna, at new power level and new vertical polarization.....any signal reports from SC or West of Charlotte are welcome.

Thank you....


Crowder's Mt translator is back at 100% as of 9:02am this morning (Wednesday)
64.5 @ 10 bars & 64.1 is 2-10 bars,very inconsistent. This is in Northern Spartanburg county.
post #3562 of 7657
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Originally Posted by rls976 View Post
That's impressive, especially with your ability to get WCCB up to 24 db and seven nights per month.


I am using a Winegard 7698 antenna, 42 ft above sea level (30 ft above the ground). The UHF section of it is enhanced: I extended the end of the boom and added five UHF director elements from the 8084 antenna I was replacing. And it is grounded: It helps that the junk signals received by the coaxial shielding are dumped to earth ground, rather than being allowed to bleed through to the center conductor and reduce my signal-to-noise ratio. Nevertheless, I doubt that I will get quite such stellar reception results once summer atmospheric conditions have ended.
Mad respect for your DX skills regarding WCCB. I'm 76ml away & daytime is a bit iffy but night time is solid. You must be 175ml away! Love to see a pix of your setup. Are you using a military grade preamp?
post #3563 of 7657
Ted,
Can you provide any updates on RF36 WAXN out of China Grove? I have not seen the signal off this translator in several days. Is there an outage? Thank you for any feedback.
post #3564 of 7657
To Bordershy:

Channel Master 7778 pre-amplifier, fed into RG6 Quad-Shield cable. I provide the antenna setup and God provides the atmospheric conditions. Last night I watched the 11pm news on WBTV, then a few minutes of a program about Lake Mead on WCNC's subchannel. Distance to WBTV's 2,000-ft tall tower: 181 miles.

What is amazing is that, with the antenna aimed at Gaston County, the tuner of my Sony TV was detecting something on channel 11, though the signal was not strong enough to view. I verified that WTOC-11 in Savannah was not coming in strongly enough to be what I was getting. Surely it could not have been WTVI!
post #3565 of 7657
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RF36 WAXN out of China Grove

WAXNTV1, China Grove is operating at full power.
post #3566 of 7657
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

WAXNTV1, China Grove is operating at full power.

This is a strange situation. When I pull up my signal strength meter, I am (currently) getting about 87% on RF36 WAXN from China Grove. However, I get no picture at all on RF36. The screen is completely black with some brief flashes of light (not pixelations--just occasional flashes of light on a black screen). It has now been this way for about 5 days while no other channels have been affected.

As the crow flies, my house is 38 miles from this translator in China Grove. I have always gotten a picture on RF36 (day and night) from the time my antennas were installed a half a year ago. I did a re-scan of my channels but it didn't make any difference. Also, both of my TVs (on separate antennas) are behaving in this same manner concerning RF36. Let me know if you have any thoughts on this. Appreciate it.
post #3567 of 7657
That was strange. Last night, I picked up WAXN on channel 64.1 perfectly.

Today: Nothing.

What is the wattage for this station now?

I still can't pick up WMYT. I get it a few minutes a month. I suppose a bird flies into the signal path on occasion and bounces it my way.

What watts is WMYT tossing out there?
post #3568 of 7657
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Originally Posted by Country_Boy View Post

What is the wattage for this station now?

150 kW, but directional. Toward Hickory, looks to be roughly 110 kW, give or take.

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What watts is WMYT tossing out there?

225 kW, omni directional.

- Trip
post #3569 of 7657
WAXN now has a directional pattern, with the main lobe at 215 degrees True of the tower site. The null is back toward WFMY-TV tower site in Greensboro, as we must now protect Channel 51. The 41 dbu line is pushed out about 5 miles to the SW and pulled in about the same to the NE. That is why WAXNTV1, China Grove was granted, to fill in the null. All work in completed. With the exception of a tower inspection on Wednesday by KPFF, which will reduce power for an hour or two...All power levels are at 100%.
post #3570 of 7657
I will drive up to China Grove today and check on it. The remote control says 100% power, but we can not pick it up because of WYFF.
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