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post #5131 of 7640
For some reason I am not receiving WSOC well this evening using a Diamond USB TV Tuner on my PC. I am getting 3,18,30,36,42,55,58,and 64 just fine. I rarely use my PC for TV except for NFL games, so I am disappointed to say the least.
post #5132 of 7640
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Carolina Panthers game is on WSOC Channel 9 tonight if you don't have NFL Network. So sometimes it does help to have an OTA antenna.
Although it's turning out I may not have really wanted to see this game.
post #5133 of 7640
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Originally Posted by hamstang View Post

For some reason I am not receiving WSOC well this evening using a Diamond USB TV Tuner on my PC. I am getting 3,18,30,36,42,55,58,and 64 just fine. I rarely use my PC for TV except for NFL games, so I am disappointed to say the least.
Well I normally receive them at 92-100% this time of night on the main 9.1 channel, RF34. Here in GVL, SC. But conditions tonight have reduced it to 60-79%. But that should not effect you in Charlotte. Maybe do a rescan. It could be you are getting a weak signal on one of the translator signals. But with RF34, RF30, and RF46, it looks like you should certainly get one of the WSOC signals.
post #5134 of 7640
Conditions improved after 10pm as 9.1 went to 100% and 9.5 was 60%. But I will lose 9.1 after 10am and barely hang on to 9.5 at 33-36% during the day. Although some days 9.5 will drop in and out until regaining about 40-42% around 5pm. Which is good so I can see the news. Then after 7:30pm, 9.1 is back and sometimes 9.5 will fade out. So with my location, I have to pick and choose for WSOC based upon atmospheric conditions and the time of day. As I am just beyond the Spartanburg Co. digital cliff for their signal. But the Dallas signals are strong here in Greenville Co. for the other stations broadcasting from there, including WBTV.
post #5135 of 7640
OK. WMYT started breaking up a bit tonight. I suppose it will be gone soon.

It was good while it lasted. frown.gif
post #5136 of 7640
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Originally Posted by Country_Boy View Post

OK. WMYT started breaking up a bit tonight. I suppose it will be gone soon.
It was good while it lasted. frown.gif
See if it comes back during the day. Every now and then I will lose it overnight due to atmospheric conditions. Although it is good about 95% of the time at 100%. And I am 75 miles. The only Dallas signal I never seem to lose is WBTV, The others may occaissonally drop out due to weather, but WBTV is always there. Normally at 100%. Every now and then it may drop to 79-80% when the others disappear, but very rarely. I suppose it is because they are top mounted, omnidirectional, and full power. And I believe they use a stick antenna rather than a panel antenna, which may explain why I get a good signal here. Although east of Charlotte, WCNC and WJZY may be a bit stronger, as they are more sided mounted in that direction. But, as I said earlier, I don't know if they eventually plan to top mount their digital antennas like WBTV.
post #5137 of 7640
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The problem with WMYT RF39 reception in Catawba County has probably been cochannel interference from WHKY on RF40, which has a higher power level. Perhaps something has changed with one of those stations, or maybe its just temporary atmospheric conditions. But hopefully it will remain for you.

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Probably, just the leaves on the trees at this time of the year with your reception problems on RF Ch 39.

Also WHKY will replace My Family TV with PBJ at Midnight on 10/1.
post #5138 of 7640
All Clt channels coming in strong in GVL SC tonight, incl WSOC 9.1 and WCCB 18.1 which will disappear during the day. WBTV, WCNC, WJZY, WMYT, all 100%; and WSOC and WCCB also 100%. Panasonic signal meter. Favorable conditions tonight, as I don't always get WCCB, and WSOC can range from 80-100% at night.
post #5139 of 7640
Can you give more details of the panasonic signal meter?
post #5140 of 7640
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

Can you give more details of the panasonic signal meter?
Panasonic TVs have a signal strength meter that is measured in percent form, along with a white bar. The TV will maintain signals down to 30%. A weak signal will start to break up at about 28%. I receive all Dallas signals most of the time at 100%, except WCNC will range from 86-92% during the day. WBTV is always 100%. I get WLOS at 83-86%, WSPA at 100%, and WYFF4 is 86%. But my UHF antenna is pointed towards Charlotte, so I get WYFF off the back, as well as WHNS21 also at 86%. I get WSOC 9.1 at night, and often the 9.5 translator during the afternoon and evening. I also have a Samsung TV, which has a signal measurement of 10 bars. It will hold onto a signal with just 1 bar, and a SNR as low as 15. The current Panasonic plasmas have very sensitive tuners for OTA reception, and outstanding pic quality. The 50U54 has been a great deal for $599 at Costco, and the 50UT50 has been down to$759-$799 several times. Overall, I prefer plasma for pic quality, and they are the more affordable option over LED. But, at times, a smaller size LED may be the best choice for a kitchen or bedroom TV.
post #5141 of 7640
Ahh OK, I thought it was some sort of hand held device. Sorry about that. I do agree about plasma as I too find that it makes a better picture. My first flat panel had an excellent picture, but interface card blew out and it wasn't worth trying to fix.

You live a lot further out than I do so your issues are a bit different with reception, but I thought i'd mention this. I've added a 2nd antenna to my dvr and have been experimenting with it. One of the things that threw me was that I was wondering why it was doing such a poor job. Then I completely removed the amp I thought I needed and everything cleared up. Lesson learned. Inside the metro, unless you are running very long lengths of coax and/or splitters, it's best not to bother with them. The antenna is a small 4 bay that I got off the internet for $19.95 on sale, and it easily picks up the stations in Dallas through the trees (maybe 25 miles?) without any issue. It will also pickup WHKY about 35 miles from here, so I've got to think out how I might want to optimize that with my current setup.
post #5142 of 7640
It looks like ThisTV is back now. Was flipping through the channels just now and on 46.3 it popped back up. I know they removed it 5 or so months ago.
post #5143 of 7640
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Originally Posted by farmjope View Post

It looks like ThisTV is back now. Was flipping through the channels just now and on 46.3 it popped back up. I know they removed it 5 or so months ago.
ThisTV was on WBTV and now it is on WJZY 46.3.
post #5144 of 7640
Amplifiers can overload tuners if there are strong nearby signals, so you would have to use a low gain amp if you have a long cable run. And sometimes, an amp may not be necessary, as you said. My antenna/preamp is split between 2 TVs, so I think the power is cut in half to prevent overload from the strong nearby locals, and I still receive the Charlotte signals from 75 miles.
post #5145 of 7640
Another nice TV for OTA reception are the LG PA5500 and PA6500 plasmas. Basic 1080p TV with good tuners. And they allow manual tuning with a very good signal measurement bar that allows you to directly input the actual channel number. Very good user interface for OTA reception, with full program info provided. And these models are very affordably priced, especially when compared to LED. Nice picture, although some videophiles here may prefer Panasonic or Samsung plasma.
post #5146 of 7640
I am getting WSOC 9.1 at 100% tonight, and 9.5 is 70%. In GVL,SC, so conditions are good tonight. The Last Resort looks amazing on Panasonic plasma. Hopefully they will give some of these new shows a chance to catch on before they pull the plug. Revolution on NBC is another good show that needs time to draw viewers, as they have it against Hawaii 5 -0. But these days they don't seem to give these new shows enough time to draw ratings.
post #5147 of 7640
For some reason, WCNC was broadcasting their morning news today from the newsroom rather than their new studio. Perhaps they are making some modifications to their new set such as toning down some of that blue. Or could it be that they are finally preparing to upgrade to HD? Not quite ready to get excited about that yet, but we shall see. But regretably it does look as if 36 has completely disappeared and they are now NBC Charlotte.
post #5148 of 7640
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

For some reason, WCNC was broadcasting their morning news today from the newsroom rather than their new studio. Perhaps they are making some modifications to their new set such as toning down some of that blue. Or could it be that they are finally preparing to upgrade to HD? Not quite ready to get excited about that yet, but we shall see. But regretably it does look as if 36 has completely disappeared and they are now NBC Charlotte.

They need to tone down the blue, I can not watch their studio longer than 5-minutes before I get reaching some Goodies....eek.gif
post #5149 of 7640
I did a scan this morning with this 20 buck antenna I purchased and noticed that I can pickup Channel 62. However it's reporting that 62.1 is WYCW-HD and 62.2 is WSPA-SD. Any ideas?


(I agree, that blue is horrible on wcnc. It's like watching them on them on the outer limits or something)
post #5150 of 7640
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

I did a scan this morning with this 20 buck antenna I purchased and noticed that I can pickup Channel 62. However it's reporting that 62.1 is WYCW-HD and 62.2 is WSPA-SD. Any ideas?

Ideas about what? That's how they made it to be.
post #5151 of 7640
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Originally Posted by ProjectSHO89 View Post

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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

I did a scan this morning with this 20 buck antenna I purchased and noticed that I can pickup Channel 62. However it's reporting that 62.1 is WYCW-HD and 62.2 is WSPA-SD. Any ideas?

Ideas about what? That's how they made it to be.

 

WYCW and WSPA are owned by the same company. WSPA broadcasts on RF 7 in HD, but maybe some people have trouble receiving the signal on RF 7 (rather low VHF), so they decided to also put WSPA on channel 62 (RF 45) as a standard definition subchannel. There are places around the nation, usually rural areas, where the same station appears on two different RF channels.

post #5152 of 7640
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Originally Posted by veedon View Post

There are places around the nation, usually rural areas, where the same station appears on two different RF channels.

Montgomery AL, WNCF has ABC HD / CW 16:9 SD and WBMM has CW HD / ABC 16:9 SD..
post #5153 of 7640
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

For some reason, WCNC was broadcasting their morning news today from the newsroom rather than their new studio. Perhaps they are making some modifications to their new set such as toning down some of that blue. Or could it be that they are finally preparing to upgrade to HD? Not quite ready to get excited about that yet, but we shall see. But regretably it does look as if 36 has completely disappeared and they are now NBC Charlotte.

I just wish they would STICK to something regarding their branding. I guess the only branding they have not tried is "Channel 22" since that's their RF channel. Give it another 2-3 years, and they'll go from NBC Charlotte to something else.
post #5154 of 7640
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Originally Posted by veedon View Post

WYCW and WSPA are owned by the same company. WSPA broadcasts on RF 7 in HD, but maybe some people have trouble receiving the signal on RF 7 (rather low VHF), so they decided to also put WSPA on channel 62 (RF 45) as a standard definition subchannel. There are places around the nation, usually rural areas, where the same station appears on two different RF channels.

Thanks for the Info. I was a bit confused because Schedules direct has 62.2 listed asWYCYDT2 instead of WSPT-SD which is the transmitted call sign. I guess it was a clerical error.
post #5155 of 7640
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Originally Posted by tesla_engineer View Post

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The problem with WMYT RF39 reception in Catawba County has probably been cochannel interference from WHKY on RF40, which has a higher power level. Perhaps something has changed with one of those stations, or maybe its just temporary atmospheric conditions. But hopefully it will remain for you.
____
Probably, just the leaves on the trees at this time of the year with your reception problems on RF Ch 39.
Also WHKY will replace My Family TV with PBJ at Midnight on 10/1.

It ain't quite October. But, PBJ looks OK.
post #5156 of 7640
for those wonder what the schedule like for PBJ http://www.locatetv.com/listings/pbj-television#01-Oct-2012
post #5157 of 7640
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Originally Posted by difuse View Post

It ain't quite October. But, PBJ looks OK.

Sorry, lost the sat feed for My Family TV at mid night Friday. We changed at 3PM Friday. Monday the program guide will match up (I hope).
post #5158 of 7640
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Originally Posted by eacalhoun View Post

I just wish they would STICK to something regarding their branding. I guess the only branding they have not tried is "Channel 22" since that's their RF channel. Give it another 2-3 years, and they'll go from NBC Charlotte to something else.
They need to call themselves WCNC-36, with the subtitle NBC Charlotte, and be done with it. All of this constant rebranding creates confusion and does not magically attract new viewers. Just more gimmicks. And I just like to see the channel number as part of the branding. WBTV has a distinguished heritage as Channel 3, as well as WSOC as Channel 9. And here in the Upstate, WYFF has always been known as Channel 4, and WSPA as Channel 7. WCNC just seems mixed up and confused. I was pleased when they brought back Channel 36, and now some marketing genious has decided to do away with it. Not a smart move.
post #5159 of 7640
Apparently WCNC is making some modifications to their studio lighting and will be back in their main studio on Sunday. I don't think they are ready for HD yet, but maybe they are slowly working their way to get there.
post #5160 of 7640
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Originally Posted by tesla_engineer View Post

Monday the program guide will match up (I hope).
At least through Schedules Direct, it did. PBJ's guide info (starting on Monday) showed up a few days ago.
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