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post #5791 of 7653
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

Anyone seeing WBTV running a 3-3?

- Trip
There is no 3.3 at the moment. Only 3.1 CBS-HD and 3.2 Bounce SD. They used to run a 3.3 weather radar but it was dropped a few years back. They may be doing Mobile DTV but not sure. But I would like to see them repair their tube and return their transmitter to full power. As others have speculated, it still seems to be a bit off. Although I do still receive a strong signal at 75 miles.
post #5792 of 7653
I haven't had an issue with receiving WBTV in a long time. WBTV is one the two strongest signals that I receive. (the other is WCCB) If there was a broken tube, they must have fixed it.

Speaking of that, I think CPCC's involvement with WTVI must have helped it out. I once had trouble getting this station but it's extremely strong and solid now.
post #5793 of 7653
I see that Smith Mtn (WCCB's translator site in Burke County) is still off the air. Any kind of timeline for return, Bob?

Eric
post #5794 of 7653
Upconverter failed and had to be shipped off to Southwick MA for repairs, awaiting its return.
post #5795 of 7653
Will Fox's Movies! show up on 55.2 monday? What do you think?
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What about Cozi tv, What will WCCB put on 18-2?
post #5797 of 7653
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Not sure what your problem may be with WBTV, as I still get a strong signal even though they may be a bit reduced since that tube went bad. But there are certainly better antenna choices that would give you better results. For indoor, I would order a Terk HDTVa. It has an amp that can be turned on or off as needed, and is one of the better indoor antennas. Just be sure it is plugged in. Also, several outdoor antennas work well indoors, such as Clearstream 2V from Antennas Direct, or Channel Master 4221. Perhaps add a dist amp. For better results, try an outdoor antenna. And if you are not getting 9 or 13, then you are missing ABC.

I looked at the Terk HDTVa, it has slightly lower db then my antenna. The way it is made looks like you would only get station in one direction as the one i have get front and back both.
Thanks
post #5798 of 7653
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Originally Posted by realoldman View Post

Will Fox's Movies! show up on 55.2 monday? What do you think?
That would be my guess, although they could put Movies! on 46.2 and move Antenna TV to 55.2. But we shall see soon.
post #5799 of 7653
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

That would be my guess, although they could put Movies! on 46.2 and move Antenna TV to 55.2. But we shall see soon.

I just hope THIS TV stays in one form or another on one of the stations... they show some great old shows. I'd hate for the loss of that to be a side effect of these moves.
post #5800 of 7653
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Originally Posted by realoldman View Post

I looked at the Terk HDTVa, it has slightly lower db then my antenna. The way it is made looks like you would only get station in one direction as the one i have get front and back both.
Thanks
Although a bit directional, the Terk HDTVa is one of the better indoor antennas, and would likely give you a better chance of receiving weaker or problematic channels. The alleged higher db gain of the noisey Big Lots antenna could do more harm than good. But if you want better front and back reception, the best loop antenna is probably the Clearstream 1 Convertible sold at Walmart for $59. From Antennas Direct. It does not have the reflector screen, and should receive from both directions. But you may need to add rabbit ears with a UHF/VHF signal combiner from RadioShack. And possibly use a dist. amp. And their Clearstream 2-V adds a second loop and a VHF dipole. Sold at Best Buy. Just some better ideas for an indoor antenna. But for best results, consider an outdoor antenna and preamp.
post #5801 of 7653
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Originally Posted by cpalmer2k View Post

I just hope THIS TV stays in one form or another on one of the stations... they show some great old shows. I'd hate for the loss of that to be a side effect of these moves.
THIS TV is also carried on WYFF 4.2 if you can receive that station. And maybe still carried by WIS-10 but not sure.
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If the tower is 60 mikes away how close do you need to be for good signal?
post #5803 of 7653
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Originally Posted by realoldman View Post

If the tower is 60 mikes away how close do you need to be for good signal?

One of the best tools out there (that I know about) is tvfool.com

You can put in your specific address (on their site) and it will give you good information about the signal strength of any particular station at your address. I used this site before getting my antennas in January of 2011. And once I got my antennas a short while after, the real world results were very close to what I saw on tvfool.com

At 60 miles away, your exact location is very important. For example, at 62 miles away, I can get reliable reception on WSOC with my long range rooftop and attic antennas. And I can also see WBTV at 69 miles out. However, at my distance, that would not be the case for many viewers. The elevation of your home and any obstructions around you become very important factors the farther away you get. On the other hand, WXII is my closest station at 20 miles away. And I can receive it effortlessly with any antenna.

Let's just hope the repacking of channels does not do too much damage over the next year or two!
post #5804 of 7653
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Originally Posted by realoldman View Post

If the tower is 60 mikes away how close do you need to be for good signal?
You may have mountains or trees as interference at your location unless you have good elevation or line of site. Check your TVfool info. But I am fortunate to receive WBTV, WCNC, and WJZY reliably at 75 miles. And a good outside antenna and preamp are your best options.
post #5805 of 7653
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Originally Posted by cpalmer2k View Post


I just hope THIS TV stays in one form or another on one of the stations... they show some great old shows. I'd hate for the loss of that to be a side effect of these moves.

This TV was just bought by Tribune Broadcasting.
post #5806 of 7653
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

You may have mountains or trees as interference at your location unless you have good elevation or line of site. Check your TVfool info. But I am fortunate to receive WBTV, WCNC, and WJZY reliably at 75 miles. And a good outside antenna and preamp are your best options.

I'm 58 miles from 3 towers and get all with rabbit ears. I'm thinking about get a roof top antenna and each one states how far they will reach out.

I use rabbitears.info for info as it has maps showing how far their signal will go. So i guess my question is, I'm 58 miles from tower and the says I'm on the fringe of map of getting the signal. Will a antenna that say it's good for 430 miles be good enough.
Thanks
post #5807 of 7653
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Originally Posted by foxeng View Post

This TV was just bought by Tribune Broadcasting.

Looks like MGM is dropping its relationship with Weigel Broadcasting and going with Tribune Broadcasting who owns Antenna TV.
I think i got that right.
Edited by realoldman - 5/22/13 at 10:29pm
post #5808 of 7653
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Originally Posted by realoldman View Post

Will Fox's Movies! show up on 55.2 monday? What do you think?

I realize they can change it at anytime, but so far, the guide info that I have through June 4th, does not show any change to any of the Charlotte stations. There is nothing yet for 55.2 which I still have setup for Soul of the South. (assuming that Fox keeps the same xmltvid for the sub station)

I noticed a new (at least first time it scanned) digital station in Charlotte. 28.1 which identifies itself as WORDNET and 28.2 - WOGR.
Edited by blackcat6 - 5/23/13 at 12:51am
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Channel 28 is the new WGTB-CD, which replaced the analog WGTB-LP on the same channel. WGTB-CD's transmitters are located on Hood Road in eastern Mecklenburg County and on the Fox TV tower in Gaston County.

http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=WGTB-CD
Edited by blackcap93 - 5/23/13 at 4:06am
post #5810 of 7653
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Originally Posted by realoldman View Post

Will Fox's Movies! show up on 55.2 monday? What do you think?
They may wait until they officially takeover with FOX programming on July 1st, but we shall see. It is supposedly planned for all of their O&O stations.
post #5811 of 7653
Well, I had another interesting conversation with a Charter installer today.

My neighbor bought himself a new computer and decided he wanted a good internet connection. Charter told him that since he already had phone service with them, they couldn't give him the best deal available. Those deals are reserved for NEW customers. So, right off the bat you get screwed if you are a loyal customer.

Anyway, the installer comes out at 5:00 (appointment time was from 5-7) and I go over and we start talking about MY internet connection. He mentioned cable TV. I told him I didn't want or NEED cable TV as I was getting upwards of 25 channels just fine with my homemade antenna that cost me about a dollar.

I new it was coming so I should not have been surprised. This may not be word for word, but it is close.

When I told him I was getting 25 channels, he said:

Him: "Yea, for now."

Me: What do you mean "For Now?"

Him: "You won't be able to get them when they stop the simulcasts. I know some people with those antennas and they won't work when they stop the simulcast. There are still several analog stations broadcasting though."

Me: "Say what?. I have no idea what you are talking about. I get OTA signals from the Charlotte area with my antenna into a big ass high definition TV, and the picture is as good as or better than anything I EVER got some Charter. There are only a couple of low power analog stations left in this area".

This went on for a few minutes with my neighbor standing there grinning. He has been to my house on numerous occasions to watch football games so even HE knows that the Charter guy is full of bull.

The really disturbing thing about this is I really believe this guy thought he knew (and believed) what he was talking about. He acted as though he didn't know that TV had gone digital, and that when it DID, we could no longer pick it up. I can understand them trying to feed this line to someone in their office (they tried it on me a few years ago when I cut the cord), but to stand there and argue with someone who has just told you that he HAS an antenna and it is working just fine? Jeez.

The guy sounded like he was sort of intelligent (except for the "your antenna is not going to work soon" bull that he kept spouting) - that is until I walked back over to help my neighbor and this guy told us about a 1.5 TERABYTE video card in his kids computer.

That did it for me. At least he was a nice guy, and he was courteous.

Within an hour, the phone wasn't working, the Internet wasn't working, and a great many of the TV channels would not come in as they should.

I will admit that I love my Charter Internet connection, but I had a hell of a time out of them when I first got it years ago and then again when they kept adding people to my cable (I threatened to cancel them and get DSL - They put me back on my own cable). I told my neighbor to just grin and bear it because once it was all set up and working, it would probably be OK.

Then the installer showed up at 9:00 - two hours AFTER the scheduled appointment time.

The installer you way? I thought that was who you were talking about to begin with.

Yep. The first guy showed up at 5:00. The second guy showed up at 9:00 and apologized for being late.

We had just gotten back from Lowe's and there was a guy standing at his door. My neighbor asked "Can I help you?

He says: "I am from Charter."

We just sort of looked at him dumbstruck.. My neighbor told him that another installer had already been there. I thought quick and told him to come on in and fix some stuff.

VERY long story, but it was sorta funny. This one did manage to get the Internet and phone working again, but they apparently have screwed up his account as far as the TV goes and the neighbor is going to have to call them about it. I hung around a few more minutes and showed him a few things on his new computer.

Then I cam home and watched free TV with my little antenna. smile.gif

EDIT: His bill is going to be $110 a month before taxes. My Internet connection cost me $35.09 each month.
Edited by Country_Boy - 5/24/13 at 11:06pm
post #5812 of 7653
Tell your neighbor that he can purchase a SIP phone and then go with a very cheap VoIP phone provider. VoIP.ms is a good example.
post #5813 of 7653
Website for the new Movies! network which is owned by Fox & Weigel. No mention of Charlotte in the affiliate list.

http://moviestvnetwork.com/
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

Website for the new Movies! network which is owned by Fox & Weigel. No mention of Charlotte in the affiliate list.

http://moviestvnetwork.com/

High Anxiety caught my eye..so I may tune in to watch that.! smile.gif
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

Website for the new Movies! network which is owned by Fox & Weigel. No mention of Charlotte in the affiliate list.

http://moviestvnetwork.com/
FOX may be contractually required to wait until July 1st before making any programming changes at WJZY/WMYT. But I have an idea it may eventually end up on 55.2 or 46.2, since it is planned for the O&O stations. But I do question what may happen with Jimmy Swaggart.
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Meanwhile I see WCCB is still carrying Ernest Angsely. Didn't realize he was still around also. Rather entertaining in a kitschy sort of way. But then again I enjoyed PTL back in the day. And anybody remember Gospel Jubilee on Sunday mornings on WBTV? Never forget Vestal and that beehive hairdo while Howard was pounding on that piano. But I digress. But now getting WCCB and WSOC most nights after 7:30pm.
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Soul of the South finally launched today but they only list 2 stations as affiliates, Chicago & Little Rock. (is Chicago part of the South now? tongue.gif ) I guess the WMYT deal did fall through.
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Code:
Got 15 mins into High Anxiety before the first commercial break..where I learned how to get a new house for $69,900...that I can get my missing hair fixed for a small phenomenal fee..and can get liposuction in a bottle too!! rolleyes.gif Sending Nurse Diesel down for a visit with tylersc...biggrin.gif
post #5819 of 7653
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

Tell your neighbor that he can purchase a SIP phone and then go with a very cheap VoIP phone provider. VoIP.ms is a good example.

No. It would be a waste of time. He is one of those folks who stick with the "Name".

It doesn't matter if it may be better, or adequate, or less expensive, it is unfamiliar to him so it would never be used.

I have a Straight Talk phone with a little keyboard. It works fine. I get 1000 minutes a month and 1000 texts for $32.10 a month. I rarely ever use more than a few hundred of either so it works well for me. He is with Verizon. He pays much more than I do and he has to pay for every text he sends or receives. That's a good example. Straight Talk is viewed as inexpensive to me, but "cheap" to him, so it can't be as good.

Everything is working good today so he is happy. That's all that really counts. smile.gif

I AM, however, trying to steer him towards a free or inexpensive "Office" package and several other free programs. I told him that 99.9% of anything he needs on his computer can be had for free or near nothing by the grace of the open source community. Again, if it is "free", it must not be as good, so I figure he will end up buying M.S. Office and a few other things. I prefer Softmaker Office myself. I got the 2012 version for $12.99. I like the interface better than the freebies, it is as easy to use as Office XP (that I migrated from) and it is prettier (meaning it just looks better). It is the closest thing to M.S. Office that I have come across that fits MY needs (and it doesn't have that stupid ribbon interface of 2007 on). Everything else on my computer is freeware. I do not install pirated software on my own or anyone else's computer. There is no need.

Anyway - You know the old saying: You can lead a horse to water? Nough said. wink.gif
post #5820 of 7653
The best alternative to MS Office is Libre Office. See www.libreoffice.org It's completely open source and best of all, it's free.
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