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post #5881 of 7651
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

Its height! I keep telling you that. Height trumps power at UHF.

Agreed. Hence the reason for the existence of three tall towers in Dallas, NC.
post #5882 of 7651
Can the Dallas tower antennas be stacked like they are on the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago? Wouldn't that eliminate the side mount issues?
post #5883 of 7651
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Originally Posted by bill875 View Post

Can the Dallas tower antennas be stacked like they are on the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago? Wouldn't that eliminate the side mount issues?
WBTV has a top mounted stick antenna which is omnidirectional, but the other Dallas antennas are still side mounted. The side mounts may produce a strong signal in their main direction, but can have a null in another direction. WCNC had a permit to top mount, but has not yet acted. However, I get a strong signal from all of the Dallas towers at 75 miles, so the tall height seems to play a more critical role.
post #5884 of 7651
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Originally Posted by bill875 View Post

Can the Dallas tower antennas be stacked like they are on the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago? Wouldn't that eliminate the side mount issues?
Not sure if a 2000ft tower could support a 3-way stack all on the top. Could be a danger of collapse. But the TV Hill tower in Baltimore supports multiple antennas such as WJZ and WBAL, but not as tall. Also a similar TV tower in Atlanta. But again a shorter tower.
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

....Its height! I keep telling you that. Height trumps power at UHF. WAVY and WVEC both had 1000Kw.

Ted

No doubt why I have a easier time picking up WUNE at 100kw ~70+ miles away than WUNG in Concord at 150kw ~20 miles away. The WUNE antenna, according to the FCC database is over 5000 ft up there. I wish that UNC-TV would put up the same power station in Concord as they have in RDU.
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WLOS also has a very tall tower on top of Mt. Pisgah, but unfortunately they do not take full advantage of that superb height, as they have a problematic signal on RF13. I believe it may be side mounted and directional to avoid interference with WBTW in Florence, SC which is also RF13. It would have been awesome if WLOS could have remained UHF, but it was not meant to be. They are supposedly going to add some translators to better serve Upstate SC. But if you have a good VHF antenna, you may be able to receive WLOS and WSPA RF7 as far as Gastonia. And WSPA may be received in parts of Mecklenburg, not sure. WSPA also has a tall tower on Hogback Mtn, and it does not have a limited directional signal like WLOS.
post #5887 of 7651
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

WLOS also has a very tall tower on top of Mt. Pisgah, but unfortunately they do not take full advantage of that superb height, as they have a problematic signal on RF13. I believe it may be side mounted and directional to avoid interference with WBTW in Florence, SC which is also RF13. It would have been awesome if WLOS could have remained UHF, but it was not meant to be. They are supposedly going to add some translators to better serve Upstate SC. But if you have a good VHF antenna, you may be able to receive WLOS and WSPA RF7 as far as Gastonia. And WSPA may be received in parts of Mecklenburg, not sure. WSPA also has a tall tower on Hogback Mtn, and it does not have a limited directional signal like WLOS.

I have heard that the New Tryon, NC translator for WLOS will working this summer. No firm date.
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Anyone having trouble with WSOC/WAXN tonight? As of 11:30pm both aren't coming in for me, both are usually strong. WCCB is fine though, pulling from the same general area.
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Originally Posted by cpalmer2k View Post

Anyone having trouble with WSOC/WAXN tonight? As of 11:30pm both aren't coming in for me, both are usually strong. WCCB is fine though, pulling from the same general area.
Last night weather conditions created reception problems when the storms came through. I lost WJZY and WMYT for a while, and had some issues with WLOS. WSOC and WCCB did not come in as they often do at night. And I was getting WIS, WOLO, and WAGT from Columbia and Augusta which I normally do not receive. But things are back to normal this morning.
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For some reason, Channel 96.1 has not been broadcasting their HD Radio digital signal for the past few days. I know their radio antenna is on the WJZY TV tower in Dallas, along with Kiss 95.1. I get a good signal from both stations, although 95.1 has not yet begun HD Radio broadcasting as previously planned. Also get 107.9 the Link HD Radio signal. But all of a sudden it is hard to find a good HD Radio tuner other than car radios. But there is an Insignia boombox at Best Buy. But the Sony and Accurian radios are no longer available.
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Just curious as to who will replace Morgan Fogerty on WCCB. Is Israel still there?

Its gonna be hard to replace her. I think she was among the best newscasters in the region. Rarely ever flubbed a storyline, clear and concise voice, and damn nice eye candy to boot.

I have not watched the tube for a while, so I am not sure what is going on here.
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Originally Posted by Country_Boy View Post

Just curious as to who will replace Morgan Fogerty on WCCB. Is Israel still there?

Its gonna be hard to replace her. I think she was among the best newscasters in the region. Rarely ever flubbed a storyline, clear and concise voice, and damn nice eye candy to boot.

I have not watched the tube for a while, so I am not sure what is going on here.
Charlotte Observer said today she is leaving to pursue a national network opportunity. Israel Balderas was let go following a verbal altercation with another employee, according to the Observer report. Same as before with the previous anchorman, although reportedly in that case an argument allegedly escalated to assault. So a tough time of transition at WCCB, as they are losing both of their lead anchors, their news director, and the FOX affiliation all about the same time. But I'm sure they will work hard to move forward.
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

For some reason, Channel 96.1 has not been broadcasting their HD Radio digital signal for the past few days. I know their radio antenna is on the WJZY TV tower in Dallas, along with Kiss 95.1. I get a good signal from both stations, although 95.1 has not yet begun HD Radio broadcasting as previously planned. Also get 107.9 the Link HD Radio signal. But all of a sudden it is hard to find a good HD Radio tuner other than car radios. But there is an Insignia boombox at Best Buy. But the Sony and Accurian radios are no longer available.

I don't know for sure but I would speculate something in the HD system failed that they don't have a backup for. At this point very few people know IBOC exists. Not many stations make any additional revenue on it. Hard to justify a backup for something that doesn't make money. Someday it will catch on but it is not quite there...

I notice here in Race City USA their signal is weak. They may be on the backup transmitter site at Stewart Andrew. I am almost positive they have no HD gear there...

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Here in Greenville, the Clt HD Radio signals drop in and out in the car, but mostly stay locked once you get into Spartanburg. But I have a wire in the glass antenna, not the stick antenna which would be more ideal. But you can definitely notice an upgrade in the audio quality when the HD signal kicks in. But with rabbit ears in the house, I can get the Clt HD Radio signals locked in from 96.1, 101.9, 107.9, and sometimes 102.9. I have a Sony HD Radio tuner and a Sony tabletop HD Radio, and an Accurian HD Radio from RadioShack. They all sound great connected to Logitech 2.1 computer speakers I got a few years back at Target for $39 on sale. But more of the IBOC signals need to increase power, and HD Radio needs to be marketed much better like the HDTV transition. And they need to start making affordable HD Radios again.
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Charlotte Observer said today she is leaving to pursue a national network opportunity. Israel Balderas was let go following a verbal altercation with another employee, according to the Observer report. Same as before with the previous anchorman, although reportedly in that case an argument allegedly escalated to assault. So a tough time of transition at WCCB, as they are losing both of their lead anchors, their news director, and the FOX affiliation all about the same time. But I'm sure they will work hard to move forward.

Who did those guys get into arguments with? Anybody know who and what it was about?

I really liked Israel. he seemed to have a good personality. Seems strange that the male anchors are getting fired for arguing and fighting.
Edited by Country_Boy - 6/14/13 at 9:02pm
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Originally Posted by Country_Boy View Post

Who did those guys get into arguments with? Anybody know who and was it was about?

I really liked Israel. he seemed to have a good personality. Seems strange that the male anchors are getting fired for arguing and fighting.
Don't know any more details other than what was reported in the newspaper. But this is now old news and they are now moving forward. A time of transition at WCCB.
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Apparently Gannett Co. is buying out Belo, which means a new owner for WCNC. Maybe they will institute some needed cosmetic changes, but higher standards of journalism may be on the decline. Based upon how they have operated WUSA-9 in Washington, DC, and WFMY-2 in Greensboro. Both of those heritage stations no longer produce the high caliber product they used to. In DC, WUSA fired all of their veteran anchors as they got older, and they were quickly rehired at WJLA-7. WUSA used to produce outstanding news reporting, but not so much anymore. But it looks very slick cosmetic wise, and perhaps that aspect could help WCNC. But at least Belo has attempted quality journalisn at WCNC, so it will be interesting to see how Gannett moves forward. But they have also allowed the news product to decline at WFMY in Greensboro, so we shall see. Hopefully they will at least get WCNC upgraded to high definition for the local news.
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UPDATE: Channel 96.1 HD Radio signal is now functioning again.
post #5899 of 7651
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

UPDATE: Channel 96.1 HD Radio signal is now functioning again.

With a much higher signal strength level here in Race City USA. I suspect they were on the backup....

hh
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Speaking of WCNC, I wonder if they finally increased to full power 1000kw. Their construction permit expired April 22. But I have been getting stronger signal strength readings the past few weeks, which is why I was wondering. And very few weather related dropouts which used to be more common. I used to get 7 or 8 bars, now up to 8 to 10 consistently, with 10 bars most of the time. They also had a permit to top mount their antenna, but I don't think that happened, as I believe they are still side mounted. They still have a directional antenna to protect interference with WHNS RF21 Fox Carolina. I did install a new Kitztech 200 low noise amp, so that could be the explanation. But looks like they would have wanted to increase to the full power level they had requested, as I believe they have been around 790kw.
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WJZY is running a teaser with it's Fox July 1 teasers that goes "Will WJZY still have News? ---- Stay Tuned!". (probably means will Fox on WJZY still have news)

Sounds as if, as predicted here, they are working on some sort of in house presentation.
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

WJZY is running a teaser with it's Fox July 1 teasers that goes "Will WJZY still have News? ---- Stay Tuned!". (probably means will Fox on WJZY still have news)

Sounds as if, as predicted here, they are working on some sort of in house presentation.

Molly Grantham announced on her Facebook page last week that the Newscast that WBTV currently produces for WMYT will move to WJZY July 1st.

https://www.facebook.com/WBTVMollyGrantham

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Originally Posted by Check123 View Post

Molly Grantham announced on her Facebook page last week that the Newscast that WBTV currently produces for WMYT will move to WJZY July 1st.

https://www.facebook.com/WBTVMollyGrantham

hh
That newscast will probably run through December and then FOX will likely launch their own news program on WJZY early next year.
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What Does "20 Minutes from Anywhere" Mean?

Stealing a quote from Monty Python, "Now for something completely different", I'm on my soapbox about stupid commercials and phrases I don't understand - beyond their being a total lie eek.gif. Currently running is a TV ad for a Statesville auto dealership - why does the owner (apparently that's him on the screen) state, "we're 20 minutes from anywhere." Maybe the phrase is NOT a lie if he's NOT referring to the most likely method of reaching his dealership - via automobile. Living in Morganton, it takes me about 50 minutes to drive to Statesville in a reasonable and legal manner. Now, maybe if I owned a plane that might be different - but is there a landing strip at the dealership? Maybe he's referring to the cyber means of visiting his dealership and on an old computer that's turned off. It could take up to 20 minutes on an old PC if you count boot-up time plus, if you have a dial-up connection. Or, maybe you have a TV, but no phone in your home. That's it, it can take up to 20 minutes for the worst-case-scenario phone call to the dealership. So, you get in your car - or maybe if you're on Petticoat Junction, you hop aboard Steve's crop duster, fly down to Sam Drucker's store, get Sam to ring up Sarah the operator, to get her to connect you to this guys's dealership. Yeah, that all could take about 20 minutes. Anyone else have any theories, like the ones I've mentioned? rolleyes.gif

Eric
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Don't get me started on that issue Eric, needless to say..there is more than 1 car dealer who's commercials guaranteed they did not and will not get my business...of course, I buy new, pay cash and drive them until they fall apart so I'm not the target audience anyway.
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I never understood why these dealers want to hawk cars with droning loudmouths, screeching bimbos or the harpies they are married to, and/or their spoiled children & grandchildren. Thank goodness for automatic commercial skipping. Now if we could only get automatic mute for live TV.
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I don't know if it is related to the Belo sale, but I turned on the TV a little while ago and saw, I think Debbi Faubian on WCNC on Charlotte Today. Maybe she has come out of retirement from WSOC. Definately a big step up in talent.

I think WCNC still needs to work on their broadcast signal.
post #5908 of 7651
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

I never understood why these dealers want to hawk cars with droning loudmouths, screeching bimbos or the harpies they are married to, and/or their spoiled children & grandchildren. Thank goodness for automatic commercial skipping. Now if we could only get automatic mute for live TV.
I get tired of the mother/daughter ads for Randy Marion. It was arguably cute at first, but it has been going on for years. Enough already.
post #5909 of 7651
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

I don't know if it is related to the Belo sale, but I turned on the TV a little while ago and saw, I think Debbi Faubian on WCNC on Charlotte Today. Maybe she has come out of retirement from WSOC. Definately a big step up in talent.

I think WCNC still needs to work on their broadcast signal.
I believe Debi Faubion is filling in for Colleen Odorguard. Or however you spell her name. But it is nice to see her back on local TV, although it would be even better if they could return her to the anchor desk. They definitely need a good anchor over there. And she is also now doing some local ads for a flooring company.
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Recently I have been getting a strong signal from WCNC. But I don't know if they are still having some technical glitches. But their permit to increase power to 1000kw supposedly expired in April. Not sure if they ever increased to full power. And they also had a permit to top mount, but I believe they are still sidemounted and directional. They have to protect WHNS RF21. But hopefully when Gannett takes over they will finally upgrade to high definition for the local news broadcasts.
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