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post #151 of 3491
There testing again, of coarse its an evening when there is no HD programming, grrr
post #152 of 3491
The station's signal has been on full time now, I wonder if this means the station is fully up now? There will be HD programs tonight so we will see if the station will show them in HD
post #153 of 3491
No HD programs tonight.... grrrr
post #154 of 3491
I saw some HD yesterday during the Opera Winfrey Show. It was a clip of the shuttle launch and one of New York City at night. They were great!

There is no doubt that they are HD ready.
post #155 of 3491
The movie "Bandits" is suppose to be in HD at 8:00 PM.
post #156 of 3491
Thread Starter 
According to the ABC TV line up. We should see desperate house wifes at 9pm tonight in HD, and the NFL hall of fame game on Monday night in HD at 8pm. Hopefully WCJB will pass the national HD feed through to its viewers.
post #157 of 3491
I can't seem to find it.What channel are they broadcasting on? I have tried 16-1 and 20-1. I live east of Gainesville and can get WOGXDT (51.1) and WUFTDT (5.1 and 36.1) on my indoor antenna without reorienting it. Is it possible they are testing at a lower power. The tower should be closer to me than WOGX per the antennaweb maps.
post #158 of 3491
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Originally Posted by gatorred View Post

I can't seem to find it.What channel are they broadcasting on? I have tried 16-1 and 20-1.

WCJB-HD is broadcasting on channel 20.1, but on frequency 16. They have yet to broadcast a single show in HD though. I'm starting to think this going to be another WOGX situation. Does anyone know for sure?
post #159 of 3491
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Originally Posted by gatorred View Post

Is it possible they are testing at a lower power.

Yes. They aren't using much power right now. I'm 37 miles from their tower and the signal strength is very low compared to wuft, about the same as wgfl which is only using 5,000 watts on a 300 ft tower.

I don't believe that we have another wogx (they are the only fox station in the country that doesn't have HD) on our hands.

I saw some HD the other day. I think that they don't have the equipment to pass the network HD on to us right now, but they are transmitting 720P 16:9 aspect ratio.

Maybe tomorrow during the football game.

Why doesn't someone call the station and find out?
post #160 of 3491
Thread Starter 
I'm waiting for the NFL game tonight on ABC. Hopefully WCJB will pass on the national ABC HD feed. I tried calling WCJB this evening, and no one in the Engineering department picked up, will try again.
post #161 of 3491
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Not sure what WCJB is upto, but no NFL tonight in HD!! I tried to contact the ENG department at WCJB after the game started, but had to luck getting someone to pick up the phone.

I suggest we all contact WCJB on HD issue... 352-377-2020 hit number 7, and then number 3.
post #162 of 3491
Got my Silver Sensor today, and I'm happy to say it works quite well. I've got it aimed in the direction of WGFL, and am pulling in WGFL at around 80% while simultaneously getting WUFT and WCJB at around 90%. WOGX is weakest at around 65-70%, but I couldn't get it to come in any stronger regardless of which direction I pointed the antenna. Since it's doubtful they'll be going HD anyway, it's not a big deal as 65% seems enough to maintain a lock on the signal with no intermittent break-ups.

The cool thing is that all of the up-and-down signal jumping I was getting with the powered TERK TV5 is completely gone - signals are all very steady. I'm extremely pleased I won't have to go the attic our outdoor route since I'm pretty lazy.

I actually purchased two of the Silver Sensors, and experimented with using both simultaneously with a UHF combiner. I found it actually worked better using just the one. So, I now have an extra Silver Sensor on hand if anyone local would like it -- $23. E-mail or PM me if interested within the next few days, otherwise I'll end up returning it to Amazon.
post #163 of 3491
Thread Starter 
I still have my Sliver Sensor sitting in the box, that I also got Amazon.com.

Has anyone else called WCJB?
post #164 of 3491
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Originally Posted by desiguy2447 View Post

I still have my Sliver Sensor sitting in the box, that I also got Amazon.com.

Has anyone else called WCJB?

I called and left a message for someone named Steve. We'll see if he calls me back.
post #165 of 3491
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I sent an email to WCJB this morning, and addressed to the WCJB Engineering department. I'm waiting for a reply. I might try to call them again later today.
post #166 of 3491
WCJB flipped the switch and was broadcasting in HD from about 8:30-11:00PM (for most of Tuesday's ABC prime time schedule.) The picture clarity was awesome.
post #167 of 3491
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Nice to hear.. Hopefully WCJB will flip the switch again tonight. Wish I had checked WCJB last night!!
post #168 of 3491
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I checked last night to see if WCJB was broadcasting LOST in HD at 10pm. WCJB did not pass the National HD signal. It seems that WCJB is doing random HD broadcasting. My guess is that once the new season for prime time shows on ABC restarts, the HD signal will be on each night. (hopefully).
post #169 of 3491
I was also disappointed that WCJB did not pass the HD feed of "Lost."

WCJB will continue to do random HD broadcasting until the engineering department is satisfied that the digital signal complies with all FCC requirements. The current signal being transmitted at low power, and is primarily for use by the WCJB engineering staff, and is not yet intended for public consumption. It seems logical that WCJB should be in the final stages of testing, and I wouldn't be surprised to see consistent HD feeds within the next couple of weeks.

As long as the digital feed is present, there is no real advantage for WCJB to wait until the fall season begins to pass ABC's HD feed. The main problem/issue for WCJB will be making sure the person in network control remembers to throw the switch. This was a common problem for WGFL in the first month of transmitting the CBS HD feed.
post #170 of 3491
Thread Starter 
Yeah it makes sense till the testing is over. This afternoon around 3:00pm WCJB was doing testing on the DT channel. There was only audio coming off the DT channel with no video.
post #171 of 3491
I talked to an engineer at WCJB this afternoon, and I specifically asked when they were going to begin passing the ABC-HD feed. The engineer said that they were hopeful to have a temporary HD feed available tonight (Monday.) There is a problem with a piece of equipment that needs to be replaced before they can pass the HD feed without special modificatiion. The engineer indicated that the equipment was on order, and should be installed early this week. Once the new antenna is installed WCJB will begin broadcasting the ABC-HD feed whenever HD content is available.
post #172 of 3491
Thread Starter 
Thats is good news. I'll check WCJB tonight, and hopefully catch some HD programing.
post #173 of 3491
It is being reported in the AVS HDTV Programming forum that ABC will not transmit an HD feed to affiliates between Tuesday 8/23 and Friday 8/26 due to technical upgrades to their system.
post #174 of 3491
Hi all,
Forgive me for what is probably a dumb question...I've been trying to research all this stuff on my own and the things I see on the websites of the satellite providers seem to be different from what I'm reading on this thread, so it would be great if someone could provide a quick summary of what options are out there for local HD programming in Gainesvile. Here is my dilemma:

I got my HDTV and Cox HD service a year and a half ago and I've been pretty disappointed with their channel selection. It frustrates the crap out of me to go to my friends' houses in Tampa and see all the channels that Brighthouse gives them for the same money or less. I cancelled the service over the summer because I was out of town, and now that I'm back in Gainesville, I want to take a GOOD look at other options before giving Cox any more money. (although I do realize that as local Fox and ABC become available in HD, Cox will pick them up....it's taking TOO long if I have other options out there).

I live in an apartment (a couple miles south of UF), so a big outdoor antenna is not an option, but a satellite provider is most likely an option. An indoor antenna would be an option too in combination with whatever dish. When I put in my zip code (32608) DirecTV's site says I have no local channels available through them, and Dish's site tells me I'm eligible for a local channel package but they all look to be SD. I seem to be hearing different things on here, at least from some people.

So, sorry about the long post, but can someone give a rundown on the real options that are out there, other than me calling up Cox and paying them for crappy service. THANK YOU!
post #175 of 3491
Go to the first page on this gainesville forum and look at the 5th or 6th post, it will have the info on the channels in the market. Since you are in gainesville, a good antenna like the zenith silver sensor should pick up the digital locals in your area.
post #176 of 3491
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Originally Posted by houselog442 View Post

Go to the first page on this gainesville forum and look at the 5th or 6th post, it will have the info on the channels in the market. Since you are in gainesville, a good antenna like the zenith silver sensor should pick up the digital locals in your area.

Right...thanks very much. I had read the posts there, but I wasn't sure if that information was up to date. Basically I THINK it seems like living in Gainesville, I should be able to get Fox and NBC from DirecTv, and then get local CBS and ABC using an antenna like you mentioned? What confuses me is why does DirecTv say they offer NO local channels for me at all on their website. I realize for NBC I need to apply for DNS, but what about Fox...do I just have to ask?
post #177 of 3491
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Originally Posted by bobcrotch View Post

Right...thanks very much. I had read the posts there, but I wasn't sure if that information was up to date. Basically I THINK it seems like living in Gainesville, I should be able to get Fox and NBC from DirecTv, and then get local CBS and ABC using an antenna like you mentioned? What confuses me is why does DirecTv say they offer NO local channels for me at all on their website. I realize for NBC I need to apply for DNS, but what about Fox...do I just have to ask?

WOGX is a FOX O&O station so you would be eliglble for the HD FOX distant from Directv. You are in a NBC white area and also eligble for the HD NBC distant, as you mentioned. You have to subscribe to the SD distance to get the HD distant feeds for free.

$1.50/channel.

Get that Silver Sensor antenna and you have the Networks in HD!

That's what I have and is one of the reasons that I switched from Dish Network to Directv.
post #178 of 3491
I just ordered an HDTV with a built-in tuner. I don't want to pay for HD service, but I want to use an antenna. Should I be able to pick up ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS this way (assuming ideal reception)? I live in SW Gainesville off of Tower Rd.
post #179 of 3491
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Originally Posted by Matt_UF View Post

I just ordered an HDTV with a built-in tuner. I don't want to pay for HD service, but I want to use an antenna. Should I be able to pick up ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS this way (assuming ideal reception)? I live in SW Gainesville off of Tower Rd.


Thats what i did. I recently moved from the area to paducah kentucky and my tv not only has a digital tuner, it also has a digital cable QAM tuner. It basically picks up digital cable and hd cable channels that are not scrambled. I got all the HD locals up here with espn hd and discovery hd and i dont even pay for digital cable!
post #180 of 3491
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Originally Posted by houselog442 View Post

Thats what i did. I recently moved from the area to paducah kentucky and my tv not only has a digital tuner, it also has a digital cable QAM tuner. It basically picks up digital cable and hd cable channels that are not scrambled. I got all the HD locals up here with espn hd and discovery hd and i dont even pay for digital cable!

Ahhhh well that's an interesting idea......so you get NBC and CBS from the QAM......and ABC OTA.....but then how do you get Fox HD?
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