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post #4561 of 4949
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Originally Posted by n0cf (Chris) View Post

Jarrett,
Are you aware of frequent (every minute or two) audio hiccups of KWWL's main channel over CFU cable (HD 407/7.1/17.1 version at least), and less frequent video pauses? 10pm news Wed 7/21 had many - NBC nightly Thr did too... and I'm not the only one noticing on BookFace.

Well aware of it... the main contact I work with is on vacation. Another has been checking into it, but there is still something going on that they are trying to work out.
post #4562 of 4949
I also noticed that KWWF was back on the air a couple days ago. The station ID says "Untamed Sports TV", which sounds...intriguing. The info about it on the FCC website hasn't been updated yet, it's still showing up as a construction permit for the Jesup tower.
post #4563 of 4949
For anyone who has ImOn (or any provider, really, but ImOn has the most ClearQAM channels) www.woot.com is selling HD Home Runs for $84.99 for the dual tuner model + $5 shipping. These work great for pulling in ClearQAM HD and SD channels.
post #4564 of 4949
I was trying to figure out if I should get one of these and did this morning hoping I could use it with ImOn. Glad to hear I can, Bear
post #4565 of 4949
And if you don't mind $20 a year subscription, check out CW-EPG.

Automated scheduling of HdHomerun, Fusion, and MyHD tuners. Schedules Direct for data subscription and they have a free trial period to see if it is to your liking.
post #4566 of 4949
I don't know if anyone here is an HD radio listener or not, but I thought I would mention that 1450 KMRY appears to no longer be transmitting in HD Radio. There is no HD radio carrier on their signal any longer and their modulation seems to be further now. KMRY was the first radio station in the country to transmit in HD Radio...
post #4567 of 4949
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Originally Posted by hdtvincr View Post

And if you don't mind $20 a year subscription, check out CW-EPG.

Automated scheduling of HdHomerun, Fusion, and MyHD tuners. Schedules Direct for data subscription and they have a free trial period to see if it is to your liking.

How does that compare to just running Windows Media Center (like version 7) on a machine? My plan is to run MC on a virtual machine running on VMWare ESXi and then use an Xbox 360 for watching TV... or a laptop... or another Windows 7 machine. Has anyone here tried anything like that?
post #4568 of 4949
CW-EPG is aimed towards automated tivo-like scheduling, i.e. record all new episodes of Lost, record any episode of Lost that I haven't scheduled before, record any show that has Evangeline Lily, etc.

Also spreads captures across all available tuners (HDHomeruns, Fusion, and MyHDs) to reduce missed recordings due to conflicts of other items being captured. Several options such as pre start/end times, Auto wake to record, etc..

No biggie if it doesn't suit your needs, but I couldn't survive without it.
post #4569 of 4949
Anyone else having problems with KWWL and KCRG coming in? I'm not receiving any signal from these two stations. My wife was watching earlier today just fine. This has happened a couple times the last week or so..
Is there some work being done on the tower or what?
post #4570 of 4949
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Originally Posted by sgarringer View Post

I don't know if anyone here is an HD radio listener or not, but I thought I would mention that 1450 KMRY appears to no longer be transmitting in HD Radio. There is no HD radio carrier on their signal any longer and their modulation seems to be further now. KMRY was the first radio station in the country to transmit in HD Radio...

Just speculation here, but KMRY might be getting tired of the iBiquity licensing fees to operate HD for very limited gain.

Now if KMRY could get an HD-2 stream on KZIA, buy an FM translator, and bammo they get 250 watts and as a fill-in translator for KZIA, they can have antenna up as high as they want, as long as the translator's defined coverage area doesn't exceed that of the parent station.

OK, so like that'll happen. Back to your regularly scheduled thread.
post #4571 of 4949
AM stations are now allowed to have FM translators, so they wouldn't need to be on an HD2.
post #4572 of 4949
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Originally Posted by ROBCB View Post

Anyone else having problems with KWWL and KCRG coming in? I'm not receiving any signal from these two stations. My wife was watching earlier today just fine. This has happened a couple times the last week or so..
Is there some work being done on the tower or what?

KWWL and KCRG are on different towers (albeit only 5 miles from each other). They are both VHF stations though, so you may want to check out that side of you reception setup. We have been at full power (50 KW or so) for the past year. The only nagging complaint I've been receiving the past week or so is random audio dropouts (which we aren't hearing here). Some are cable customers but there are a couple off-air viewers as well. I'm not sure what the deal is there, since they claim the video stays fine. The audio ducks for a second or so and then is back to normal after that. Anyone else out there hearing this?
post #4573 of 4949
Anyone know what QAM channels the local HD stations should be on for Mediacom in Cedar Falls? I found KWWL-DT on channel 99.1, but I can't seem to find the rest.
post #4574 of 4949
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Originally Posted by iowegian3 View Post

Just speculation here, but KMRY might be getting tired of the iBiquity licensing fees to operate HD for very limited gain.

Now if KMRY could get an HD-2 stream on KZIA, buy an FM translator, and bammo they get 250 watts and as a fill-in translator for KZIA, they can have antenna up as high as they want, as long as the translator's defined coverage area doesn't exceed that of the parent station.

OK, so like that'll happen. Back to your regularly scheduled thread.

Why would they want to go over to FM though? I'm completely lost. They're licensed for 1000W AM, that should cover significantly further than a 250W FM station, regardless of the height.
post #4575 of 4949
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Originally Posted by sgarringer View Post

Why would they want to go over to FM though? I'm completely lost. They're licensed for 1000W AM, that should cover significantly further than a 250W FM station, regardless of the height.

Because something like 80% of listening is to FM stations, many people never even tune to AM, and the audio quality is better.
post #4576 of 4949
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Originally Posted by 4lids View Post

KWWL and KCRG are on different towers (albeit only 5 miles from each other). They are both VHF stations though, so you may want to check out that side of you reception setup. We have been at full power (50 KW or so) for the past year. The only nagging complaint I've been receiving the past week or so is random audio dropouts (which we aren't hearing here). Some are cable customers but there are a couple off-air viewers as well. I'm not sure what the deal is there, since they claim the video stays fine. The audio ducks for a second or so and then is back to normal after that. Anyone else out there hearing this?

I've traced this problem locally with a Chicago station I get. In short, impulse noise. Modest compared to VHF-LO, but still there.
post #4577 of 4949
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Originally Posted by sebenste View Post

I've traced this problem locally with a Chicago station I get. In short, impulse noise. Modest compared to VHF-LO, but still there.

Did you find the source? Or did you just try to filter it out? I'm trying to help one viewer in particular. On the phone, I could here the audio dropping in the background while the TV here was fine. He has an outdoor antenna, so I was a bit stumped for suggestions.
post #4578 of 4949
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Originally Posted by 4lids View Post

Did you find the source? Or did you just try to filter it out? I'm trying to help one viewer in particular. On the phone, I could here the audio dropping in the background while the TV here was fine. He has an outdoor antenna, so I was a bit stumped for suggestions.

I've tried to filter it out by using a VERY directional, very large, 20 year old (but always in an attic) VHF-only antenna. In a thunderstorm, WBBM-12 becomes unwatchable. As thunderstorms get within 100 miles of me, the dropouts get worse and worse as they get closer to me. But the minor dropouts? Don't have a clue where they are coming from. I am also using quad-shielded RG-6 cable end-to-end, CM 7777 preamp as well with FM trap "on" to try to filter out any harmonic interference.

I didn't chintz on my setup.
post #4579 of 4949
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Originally Posted by 4lids View Post

KWWL and KCRG are on different towers (albeit only 5 miles from each other). They are both VHF stations though, so you may want to check out that side of you reception setup. We have been at full power (50 KW or so) for the past year. The only nagging complaint I've been receiving the past week or so is random audio dropouts (which we aren't hearing here). Some are cable customers but there are a couple off-air viewers as well. I'm not sure what the deal is there, since they claim the video stays fine. The audio ducks for a second or so and then is back to normal after that. Anyone else out there hearing this?

Jarrett

I was having some drop outs OTA a couple weeks ago, but to tell you the truth I don't remember which channel I was watching at the time.

Since you posted this problem I have been paying attention a bit more but have not seen the drop outs happen to document them.

Yes it was audio ONLY drop outs
post #4580 of 4949
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Originally Posted by Jon Ellis View Post

AM stations are now allowed to have FM translators, so they wouldn't need to be on an HD2.

That's true. I was just describing a scenario where a KMRY FM translator could get as much HAAT as possible, as opposed to the usual 100 meter limit.Yes, my scenario was a bit far-fetched, having KMRY couple up with a station under different ownership, but you never know, it could happen.

Probably less hassle to just do the AM on FM route though. 250 watts on the Allliant Energy building or another high spot near downtown (100 meters or less) might cover CR proper a lot better than my scenario above, assuming a spot just below KZIA on their tower. Plus no iBiquity fees!
post #4581 of 4949
KZIA transmits from north of Hiawatha, not from the Alliant tower. As for why 80% of the people listen to FM, perhaps people don't enjoy listening to Rush Limbaugh complain about how Obama is a socialist anymore, or Mexicans are going to steal your jobs. That's not the fault of the broadcast frequency, it's the fault of the fact that AM broadcast is a complete wasteland of garbage. Moving it to FM would do nothing to change that. Rush Limbaugh is just as fat and wrong on FM as he is on AM.
post #4582 of 4949
OK, I didn't phrase that well. I know KZIA is on the old channel 9 tower. Point that I didn't make too well is this: 250 watts at 250 meters, below the KZIA bays, would have bigger coverage than 250 watts downtown. But 250 watts downtown would make for stronger coverage in CR proper.

Suppose that's enough radio talk for now...
post #4583 of 4949
One more radio post and then I'll zip-up. HD Radio is back on KMRY. I shot a brief video to confirm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTPFYGvmGgA
post #4584 of 4949
I'm finally getting an antenna to mount in my attic. I live in North Liberty and would like to be able to pick up all the main stations. I have some rabbit ears and can get everything I need other than KWWL. I asked here a while ago and someone had a VU-90 XR ini North Liberty also that was working well for them. The local Radio Shacks no longer have them though and I was looking for an alternative. Thanks

(Dosen't need to come from Radio Shack, I'm open to other options)
post #4585 of 4949
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Originally Posted by sprtfan View Post

I'm finally getting an antenna to mount in my attic. I live in North Liberty and would like to be able to pick up all the main stations.

Your 45 miles from KWWL, but with your elevation in North Liberty, I still think the Winegard HD-1080 would work well for you at that location and it's just $34 (free shipping) from Buy.com. It's compact enough to fit in an attic and you could always through a preamp on there to help things out too. It's not marketed as a digital antenna either... so that's a plus
post #4586 of 4949
Nice to see KWWL 10pm news playing back WHO's HD story on the cleanup/closing of businesses in Ames (I happened to catch the story on WHO @6pm).
Much better than seeing KWWL's Becca live at 6pm in HD on WHO outside Lake Delhi last month - and then give pretty much the same story 5 minutes later.. in SD... on KWWL
Oh well, one more piece of equipment here and there and KWWL will be there (of course *there* is always a moving target )
post #4587 of 4949
So did anyone get a chance to scan and see if they were able to get any DX tv signals this past week? I was listening to amateur radio repeaters from all over, FM radio from Des Moines (in CR) but I didn't get any DX tv stations. =(
post #4588 of 4949
Per Northpine.com, it appears two music subchannels will be coming to Sinclair stations in the not-too-distant future: The Country Network and something called "THECOOLTV."

Cool Music Network describes "THECOOLTV" in a press release (link to the full text):

"THECOOLTV is a brand new 24 hours a day / 7 days a week music television network. But unlike other music channels, THECOOLTV is 'hyper-localized,' customizing its programming to reflect local demographics, music events and even local artists. Through their partnerships with local artists, music venues, promoters and major festival events, THECOOLTV has been able to cultivate a unique aspect of localism, thereby appealing to the viewers in each market."

Cedar Rapids and Des Moines are listed as getting THECOOLTV; the press release doesn't say whether it will air on Sinclair-owned KGAN or its operating agreement partner KFXA here. It lists no target date.

A press release for The Country Network (link to full text) describes it as "the only television network dedicated exclusively to airing country music videos. TCN will be 'all country music, all the time.' " That press release doesn't list any markets, but 28 markets will get it by October with the rest of Sinclair's markets airing it by early 2011.
post #4589 of 4949
I wonder if Sinclair will use this as another excuse to hold Mediacom customers hostage and jack up cable rates.
post #4590 of 4949
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Originally Posted by al-db View Post

I wonder if Sinclair will use this as another excuse to hold Mediacom customers hostage and jack up cable rates.

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