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post #2611 of 2731
Well, after doing several scans, the channels sometimes appear up in the high 80s and 90s range but then they disappear again either showing as Scrambled or No Signal. Tonight we had CBS and NBC mapping to their correct channel numbers but the others were no where to be found. I don't really want to try to find a CSR that knows about QAM channels because that is like searching for a needle in the haystack based upon personal experience. The letter did sound like a rehash we received over a year ago when Comcast first announced they were going all digital in our area. I guess the disappearance and the letter were just a coincidence.
post #2612 of 2731
Starting a few days ago, my digital cable set top box is no longer provisioned for channel 206, the NBC Sports Network in HD. When I try to view this channel, I get a message that it is Not Authorized. Nearby HD Sports channels like FSND, ESPND, and ESPN2D are all working just fine. In addition, the standard resolution NBC Sports Network (channel 30) works fine. I have not noticed an issue viewing any other channels. I tried contacting Comcast and they tried sending a signal to my STB to reinitialize, but it did not resolve the issue. They are sending out a technician on Thursday, 5/24 but I don't know if a technician will be able to solve the issue. To me, it appears to be an issue on Comcast's end with the provisioning for this channel. I live in the Oak Park Village apartments and am wondering if other Comcast customers in the Lansing area are able to view Channel 206? Thanks!
post #2613 of 2731
Comes in solid and clear here.
post #2614 of 2731
Thanks TTRider. I'll update after the tech visits tomorrow.
post #2615 of 2731
206 is working fine for me in Meridian Township.
post #2616 of 2731
Received an automated call from Comcast last night informing me of my appointment and wanting me to check on the issue. I checked last night and was still getting "not authorized" so I confirmed the appointment. Took the day off from work so I could be home, got another automated call at 11 AM, an hour before the scheduled visit, and went to check it .. and now it is working fine. Had to call Comcast and cancel the tech visit. It was obviously something on Comcast's end that was causing it. Oh well, it is working now. Thanks everybody!
post #2617 of 2731
Once again, the mental giants at WLAJ fail to pay attention to what they are doing and the HD turns off right off right at 5:30 and goes to SD. This is the only station where they allow incompetent interns man the switch. At least I hope it's interns. I'd hate to think someone is getting paid to be that incompetent.
post #2618 of 2731
This is a holiday weekend - that means it's amateur hour in the control room because those who really know what they're doing have time off. I've noticed all kinds of problems like this on holiday weekends on many stations.

BTW, has anyone noticed how the audio is cut off early on WILX's news promo on Sunday nights near the end of Celebrity Apprentice? This has happened for at least the past 3 weeks - the poor girl keeps talking, but who knows what she's saying, and then they go back to the show. Sunday night is also not prime time in the control room.
post #2619 of 2731
Electronic Program Guide, aka, PSIP (Program and System Information Protocol)

WKAR received an inquiry from a viewer who indicates that he can not see the "next on" information from his EPG on our station. Viewer says that all the other stations work fine.

This is the first such call I've received and I wonder if anyone else, who has the capability of viewing the EPG, could let me know if they have the problem as well? Also, maybe we are providing too much information? Can anyone meaningfully use 2 days of data?


WKAR populates two days into the future. 4 channels, 233 events
WLNS populates 36 hours 2 channels 66 events
WLAJ populates 12 hours 2 channels 37 events
WILX populates 24 hours 2 channels 45 events

WKAR uses a different brand PSIP generator than do the other three stations listed.
post #2620 of 2731
We increased the repetition rate for the data.
Decreased the quantity of data we're pushing (from two days, to one)
Installed new software in our PSIP generator.
Changed our data location (PIDS) to match at least two other stations in town.
Increased the bandwidth allowance from the PSIP generator to the Multiplexer.

One or more of the above fixed the viewers problem.
post #2621 of 2731
How about this one, gang? Are there any computer TV tuner cards/programs that rely on station-provided PSIP data to populate their channel & program guides instead of relying on a third-party program guide (such as what MS Windows Media Center does)?
post #2622 of 2731
I forget what card I have in my PC, but it doesn't show a program directory. I go to a web site to see what's on tonight.
post #2623 of 2731
Slightly off-topic: Has anyone else been having intermittent brief Internet outages on Comcast in the Lansing area (Meridian) recently?
post #2624 of 2731
Yes, happens to me once in awhile. Give it a couple mins and it comes back. Very aggravating, tried different routers and different modems. Happens on different computers as well. Typical run around from Comcast anyone know of another high speed option in the grand ledge area?
post #2625 of 2731
Happy birthday to us:

http://wkar.org/post/wkar-radio-celebrates-90-years


Meanwhile a bit of a tease: -1, 7, 9 10 12 24
post #2626 of 2731
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Originally Posted by garybliev View Post

Meanwhile a bit of a tease: -1, 7, 9 10 12 24
I don't get it. There's no way to play -1 in PowerBall.
post #2627 of 2731
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Originally Posted by SMWinnie View Post

I don't get it. There's no way to play -1 in PowerBall.

oh, I'll use the absolute value of -1 and go play those numbers. have to work better than the quick picks I've been using, eh?




well, I don't suppose so. I think the chance of winning are only slightly better if you actually buy the ticket.
post #2628 of 2731
-1 = WKAR is going to drop the simulcast on 23.2 at sign-on 9/10/12 move "World" to 23.2 and kill 23.4.

and......
post #2629 of 2731
Sounds great Gary! Keep up the good work at WKAR, radio and TV.
post #2630 of 2731
Are they dropping "Create"?
post #2631 of 2731
"Create" will continue on 23.3
post #2632 of 2731
OOOOOOoooohhhh, more bits and bytes to the HD???? Statistical Multiplexing?? Or, perhaps more audio streams?
post #2633 of 2731
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Originally Posted by HD74 View Post

OOOOOOoooohhhh, more bits and bytes to the HD???? Statistical Multiplexing?? Or, perhaps more audio streams?

You can never have too many bits. We've been dual pass video processing and statistically multiplexing for several years.

After PBS gets their act together to send Descriptive Video Service in stereo, we'll be changing 23.1 audio #2 to 2.0 from 1.0.
post #2634 of 2731
and.... we're..... finally..... going..... 24.7
post #2635 of 2731
We are getting several viewer calls from folk who have discovered that there is content on Create or World that they would like to watch.... but can't find Create or World on their cable or satellite system.

I'm drafting a one pager to sent out to the viewers and would appreciate your suggestions on how to improve the draft (below):
I had to make a lot of changes, as some permissions fell through. Please take a look at this one and let me know what you think. Thanks.



What Do I Need for WKAR Picture Reception Over-The-Air?

You will need:
An Antenna and
Digital television set or Digital to analog converter box

Television sets manufactured since March 1, 2007 have the digital tuner built-in.

We suggest out-door antennas whenever possible. The web site: http://www.antennaweb.org can help determine the size of antenna you need. If you live within about ten miles of our transmission facility in Okemos, you might be able to use an indoor antenna such as the Terk HDTVa. We've found that the single loop, or small flat antennas generally do not perform well. An aside, although most stations, including WKAR, in the Lansing area are in the UHF band, WILX channel 10 remains in the VHF band, and VHF elements (the ears on an indoor antenna) are essential to receive WILX.



If you do not have a digital television set, you will need a converter box. There are only a few boxes available at retailers, you may need to call, or shop on-line. You will still need the antenna to connect -to- the converter then a cable from the converter to the TV set. Instructions will be with the converter box.

After you connect your antenna to the set, you will need to perform a channel scan. You'll find specific instructions in your television set owner's guide.

It is possible to have both a cable/satellite system -and- antenna connected to most modern television sets. Generally, the cable or satellite set-top-box is connected to the HDMI, component, composite, or “S” connector, and the antenna is connected to the “F” antenna-in connector. The manual for the television set or the cable/satellite box should have more information.

For more information on antennas, and reception tips see the Antenna Guide at www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/dtvantennas.html.
Edited by garybliev - 9/5/12 at 12:08pm
post #2636 of 2731
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Originally Posted by garybliev View Post

and.... we're..... finally..... going..... 24.7

Before I get too carried away with celebrating, a clarification if you please: 24/7 over the air?
post #2637 of 2731
What Do I Need To Receive Over-the-Air (OTA) Broadcasting From WKAR-TV?

You will need:
1) An antenna
2) A digital television set with an ATSC tuner, or a digital-to-analog converter box for any non-digital television sets or recording devices, or an ATSC-enabled TV tuner card on a computer. Television sets manufactured since March 1, 2007 have a digital tuner built in.

We suggest outdoor antennas whenever possible. The web site www.antennaweb.org can help determine the size of antenna you need. If you live within about ten miles of our transmission facility in Okemos, you might be able to use an indoor antenna such as the Terk HDTVa. You may also be able to receive WKAR-TV if you use an indoor antenna with a powered amplifier (such as a Radio Shack 15-1892) and live close enough to our Okemos transmitter. We've found that the single loop, or small flat antennas generally do not perform well. Although most television stations (including WKAR) in the Lansing area are now in the UHF band, WILX (channel 10) remains in the VHF band. VHF elements (the ears on an indoor antenna) are essential to receive WILX.

If you do not have a digital television set that has an ATSC tuner, you will need a converter box. There is a limited selection of digital-to-analog converter boxes available at retailers. You may need to call a local retailer or shop online. You will need to connect the converter box to an antenna via coaxial cable, and another coaxial cable to connect the converter box to your television. Instructions will be with the converter box.

You may also watch WKAR on your computer if your computer has an ATSC-enabled TV tuner card and a program capable of showing TV channels (such as Windows Media Center). You may install a TV tuner card permanently in your computer, or you may use an external TV tuner card that usually connects to your computer through a USB port (USB 2.0 or higher). As with a television or converter box, you will have to connect the tuner card to an antenna.

After you connect your antenna to your television/converter box/TV tuner card, you will need to perform a digital channel scan. You'll find specific instructions in your television/converter box/tuner card's owner's guide. You can often find the device's owner's guide at the manufacturer's website if you do not have a printed version.

It is possible to have both a cable/satellite system and an antenna connected to most modern television sets. Generally, the cable or satellite set-top box is connected to an HDMI, component, composite, or “S” connection, and the antenna is connected to the “F” antenna-in connector. The manual for the television set or the cable/satellite box should have more information. Cable or satellite systems may not carry all of WKAR-TV's available digital channels (usually referred to as subchannels). That is one of the reasons over-the-air (OTA) reception is still important. A satellite TV provider may have an external OTA tuner which you can purchase and plug in to your satellite TV receiver/DVR so you can watch WKAR-TV's main channel and all its subchannels. DirecTV has an external OTA tuner (currently the AM-21). That OTA tuner will work seamlessly with a DirecTV receiver/DVR and its program guide so you can watch all of WKAR-TV's OTA channels and record them on your DirecTV receiver/DVR. It is relatively simple to install. You will need to connect such a tuner to an antenna as with the other types of OTA tuners discussed above.

For more information on antennas, and reception tips see the Antenna Guide at www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/dtvantennas.html.
Edited by cornell_lingus - 9/6/12 at 11:59pm
post #2638 of 2731
yes. WKAR-TV will be 24/7 on-air.
post #2639 of 2731
hunph. I didn't realize that person B could edit person A's post on this forum. Interesting. Thanks.
post #2640 of 2731
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hunph. I didn't realize that person B could edit person A's post on this forum. Interesting. Thanks.

They can't. But person B can copy & paste all or parts of a post by person A and then apply changes as desired.
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