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I haven't been here in a few months, so please bring me up to speed: Doesn't WMTW-TV (ABC) channel 8 have an in-town Portland translator on channel 26 or whatever?

Correct. WMTW has a translator on UHF channel 26. The antenna is on the Time and Temperature building in downtown Portland.
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Thank you! Does this mean that somebody in, let's say, the Old Port, might receive WMTW-TV twice? On both channel 8 AND 26? Or...would their receiver only retain the stronger of the two signals into memory?
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antenna/amplifier help

Getting WCSH-6 not very easy where we are. We have a channel master CM-3018 60 mile range antenna roof-mounted approximately 30 ft up. Channel Master CM-3414 4-port distribution amplifier, and a Channel Master 7777 pre-amp mounted just below the antenna. We have always had an issue bringing in WCSH and I think it's because CBS, NBC, ABC towers all pretty much line up one behind the other in relation to our house with CBS being closest. We don't have an issue bringing in CBS or ABC with signal strength up around 100% and signal quality above 80% pretty consistently. NBC signal strength is also up around 100% but signal quality is extremely low to non-existent. Without the pre-amp signal strength on NBC goes down to 30-50% but quality goes up to about 15-30% but still get a lot of pixelation and outages.


Wondering if the 7777 pre-amp is too strong? Should we try the 7778 pre-amp or are there other suggestions? Or should we just resign ourselves to not getting our daily dose of our favorite local news personalities and NBC Nightly News.
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Thank you! Does this mean that somebody in, let's say, the Old Port, might receive WMTW-TV twice? On both channel 8 AND 26? Or...would their receiver only retain the stronger of the two signals into memory?
Yes, you might receive both. On my receivers in the Stroudwater section of Portland I get both and they show up as 8-1, 8-2, 8-3, and 8-4.
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Antenna TV

Antenna TV has launched on WCSH-DT3 in Portland.
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I get AntennaTV via WTIC-TV 61-2 of Hartford. I think Tribune owns that network, hence why WTIC-TV runs it (they're owned by Tribune).

Thanks for the update on Portland reception!

There's something I wanted to do while staying at a hotel in South Portland last month. The room's TV looks like I would've been able to attach a small indoor antenna to it. Provided that's IF the TV wasn't locked by management to receive their "cable" only (the Motel 6 I stayed at in Brattleboro, VT had the input part locked on their TVs).

Anyways, I wonder how far south the signal of WPFO-TV (FOX) channel 23 Waterville gets? I remember back in the day how WCBB-TV (PBS) channel 10 of Augusta never came in any better than weak color and snowy in Old Orchard Beach (lived there from 1985-87). Don't they use the same Litchfield site as WCBB does?
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There's something I wanted to do while staying at a hotel in South Portland last month. The room's TV looks like I would've been able to attach a small indoor antenna to it. Provided that's IF the TV wasn't locked by management to receive their "cable" only (the Motel 6 I stayed at in Brattleboro, VT had the input part locked on their TVs).

I remember back in the day how WCBB-TV (PBS) channel 10 of Augusta never came in any better than weak color and snowy in Old Orchard Beach (lived there from 1985-87). Don't they use the same Litchfield site as WCBB does?
This is why when I go away, I take along a 7" TV...AND a medium size antenna! (much to the delight of my wife ) On our August trip to Newport, RI. I was amazed at the channels I got just from sticking the antenna in front of the 3rd floor west-facing hotel window! I actually got ch. 61 Hartford one night :-) [plus WFSB and WVIT]

I lived in York back in the 80's & 90's, and as I recall from the attic-installed VHF antenna I had, I used to get WCBB either all the time or at least quite frequently.
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This is why when I go away, I take along a 7in TV...AND a medium size antenna! What makes/manufacturer of both?
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What kind of TV are we talking about? I'm already carting around a 15" laptop in my travel bag, whether I'm visiting Portland, Brattleboro, VT...anywhere, really.

Anyways...Is WMEA-TV (PBS) channel 26 of Biddeford still on the air? I assume if it is, it's only meant to fill those holes in York County where WCBB-TVmay not reach.
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This is why when I go away, I take along a 7in TV...AND a medium size antenna! What makes/manufacturer of both?
TV is a Vizio. Antenna was an Clearstream2.
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Could what happened with Sinclair and FOX in Tallahassee and now Chattanooga happen in say, Portland ME? Right now FOX is on WPFO 23.1, which doesn't really reach far southern Maine or the New Hampshire counties in the market. Sinclair could put FOX on WGME 13.2 and shift GetTV to 13.3. WPFO would have Grit on 23.1 and Comet TV on 23.2.

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Or move their transmitter to the WGME-TV tower in Raymond? I seriously doubt THAT would ever happen!

I once lived in Old Orchard Beach, back between 1985 to 1987. I witnessed some of the first hours of WPXT-TV channel 51. The only time they'd come in right is when the wind wasn't blowing hard. No, I'm not kidding! For some reason wind used to severely impact that station. I was using an indoor Archer (Radio Shack) TV antenna. It may have been meant for VHF, since it was the classic style with the two telescoping rods. Channels 6 and 8 were fine. Channel 13 was decent. Channel 10 (Augusta) and 11 (Durham, NH) were always weak with snow and color drop outs at times.
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Or move their transmitter to the WGME-TV tower in Raymond? I seriously doubt THAT would ever happen!

I once lived in Old Orchard Beach, back between 1985 to 1987. I witnessed some of the first hours of WPXT-TV channel 51. The only time they'd come in right is when the wind wasn't blowing hard. No, I'm not kidding! For some reason wind used to severely impact that station. I was using an indoor Archer (Radio Shack) TV antenna. It may have been meant for VHF, since it was the classic style with the two telescoping rods. Channels 6 and 8 were fine. Channel 13 was decent. Channel 10 (Augusta) and 11 (Durham, NH) were always weak with snow and color drop outs at times.
I was in York in the 80's... and as I recall we couldn't get channel 51 at all. I had a UHF antenna on the roof (Radio Shack I think) and it did quite well. A different TV in the house was hooked up to cable...and I don't recall WPXT being part of the lineup. Many of the regional stations weren't carried on York cable back then. The only NH station they offered was 11... that was it. Neither 9, 21, 50 or 60 was represented. I remember when ch. 21 Concord signed on... and they became a CBS affiliate! I got that REALLY clear with the antenna. The cable got no Portland UHF's or 25, 56 or 68 from Boston either. That's why I had the other TV hooked to the antenna.

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I figured maybe there was a small outage, but no ...

TWC MOVED CHANNELS AROUND AGAIN

NBC ABC FOX and their subs relocated to nonsensical numbers 15 19 etc.

Time to rescan several sets and relearn channel numbers

And can't call to complain because 99% of the staff have no idea - or pretend not to have any idea - what qam is.
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Another site mentioned that a channel called American Sports Network is starting out in 10 markets shortly. The page I saw mentioned WGME-TV channel 13-3 of Portland. I have no idea if it's a Sinclair service or not.
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Another site mentioned that a channel called American Sports Network is starting out in 10 markets shortly. The page I saw mentioned WGME-TV channel 13-3 of Portland. I have no idea if it's a Sinclair service or not.
Thanks for the info. It is OTA and I now have it on my TV.

Conference USA I think. but nice to have.

Even here in Bath, with an antenna in my attic I can get 15 OTA channels. Thinking of moving the antenna to a mast and should get a couple more.
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Thanks for the info. It is OTA and I now have it on my TV.

Conference USA I think. but nice to have.

Even here in Bath, with an antenna in my attic I can get 15 OTA channels. Thinking of moving the antenna to a mast and should get a couple more.
FWIW In cumberland Center - I recently had to relocate an antenna to my attic after my rotor on the roof busted and I wasn't climbing up there to replace. I have no difference in channels. I even can pick up the independent channel out of Harpswell. That's a hoot.

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What is the station in Harpswell? Also, is WMEA-TV (PBS) channel 26 of Biddeford still on the air? The last time I stayed in Portland, the hotel's cable carried WCBB-TV from Augusta.
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14-1 is an independent station out of Harpswell. At different times I've stumbled across Nature-esque productions on ocean related topics, and a recording of the Harpswell variety show that was recorded at the Grange Hall. Its often off the air too, but it can suck you in when its on!

I'm grabbing the Augusta PBS stations. Its mapping to 10-1 through 10-4. I'm pretty sure Biddeford is still on the air too.

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13.3 schedule

In case you are interested, this is the schedule of sports on 13.3 (American Sports Net)

http://americansportsnet.com/schedule/

It covers more than 3 months of upcoming games, but the first page is enough.
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WGME needs to do something about the skinny 'full' aspect ratio on 13.3. Either broadcast in true letterbox or in 480i wide format. The way it is now you can't zoom or stretch without losing portions of the top and bottom.
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Looks like TWC is up to its channel-changing tricks again, as I've lost most stations a couple of days ago. Does anyone have the latest Clear QAM channel numbers? Thanks.
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I was wondering if there were any Charter franchises in Maine? I know they're going to be with Time-Warner in some ways now, merger and all. Here in Connecticut it's mostly Comcast and Cox. There are a couple of Charter towns, but not on the level of the first two. (Back when I lived in Old Orchard Beach, they had Continental Cablevision.)

Not that it's a major deal, but would any Portland/Poland Spring station considering adding ION as a subchannel? I noticed it's the one major English language commercial network not there without cable. We have it Hartford/New Haven via WHPX-TV channel 26 of New London, CT.
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Not that it's a major deal, but would any Portland/Poland Spring station considering adding ION as a subchannel? I noticed it's the one major English language commercial network not there without cable. We have it Hartford/New Haven via WHPX-TV channel 26 of New London, CT.
outside of the O&O stations the main affiliate agreement Ion has made is with Media General to carry it in markets that dont have Ion. I dont see any MG stations in Portland

The best bet would be the CW there. Its owned locally (Ironwood Comm) and is sister station to My Network. There is only one sub on there (the CW) so there is room
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It's strange, since in a prior lifetime, WPFO-TV (FOX) channel 23 of Waterville was WMPX-TV (PAX).

It makes me wonder how different things could've been with WPME-TV (MY) channel 35. Was there ever a chance for them to become a FOX affiliate?
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Looks like TWC is up to its channel-changing tricks again, as I've lost most stations a couple of days ago. Does anyone have the latest Clear QAM channel numbers? Thanks.
Here are the clear QAM channels from TWC headquartered in North Conway NH. I don't know how they compare with TWC across the border in Maine:

8.1 WMTW-HD
9.1 WMUR-HD
23.2 GRIT
35.2 MOVIES
51.1 WPXT-HD
51.2 ME-TV
73.3 ETWN-SD
73.5 CSPAN
73.6 CSPAN2
76.1 HSN
77.4 OWN
78.4 QVC HD
102.1 WCSH-SD
102.2 WGME-SD
102.3 WPFO-SD
102.4 WPME-SD
102.5 WMTW-SD
102.6 WPXT-SD
102.7 WENH-SD
102.8 ION-SD
120.1 MPBN-SD
120.2 MPBN CREATE
120.3 HEROES & ICONS
120.4 NECN
120.5 WMUR-SD
120.7 WHDH-SD
121.1 BULLETIN BD
121.2 OUTDOOR
121.5 TWC GUIDE
122.183 WHDH-HD
123.170 WENH NH PRIME HD
123.171 NH EXPLORE
123.172 NH CREATE
123.173 PBS WORLD
123.305 TWC Community

Recently lost are:
6.1 WCSH-HD
13.1 WGME-HD
13.2 GetTV
13.3 ASN
23.1 WPFO-HD
23.3 Comet
35.1 WPME-HD

Sorry to see them go.

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Recently lost are:
6.1 WCSH-HD
13.1 WGME-HD
13.2 GetTV
13.3 ASN
23.1 WPFO-HD
23.3 Comet
35.1 WPME-HD
These channels are now also gone from the TW system with the headend in Wells, ME.
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Lost...as in you'd need one of their converters to keep receiving that channel in Wells now?
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Lost...as in you'd need one of their converters to keep receiving that channel in Wells now?
That appears to be the case. They are no longer broadcast in clear QAM at their old assignments and the rescan didn't pick them up elsewhere.
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Does anyone know why wcsh 6 is missing from direct tv. The banner says not to call. Technical difficulties . Seems kind of weird just that channel. It's been over 24 hours
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