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Yeah, but just remember that even paying for a good antenna and then having someone properly install it is just a 1 time expense...after that your wallet will thank you for not having to pay a cable or satellite bill every month!
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I believe they're in Litchfield, ME, at or near the site for WCBB-TV (PBS) channel 10.
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Looking to cut the cord as D* is getting to expensive and TW and Dish are just as bad.
If the antenna route doesn't work out. Dish Network has a (hidden) $19.99 Welcome Pack that includes ALL local channels and a few "cable" channels like TBS, History, TLC, MSNBC, Hallmark, Hub, HGTV, Food Network, Oxygen, CMT, and Boomerang. The link is here: https://www.mydish.com/upgrades/engl...s/welcome-pack. And $19.99 is the final price, not a 3-month or 1 year Introductory. You will also benefit with monthly free channels and specials like free HBO weekends.

If you go on Ebay or Amazon and buy the VIP211 HD receiver (has to be in the 211x line), you will get these channels in HD. The VIP211 receiver also has DVR functionality without the monthly DVR fee. You have to supply your own USB External Harddrive and pay a one time activation fee, but after that you will have HD programming plus DVR for only $19.99 a month. The original VIP211 also has OTA capabilities (using your antenna) to get the local sub-channels that satellite doesn't carry. The subs will be integrated in the guide along with the Dish channels.

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Thanks. I wish WPFO put a closer antenna. Sure would make things easier.
I live in Bath and get fox, cbs, nbc, abc, and mpbn plus their sub channels (14 total) fine with an attic antenna. I used the old direct tv antenna wiring routed through the attic vent.

I found that the attic location was critical as I am behind a hill so did a lot of moving including a bit of up and down by mere inches. Even then, the signal is marginal and I occasionally get some drop-out, but not enough to be an issue. I did shift the antenna outside to a pole which was higher than the attic antenna but it was worse than the attic! Been in this set-up for three years and very happy as I set up my system with two dvrs so do not miss much at all. In fact, I probably had as many drop outs with Direct as I do with my antenna (weather related).

I did gradually shift to the antenna - direct- comcast extended basic- antenna. I would have stayed with cc basic but they changed from clear coax so I needed a box and I could no longer use my dvrs. Should have thanked them as I went from over $100 (direct) to 50 (CC) to 10 (antenna and Netflix). and full use of two dvrs.

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I live in Bath and get fox, cbs, nbc, abc, and mpbn plus their sub channels (14 total) fine with an attic antenna. I used the old direct tv antenna wiring routed through the attic vent.

I found that the attic location was critical as I am behind a hill so did a lot of moving including a bit of up and down by mere inches. Even then, the signal is marginal and I occasionally get some drop-out, but not enough to be an issue. I did shift the antenna outside to a pole which was higher than the attic antenna but it was worse than the attic! Been in this set-up for three years and very happy as I set up my system with two dvrs so do not miss much at all. In fact, I probably had as many drop outs with Direct as I do with my antenna (weather related).

I did gradually shift to the antenna - direct- comcast extended basic- antenna. I would have stayed with cc basic but they changed from clear coax so I needed a box and I could no longer use my dvrs. Should have thanked them as I went from over $100 (direct) to 50 (CC) to 10 (antenna and Netflix). and full use of two dvrs.

Bought the antenna on Amazon
ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount - 60 Mile Range

Figured that the 70 mile one which was 2x more for only 10 miles more was overkill.
Living in Limington I don't get FOX, PBS and CW with a little antenna, so it will have to go to the roof. Come Spring, up it goes and the dish goes away. Then it's locals with TIVO and either Vue or D*Now. Tired of paying $150 a month for D* now and calling every few months and begging for a drop in price. They usually do it, but I have to jump through hoops to do so.

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Portland, ME: Looking for OTA Equipment Recommendations

We stopped paying for cable television 12-months ago and until recently I have been an OTA HDTV fence-sitter. Earlier this week I discovered our home was wired with a blend of CATVX and RG-59 coaxial cable. I have spent most evenings for the past week researching and I have a good understanding of my equipment needs. The goal of this project is to provide additional entertainment value through the use of quality hardware and help future proof an initial investment. All the major networks (except Fox) are NNW from my location, towers are less than 50 miles away and within 90 degrees.

Any advice or comments would be appreciated.

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Since there's an active thread for your area, I've moved you TO it as people IN the area are always the best ones to ask. Redirect left in Technical so everyone else sees it, too.

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We stopped paying for cable television 12-months ago and until recently I have been an OTA HDTV fence-sitter. Earlier this week I discovered our home was wired with a blend of CATVX and RG-59 coaxial cable. I have spent most evenings for the past week researching and I have a good understanding of my equipment needs. The goal of this project is to provide additional entertainment value through the use of quality hardware and help future proof an initial investment. All the major networks (except Fox) are NNW from my location, towers are less than 50 miles away and within 90 degrees.

Any advice or comments would be appreciated.

Single Gang Low Voltage Boxes
- Home improvement store.
RG-6 Quad Shield Coaxial Cable
- Manufacture unknown.
- All copper center conductor.
RG-6 Compression F-Connectors
- Manufacture unknown.
Channel Master ULTRAtenna 60
- Multi-directional antenna.
- Attic Installation.
Holland Entertainment HFS-4D splitter
- Flat Frequencey Response.
- Solder Back Case.
F Type 75 Ohm Terminators
- 1 unused splitter port.
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I see nothing that screams "warning" in your configuration...but beware of attic installs, they can be tricky due to a number of items such as multi-path, signal absorption from roofing nails, metal flashing, etc., any other attic items that can interfere. Roof installs are generally your best option, but no harm in trying the attic install and seeing how it goes. You'll probably pick up Fox through the back side of your antenna as you're close enough.
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Anyone notice any changes with signal from WMTW, channel 8? I'm here on the seacoast of NH and for years got it with no problem, but lost the channel sometime over the last few months (not sure when). Haven't had a chance to check my VHF antenna as it's the only station I need a VHF antenna for, but before pulling out the ladder wanted to see if anyone else noticed a change.
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The only VHF station you need? What about WMUR-TV (ABC) channel 9 and WENH-TV (PBS) channel 11? It looks like they're both on those same legacy channels now for digital.
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The hill in Pawtuckaway State Park blocks my signal from WMUR not to mention my antennas are pointed NE Portland and SE Boston. As for WENH I'm only about 5 miles from the transmitter here in Epping NH, my TV's pick them up without even an antenna plugged into them!
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No more Clear Qam?

Is it me, or did Spectrum just flip the switch on all there Clear Qam channels? I just lost them all a couple of days ago.
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WPXT selling or not?

I read on Wikipedia that Ironwood was selling WPXT to Sinclair. I thought this was nonsense so I edited the page and removed the statement. Then I went to RabbitEars and saw Sinclair's name by WPXT's callsign. I then thought maybe it was true and reverted my own edit (and added in some more info). I couldn't find any paperwork to back up the report, so it might be a mistake on RabbitEars' part. Does anyone know if WPXT is really for sale?

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It would be news to me. Sinclair owns channel 13 (CBS) of Portland. They produce the 10 PM newscast seen on channel 23 (FOX) of Waterville. Also, what happens to channel 35 (MY) of Lewiston? Aren't they and channel 51 (CW) of Portland sister stations now?

As for channel 51 itself, do they still transmit from Gray? I believe that's where their analog transmitter was when they signed on in 1986.
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WPXT selling or not?

I read on Wikipedia that Ironwood was selling WPXT to Sinclair. I thought this was nonsense so I edited the page and removed the statement. Then I went to RabbitEars and saw Sinclair's name by WPXT's callsign. I then thought maybe it was true and reverted my own edit (and added in some more info). I couldn't find any paperwork to back up the report, so it might be a mistake on RabbitEars' part. Does anyone know if WPXT is really for sale?
Yep, that's a mistake. WPME got sold to ION, and WPFO (not WPXT) filed something on the same day that was apparently an internal reorganization at Sinclair. I misread it as WPXT being sold separately to Sinclair. (Which could have made sense as well.)

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Would that turn WPME-TV channel 35 into an over-the-air ION affiliate? At last check, ION was carried as cable-only channel 14 with Spectrum (formerly Time-Warner) in Portland.

(Channel 23 was once PAX affiliate WMPX-TV in its early life.)
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Would that turn WPME-TV channel 35 into an over-the-air ION affiliate? At last check, ION was carried as cable-only channel 14 with Spectrum (formerly Time-Warner) in Portland.

(Channel 23 was once PAX affiliate WMPX-TV in its early life.)
Ion is on WPME-DT2

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Thanks for the update! I haven't used an antenna on TVs while visiting greater Portland. Wasn't aware of that! I last stayed at a certain "C" hotel on Congress Street the last time I was there in mid-September. It looked like they were using the Charter system in Portland for their in-room cable. ION was on cable channel 14, with no inserted ID on the hour.
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Is it me, or did Spectrum just flip the switch on all there Clear Qam channels? I just lost them all a couple of days ago.
Clear QAM channels are still available from Spectrum over in Central NH. However 8 and 51 are the only major Portland stations still in HD. We have 6, 10, 13, 23 and 35 but they are only in SD. We also have NHs 9 and 11 in HD as well as Boston 7 in HD.
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Is it me, or did Spectrum just flip the switch on all there Clear Qam channels? I just lost them all a couple of days ago.
( Sorry for delay in posting, my login was messed up, and could not make it through on the phone/tablet )

Yes, TWC / Spectrum / Charter pulled the plug on Clear QAM - in MAINE - on the night of Sept 6.

No more cable signal straight up ... under the motto of "preventing unauthorized viewing", we are no longer entrusted to view cable within our homes without paying for extra rental boxes. Thanks to corporate greed and the FCC not having consumer interest at heart.

As the house had been wired for TV viewing in any room. I have unplugged several TVs. A couple have received an inexpensive ROKU streaming stick, as through the Spectrum App, you can access your own account. Inconvenient that you now have to operate two devices sure ... but I am totally unwilling to pay TWC / Spectrum / Charter > $150 / month.

If basic channels were available OTA, we'd just get Internet only. Sadly the streaming offerings from DirecTV and Sling are just more of the same packaging with 2/3 - 3/4 we don't view, no local channels.

Looking forward to the day we can ditch cable and just get the primary local channels OTA and just overpay for internet, which they now charge $65/mo for. Sigh.

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TWC / Spectrum / Charter gave a few weeks notice about the cut off.

PPS: You can now also view your account on tablet and phone, so we've ditched the kitchen HDTV for an older iPad mini.

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Does anyone else use this service in the Portland area? The picture is pretty horrid at 1080i with lots of noise and pixelation.
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All,

Is there anyone in the area who either can use TSReader or otherwise has a computer-connected receiver with a Windows computer that I could walk through the process? I have reason to believe that both WIPL-35 and WLLB-LD 15 have errors in the configurations of their signals, but without proof, I can't try to get it fixed.

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Last week WIPL converted to its new RF channel 24 according to the repack schedule Phase 3. When it was RF 35 I received a fairly strong signal. Now I get absolutely nothing. I rescanned and not even a hint of a signal.
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Last week WIPL converted to its new RF channel 24 according to the repack schedule Phase 3. When it was RF 35 I received a fairly strong signal. Now I get absolutely nothing. I rescanned and not even a hint of a signal.
Hmm. WIPL's new signal on RF channel 24 is directional to the east. If the old signal on RF 35 was more nondirectional, this might be the reason.
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WIPL-TV...I believe that's the former MY affiliate for Portland/Poland Spring.



I once lived in Old Orchard Beach, but that was long before this station signed on. I was there when WPXT-TV (CW) channel 51 of Portland signed on. Their analog signal used to go in and out whenever there was gusty wind outside. Similar used to happen with WMEA-TV (PBS) channel 26 of Biddeford. I doubt the simple indoor antenna with the two VHF rods were the problem.Even when a little UHF loop was on the TV, the same thing happened. I was using a 13" Curtis Mathes TV. To be fair, the same thing happened when I had the antenna on an old 2-head Akai VCR.



Did the WIPL-TV site move?
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WIPL-TV...I believe that's the former MY affiliate for Portland/Poland Spring

Did the WIPL-TV site move?
Yes WIPL used to be WPME the MyNetwork/UPN affiliate. Last year it’s callsign was changed when it became an ION affiliate.

The tower did move, even closer to NH on the western side of Sebago Lake on Bald Mt. That is what is so puzzling. According to the contour map, I should be receiving it. It is closer and has increased its signal strength. Of course those maps do not always agree with reality. I get a strong signal from WCBB and according to the map, it’s signal barely crosses the NH ME border.

I’ll have to try moving my antenna to a different location to see if that helps.

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I was there when WPXT-TV (CW) channel 51 of Portland signed on. Their analog signal used to go in and out whenever there was gusty wind outside. Similar used to happen with WMEA-TV (PBS) channel 26 of Biddeford. I doubt the simple indoor antenna with the two VHF rods were the problem. Even when a little UHF loop was on the TV, the same thing happened.
Don't you know that trees/leaves absorb UHF signals? When it was windy, trees swaying in and out of your signal's path caused all that interference. With ATSC 1.0, it can cause your signal to drop out. It usually happens in short bits, though.
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It's funny...it never happened with VHF at all. Rarely, if ever, did I see it happen while living in New Britain, CT. Fewer trees, but more buildings to bounce off?


Bald Mountain...is that also Baldwin, ME? I know WMTW-TV has their transmitter there (Baldwin).
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It's funny...it never happened with VHF at all. Rarely, if ever, did I see it happen while living in New Britain, CT. Fewer trees, but more buildings to bounce off?
All it takes is one tree in the wrong place to mess with your reception. Signals bouncing off buildings cause multipath, and that happens in VHF and UHF. In the analog era, multipath caused ghosts. Today it causes drop outs while your signal meter wildly fluctuates.
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WIPL has relocated to the WMTW tower. WPXT will follow it there early next year.

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