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Quick question. Having trouble getting WNYW at the moment. I'm in Robbinsville, NJ about 45 miles out and no trouble with CBS, NBC and WOR. I didn't expect to get ABC but that's really a non-issue. Would the antenna not be pointed at WTC for Fox?

Have you tried picking up the stations out of Philly. I live in Jackson NJ and can receive both NY and Philly, but I get a much stronger signal from Philly than NY For instance, WNBC is about 75 to 80 % while WCAU is 90 to 95 %. Also, I get some multipath distortion from NY which causes the signals to fluctuate causing pixelation and at times a complete loss of signal.
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Have you tried picking up the stations out of Philly?
The guy said he wanted to receive WNYW to watch Giants games this fall.
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Have you tried picking up the stations out of Philly. I live in Jackson NJ and can receive both NY and Philly, but I get a much stronger signal from Philly than NY For instance, WNBC is about 75 to 80 % while WCAU is 90 to 95 %. Also, I get some multipath distortion from NY which causes the signals to fluctuate causing pixelation and at times a complete loss of signal.
I have Directv Now as my main provider. I'm grandfathered in to the original Go Big package which is still $50 for over 100 channels. They used to give my both NY and Philly locals then reverted to just Philly. That said I do get Fox, CBS and NBC from Philly as well. Not as strong but good enough. NY is pretty strong. I may just have to raise the antenna higher for Fox if I have issues come August.
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Robbinsville, NJ...I think that's at Exit 7A of I-95/New Jersey Turnpike. I was told that this town used to be one of the million "Washington" towns in that state.
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Robbinsville, NJ...I think that's at Exit 7A of I-95/New Jersey Turnpike. I was told that this town used to be one of the million "Washington" towns in that state.
That it was.
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PMCM's Dumb Approach to Callsigns

Perhaps in today's terrestrial broadcasting world, the callsign is nowhere near as relevant to the programming content of a station nor as unique in its representation of the station's community of license, mission, or ownership as it used to be. But from a marketing perspective, you want your brand to be as wide-reaching as possible in order to realize the greatest possible rate of return.

This is all coming around to Press Communication, LLCs' PMCM TV (licensee of WJLP Middletown Township) and their recent acquisition of low-power channel 51 at New York. The callsign at acquisition on February 19, 2019 was WBQM-LD New York, with BQM standing for Brooklyn/Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, which represents a substantive portion of the highly desirable New York City audience. Then on April 18, 2019, PMCM TV changed the callsign to WNWT-LD New York, presumably to mean NeWsneT, the news-focused digninet which recently took to air over WJLP-DT 6 Middletown Township, sister to now WNWT-LD, and is now the programming transmitted over the primary stream of WNWT-LD. This callsign well represents the current primary programming on the station, but it narrows the station's perceived focus to its primary stream affiliation and a news-focused audience, thus limiting the marketing potential for this station as a whole comprised of the remaining streams if they are to be maintained.

Clearly a callsign change in most cases is not akin to station suicide, and this low-power station may someday wind up a casualty to the seemingly ever-expanding cellular build-out anyway, but it wouldn't hurt for more local broadcasters to take a see the forest for the trees approach when trying to satisfy their egos by implementing self-aggrandizing and perhaps short-sighted branding.

Regrettably, PMCM TV seems to be intimating their company's desire to keep a clearer focus on the trees.
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I have a yagi style UHF antenna practically brand new I am giving away. If anyone is interested please pm me. It is free! I think it is either a Wineguard or Channel Master. About 8 years old.



As an aside I have lost WABC 7.1. Signal strength is about 60-62 and Quality is zero. Meanwhile I get 13.1 at 80 strength and quality 100.


Any thoughts?
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Program Note.


Comet Has "The Prisoner " running a marathon like Decades Channel did till we lost it.


METV has "the Invaders" at Midnight on their Sci-Fi Saturday.


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We don't get comet in nyc, I can stream their channel on roku. too bad we cannot get retrotv, i love shows like route66, naked city so noir
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Getting them again -- this time with AntennasDirect 2MAX antenna indoors -- up to 119 miles away in Bensalem, PA
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Youre gettin these stations thru tropo ducting, enjoy while it last. Next year with repack
Channel dxing most likely wont happen.
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Getting them again -- this time with AntennasDirect 2MAX antenna indoors -- up to 119 miles away in Bensalem, PA
Seriously, what is wrong with the folks at Univision!? Stream 67-2 should NOT be identifying as WFUT-DT; The call-sign for that station is WFTY Smithtown.
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Seriously, what is wrong with the folks at Univision!? Stream 67-2 should NOT be identifying as WFUT-DT; The call-sign for that station is WFTY Smithtown.
Why is WFTY even on the air? Isn't their coverage area already covered by WFUT?
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Why is WFTY even on the air? Isn't their coverage area already covered by WFUT?
Not quite. WFTY covers areas farther east on Long Island that WFUT can't reach. Also, WFTY hits the New Haven area with a good signal that WFUT can't reach, either.
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Those wonderful folks from Durst have done it again!

With its approaching frequency change and move to 1WTC, WLIW has been informed by Durst
that the building cannot fulfill its contractual obligation to have the station broadcast from the
Upper UHF Antenna.

WLIW has had to go to the Commission to request permission to now use to the Lower UHF
Antenna - "Due to power handling capacity factors ... "

This station now joins a list of other broadcasters who have had to resign themselves to
Durst's inability to live up to its promises and obligations.

This is from a building that purported to provide the world's most advanced broadcasting facility!!!!
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Yesterday, Trip had a post on the Hartford forum that the DTS application for WEDW/WZME has been approved. This will put an additional PBS channel (from CT) into the immediate NYC metro.
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Those wonderful folks from Durst have done it again!

With its approaching frequency change and move to 1WTC, WLIW has been informed by Durst
that the building cannot fulfill its contractual obligation to have the station broadcast from the
Upper UHF Antenna.

WLIW has had to go to the Commission to request permission to now use to the Lower UHF
Antenna - "Due to power handling capacity factors ... "

This station now joins a list of other broadcasters who have had to resign themselves to
Durst's inability to live up to its promises and obligations.

This is from a building that purported to provide the world's most advanced broadcasting facility!!!!

I wish that the stations that are running at reduced power would get back to their normal state soon. Since the stations moved from the ESB to the WTC, the signal quality has been all over the place at my location. Some days all is good, while other days I have fluctuating signal quality!
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I wish that the stations that are running at reduced power would get back to their normal state soon. Since the stations moved from the ESB to the WTC, the signal quality has been all over the place at my location. Some days all is good, while other days I have fluctuating signal quality!
Let's hope that when Phase 4 takes hold on 8/2 things will get better.

But Durst's history doesn't hold out all that much promise.

As I've mentioned before, somehow, management at the ESB were
able to do work on the mast and those antennas below in the middle
of the night with the disruptions we've all had to face.
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I'm fairly new at this so apologies if I'm not posting things in the right place. I had posted this regarding getting opinions on how good (or how bad) OTA reception of NYC channels would be in my area in the HDTV Technical Forum:

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/25-hd...l#post58177466
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I'm fairly new at this so apologies if I'm not posting things in the right place. I had posted this regarding getting opinions on how good (or how bad) OTA reception of NYC channels would be in my area in the HDTV Technical Forum:

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/25-hd...l#post58177466
At 50 miles out it would be hard enough pulling in reception even over flat terrain. The fact that you have elevation higher than you to your east is almost guaranteed to block out whatever fragments of a signal make it out that far. Unfortunately this stuff is mostly trial and error with different antennas.
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At 50 miles out it would be hard enough pulling in reception even over flat terrain. The fact that you have elevation higher than you to your east is almost guaranteed to block out whatever fragments of a signal make it out that far. Unfortunately this stuff is mostly trial and error with different antennas.
From the TVFool report and the list of "must have" channels, does it seem like its even worth trying, or should we just stick with cable/satellite? What is the best method of testing? Just connecting an antenna directly to a TV and placing in various locations?
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What is the best method of testing? Just connecting an antenna directly to a TV and placing in various locations?
Yes, that's pretty much the only way to test. It looks like you have a few responses in the other thread.
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I have a yagi style UHF antenna practically brand new I am giving away. If anyone is interested please pm me. It is free! I think it is either a Wineguard or Channel Master. About 8 years old.



As an aside I have lost WABC 7.1. Signal strength is about 60-62 and Quality is zero. Meanwhile I get 13.1 at 80 strength and quality 100.


Any thoughts?
Hello, If you still have the UHF Yagi, I would be interested providing you still have it. I am in Roxbury NJ so as per your profile we are pretty close. My direct email is [email protected] if you would like to contact me direct...
Thanks
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Phase 4 Repack testing is scheduled to start today.

I've seen tickers on both WCBS and WNBC (WNJU) announcing that a re-scan will
be necessary. Frequencies will change for those stations at 1 p.m. on August 1st.
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For those with insomnia, WNJU/WNBC will be testing its new frequency, Channel 35,
OTA, from "after midnight" to 5 a.m. before the August 1st change.
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For those with insomnia, WNJU/WNBC will be testing its new frequency, Channel 35,
OTA, from "after midnight" to 5 a.m. before the August 1st change.
I'm glad they are getting all this out of the way now, before the fall TV season starts. I use a Tivo OTA DVR, and whenever these frequency changes take place it requires Tivo to make back-end changes to sync the guide data with the new frequency. It can be a bit of a nightmare.
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For those with insomnia, WNJU/WNBC will be testing its new frequency, Channel 35,
OTA, from "after midnight" to 5 a.m. before the August 1st change.
Will this testing occur every night until August 1?

Is this information related to repack testing and scheduling publicly available somewhere?
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Will this testing occur every night until August 1?

Is this information related to repack testing and scheduling publicly available somewhere?
Yes as I stated - "WNJU/WNBC will be testing its new frequency ... "

Scheduling is not made public.
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I wonder if that will impact much, if any, of Connecticut? WVIT-TV (NBC) channel 30 of New Britain uses channel 35 for digital broadcasting. They transmit from Rattlesnake Mountain in Farmington, CT, very close to US Route 6 and west of I-84.
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I wonder if that will impact much, if any, of Connecticut? WVIT-TV (NBC) channel 30 of New Britain uses channel 35 for digital broadcasting. They transmit from Rattlesnake Mountain in Farmington, CT, very close to US Route 6 and west of I-84.
It will!

WVIT is owned by NBCUniversal as are WNJU and WNBC.

WVIT has formally accepted the increased interference caused by the testing,
also, that's why it's taking place in the middle of the night.
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