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Here's the status from the 44th TV Market


WFMY-DT 51 - limited on-air (appears to be Prime Time only)

WGHP-DT 35 - unable to recieve

WXII-DT 31 - unable to receive

WGPX-DT 14 - filed extension to build

WTWB-TV 19 - filed extension to build

WUNL-DT 32 - multicasting, reception OK

WXLV-DT 29 - reception great

WUPN-DT 33 - reception great, some problems at station

WLXI-DT 43 - filed extension to build


My location - just east of Guildford College Campus

My Receiver - RCA DTC100

My Antenna - Radio Shack VU-120XR (largest sold)

Rotor - Full 360

Antenna Height - 25 Feet

My Downlead - 100ft RG-6


Analog Reception - 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 26, 36, 45, 48, 61 (granted some reception is marginal)
 

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WXII-DT(31) switches on at 6 PM and then operates through the Tonight Show which is broadcast in HDTV and Dolby Digital 5.1. The picture quality is about the best I've seen.


I think the only other NBC boardcast in HDTV is Crossing Jordan which I've never seen.


WXII-DT(31) tranmits everything else in Standard Defintion.


I'm not sure what WXII-DT(31) does on the weekends.


I concur with all the other signal reports


I live in Reidsville. I'm using a Radio Shack $18 indoor uhf bowtie antenna sitting on a bench on my deck. I am looking for a Channel Master 4228, but they seem to be scarce.
 

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Where do you all point your antenna for 29 ABC. I see the analog antenna is in Winston Salem but digital is at the WFMY antenna farm. Atleast according to a sight I was looking at. I get equal reception from them no matter where I point my antenna and it is all bad. I am in Jamestown and wghp is great here. WXII is so so. A lot of drop outs.
 

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WFMY-TV & DT is the 2,000 Foot Tower at Level Cross & US220 South


WTWB-TV, WUPN-TV & DT and WXLV-DT is the Multiple-Mount 2,000 Foot Tower beside US220 at Level Cross.


WGHP-TV & DT is on a 1357 Foot Tower in Sophia (roughly 5 miles further south of the above towers)


WXII-TV & DT, WUNL-TV & DT and WXLV-TV are located at the peak of Sauratown Mountain, north of King. (All 2,000 feet)


WGPX-TV & DT (future) is located on US29 North of Greensboro at the County Line (1,000 feet)


WLXI-TV is located roughly 5 miles north of Kernersville (1,000 feet?), with their DT Antenna planned on the 20-48-45 Tower.


A Great Site For TV Data is here - http://100kwatts.tmi.net/


FYI - I have still never received WXII-DT or WGHP-DT. I'm going to try harder to tweak the antenna position this weekend.
 

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Stations I am receiving near the battlefield in Greensboro:


WFMY 2-1 (51-1) Dynamic PSIP 16:9 CBS HD pass-through - local upconversion - On air Prime Time only

WGHP 8-1 (35-1) Static PSIP and 480P 16:9 up-conversion - 24/7

WXII 12-1 (31-1) No PSIP 16:9 NBC HD pass-through - local up-conversion - 4:30pm to 12:35am

WUNL 26-1/3/4/5 Static PSIP 4:3 up-conversion (I haven't seen any PBS HD) - 24/7

WXLV - 45-1 (29-1) Misconfigured PSIP - 480P 4:3 up-conversion - 24/7

WUPN - 48-1 (33-1) Signal but no decodable stream - 24/7


Channel Master 4228 antenna mounted 10ft with 100ft RG-59 with Radio Shack 10db in-line pre-amp into Samsung SIR-T150 STB.
 

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To Foxeng -- You wouldn't happen to work at ch. 8 would you??


I'm occasionally grabbing dt51 as well as dt31 from my location... But I'm a long ways off!
 

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From about 5 miles from the Davidson/Forsyth line on US 150:


WFMY- same as above.


WGHP- not enough signal to lock...."Roger" from engineering ("foxeng?") told me they're at a whopping 4200 watts.


WXII- same as above, but how about DD5.1 ALL THE TIME? News sounds horrible.


WTWB- nothing


WXLV- SD on 29-1, not HD-ready yet



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Now... with my RS VX-190 and a 35db preamp pointed at Charlotte, I get:


WCNC- both HD shows, 93% signal


WBTV- All HD CBS offerings, 90% signal


WSOC- ABC's HD lineup, DD5.1, 79-85% signal


WCCB- FOX Widescreen, baby!, 100%!


Plus about 4 PBS affiliates, none of which are doing HD yet.


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So, I guess the bottom lline for now is: the Triad is coming around, but I'm too impatient to wait, so screw you guys
 

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No, I am not "Roger". Sorry. (I think you mean "Ross").
 

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No, I am not "Roger". Sorry. (I think you mean "Ross").


I am not him either!
 

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As you may have guessed, I do work for channel 8 and yes I am lurking here to see what everyone is saying. I am only a tech and I am in charge of the transmitters, but if you have any questions, I will try and answer them best I can if you have any. If not, I will just lurk!
 

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Sorry, eng. I guess it is Ross.


Being a huge Floyd fan, "Roger Mason" just rolls off my tongue more naturally.
 

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I located in Elon just about 2 miles north of 85-40. I have 2 antennas a CM4251 & 4228 with CM7777 & 7775 preamps feeding a Dish 6000 and a Pan Tu-Hds20. Both antennas are attic install and I have a 3(APS-U92) that I am going to move around the house to try and pick Charlotte and Roanoke.


As for the triad stations, there is something wrong UPN48(33) and WGHP(35) must be at low power because the signal is not stable. I am fortunate to be able and pick up all the Raleigh stations with no problem what soever. Some of you to the west might want to try and pick up WDBJ7(18), WPXR(36) and WSLS10(30) out of Roanoke. I can pick up WDBJ most of the time and the other two occasionally even though they are at low power.
 

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Well if you tried to look at WGHP-DT this afternoon, you were out of luck. About 4 o'clock, we had a failure in two places on the transmitter and it is off the air at this time. One of them is a fatal failure and I suspect it may be middle of next week before we get it back on. It will take some parts to be sent in, and since we are having an engineer from the manufacturer coming next week anyway to look at some other small problems, we may just wait until he arrives and have them fix all the problems.


But hey, that is life with new technology, and S/N 3!
 

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Has anyone decoded WUPN-DT 33 in the last week or so? I know I have not been able to decode it on 2 different Samsung SIR-150's, one in High Point and one in Greensboro, nor a professional DTV receiver/demodulator 5 miles from their transmitter.
 

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I had a 21% signal from 33-1 for about 4 hours on 5/1, but never strong enough to lock in my box. I have gotten no signal since, though.
 

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I had a 21% signal from 33-1 for about 4 hours on 5/1, but never strong enough to lock in my box. I have gotten no signal since, though.

I suspected as much. I may give the engineer a call tomorrow over there and see if he even knows about it. I hear they have no way to monitor their off air signal.


I am picking up WRAL this morning. It is not solid, but I am thinking about going to RS and getting a hotter pre-amp. This 10 dB is OK, but I am wondering if a 20 dB would be enough to keep it solid. I may just spring for the 30 dB and be done with it.
 

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For the past week or so UPN48(33) signal has been strong but the 6000 will not lock on it. In my past conversations with their engineer he has indicated that they have a problem with their transmitter, I'm not sure this is the same one as they have had previously.


Foxeng- you might want to try the ChannelMaster CM7775 preamp. I'm not sure where you can pick one up locally but you might try www.starkelectronic.com. I have bought one from them before and I'm waiting for another. Good solid performance, the CM7777 has VHF capability if you need VHF , the 7775 is UHF only but has a 2db more gain.
 

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For the past week or so UPN48(33) signal has been strong but the 6000 will not lock on it. In my past conversations with their engineer he has indicated that they have a problem with their transmitter, I'm not sure this is the same one as they have had previously.

They had had a tube/socket failure originally. This looks like PSIP problems. I have been reading a lot on it this past week and I swear I don't know how anyone figures out how these things work! I can understand why stations don't use them. They are a BEAR to setup and keep maintained. We are not in a position to use ours yet, so ours is what they call "static".

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Foxeng- you might want to try the ChannelMaster CM7775 preamp. I'm not sure where you can pick one up locally but you might try www.starkelectronic.com. I have bought one from them before and I'm waiting for another. Good solid performance, the CM7777 has VHF capability if you need VHF , the 7775 is UHF only but has a 2db more gain.

I am going to buy one of those, but I am sitting here watching WRAL pixalize in and out and it is just killing me! I know just a couple more db and it would be solid! So as soon as RS opens I will be there and I will order a good pre-amp next week off the web. My whole install was just to be able to see our transmitter to see when it had problems, and do some very rudimentary coverage area analysis, but now I think I am getting hooked! I can see a new monitor in my future next year! Just 480I NTSC out right now. It does give me letterbox, which has never bothered me, and if I really want to see true HD, then I will pull the 19" monitor and plug it in the VGA spigot. With the limited offerings, I can't see spending the money right now. If the FCC proposal is acted upon by all parties next year like they want, it will be more incentive for consumers and broadcasters to jump in, then I will revisit the monitor issue.
 

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It looks like that UPN48(33) has fixed their problem.


Foxeng, if you hunt around you might be able to enjoy HD at a relatively low price. I have a CRT FP to watch special events ona 16x9 100"screen. But for most of my everyday viewing I was able to pick up a 36" 4x3 Hitachi Demo at Sears for $1100. It is not the best HD picture available but for now at that price it was close enough. I figure by the time the technology matures, this TV will probably be sold or moved to make room for the lastest widescreen TV.
 

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It looks like that UPN48(33) has fixed their problem.

Not here. It is still not locking up. I did call WUPN's engineer today, but just got his voice mail. At least he knows now and if nothing happens in the next few days, I will call him again. He is pretty good guy, and for all I know, he maybe working on it and doesn't have time to tell me!
 
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