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Here is an overview of local OTA updated as of October 29, 2008:





Central PA HDTV Website updated as of 10/29/2008


Local H/DTV Google Map



Antenna Help:

AntennaWeb
TV Fool



Here is the link to the TV Fool torrent that will provide the overlay on Google Earth to show the signal coverage for each digital channel:

TV Fool Coverage Map for Harrisburg DMA



A list of torrent programs are found here:

TV Fool Recommended Torrent Programs



Local cable companies:

http://www.verizonfios.com/
http://www.comcast.com/
http://www.brctv.com/hdtv.shtml



Joe



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Titan TV says WHP will go live on March 15. This coincides with the beginning of CBS' NCAA coverage. Is this live date the real deal or just an estimate?


It's now nearly two weeks since we lost WITF. It's kind of funny that we were expecting one additional DTV station by now. But instead, we have temporarily lost one.


I wonder whether they'll do WLYH around the same time as WHP since they are both Clear Channel stations.
 

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Well, someone over at whp has been telling me, " give us another week or two" since Jan 1, so who knows. I don't believe anyone anymore, until I see it on my tv.
 

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I got the March 15 ETA from Danielle DeRitis at WHP, but she said it's all contingent on when they can get the appropriate technical people in to install the equipment. They have the equipment, which was backordered for some time. Right now there's nothing we can do but wait and see.


I wish WITF would come back on! Damn, how long does it take to fix a transformer?
 

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Danielle is the same person who at first told me they were on schedule for Jan 1, then has consistently told me a week or two since then. The latest she gave me was that the people who are needed to install everthing are in high demand at the moment, and they just don't know when they will be available.
 

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So, I get this letter from WITF-TV with "It's Time" or something like that on the envelope, seeking money. With the transformer down for at least two weeks, my first inclination that they picked a bad time. Upon further reflection, maybe a donation of $35 would help. However, there was absolutely no mention whatsoever of their DTV efforts on channel 36.


I'll send a donation with a note restricting the use for DTV.


I hope to catch some of the last few episodes of Smart Travels. The ones on Italy were spectacular.
 

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As of 6:45 PM, WITF-DT 36 is back after a three week hiatus. I caught the tail end of a Leif Erickson documentary produced by the Smithsonian in HD.


It's on! I wish WHP signs on in time for the NCAAs.
 

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Hi All,


HDTV Newbie from Dillsburg here with a question. Do you think I would be able to get HDTV Channels from Harrisburg with a good roof antenna? TitanTV.com says I should be able to get ota signals from Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York as long as I use a pre amp. I was shopping at Best Buy when I was out of town and i got a RCA DST-100 for $149.99. It was an open box, demo unit but for 150 bucks and a 30 day no questions asked return policy i had to buy it to see. I have been a DIRECTV customer for 5 years but just got my HD ready TV 3 months ago so I know very little about OTA stuff. ANY advice or tips you may have would be gretly appreciated.


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Bryan
 

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Is anyone else able to get 36 in since two weeks ago? I sure can't down here in Lancaster! The best signal strength I can get is under 30.
As for 21 I sure do hope they get that going soon!


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PBS 36 returned at low power. I am getting occassional audio drop outs causing me to re-tune the channel to correct the audio. They might be testing the new transformer.


As for CBS 4, I called yesterday about when I could see the NCAAs in HD. They say next week. This is different than maybe in two weeks. If you haven't already, give WHP a call and ask when you can see the NCAAs in high definition. And post your results here. Keep the pressure on as they think there are only 5 people with HDTV sets in the 46th largest DMA of just under 700,000 people.


I did not inquire if they are in the process of installing the antenna...
 

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Bryan,


I live in Mechanicsburg and I can pick up WGAL perfectly with an attic-mounted Radio Shack antenna (about $30, the VU-75x, I believe). I also bought a rotor for it, which was another $70. With a roof mount you should have no problem with any of the stations. PBS is at low power right now so you might have some dropouts, but when they're back on full power you'll be fine.


I strongly recommend the rotor, since our stations are in pretty divergent locations and you will have to move it. Do NOT buy one of the so-called omni-directional antennas, they are anything but.


If you have other questions let me know.


jsb, I e-mailed Danielle DeRitis last week and she told me the equipment and antenna were installed at WHP and they were testing, so the next week comment is probably accurate.
 

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Anyone talk to WPMT? I have no idea what they're planning. I realize Fox doesn't do HDTV but I still wouldn't mind seeing "24" in digital widescreen. It has to be better than my crappy cable signal....
 

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Well, for ****s and giggles I decided to call Fox and spoke to one of their engineers. He said they have a transmitter but were waiting for a corporate study to be finished on what would be the best antenna to use. He said the study was expected to be done soon and then the lead time from there to broadcasting would be about four months. So they'll miss May 1 but at least they're doing something.


For more ****s and giggles I called ABC 27 and talked to one of their engineers. Very nice guy, but not very good news. The problem is that ABC was assigned digital channel 57, which is too close to WGAL's channel 58. So they petitioned the FCC for a new channel and have yet to hear back. Without their channel they can't order equipment. So until they hear from the FCC nothing's going to get done there.
 

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David,


It is interesting that I was given the exact same story by a WHTM engineer many months ago. I find it hard to believe that the FCC would simply sit on such a request for so long. While I know very little about the FCC application process, I went to the FCC site and did a search on all PA stations that filed any type of application regarding digitial television. The only application filed by WHTM was one filed on November 16, 1999. The application was listed as a type of "Minor Modification to a Licensed Facility" relative to channel 57. It seems to me that there is more to this than you and I have been told by the engineer. I can't help but believe that if they were really interested in broadcasting on their digital channel that they would not let an existing application sit for 2and one-half years or not quickly file a new request to allow them to change from channel 57. I certainly hope I am wrong about all this. Perhaps someone else may know more about the detailed workings of the FCC process and fill us all in.


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That's interesting. Now that you brought it up, I went to the FCC site a month or so ago to check on 27 (I was looking up the extension waiver or some other thing, I forget now exactly what it was) and you're right, the only thing I found was a couple of years old, which made me think they were not going to file for an extension. My wife knows someone who works there, I'll try to get the scoop from her.
 

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David,


Let me know if your wife finds anything out.


If it helps, the FCC file number on the 1999 application is:

BPCDT 19991028ACF and the facility ID associated with that application is 72326. I'm sure these numbers mean something to the FCC and may help them locate the details.


I haven't forgotten about having you over to see my Digilink and the Rock+. I am having everything tweaked on Tuesday evening and will contact you after that if you are still interested. Have a great weekend.


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Hi Guys,

I need help picking an antenna to use in Dillsburg to pick up OTA HDTV. Are any of the local station broadcasting in or planning to broadcast in VHF? I know that i probably need a rotor(thanks David F), and according to antennaweb.org i need a preamp as well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I was just planning to go to the shack and get the bigeest antenna they had but I did a little research first and now I am more confused then ever. Do I need uhf or uhf/vhf. Do I need a preamp or will that just amplify the noise as well as the signal. Do you think if I ducktaped a RS double bow tie to my chimney i could get PBS/CBS this weekend?

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Bryan, I use a Radio Shack VU-75x yagi antenna in my attic. They have a couple of similar models that are only different in size, depending on your space needs. I would try one of the Rat Shack antennas before anything else. You don't really need to differentiate between a VHF and UHF antenna, the yagis can get both. With the exception of WHP (digital channel 4-11), all of the locals are high in the UHF range. I don't think I'll have any problem with WHP.


I would get the antenna first and see if you need a preamp. It might help if your cable run from antenna to TV is REAAAAALLLLY long, but mine's probably at least 30' attic to basement and I don't have any problems at all. You might not need it.
 

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As for VHF, WHP will be on channel 4. Most other stations will be UHF. I am using a Channel Master UHF eight bay bowtie antenna with the Titan2 pre-amp with a rotor. I picked up my gear at Cumberland Electronics in Harrisburg. I am getting good signal strength from my location for WITF (88) and WGAL (70). My set up is in the attic. My plan is to get a separate Channel Master VHF antenna for tuning WHP if it ever lights up.
 

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At 6:00 PM, I tried WHP-DT 4 and found some testing at 4-2 under low power. The image was stretched. It was choppy and very little sound. Signal strength was all over the place.


Well, it's a start!!! I hope they don't run into any problems setting up the HDTV channel.
 
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