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Well, the WHAS-DT thread has lived its life, I think, and it's time for a general thread given the news now that Insight might be offering HD over cable by EOY.


I'll start off by saying I think my phone call to WHAS worked! Watching their 6pm newscast on the digital channel in 4:3! No more stretched image! This is a good step forward. Now we'll see how they handle Stuart Little tonight as I see TitanTV showing WCPO-DT (Cincinnati) with Stuart Little in HD. Oh, the audio seems improved, too. Not quite equal to the analog yet but better. Now if we can just get them to lose that huge-a$$ logo bug in the lower-right corner!


And, I'll end with a general query to Woowoo and Willam Smith. Is WKPC-DT going to be showing the scheduled HD programs in HD or continued multi-casting? I see a few shows coming up next week that, according to the DTV schedule at www.ket.org, show them to be in HD.


Things are starting to pick up here in the Derby city!


UPDATE: Per an actual thought I had, here's a list of technical contacts to report problems. (Thanks to all who contribute!):


WHAS 582-7840

WHAS NEWS (for nights and weekends)582-7223


WAVE 585-2201

WAVE NEWS (for nights and weekends)561-4150


WLKY 893-3671

WLKY NEWS (for nights and weekends)891-4932

Chief Engineer Jim Mercer [email protected]
 

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I just spoke w/Neal re:the audio issue with Stuart Little tonight (just static on the national feed and commercials, local commercials sounded ok). They're all still recovering from the Derby production of Thunder and are fleshing things out.


He said, for one, they are reading this forum now so they can see our feedback. Also, they just pass the HD signal from ABC through and cannot do any processing on that signal. I mentioned if they are actually receiving a 16:9 signal tonight, it appears to be zoomed and cropped in all dimensions (esp. noticeable to the left and right edges of the frame compared to the analog version).


I did thank him for getting rid of the stretched 4:3 image.



Sooo...I will gladly give WHAS a bit more time before making any more judgments and just hope for the best.


I was also hoping that front moving through would provide some tropo enhancment to Cincinnati (I could catch WCPO-DT and compare) but that's not happening.
 

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Hey all,


I have a Zenith DTV1080 being fed by a ChannelMaster 4221 4-bowtie antenna. I live in Prospect (just into Oldham County). Here's my problem - when I do an EZ-scan, the only digital channels I get are 15-(1-4) (KPC?). I can't get WHAS (55/11-1). This is even though the signal strength meter is in the "Good" range (I would estimate 80-90 out of 100 if there were numbers on the meter). Even 15-(1-4) has a choppy signal. I've got my antenna in one of my upstairs rooms (very near the location I will mount it on my house) facing SW. Any ideas on what my problem is?


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Hey, bruggles.


Do you mean to mount that on the roof? That should definitely help reception.


But, pointing SW? I would think you'd want to point pretty much due West. I'm just in Jeff. County from PeWee Valley and the WHAS tower is about 12 degrees North of West for me. I've found significant dropoff to the SW but better to the NW of the tower.


And, what's the tree/building situation around you? And what type of cabling, the distance, splitters in use, etc.?
 

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It will be mounted on the side of the house at roof level. It is actually pointing about due West (maybe just a little south of due west). There is about 70' of quad-shield RG6 in between, with no splitters. Do you think that the signal meter on the DTV1080 is misleading?


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Well, it's more of a signal over noise measurement. I've had locks on Indy digitals or Cincy digitals during tropo enhancement and the signal % has shown 50-51% and had no dropouts as it was a rather clean signal, but weak.


If you get a lot of fluctuation in strength I believe that's a sign of a lot of multipath interference (trees/buildings/hills).


You may need to switch to a more directional-type antenna like the Channel Master 3022 instead of the bowtie. But, get it on the roof, if you can. Use an eave-mount and a small mast (Radio Shack has a 5' steel mast you could use for about $10) or a chimney mount and, say, a 10' mast. Height is your friend.
 

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Just caught the news on the Insight HD plan. I'm psyched! This would be so much easier and really help HD catch on more quickly. It seems like there is finally more movement all over the country on Hidef. I hope within 6 months we see CBS and NBC go HD here in Louisville.
 

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We lost the sat receiver we use to pickup the HD feeds, I hope to have another receiver online for the weekend. Check the digital section of our web site to check for programming. or send email to the address on the digital page. Programming reads the emails.


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Originally posted by William Smith
programming reads the emails.


William

So write them S L O W L Y


:)

Woo


BTW

The plan to carry PBS on Insight is a National Level deal.

It was not something that happend localy.

Us bottom feeders are waiting to find out the Details
 

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Jerry,


I'll give that a shot. Do I understand that you're getting Cincy and Indy HD feeds? That's great - I didn't realize that was a possibility (although right now I'll be happy to get the Louisville feeds).


I'll keep you updated, although I won't be able to do anything for a few days.
 

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woowoo,


LOL!




bruggles,


Well, actually, this morning I was able to lock WKRC-DT out of Cincy at about 70-73% and WRTV-DT out of Indy at 53-54%. But, conditions were good this morning for signal propagation after that front moved through last evening.

The Hepburn Tropo Forecast is a pretty accurate indicator.


Understand about the time issue, too. There's much I'd like to do to mine but time/money is always a concern
 

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I wish WHAS-DT would get their sh#t together. I checked the local newcast this evening and once again there were lipsync issues. Looked like about 1/2 second out of sync. Doesn't anyone at the station look at their own telecasts?
 

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The replacement sat receiver is set for HD tonight.


Happy viewing.


William

Hey, William.


Well, I can tell it's 16:9 and the other three channels show black but show signal strength but the show itself, Evolution, doesn't look HD. Nowhere near the shows of Smart Travels I've seen before. Maybe these interview segments weren't in HD? Or the drama part itself wasn't in HD? Or maybe I'm just not sure what I'm seeing
It looks quite soft and grainy to what I've seen on even CBS.


It looks good, though, just not the heart-stopping clarity I saw on that Smart Travels show one day several weeks ago.
 

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Well, although the ABC logo is in the far right (I thought that meant they were cropping the image), I was able to compare the digital channel to the analog and there is definitely more image to the left and the right.


Soo...looks like we're on the right track for ABC-HD. I'd say the image quality is on par with, say, Everybody Loves Raymond but minus the red push CBS has. Well, the audio is still way too low.


UPDATE:


WKPC-DT showing Aleutians in HD. Oooo...this looks SWEET!!
 
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