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I live on Vandenberg AFB. I am getting 100 percent signal for KCOY-DT CBS with Terk 50 Antenna. (Hughes E86) So far I can't get KSBY-DT. I will probably try and get a better attenna. The Terk 50 is by no means a great one.


I think KCOY is still testing. I don't think they have broadcast anything in HD yet. The only thing I get is the standard NTSC in digital format.


This is still a big improvement, if anybody knows Vandenberg AFB, a lot of small hills block reception.


Anyone else?
 

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Bump.


Anybody have any luck with KSBY or KEYT?


Still only get KCOY-DT. I hope KSBY-DT increases it output.
 

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I am going to try a Silver Sensor later today from Montecito / Santa Barbara.


With no MNF in HD on DirecTV, I sure hope KEYT gets on the air soon!


Is there any other forum where people are discussing central coast HDTV reception? I was on a great yahoo groups mailing list in NYC. Maybe we could get a small quorum together and start one. Any takers?


-Burt
 

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Sign me up from Paso Robles, CA. I'm hoping for Charter HD-Cable soon. I will probably continue to be disappointed. Is there any chance that I could receive any over the air HD signals in Paso Robles?


Thanks,


Marshall


PS. I thought I was alone in my HD quest on the Central Coast!
 

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I am in Downtown SLO and I recieve KSBY-DT in 480p only. I have been trying to get info from them about when they may ever go HD, but no one there seems to know anything.
 

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I am on Vandenberg AFB as well and am getting the KCOY-DT signal and now that I have locked my antenna in I get good enough signal that I have stable picture and sound. Much of an improvement over my analog reception. I played around trying to get NBC but understood they were not offering any HD yet from their antenna so didn't worry about it too much since I get my D* feed of the nonHD signal. I really want CBS since it has SEC HD college football and want ABC too but have heard no word on when Santa Barbara will go live. I guess I need to make some friends in the engineering sections of ABC and CBS to get the scoop. Unless someone else has done this already. BTW I have Zenith SAT520 and some radio shack UHF/VHF antenna outside/but not on my roof. I really want some OTA HD.
 

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Mike,


I had a nice conversation with an engineer over at KEYT - ABC in SB. There is good news and bad news. First the good:


Turns out they are getting their antenna ready as we speak. He expected it to be live sometime in October.


The bad news is that they won't have any HD content for about a year. The don't have a downlink for the national HD feed. Apparently ABC pays for the downlink, while KEYT pays for the antenna. So the timing of the downlink is outside their control. My guy didn't expect it before fall '04 though.


In the meantime there will be upconverted content on their digital station. I was really hoping for some HD MNF this season, but alas the only option is Canadian satellite.


-Burt
 

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Thanks for the info Burt. At least I should be able to get the digital signal and that will be a dramatic improvement. Signal Area "A" yeah right. I can barely stand to watch it sometimes compared to the rest of my satellite and my Digital CBS. I will probably move in the military to some other small town that has crappy Hi Def options. Sure would be nice to live in a big metro area. My hometown of Ft Lauderdale sounds good. Thanks again for the update. Maybe we could start a campaign with national ABC to hurry up their downlink delivery. How do you like your canadian sat delivery. Is that Bev or something.


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Got this email update from KEYT ABC (Santa Barbara) on status of their upgrade to digital. Lots of information but not pleasing to my ears that there are yet more delays. I was hoping for a digital signal by college football bowl games at least. Ugggghhh!


Mike:

KEYT was scheduled to begin construction of our digital broadcast facility

on December 2nd but we have encountered a couple of minor delays. All of

the digital equipment has been delivered to our transmitter site and we are

now scheduled to begin construction January 11th. Our broadcasting of a

digital signal should begin within 30 to 60 days of that date.


The signal will be carried over-the-air on Channel 27. It has not yet been

confirmed which of our primary cable carriers (Cox, Comcast, Charter &

Adelphia) will carry our digital signal and on what channel. The signal

will still be in the 3 x 4 aspect ratio vs. the high definition ratio of 9 x

16. The signal will be similar to our analog signal except it will be more

crisp and be on a 3-second delay. Actual broadcast of programming in the 9

x 16 aspect ratio will be subject to the installation of additional

converters, to actual schedules of HDTV programming and the local cable

carriers clearance of our HDTV signal. At the current time we are in

discussions with Cox regarding digital & HD carriage. We have yet to enter

discussions with our 3 other cable carriers, Comcast, Charter & Adelphia.


Regards,

Bob Grissom, VP/General Manager

KEYT
 

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That's bad news. I don't know why the FCC just doesn't do anything about stations like KEYT who have not provided a digital signal by their suspense date.


Well, I am leaving Vandenberg in March. I am moving to El Paso. I hope I have better luck.
 

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Good luck in El Paso. How is your Espanol? I couldn't believe how high the percentage of cars on the 10 freeway was that had Mexico license plates. Seemed like 10% or so.


KEYT's slowness is not surprising. I'm seriously considering getting a Canadian Satellite package. Bell has 2 HD choices from all 5 networks! If only the had a PVR receiver available.


The FCC has no real enforcment power. They are just policy making paper-pushers.


-Burt
 

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Spanish is not very good. But I'll learn.


I thought about going to Canadian route. The FCC basically leaves it up to the Sat companies to police themselves. Now if the Sat company is making money they look the other way.
 

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OUTSTANDING!! and it would be the week before I move out to St Louis. I figured I had to move to get my OTA HD. I will obviously put my antenna back up---temporarily to watch myself. Wonder if I should invite people over to watch. Would suck if it didn't work out for HD. Has KCOY tested anything in HD yet. Guess I need to get my antenna back up and see what is on during prime time. Cool better late than never
 

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I am new to this forum. Are you saying that Cox is providing DVI from the 3250 STB? Are they providing the cable for connection to my Mitsu 55813?


I have tried to get a satellite waiver for NBC but KSBY has refused so far. KCOY gave it to me and they are much closer. Any comments on this?


Anybody getting HD stuff OTA? If yes, what antenna are you using?
 

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I am new to this forum. Are you saying that Cox is providing DVI from the 3250 STB?

Yes.


Are they providing the cable for connection to my Mitsu 55813?

Cox provided a component cable; I had to get my own DVI/HDMI cable to connect the 3250 to my TV which accepts only HDMI.


Can't comment on the satellite question. I gave up DirecTV for cable.


As far as OTA, in our area there's only KEYT (maybe KNBC from LA but that's a stretch) and KEYT doesn't broadcast in HD.
 
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