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I would like to open this thread up to those who live in the greater area of Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice.

I have been a participant in the Tampa thread, but lately it has become a BHN ***** session, filled with some vitriolic responses, which are totally off topic.

Those of us in the area south of Tampa have different equipment requirements and reception options. Hopefully this will be a location for us to post our problems, suggestions, etc.


Thanks,

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Good idea, Ken:


I'm in South Sarasota, near the Sarasota Sq. mall. I have a big R/S VHF/UHF antenna, in the attic, amplified. I also have a Blonder-Tongue UHF specific antenna for channel 24, to get Holiday. It's also amplified, and it's outdoors, up around 15 feet off the ground. I am using a Jointenna to combine both antenna.


I get all the Tampa digital stations with a very good signal, except for WFLA, whose signal has deteriorated in the last few months. I also get WWSB and WBBH (FT. Myers) off the back of my antenna. My receiver is a Sony HD200.


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Ron,

Spoke with the tech at WWSB about a reception problem, and he (appropriately named Crash!) said that they were having trouble getting the signal across Sarasota. I'm using a Samsung 160 and get pretty good reception, but I also have a rake on the roof. The Parrish transmitter is close to the direction for the Tampa Riverview channels. Do you get 40-1 pretty good?

Also, regarding the Stealthtenna, did you have the amplifier?

I have noticed that WFLA is down to about 78 on my reception meter, from about 88. Didn't check it until I read your report.


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Hi, I just moved from St Pete to Parrish about a month ago. I am just getting into HDTV. Anyone can advice what would be the best outdoor antennae and DirectTV HD receiver? DVI output preferred.


BTW, I noticed kgalbreth referenced the "Parrish" transmitter I am right next to it. Hell I can see it right out of my window. I hope that is not a problem.


Advice would be greatly appreciated.


BTW, any of guys ever get together and meet? When I lived in St. Pete we did that often (once a month). It was very cool meeting new people with the same interest.
 

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Jerry,


I left you a post on the Tampa thread as well, hadn't checked this one yet. I have a company which installs home theater, alarm systems and other low voltage equipment in this area.

You should have no problem in the Parrish area receiving the Tampa and Sarasota OTA's (probably some Ft. Myers as well). Being next to the Parrish tower hasn't hurt anyone we've worked with out that way.

Mostly, I recomend the Sony HD200, although I'm using a Samsung TS-160 myself. Reasoning for this is long and there is a thread about 160's on this forum. Suffice it to say the HD200 is very stable.

I just started this thread today, believing that there were enough individuals who were interested in exchanging ideas, solutions and questions to warrant a thread of our own. A get together would be good, and easier than a trip to Tampa/Brandon/St. Pete.


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Ken,


I'm moving to Bradenton (from Hawaii, so I sold everything and I get to start over from scratch), and I sent you a PM. We should talk.


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We do installations in Parrish and the surrounding area. Mostly D* out there because no cable north of Rye and 675 intersection. What type of house, location and equipment?


Ken

Hi I am over here now. I live out on Foxbrook (new development), but, fortunately/unfortunately I have BHN in my development. Fortunately, I have cable modem
unfortunately my wife wanted a PVR and their prices for cable tv where almost double the money I was paying in St. Pete. So I changed to DirectTV.


The reason I was asking about HD reception is because I need the new source for a PJ I just bought.


Do you have any outdoor antennae recommendations and where to point this thing?



Also, do you have a store? what local shops do we have in SRQ/Bradenton?
 

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Ken:

Regarding WWSB, I do get their signal but really haven't observed the signal strength on my HD200. I generally watch ABC on WFTS because their signal is much stronger than WWSB and they also have the Dolby Digital decoder, which WWSB does not have yet. I had a tour, several months ago, at WWSB's new studio, by Mike Burnham, the Chief Engineer. He's a really nice person, and they have quite an impressive operation.


As for WFLA, their signal is too unreliable, and drops out frequently, so I've resorted to watching my NBC material from Ft. Myers. I don't understand why they vary in strength, from the other Riverview located stations. Fox used to have the same problem, but they've been more stable over the last few months.


When I had my Stealth antenna up, it was at 25 feet, and I did use it with the amplifier. Actually, I still have the Stealth sitting in my attic. If you know anyone that wants to buy it, let me know. The main reason I used the Stealth, was to try to get all of the Tampa based stations. Holiday was always a challenge, and the Riverview stations came in no better than on my attic situated antenna. So I removed the Stealth , and then put up the Blonder-Tongue (at 15 ft.) for WTSP, which I mentioned in my previous post. Now all works fine, at least for me.
 

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Blonder-Tongue

what is that? any links?
 

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JP


The BTY-10-U (B for channel 20-26) is the specific one that I have.

http://www.blondertongue.com/media/p...irAntennas.pdf


I purchased my mail order from Starke Electronics in Mass. About $100 shipped. As Ken said, there's other outlets to get it. The antenna comes assembled, is UPS shippable, and the overall length is 48''. Works great for receiving Holiday.


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Yes, very interesting. I think that this will hurt both Comcast and BHN, unless they are able to strike a similar deal to increase their HD offerings on their cable systems. Not sure what BHN offers, but Comcast only has CBS and ABC, in addition to HBO and Showtime.


It's also interesting to note that HDNET, which has been free on Direct TV, since it began almost two years ago, will no longer be free, and will be part of the $10.99 package. I would expect that they might have a trial period where they offer the package at no charge and then get subscribers to sign up for it.
 

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I agree. As one who has enjoyed HDNet, and the offerings on 198, as long as they continue to broadcast quality transmissions, I'm willing to pay. However, if they squeeze the bandwidth to accomodate the channels and we get pixilation (ala 3-5) on movement, then that could cloud the issue.

3-5 used to have excellent quality until they split the stream into the 3 channels. I don't know how much bandwidth they allocated to 3-5 but it pixilates something terrible.

Your point on 28-1 is well taken. 40-1 has a good picture, but not the quality audio (3.2) that 28 usually transmits. 40 also broadcasts in 14:9 and unless I live with about and inch and a half bar on both sides, it overscans something fierce. 28-1 zooms with no overscan on my 160. Still playing with the HD200 to see what the effect is.


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Ken:

I LOVE my HD200. I have a 16:9 display, and I send everything out of the HD200 in Panorama mode. It produces a normal picture on the 4:3 portion of the display, and stretches the sides, to fill the display. I've got quite used to watch all my material set at 1080i and in Wide Screen. It does the best job that I have seen of taking a 4:3 picture and distributing on a 16:9 display.


As for PBS, they have gone from best to worst!! They probably hae too much bandwidth assigned to their SD channels and, as a result, we get severe pixeliztion on their HD channel. It's a shame what they have done to previous beautiful HD material. Tonight, there's Fosse (the show) being broadcast in HD. I'm interesting in seeing how much movement there is, hence, the amount of pixelization.


Let's hope that DirecTV will allocate sufficient bandwidth to their new stations, come July. I would assume, that if they are going to charge for it, they will do the right thing. We'll see.
 

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Does anyone have an ETA on when WINK will begin broadcasting?
 

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No word here on a firm date, other than they had pulled the permit for the new shack they were building.

They were granted a delay by the FCC as they were first assigned to digital 9 for the startup and then they tried to switch them up to a UHF frequency. WINK fought it and got the delay.

The chief engineer down there is receptive to phone calls.


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Hey, no reason we don't deserve our own place. Reception situations are different here, and we have the benefit of both locations, Tampa and Ft. Myers.

What equipment are you using and how is your reception?


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Great to see a Sarasota thread.


I live just north of the fairgrounds and use a RCA DTC-100.


WWSB has a STA from the FCC for low power and is only running 930 watts.


As for WFLA. I am told that in Tampa WFLA is channel 7 on the cable system, and it leaks so bad that the WFLA-DT signal, also on channel 7, has been causing snow on the cable channel 7, so they have reduced power to eliminate the problem on cable. Sometimes down to 5-15% power.


WINK was originally assigned a UHF channel and they applied to change that to channel 9. Channel 9 in Orlando filed againt them. WINK was granted channel 9 after a long battle, but channel 9 in Orlando continues to fight it.
 
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