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For anyone who's interested, I e-mailed WFSB (CBS Hartford CT) to inquire about whether they were at full power yet on their DT antenna. They have been promoting their DT service during Sunday football. Not exactly what I hoped to hear, but take it for what it's worth.

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We are currently in the construction phase for full power. We are hoping to be up by the end of the year.




Thanks for watching!




Victor Zarrilli


Chief Engineer


WFSB TV-3 "Eyewitness News"


860-244-1732


Fax: 860-244-1650

[email protected]
 

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Thanks for the update and the email address. The email link on WFSB's website is useless. I want to find out if they will ever pass 5.1 sound.
 

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AreBee,


If you find out, please post their answer. Thanks


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I received a reply from Victor Zarrilli which said they were currently installing the 5.1 equipment. No firm date on when it would be up and running.


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It does not matter if they pass 5.1 until they go full power. I am 7 miles form transmitter and ca't get steady picure even with my big outdoor antenna. I get WWLP from Springfield crystal clear.
 

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Does this Help?


Callsign: WFSB Service: DT Community: HARTFORD, CT, US

Licensee: MEREDITH CORPORATION

Channel: 3 Offset:

Specified Channel: 33 Max HAAT: 352 m

File No.: BMPCDT-20021025ABB Cutoff Date: 10/25/2002 Dom. Status: CP MOD

Facility ID: 53115 Application ID: 616134 ASRN: 1046016


Latitude: N 41° 46 ' 30 "

Longitude: W 72° 48 ' 20 "


ERP: 1000 kw

HAAT: 288.8 m

RCAMSL: 375.8 m

RCAGL: 160.3 m

Zone: Near Canada

Antenna: Directional No beam tilt

Polarization: Horizontal Rotation: 0 Antenna ID: 44846 Make: DIE Model: TFU-26GTH-R 6T130

Antenna Pattern for the Directional Antenna:


Directional antenna relative field values do not include clockwise rotation, if shown above.

0° 0.776 10° 0.76 20° 0.776 30° 0.82 40° 0.88 50° 0.94

60° 0.984 70° 1 80° 0.984 90° 0.94 100° 0.88 110° 0.82

120° 0.776 130° 0.76 140° 0.776 150° 0.82 160° 0.88 170° 0.94

180° 0.984 190° 1 200° 0.984 210° 0.94 220° 0.88 230° 0.82

240° 0.776 250° 0.76 260° 0.776 270° 0.82 280° 0.88 290° 0.94

300° 0.984 310° 1 320° 0.984 330° 0.94 340° 0.88 350° 0.82
 

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Originally posted by trdr_vix
Does this Help?


Callsign: WFSB Service: DT Community: HARTFORD, CT, US

Licensee: MEREDITH CORPORATION

Channel: 3 Offset:

Specified Channel: 33 Max HAAT: 352 m

File No.: BMPCDT-20021025ABB Cutoff Date: 10/25/2002 Dom. Status: CP MOD

Facility ID: 53115 Application ID: 616134 ASRN: 1046016


Latitude: N 41° 46 ' 30 "

Longitude: W 72° 48 ' 20 "


ERP: 1000 kw

HAAT: 288.8 m

RCAMSL: 375.8 m

RCAGL: 160.3 m

Zone: Near Canada

Antenna: Directional No beam tilt

Polarization: Horizontal Rotation: 0 Antenna ID: 44846 Make: DIE Model: TFU-26GTH-R 6T130

Antenna Pattern for the Directional Antenna:


Directional antenna relative field values do not include clockwise rotation, if shown above.

0° 0.776 10° 0.76 20° 0.776 30° 0.82 40° 0.88 50° 0.94

60° 0.984 70° 1 80° 0.984 90° 0.94 100° 0.88 110° 0.82

120° 0.776 130° 0.76 140° 0.776 150° 0.82 160° 0.88 170° 0.94

180° 0.984 190° 1 200° 0.984 210° 0.94 220° 0.88 230° 0.82

240° 0.776 250° 0.76 260° 0.776 270° 0.82 280° 0.88 290° 0.94

300° 0.984 310° 1 320° 0.984 330° 0.94 340° 0.88 350° 0.82


Actually, I was looking for something more like "Southeast corner of Avon, on top of xxxx Mountain.:)


I'll look for a website that I can throw those coordinates in. Thanks.
 

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It's on Avon mountain..

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It does not matter if they pass 5.1 until they go full power. I am 7 miles form transmitter and ca't get steady picure even with my big outdoor antenna. I get WWLP from Springfield crystal clear.
Holly HDTV. Seven miles and you can't get a clean signal! I guess I have no shot in Killingworth. Well I guess I can take my time ordering and installing that Channelmaster 4228 and pre-amp. Thanks


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I'd try in killingworth, depending on how high you are....i am about the same distance from the tower as you are...


Go to this site and plug in your data...I have blue antenna catagory for WFSB, I have no problem getting it now that the summer is over.

http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.asp
 

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I agree. Try it in Killingworth. With WFSB-DT distance isn't so much a factor as the terrain between you and the transmitter. I'm about 15 miles away from WFSB's transmitter and I get it at 100% day-in and day-out. As you see above, some people are closer and get 0. It's a crap shoot, but where you are, you should be able to get WTNH-DT, WCTX-DT and maybe even stations out of NYC. If you already have a DT tuner, it's worth a try in my opinion. If WFSB-DT is going to be up by year end, I'd say get the antenna up now. Year end is only about 90 days away. Better to put up the antenna before the New England winter hits.


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Actually, it's not a leaf issue, it's the ionsphere and temp inversion layers coupled with atmospheric moisture content.


The leaves are still on my trees...except the squirrels have been hard at work chewing a bunch of branches down to get the acorns before they fall...never seen this before to this extent.....must be a very bad winter coming.
 

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I agree. Try it in Killingworth. With WFSB-DT distance isn't so much a factor as the terrain between you and the transmitter. I'm about 15 miles away from WFSB's transmitter and I get it at 100% day-in and day-out. As you see above, some people are closer and get 0. It's a crap shoot, but where you are, you should be able to get WTNH-DT, WCTX-DT and maybe even stations out of NYC. If you already have a DT tuner, it's worth a try in my opinion. If WFSB-DT is going to be up by year end, I'd say get the antenna up now. Year end is only about 90 days away. Better to put up the antenna before the New England winter hits.


Ralph
Actually, I will be putting up an antenna, in the attic though due to the WAF (wife acceptability factor). Unfortunately, I'll likely need a rotator as the CT stations are more than 15-30 degrees apart, and probably a pre-amp as well. However, I'm not sure we can rely on WSFB going to full power by year end. The chief engineer stated that they hope to be at full power by year end, and I think I've read that they've delayed the roll out before.


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Actually, I will be putting up an antenna, in the attic though due to the WAF (wife acceptability factor).
That's where my antenna is too. Try www.signalelectronics.com for antenna and accessories. They're in West Hartford. I don't think you can order on-line but you can order over the phone. If you ever get up to the Hartford area, the place is great. It's like walking into a time warp and the prices were fantastic.


They sell Channelmaster an Winegard among others. I bought a Winegard combo UHF/VHF antenna for about $35.00. http://winegard.com/offair/pdf/pr-7015.pdf


I also picked up the Channelmaster remote controlled rotor there too. They have everything and they'll do installs too.



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That's where my antenna is too. Try www.signalelectronics.com for antenna and accessories. They're in West Hartford. I don't think you can order on-line but you can order over the phone. If you ever get up to the Hartford area, the place is great. It's like walking into a time warp and the prices were fantastic.


They sell Channelmaster an Winegard among others. I bought a Winegard combo UHF/VHF antenna for about $35.00. http://winegard.com/offair/pdf/pr-7015.pdf


I also picked up the Channelmaster remote controlled rotor there too. They have everything and they'll do installs too.



Ralph
Thanks a bunch. I've been looking for a local retailer that carries more than a 1 or 2 selection inventory of antennas. I'm leaning toward the CM 4228, based on comments on this board. All the on-line sites charge a hefty shipping fee (granted the box will be big) and a 15% restocking fee. If they have good prices and take returns, they'll probably get my business.


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FWIW, and for anyone else reading this thread, Signal IS excellent and very good prices. Also, they have counter people who have been in business for 20 plus years, doing installs etc. who freely offer expert advice.


Question - Is there any way to check whether WFSB really is close to completing work? Their statements are the same as prior years. Do they make progress reports to FCC?
 

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Since the beginning of the year, their target has been early 4th quarter. They knew back in March that they wouldn't be getting the equipment until September. So it sounds like everything is still on schedule.
 
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