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WHYY DT 12 Philly down-- rescan needed

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by newsposter, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    found this on AVS but didnt research it independently. I wonder if it will help my non night reception now going a bit lower on UHF?:

    Reception Alert!

    Please be advised that WHYY-DT will be off the air beginning mid-day Monday, 10/16 for 2-3 days for technical changes. When the station returns to the air, WHYY-DT will be operating on UHF Channel 50 at the same power and antenna location.

    To receive WHYY-DT off-air, you will need to rescan your DTV receiver or enter the new channel 50 location into your preset channel memory. This channel change has been authorized by the FCC to enable WHYY to test prototype convertors and other advanced technical components.

    Our apologies for the service interuption. We are working with Comcast to hopefully continue the digital service on Comcast cable during the off-air transition period.


    Bill Weber
    Chief Technology Officer
    WHYY, Inc.
     
  2. whsbuss

    whsbuss Advanced Member

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    Thanks for the information. At least Bill Weber keeps his viewers informed unlike the other broadcasters in the area. Update us if you can when they return to the air.
     
  3. newsposter

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    WHYY-DT remains off the air for maintenance and a channel change. Tests have determined that the transmission line that connects the digital transmitter to the antenna near the top of the tall tower in Roxborough must be replaced. This additional work has shifted the return to air date to Thursday, 10/26.

    A direct network link was established with Comcast that enables us to continue the DTV program services uninterupted in most areas served by Comcast.

    We regret this extended off-air period. It is necessary to ensure the highest quality broadcast signal when WHYY-DT returns to the air on UHF Channel 50. Rescanning your DTV receiver will be required to receive the station that has relocated from channel 55.

    Bill Weber
    Chief Technology Officer
    WHYY
     
  4. whsbuss

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    Thanks for the update. I've been checking each day but this explains the delay.
    I miss all those good HD programs from them. Cant wait for it to return,
     
  5. whsbuss

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    Any update on when WHYY-DT will be back on the air?
     
  6. Nov 2, 2006 #6 of 41
    newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    Hi Folks,
    Just talked to a whyy engineer. The new antenna for uhf 50 has a different
    antenna pattern. I used to be able to receive whyy from central jersey. Now with the
    change to uhf 50 I get nothing.

    The engineer said they moved to uhf 50 because the fcc wanted them to test a pilot program for set top boxes.

    So I guess we folks in central jersey who used to enjoy the HD programming are now
    screwed.

    Also they have lowered their power from 87kw at uhf 55 to 50Kw at uhf 50.

    fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?list=0&facid=165726

    The WNET PBS channel out of newark has barely 3 Kw of power, any one know if they have increased their power, so I can try to use it an an alternative to whyy?
     
  7. Nov 3, 2006 #7 of 41
    markrsmith83

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    If it's back up again, I'm not getting it either in the Trenton area.

    It's too bad - I had a few season passes set up for WHYY.
     
  8. Nov 3, 2006 #8 of 41
    kroddy

    kroddy New Member

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    It is back up - the station IDs have changed so the D*/Tivo guide doesn't have channel listings yet... just shows "regular schedule"
     
  9. Nov 5, 2006 #9 of 41
    newsposter

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    i have both old and new in guide...i dont wanna delete the old out of channels i receive..how do we get the guide on the new channel?
     
  10. super dave

    super dave Upgrade Willy

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    Now that it is back up I am getting a signal strength of 98, used to get 78.
     
  11. RxMan

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    How the heck do you do a rescan of OTA channels with the HR10-250.
     
  12. markrsmith83

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    You can rescan in the Channels menu - scan for digital channels or something.

    I have e-mailed WHYY about the guide data problem and tried to escalate something at DirecTV (who knows if that worked?). DTV's guide is still showing WHYY on channel 55 rather than 50. DirecTV claims it's the station's problem.
     
  13. whsbuss

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    Go to Channels in the setup guide. Do a scan for channels. You will have to then go back and uncheck the old 12.1 in the channels you receive guide.
     
  14. whsbuss

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    Since WHYY moved to UHF-50 I do not get any scheduling data for 12-1, 12-2, or 12-3. Anyone else see this in the Philla area for OTA?
     
  15. kroddy

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    Same here: seems the guide data has not caught up with the newly re-named channels :(
     
  16. newsposter

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    reboot and rescan doesn't fix it...ideas?
     
  17. whsbuss

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    Today I decided to do a Clear OTA Channels in setup. Then I rescanned for OTA channels. It found, again, the new WHYY DT channels but never deleted the old ones.

    Guide data is still unavailable (Regular Schedule shows) on the new channels. What's screwy is the old channels have the guide listings!
     
  18. newsposter

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    unsure if everyone knows but whyy 12 is fixed....a rescan of HDtivo kicked out the duplicate channels and the guide data is fine. That being said, even at 3am, i'm getting a bit of breakup so the signal has gotten worse for me since their change. I rarely could get daytime signal but overnight was pretty perfect
     
  19. whsbuss

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    I did a rescan a few weeks ago and I still don't have guide data and the duplicate channels are still there. Did you do a clear OTA channels and then a rescan?
     
  20. newsposter

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    didnt do a clear for sure. I went to the option where the top one is to set channels you receive (delete the boxes) and the 3rd one down was channels and scanned there. (i think)
     

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