Philadelphia's WPVI-TV boosts signal strength

Jun 22, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: PhillyBurbs.com

A Philadelphia TV station has quadrupled its signal because some viewers were having trouble receiving the broadcast following the conversion to digital broadcasting.

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Buck

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Dec 6, 2013
 
I live in Hatboro,Pa and stil can't get 6ABC Ihave tried different antennas and still nothing, I get everything else.It is December 2013.
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Dec 8, 2013
 

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Anna

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#79
Dec 21, 2013
 
I live in northwest NJ and have had great channel 6 signal using an antenna since digital conversion, however on December 19, 2013 we lost signal completely. Anyone know why?
Pete

Warminster, PA

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#80
Dec 21, 2013
 
Anna wrote:
I live in northwest NJ and have had great channel 6 signal using an antenna since digital conversion, however on December 19, 2013 we lost signal completely. Anyone know why?
I have no idea why you lost your signal recently but most metro Philly residents cannot pick up WPVI 6 ABC. I haven't been able to watch ABC shows since June of 2009.

Any chance you might be able to pick up a signal from WABC in New York?
Billy Bob

Philadelphia, PA

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#81
Dec 29, 2013
 
I usually receive channel 6 5 miles South of Dover , DE. I have the biggest antenna and a good mast mounted amplifier, but with these new TV,s some require very high signal strength, such as my new Quasar.

My 20 year old analog using the govt. sponsored digital/analog converter box does , in most weather conditions, receive many stations (including 6) that the new TV will not.
Eric G

Philadelphia, PA

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#83
Feb 1, 2014
 
Hmm, thanks for this thread. I just moved to NE Philly and was wondering why I could pick up every other channel, but not 6 ABC at 0%. I was thinking to buy another amplified antenna, but now I know that would be fruitless. What jerks at ABC.
Carmine Grays Ferry

Milton, PA

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#84
Feb 12, 2014
 
Today, February 10, 2014, I got WPVI after 100 years of an off on signal strengths. I found out the WPVI has a low VHF signal that needs rabbit ears to get the signal along with my flat fractal technology UHF antenna. However now I can't get (10)WCAU-DT,(57)WPSG, and (61)ION because of low signals. Maybe this is just temporary because usually it is the other way around whereas I get everything else except WPVI.
It is a waste of time for me and millions of other antenna users to be concerned about how to get a WPVI signal and I had stopped trying. It is the responsibility of the FCC and or WPVI to solve this problem not the general public.
Excuse me, in this age of subsidiaries Disney owns WPVI but wait Comcast owns Disney. But wait the public owns the airwaves through the FCC. DTV was supposed to be better but it just caused more problems. This is nothing new.
Another promise broken of how much better things will be. Eventually the airways "Dark Sith Lords", in alphabetical order, AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon will be vanquished by a "New Hope" FCC Jedi. Wait, I feel a vergence in the force from somewhere and (10)WCAU-DT just returned. I found it. When I disconnect my flat fractal UHF antenna I get WPVIs low VHF signal.
Carmine Grays Ferry

Milton, PA

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#85
Feb 13, 2014
 
I found that when I disconnect my indoor 2nd floor RCA flat DTV indoor antenna accidentally I can get WPVI and other stations but not all like 61.1(iION). I have a old analog tv in my computer room that picks up the signal. However my new HD 120dpi 32 inch flat screen will not get WPVI with the cable connected or not. Obviously the analog TV will accept the low VHF signal WPVI provides but not the DTV on my HD Flat panel set.
I've read that to get the WPVI signal one must have an antenna on the roof. I guess the 2nd floor next to a window is good too.
I thought about combining a rabbit ears with my DTV flat antenna but I don't know about the signal conflicts between the two. So I started searching for a rabbit ears that is limited to receiving a low VHF signal sent by WPVI. However, if the FCC and WPVI would do their duty then WPVI would have a UHF signal. How hard is that?.
The Bobster

Philadelphia, PA

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#86
Apr 5, 2014
 
When Channel 6 first converted to the digital format, they transmitted on the UHF band and I received it perfectly. Then they went back to the VHF band and I got almost nothing, even though I'm within 20 miles of the transmitter. The solution is simple.

BTW, I can't get 2.1 either.
CarmineGraysFerr yPhilly

Milton, PA

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#87
Apr 13, 2014
 
I'm in Grays Ferry not Milton, PA. Okay I have a flat rectangular square fractal antenna on the second floor front room. I guess the FCC has been playing with different combos of signals because I get WPVI off and on but other channels like 61.1-61.3 are lost if I get WPVI. However, since I found that WPVI is low frequency VHF which has better reception with rabbit ears I put a makeshift triangular antenna on top of the fractal antenna.
It is just two brass wall bars for a shelf. I have two ends touch and space out the other end like a triangle. As a result I get WPVI depending on the signal strength, 12.1-12.3. However, 61.1- 61.3 don't come in clear or have not signal. I have a signal booster that if there is any signal it will boost it. i guess i should thank the FCC for trying something but I think this is trial and error. Thank you and please keep trying.
Jerry the Ham

Philadelphia, PA

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#88
Apr 26, 2014
 
I live in Upper Roxborough and can walk to the thousand foot broadcast towers. An awesome sight to see, especially at night. I was having trouble believe it or not getting WPVI's signal on rabbit ears so I decided to install a roof antenna. The model I bought supposedly has 36db of forward gain, is rotatable, and covers VHF and UHF. Adequate don't you think since my very molecules should be bathing in the RF they are transmitting out. Nada, Zilch. The rabbit ears though intermittent at least provided something. Being an Amateur Radio operator I've been installing antennas since the Sixties, so I don't think it's me. This is unacceptable. I believe you can go to the FCC website and file a formal complaint.The old engineers at WPVI used to be Hams and good people, they must have all retired, and the ones there now must not care. As transmitting engineers, they should take more pride in the legacy they should uphold that spans the previous century from Marconi on.
65 Mustang

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#89
May 1, 2014
 
In the last month my mother, who has a converter box and lives in Cherry Hill, has not been getting sound on channel 6. Taped shows are usually ok, but the news and some other shows have a picture, but no sound. Anybody else having the same problem? I live in Mount Laurel, have a converter box and usually can't get 6 at all.
Carmine GraysFerry Philly

Philadelphia, PA

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#90
Thursday Jun 26
 
The signal strength of WPVI(6) and especially WHYY(12) has been so low that I cannot get the stations for the past two weeks. In the meantime I had someone figure the problem of reception out for my house. The analog set on the second floor study with a digital converter box works best with a makeshift antenna. That antenna is a serving tray with a small rectangular area cut out(5x7in) and a cable wire attached to each 7inch middle side. Meanwhile my HDTV in the living room works best with the flat fractal antenna. Of course this HDTV and antenna will not pick up low VHF WPVI and WHYY. Backward compatible is a term which appears to have been lost in this age of advancement or profit gouging.
Carmine GraysFerry Philly

Philadelphia, PA

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#91
Friday Jun 27
 
I will make a sacrifice to the FCC gods for the return of WHYY(12) signal strength.
Carmine GraysFerry Philly

Philadelphia, PA

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#92
Wednesday Jul 9
 
The WHYY(12) and WPVI signal strengths have been very weak for the past couple of weeks. I miss the Nightly Business Report and other programs on PBS. I suppose that the FCC is trying to get both WHYY and WPVI signals to work, I hope.

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