: OTA Station Status: Montréal, QC, Northern NY & VT
2007-11-05, 05:47 PM
Actually, he looks less scary now that his hair is back to a normal color... I have EVU... OTA is the backup for those rainy, stormy, snowy nights as well as when cdn networks move stuff around...and of course, the great super bowl commercials that we miss on the cdn channels courtesy of our staunch protectors of cdn production and advertisers.
2007-11-29, 01:32 PM
Very brief translation:
SRC/CBC was given the right to broadcast from a tower on top of Mt. Royal a long time ago and they sublease the tower to several other stations. Their lease from 1992 is about to expire, and there is a dispute about money SRC/CBC received from the other stations that the City of Montreal thinks it is owed.
The article mentions that TQS has installed an antenna on top of a building on Sherbrooke Street and that the other stations might be interested in relocating there.
The head of Astral Media Radio states however that the Mt. Royal tower is the perfect location for broadcasting in Montreal.
2007-11-29, 02:20 PM
I would be curious to know if their hasn't been some intense lobbying at city hall from the like of Videotron/Quebecor
2007-11-30, 09:47 AM
It looks like CJJP-DT will start broadcasting in digital on Dec 15?«À partir du 15 décembre, on pourra y diffuser en numérique...>> explique François Birtz, directeur général des opérations et de l'exploitation à TQS.
2007-12-02, 07:18 PM
Unfortunately, there is no word yet about them covering the Montreal area (where most of their viewers are).
2007-12-06, 03:46 AM
Did anyone watch Life on WPTZ last night? The 5.1 audio seemed to be messed up. I got center and surround, but the front speakers were silent. Checking with some recorded 5.1, I got sound on all channels, so I don't think it was my setup.
Then towards the end of the show, they switched the feed to an up-rezzed, letterboxed SD version (yuck!), so the audio, though only stereo, wasn't messed up.
2007-12-19, 05:59 PM
CFJP-DT (Digital 42, Analog 35) Became this afternoon the first commercial television station from Montreal to go digital. I'm not this station biggest fan I'm still sad it append the same week they put themselves under the bankruptcy protection.
2007-12-19, 06:19 PM
Industry Canada's database shows that they have an ERP of 13.9 kilowatts, and it seems that parts of the West Island will not be able to get it due to the mountain. As RonXYZ says, there are probably not many TQS watchers there anyways... :D
2007-12-19, 07:15 PM
CFJP-DT... the first commercial television station from Montreal to go digital.
Nice work. A bankrupt station goes digital before Global's CIII in Toronto.
2007-12-20, 02:32 AM
TQS broadcast screen:
2007-12-24, 05:05 PM
Where are they transmitting from?
2007-12-24, 08:14 PM
I think they're broadcasting from on top of their building on rue Sherbrooke.
2007-12-27, 11:40 PM
Something seems to be up with WCFE-DT. Today (Dec 27), I'm getting a signal strength of 60% (this is normal for me), but no broadcast on their 3 streams. Nothing, no audio or video. Does anybody know what is going on?
2008-01-07, 12:33 AM
I'm sure that once you have the main US channels you'll be very happy with OTA.
Also, since you managed to get WCAX-DT (Ch. 53), you'll notice their great sub-channel at 53.2 (3.2 on remap). They run a weather package most of the day. But, they also use it to help out with their local news.
Examples... they rerun their local 6pm news from the main channel at 8pm if you get home too late. They also go live and do a 10pm news for those who like to get to bed early. And they again go live at 11pm on their main channel. Also, if the main channel has a CBS sports event that effects the local news, they will do their news on their secondary channel. And even though it is broadcasing at 480i, they arange their feed to apear 16x9 so that you don't have the black pilar bars like the other stations do. This is a station that seems to want to use it's new digital abilities for the best benefit to their viewers.
Now if only some Canadian stations understood that.
2008-01-07, 01:07 AM
Now if only some Canadian stations understood that.You are making me want to make protest banners, lets wait and see, more people might be interested in this thus making it appealing for networks to do it. I am sure if more people just knew...
I bought a 1080P mainly for PC use, sticking to regular digital tv on a cheap package and had no intention of shelling out hundreds on a box that would give me the privilege of handing over more cash for a few HD channels especially when i have a pretty nice HTPC/gaming thing going on here.
The content currently in theoretical range is more than enough to keep me satisfied, the savings over years will be considerable. Fingers crossed i will be able to get most of them.
2008-01-07, 05:08 PM
2) Having a bit of a problem with WCAX-DT (CH. 53) reception. Sometimes is comes in at 40-50% signal strength. At other times it dives down to 30% (no picture). Are other people on this board experiencing such large a variation in signal strength for WCAX-DT or any other station?
Yes, I've had a bit of trouble with WCAX lately. It's an all-or-nothing thing: I'll get a solid lock for hours at a time, then nothing (also for hours at a time). WPTZ hardly ever gives me problems, which is strange, because they have roughly the same transmission power (801kW for WCAX, 650kW for WPTZ). Perhaps it's a directionality thing? Interference from a local source? I have no idea.
3) What is the current situation with WVNY-DT (Ch. 13)? Will this station stay on Ch. 13? Is there some sort of petition going on to get them to return to a UHF channel?
AFAIK, it will stay on VHF 13 for the time being, unfortunately. There are quite a few in this forum who would sign such a petition, I think. :)
4) Also, why is it difficult to get WFFF-DT (Ch. 43). I can get their Analog signal on Channel 44, but not their Digital signal on Channel 43. Is this because they are not broadcasting at full power?
Fox is the most flaky for me to get also (aside from ABC, since I don't have a VHF antenna). This one is not too surprising, since they're only broadcasting 47 kW digital (vs 1450kW analog).
2008-01-07, 10:35 PM
I also am having a problem with WCAX-DT. Very unstable signal. The weather is very foggy tonight. But, at the same time, my WCFE-DT signal is even stronger than normal. Go figure.
I don't know how many people are into getting a petition going for WVNY-DT moving from Ch. 13 to a better UHF position, but I would sign it. I have looked at their website to locate a e-mail for the station manger so that I can write a e-mail, but so far no luck. If anybody else has a contact e-mail for WVNY-DT, please post it. I'll fire off a e-mail to them. I don't understand what provocked then to abandon Ch. 22 for Ch. 13. Very stupid move.
Also, some of these station in Burlington/Plattsburgh (WFFF-DT, WVNY-DT, even WCFE-DT) seem to be broadcsting at lower levels than their analogue stations. Does anybody know if they intend to spike up the output once their analgue transmitters are shut down in February 2009, or are we going to be stuck with this situation? I know running dual transmitters costs money, but once the analogue shut down occurs, no more double costs.
2008-01-08, 10:18 PM
Also on WCAX-DT. Same problem tonight. I get nothing. Since a few other people have mentioned that they also seem to be having problems with WCAX-DT, perhaps the problem is at the source. Perhaps they are testing things. I should e-mail them and find out.
2008-01-08, 10:39 PM
Also on WCAX-DT. Same problem tonight.
It's coming in at 100% for me tonight.
I'm in St.Dorothée
2008-01-09, 12:37 AM
The WCAX Engineering Department strongly recommends the use of a directional antenna aimed directly at our transmitter atop Mt. Mansfield for best results. The higher the gain of the antenna, the better the results that should be obtained under most conditions. Although antenna.org often indicates that multi-directional antennas will work well in many locations, WCAX engineers advise against the use of multi-directional antennas under most circumstances. As an added bonus, directional antennas are frequently less expensive than multi-directional varieties.http://www.wcax.com/Global/link.asp?L=212491
Can anyone confirm if this could be our problem?