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post #3361 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-01, 12:27 PM
 
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Rwarren,

If your antenna is in a basement as your signature seems to indicate, do not expect miracles. You may need a better antenna and you certainly need height ! Btw, WPTZ may be licensed to Plattsburgh but its transmitter is located on mount Mansfield like the others (and WNNE is actually a sub-channel of WPTZ).

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post #3362 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-01, 07:13 PM
 
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A fellow Rosemounter! My antenna is outdoors, on the roof. I fear I may need a(nother) visit from the antenna guy for an adjustment. $$

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post #3363 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-05, 02:53 PM
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WYCI sale pending to WCAX

Cross Hill Communications, owners of WYCI Saranac Lake has applied to the FCC to sell the station to Gray Television, owners of WCAX-DT Burlington.

Details at https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_...um=1&exhcnum=1

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Gray has the resources, desire, and track record to upgrade WYCI(DT) so its signal
reaches significantly more viewers in the market.
In fact, as its very first step when conducting
its diligence on WYCI(DT) and before even negotiating with Cross Hill to acquire the station,
Gray asked its consulting engineer to draw up scenarios for upgrading the station. Since then,
Gray has identified two potential sites from which it can install a DTS for WYCI(DT) to ensure
that the station finally has broadcast facilities comparable to the other full-power commercial
television stations in the DMA. After closing, Gray will promptly take action to file for and
implement a DTS or similar upgrade to bring WYCI(DT)’s signal to the rest of the DMA.
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Under Gray’s control, the station will continue to air the MyNetwork programming, but
WYCI(DT) will also provide local news and breaking emergency weather information for the
first time in the station’s history. Gray’s management currently plans to add two hours of highquality,
local news each weekday morning by extending WCAX-TV’s leading local news brand
to WYCI(DT). If this proves successful, Gray will consider adding news in other time periods as
well. In addition, Gray’s local news team will have the ability to air cut-ins on WYCI(DT) with
coverage of local breaking news or severe weather affecting the market. Because the market is
comprised of areas in northern and central Vermont and the northeastern most portion of New
York, the ability to cover severe weather is critical in the market, especially during the prolonged
winter. These programming improvements “are exactly the type of tangible public interest
benefits that the Commission seeks to obtain with its ownership rules.”
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post #3364 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-06, 09:52 PM
 
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This proposed acquisition of WYCI by WCAX is great news. One easy way to quickly increase WYCI coverage would be to add it as a subchannel of WCAX. This would give them time to install a new transmitter on channel 34 as a DTS operation. Ideally, this new transmitter would be located on Mt. Mansfield so that it can provide the same coverage as the other stations in the market. Also, people would not need to upgrade their antenna system to receive this new station.

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post #3365 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-07, 10:25 AM
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Looks like Gray is buying Cross Hills' other station in Claremont, NH, as well.

https://www.wcax.com/content/news/WC...564175311.html
https://www.rbr.com/cross-hill-gray-wyci/
https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/...ac/4107469002/
https://www.rbr.com/ycn-gray-nh/

Combined coverage of WCAX and its Rutland translator, along with WYCI and WYCU together on one rabbitears.info map .

Don't know what happens to WYCX channel 2, which according to Wikipedia, is the parent station of WYCU Charlestown/Claremont.

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post #3366 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-19, 09:42 PM
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Nov 19th 2019
Hemmingford to St-Bernard-de-Lacolle

This evening I lost certain US channels 3, 5 and 31

The ones still working are 22, 33, 44, 57
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post #3367 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-19, 09:47 PM
 
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The WCAX and WPTZ transmission tower on Mt. Mansfield has caught fire earlier today.

https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Tr...565171832.html

https://www.mynbc5.com/article/trans...ignal/29850474


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post #3368 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-26, 12:28 PM
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Last week end ,they started working on it, but anyone knows when it will ne back?
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post #3370 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-11-28, 09:09 PM
 
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Just a heads up, CBS (WCAX-3, VT) and NBC (WPTZ-5, NY) BOTH ceased broadcasting as of Tuesday, November 19th, due to a fire that damaged/destroyed their antennas on Mt. Mansfield. It's been over a week now of dead air.

Affected channels, currently offline are:

3.1 - CBS
3.2 - Movies!
3.3 - Ion Television
3.4 - Start TV

5.1 - NBC
5.2 - The CW
5.3 - MeTV

A permanent repair (or replacement if necessary) is likely several months away, however they are working daily to construct a temporary antenna on WFFF's tower. Weather conditions are slowing down and delaying the work, but hopefully it should be operational in the coming days.
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post #3371 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-12-01, 09:21 AM
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Since yesterday, I"m watching 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 I"m in Montreal
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post #3372 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-12-02, 04:39 AM
 
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Yep! The temporarily antenna was installed over the weekend and broadcasting has resumed as of Sunday (December 1st). Both WCAX 3.1 and NBC 5.1, along with their sub-channels, are all back on the air!

Note though it's only a temporary solution, so expect a weaker power level and signal strength. Although I'm getting both channels reliably tonight, CBS is down to ~81% and NBC down to ~59%. Normally I get both channels around 100% in my area of Montreal.
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post #3373 of 3373 (permalink) Old 2019-12-02, 12:47 PM
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Scroll to the bottom of this pdf to see WPTZ's temporary pattern.

Scroll to the bottom of this pdf to see WCAX's temporary pattern.

Bear in mind that these are theoretical patterns based on arbitrary radials that only take onto account terrain close to the transmitter.

Longley-Rice recption predictions are available for WCAX from rabbitears,info here.

The WPTZ-DT temporary L-R patterns have not yet been computed at rabbitears.info, but you can try checking them out here.
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