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    Default New record low-power DTV Log

    Monday evening (7/14), when Scranton market DTV's were very strong, I noticed sub-decodes on 22, 25, 47 & 49, which I determined to all be translator frequencies North of Scranton. Finally at around 7pm, I got a decode on 22... it is the WNEP Waymart, PA translator, which runs only 300 watts. And considering the DA, they should be only about 150 watts toward me. This is a new log, DTV #245, at 81 miles over less than ideal terrain, and (for what it's worth) the lowest power DTV I have logged.

    I now have a video of this translator reception on YouTube.

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    Last edited by dtvdxer; 07-16-2014 at 07:27 PM. Reason: Add video info.
    Chris - Poughkeepsie, NY
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    Congratulations. These translators are always sub-decodes for me. I am not sure where they are but the majority I would guess are in Clarks Summit PA, about 20 miles NE of here. I get sub decode signals on 22, 25, 28, 36, 47 and rarely on 49. I must be too close to these for troop enhancement. I used to have one on 14 which I think was a TX for WNEP in Scranton, but this has been off. Also if you see anything on 43 it's a low power religious channel which for the past two weeks has been sending out a strong signal but no decode, in other words the gold bar goes all the way up to good but is recorded as "no signal" Even when this is "on" it does not put up a call ID but just the word "Faith". It has, at last count, 3 sub channels.

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    Thanks Harry. These xltrs were not even on my radar... Yesterday I discovered ch 47 first and had no idea what they were. Then I found 49, 22 & 25, all with similar sub-decodes. All four are a few miles North of Waymart, PA, or about 20 miles NNE of downtown Scranton. Also at the same site are xltrs on 28, 36 & 44. Thanks for the info on ch 43... I didn't know about them. It looks like they are on Bunker Hill, just North of Kingston with 9500 watts. I doubt they'll make it here... I have strong signal from WCWN DT-43 from Schenectady.
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    "I get sub decode signals on 22, 25, 28, 36, 47 and rarely on 49. I must be too close to these for troop enhancement."

    There's no minimum distance for tropo, but it's common not to see certain low-power stations. I DXed on Long Island from 1994-2003, seeing every full-power Connecticut station on a regular basis (not counting WEDY in New Haven), close enough to be quite strong at times. How many LPs did I log from across the Long Island Sound over the years? Zero.

    Here in Florida there was an LP 17 in Port Charlotte (~30 mi north of here). I knew it was on-air because I would see it when I went up there, but I never received it once at home. I could give other examples between NY and FL.
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    That's good to know, Ryan. I guess there's always a chance that the right conditions will yield some close by receptions.

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