Have you noticed WLRN-TV’s “second” channel?

It hasn’t been right for a long time, and it’s fixed now.  Apparently, it took a piano tuner like me, I’m bold to say, to describe it to the authorities, because other viewers probably felt inadequate to tell them about something they couldn’t put into words.  I just guessed at some numbers — of milliseconds!

I don’t know how many viewers were affected, whether it was just broadcast viewers, like me, or cable viewers, too, but isn’t it great now!?  I think it affected not only the music, but spoken voices, too, but it just made people sound uncertain, not hesitant, but, well, I’ll just have to post the message I sent in to mhznetworks.org

…as soon as I can find it!  Here:


I pick up "Ch 17-2" over the air and run it through the cheapest and
most common digital convertor box I could find, having bought it by
phone order from Best Buy just at the last moment when all the analog
stations went dead.  I doubt it's the box, because I don't have any such
problems on any other stations.

I'm in the habit of listening to the radio all day until 5:30, when I
tune into the local PBS station (not yours) until 7 pm.  Then, I
channel-surf the rest of the evening, usually going to bed around
midnight to 3 am, so 7 pm - 3 am are the only hours I'm aware of what's

I'm a piano tuner, so I'm a little more aware of pitches than the
average person, which may explain why I'm reporting a problem which
thousands of viewers are experiencing, but are unable to describe.

The problem doesn't affect "channel" 17-1, but seems to affect 17-2
all the time.  When there's no music or steady background sound
(such as motors) at all, the effect on voices is minor, sounding as
if the speakers' voices are just expressing nervousness or
inarticulacy.  But when music plays, it sounds as if a peculiarly
exotic audio effect is imposed upon it, as if that's a style which
might be considered very avant-guarde in Eastern Europe, which is
what I originally thought was going on.  Almost all of the
programming seems to be of foreign origin.  But the audio problem
affects all programs, not just those from Eastern Europe and Asia.

It's hard to describe, because it's so irregular, but the pitch dip
seems consistently to be that of a slowing of speed of about 10%. (A
half-step, or semitone, is about 6%, actually the twelfth root of two,
minus one, times 100, %.)  This dip occurs erratically, for about
100-200 ms., each 500-1500 ms.

It's been affecting just that one channel, 17-2, all the time, for as
long as I can remember, which is probably about two or three months,
maybe more.

I hope this helps.


That closing was conventional, I hope, not amateurish. Whatever it was, I missed the big fix. I was composing a letter to Sis at the time and they didn’t have to reach me on the phone number I gave them, so…well, it was sometime last night while I wasn’t watching.



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