Join Date: Jan 2009
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Post transition, my ZAT 950-A has held signals steady, but in my area there are two stations broadcasting in the VHF spectrum - at 6 and 12.
The Zinwell holds 12 but only if I have my antenna (Philips 2210/17, unamplified UHF/VHF with fine tuning dial) positioned exactly. (My other antennas, both dipole only connected to an Insignia, and an RCA ANT 145 with a reflecting UHF plate, UHF/VHF with fine tuning dial and further away from the outside window connected to a Pal Plus seem to pull in the station with more power and a little more forgiveness with antenna positioning.)
It does not pull in VHF 6. (The other antenna setups I mentioned do.)
Is it possible that the Zinwell 950-A doesn't pull in channels in the VHF range well? It does a decent job with the UHF stations, but I have not had the same success with these two VHF stations.
(Added Edit: While getting a "no signal" display from the Zinwell tuner in response to selecting VHF 12, I moved my antenna to various positioning trying to "catch" the signal. Several times while doing this, the Zinwell automatically changed the station to UHF 61. I wondered what its reasoning was in doing this switch, if it was just latching onto the closest frequency it was catching, or switching back to the last accessed channel. It did this at least three times. It did this only if there was "no signal." Once it locked into VHF 12, even with its relatively low signal intensity and quality, it held the station.)