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Darkside's Avatar Darkside
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It picks up UHF channels just fine, even at 50% signal strength. For some odd reason, one station in Fresno, CA still uses VHF frequencies. The Hauppauge is having a difficult time tuning it. I also have a Channel Master 7000 that picks up the VHF channel just fine with 80% signal strength, via the same RG6 antenna cord, for my ReplayTV.

I have sent an email to support team at Hauppauge, but still waiting on their response. I just wanted to know if I'm the only one having this issue.

I use 7MC and latest drivers
jrwalte's Avatar jrwalte
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The internal tuner splitter of the Hauppauge is probably making the signal too weak. Are their any splits in the coax between the antenna and the hauppage? If so, you could try an amplified splitter. If there are no splits, then you could try an antenna amplifier. If you amplify the signal, it can cause closer stations that have a strong signal already to have issues. A non-amplified larger antenna to get the further away VHF channel would be the best choice then.
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Are they all in the same orientation? You may need two antennas.
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Having run through quite a few ATSC tuners I have had the best luck pulling in weak signals with the Avermedia Duet. Where I do have a weak signal for a specific high band VHF channel I added a high band VHF antenna to my UHF only array.

I found that this antenna does a better job pulling in high band VHF than this antenna. The db4 sacrafices the ability to pull in very distant UHF stations (70-100 mi) provided by the db8, but gives you better VHF reception.
stanger89's Avatar stanger89
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What sort of antenna do you have? Is it VHF capable?
Darkside's Avatar Darkside
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Not the exact model, but the antenna is from radioshack similar to this one mounted in the attic:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3808570

The reason why I ruled out the antenna is because my CM7000 (a CECB) picks up the VHF channel just fine with 80% signal strength. When I unplug the antenna input from the CM7000 and plug it into the Hauppauge, I only receive UHF channels.

I just re-installed the latest drivers for the Hauppauge with same result. When I get a chance, I'll go up to the attic and adjust the antenna to see if I can increase the signal to near 100% to see if the Hauppauge can tune it. If it doesn't, then I have a defective card.

Thank you for your inputs.
Darkside's Avatar Darkside
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06-24-2011 | Posts: 290
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To do my last test, I purchased an HDHomerun HDHR3-US and plugged in the same RG6 cable. The HDHomerun detected ALL channels and is working perfectly. I'm now 100% positive that the Hauppauge is defective, so it's going back to Hauppauge for repair or replacement.

Thank you all for your inputs.
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