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Albany, OR - OTA

I searched for and did not find a thread discussing OTA reception in Albany, Oregon, zip code 97321. Our house is in downtown Albany, a few blocks from the post office. We have a big ol' amplified Channel Master antenna on the roof of our 2 story house, pointing towards Eugene primarily, but with a rotor so we can fine tune it as needed. I have pointed it at Portland and pulled in signals, but Eugene is 20 miles or so closer, so I prefer that direction. When I retire in 3 years, I may put up another antenna pointing to Portland, and use an A/B box to switch quickly between them.

Anyway, the single cable off the roof is split into 3 cables as it goes to three TV's in the house. I don't know what that does to the reception exactly, but there it is. I have noticed that the two Sony tv's with built in tuners are much more capable at locking in the signal than the 1 Sharp TV. We had an external samsung tuner from 2003, but it has given up the ghost.

Here is what I pull in currently, all of these come in solid on the two Sony TV's with my antenna pointing in just 1 direction.. I have to turn the rotor a bit to lock in the signals on the Sharp.

Edited after skidoo noted that Portland ABC is now being re-transmitted closer.

02.1 KATU-HD - ABC
02.2 MeTV -
02.3 GetTV -
07.1 KOAC-DT1 - OPB - PBS - Corvallis - 8 miles
07.2 KOAC-DT2 - OPBPlus - Oregon
07.3 KOAC-DT3 - OPBFM
08.1 KGW-DT1 - NBC - 12 miles
08.2 KGW-DT2 - LWN - Livewell
08.3 KGW-DT3 - ESTRTV - Spanish
09.1 KEZI-DT1 - ABC - 36 miles
09.2 KEZI-DT2 - MeTV (I love this channel)
12.1 KPTV-DT1 - Fox
13.1 KVAL-DT1 - CBS - 43 miles
13.2 KVAL-DT2 - ThisTV
13.3 KVAL-DT3 - GritTV (nice channel)
16.1 KMTR-DT1 - NBC - 36 miles
16.2 KMTR-DT2 - CW
17.1 KWVT-DT - Willamette Valley Television
17.2 KODT
27.1 KSLM-LD1 - RetroTV
28.1 KEPB-DT1 - OPB - PBS - Eugene - 44 miles
28.2 KEPB-DT2 - OPBPlus - Oregon
28.3 KEPB-DT3 - OPBFM
34.1 KSLR-HD - FOX - 8 miles
34.2 KEVU-DT - MyNet
37.1 Azteca America - Spanish
49.1 KPDX-DT1 - PDX-TV (Portland Broadcasting, nice channel)

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This is what i pull in with a antenna facing north towards portland from near costco

This is what i pull in with a antenna facing north towards portland from near costco in albany
02.1 Katu
02.2 Me tv
02.3 GET TV
07.1 OPB (PBS - Corvallis)
07.2 OPBPlus
07.3 OPBFM
08.1 KGW (NBC) MAIN FEED
08.1 KGW-T-48(NBC) Lebanon translator
08.2 KGW-LWN MAIN FEED
08.2 KGW-LWN T-48 Lebanon translator
08.3 KGW-DT3 - ESTRTV - Spanish Main feed
08.3 KGW-DT3 - ESTRTV - Spanish T-48 Lebanon Translator
12.1 KPTV (Fox) T-20 Lebanon translator
13.1 KVAL-DT (CBS)
13.2 KVAL-2 (This TV)
13.3 GritTV (nice channel)
17.1 KWVT-DT
17.2 KODT
27.1 KSLM (RetroTV)
28.1 OPB (PBS - Eugene)
28.2 OPBPlus
28.3 OPBFM
32.1 KRCW (CW)
32.2 ANTENNA TV
32.3 THIS-TV
34.1 KSLR-HD T-14 Corvallis Translator
34.2 KEVU-DT T-14 Corvallis Translator
37.1 Azteca (Spanish)
49.1 PDX-TV (Portland Broadcasting) Main feed
49.1 PDX-TV T-20(Portland Broadcasting) Lebanon translator
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[QUOTE=skihoodoo;30534050]This is what i pull in with a antenna facing north towards portland from near costco in albany

Thanks for posting. So folks in Albany have their choice of going south towards Eugene or north towards Portland. This is why I am considering adding another antenna in the future and using a simple A/B box to flip between Portland and Eugene. Just nice to have options.

What is your antenna setup? How high? How big? Do you need to turn it to get all the Portland stations? Also, when you have two broadcasts (one from the main feed and one from the translator) on the same channel such as 8.1, how does that work with your tuner? Do you get one when you point the antenna towards Portland and the other if you point it towards Lebanon or what happens there?

-Shawn in Albany
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looks like ch 2 activated there digital translator in Lebanon and it is showing all 3 channels

2-1 katu hd
2-2 me-tv
2-3 get tv

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Thanks for the update, I'll have to scan for that today!
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Lost CBS reception

It seems that my CBS reception has been lost in the Albany area,any one else having this problem?
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It seems that my CBS reception has been lost in the Albany area,any one else having this problem?
Hi, I confirmed today that I can still pull in the CBS channels (from Eugene) here:

13.1 KVAL-DT1 - CBS - 43 miles
13.2 KVAL-DT2 - ThisTV
13.3 KVAL-DT3 - GritTV (nice channel)

-Shawn
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Tito Roamio OTA DVR in Albany is great

I ordered the Tivo Roamio OTA DVR over the weekend, and I am very impressed with it.

I was a bit concerned, as Albany is officially in the Portland OTA area for some reason, but I get a mix of stations from Eugene and from the Portland repeaters. The channel guide goes by zip code, which has been a problem for some online TV guides.

However, Roamio OTA tuner and channel guide are working perfectly in Albany. I'll followup with a post of the channels later, and post a review of the DVR as well.

It's already starting to change my OTA viewing habits -- as I'm time shifting a lot of the MeTV programs, as well as movies from This and Cosmic. Definitely looking forward to the fall TV season now.

-Shawn

Edited to include my RoamioOTA tuned stations (Antenna is directed toward Eugene not Portland)

02-1 47 K45CVD ABC Portland KATU (Lebanon repeater of KATU)
02-2 47 K45CVD2 MeTV Portland KATU (Lebanon repeater of KATU)
02-3 47 K45CVD3 Comet Portland KATU (Lebanon repeater of KATU)
07-1 07 KOACDT PBS Corvallis
07-2 07 KOACDT2 OPB Plus Corvallis
07-3 07 KOACDT3 PBS FM Radio Corvallis
08-1 48 K48MPD NBC Portland KGW (Lebanon repeater of KGW)
08-2 48 K48MPD2 JusticeNetwork Portland KGW (Lebanon repeater of KGW)
08-3 48 K48MPD3 Estrella Portland KGW (Lebanon repeater of KGW)
09-1 09 KEZIDT ABC Eugene
09-2 09 KEXIDT2 MeTV Eugene
12-1 20 K20HD Fox Portland KPTV Fox12 (Lebanon repeater of KPTV)
13-1 13 KVALDT CBS Eugene
13-2 13 KVALDT2 ThisTV Eugene
13-3 13 KVALDT3 Grit Eugene
16-1 17 KMTRDT NBC Eugene
16-2 17 KMTRDT2 CW Eugene
16-3 17 KMTRDT3 Comet Eugene
17-1 38 KVDOLD MyNetTV Lebanon KWVT
23-1 23 KEVUCD MyNetTV Eugene
23-2 23 KEVUCD2 MyNetTV Eugene
27-1 38 KVDOLD2 RetroTV Lebanon KLSM
28-1 29 KEPBDT PBS Eugene
28-2 29 KEPBDT OPB Plus Eugene
28-3 29 KEPBDT PBS FM Radio Eugene
34-1 31 KLSRDT Fox Eugene
34-1 14 K14GWD Fox Eugene (Corvallis Repeater of KLSR)
34-2 31 KLSRDT2 MyNetTV Eugene
34-2 14 K14GWD2 MyNetTV Eugene (Corvallis Repeater of KLSR)
37-1 38 KVDOLD3 Azteca Lebanon
49-1 20 K20DDD MyNetTV/PDXTV Portland KPDX (Lebanon repeater of KPTV)

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i wanted to do a update to whats avail here as much has changed
This is what i pull in with a antenna facing north towards portland from near costco in albany
02.1 Katu (ABC)
02.1 Katu (ABC) Lebanon translator
02.2 Me tv
02.2 Me tv Lebanon translator
02.3 Comet
02.3 Comet Lebanon translator
03.1 Kvdo
06.1 Koin (CBS)
06.2 Koin Get Tv
06.3 Koin Decade
07.1 OPB (PBS - Corvallis)
07.2 OPBPlus
07.3 OPB KIDS
07.4 OPB FM
08.1 KGW (NBC) MAIN FEED
08.1 KGW-T-48(NBC) Lebanon translator
08.2 KGW-JUSTICE MAIN FEED
08.2 KGW-JUSTICE T-48 Lebanon translator
08.3 KGW-DT3 - ESTRTV - Spanish Main feed
08.3 KGW-DT3 - ESTRTV - Spanish T-48 Lebanon Translator
12.1 KPTV (Fox) T-20 Lebanon translator
12.2 KPTV (Cozi tv) T-20 Lebanon translator Temporary till issues with microwave link is fixed.
12.3 KPTV (Laff) T-20 Lebanon translator Temporary till issues with microwave link is fixed.
17.1 KWVT-DT
27.1 KSLM (RetroTV)
32.1 KRCW (CW)
32.2 ANTENNA TV
32.3 THIS-TV
34.1 KSLR-HD T-14 Corvallis Translator
34.2 KEVU-DT T-14 Corvallis Translator
37.1 Azteca (Spanish)
49.1 PDX-TV (Portland Broadcasting) T-20 Lebanon translator Temporary OFFLINE till issues with microwave link is fixed.
49.1 PDX-TV (Portland Broadcasting) main feed
49.2 Kpdx Escape Main feed
49.3 Kpdx BOUNCE Main feed
49.4 Kpdx GRIT Main feed

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This is what i pull in with a antenna facing south towards Eugene from near costco in Albany

02.1 Katu (ABC) Lebanon translator
02.2 Katu (Me tv) Lebanon translator
02.3 Katu (Comet) Lebanon translator
03.1 Kvdo
07.1 OPB (PBS - Corvallis)
07.2 OPBPlus
07.3 OPB KIDS
07.4 OPBFM
08.1 KGW-T-48(NBC) Lebanon translator
08.2 KGW-JUSTICE T-48 Lebanon translator
08.3 KGW-DT3 - ESTRTV - Spanish T-48 Lebanon Translator
09.1 Kezi (Abc) Eugene
09.2 Kezi (Me tv) Eugene
12.1 KPTV (Fox) T-20 Lebanon translator
12.2 KPTV (Cozi tv) T-20 Lebanon translator Temporary till issues with microwave link is fixed.
12.3 KPTV (Laff) T-20 Lebanon translator Temporary till issues with microwave link is fixed.
13.1 Kval (Cbs) Eugene
13.2 Kval (TBD) Eugene
13.3 Kval (Charge) Eugene
17.1 KWVT-DT
27.1 KSLM (RetroTV)
28.1 OPB (PBS - Eugene)
28.2 OPBPlus
28.3 OPB KIDS
28.4 OPBFM
34.1 KSLR-HD (Fox) Eugene
34.1 KSLR-HD T-14 Corvallis Translator
34.2 KEVU-DT (My network) Eugene
34.2 KEVU-DT T-14 Corvallis Translator
37.1 Azteca (Spanish)
49.1 PDX-TV (Portland Broadcasting) T-20 Lebanon Translator Temporary offline till issues with microwave link is fixed.

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This is a update to the Lebanon Transmitter of Kptv/Kpdx
according to the station engineer.
"There is a problem with the microwave path from Salem to Peterson Butte. Until we can resolve the problem, most likely trees growing up into the path at Salem, we will stay on KPTV 12.1, 12.2, and 12.3. and it could be awhile."
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Thanks skihoodoo, I appreciate all you input on this thread.
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