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post #451 of 7880 Old 04-24-2003, 02:39 PM
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I had a low signal on 5-1 all thru the nite last nite...will be taking notes again tonite
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One drop out during CSI, at 9:49 on my VCR clock, during the discussion with the wife killer and his lawyer.
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I believe I have fallen victim to the leaves of Spring. Cant get a signal any higher than 27 on my DirecTV STB. Damn Trees
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Had the same drop out, 9.48.10 for 1 sec.

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My signal strength was only 55%-60% during CSI so I am unsure if the audio dropouts were real or due to signal strength (if I was to guess I would say they were real but cannot be sure), howeer the video dropout was definately real. I tried to attach the log but AVS said I cannot attach an .XLS and I do not have ZIP software.

AUDIO:
Did not notice any from 9:00 to 9:40
9:40 - Just before the commercial
9:51 - During the playout of the drowning scene with the wife in the tub
9:53 - When the investigators were talking about coffee

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9:49 - When the investigators were interrogating the husband and the investigator says "She WAS my wife"

The final dropout was at 9:56 when Bobcat was on stage and they gave him the red light and he changed personalities. I forgot to write if this was Audio or Video but if my memory is correct (which is probably not the case) it was Audio.

All dropouts were apporx. 1 second.
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My only drop-out was the 9:49 video.
Noticed three drop outs during upconverted Survivor, so the theory about it being only HD source material is definitely not the case.

Thanks guys. I'll report to Eldon and ask if they tried anything different this evening.
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just got back in town so I wasn't home to check CSI... Sorry
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Same dropout at 9:48 as above.

I also have the springtime problem, I guess. Over the last month, my signal strength has gone from 94 down to 69%. A little rotation tonight has bumped it up to 77%. Would a preamp help my situation. I have a combo Radio Shack antenna in the attic. I was thinking of getting a UHF only "fringe" antenna from RS and seeing if that helps. Any other advice would be welcome.

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I think you would have better luck with ant. than amp. For the price the R/S U75. 150-2160 $21.99 is hard to beat. They do not include the 300-75 ohm adp. so pick up one. Some amps do more harm than good. I am in the middle of 50000 oak trees and all the new green has has killed my Columbia signal. You could also move ant to an other location, use RG-6 and keep cable short as possible. Good luck
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Before programming info.....Eldon e-mailed and indicated that they are only at half power right now, so all those experiencing reception issues wait before you think about cutting down trees and amplifying............they hope to be back at full power this evening.

PROGRAMMING

Original HD Programming created by WCSC (and others ) will be shown at the following times:

Monday, April 28th @ 7:30pm - Charleston Aquarium
Tuesday, April 29th @ 7:30pm - "Over Charleston"

Monday, May5th @ 7:30pm - Charleston Aquarium
Tuesday, May 6th @ 7:30pm - "Over Charleston"



Some of you have seen these previously, either by accident or at the open house at the Awendaw facility. The "Over Charleston" is HD footage of areas around Charleston shot from a helicopter. Please spread the word.

Thanks to WCSC for altering their normal programming to broadcast these for us.
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KTrout tks for info. What is story on 2-1 are they on now? I got back from NC a few days ago and have yet to pick up 2-1.
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As far as I know, they have not broadcast again since last Friday night. I checked last night and didn't see anything, but that was the only time I checked this week. I'm not sure if they're waiting on approval on their STA request or just waiting until 5/1/03, don't know. Maybe they'll read this and let us know.
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Jim, Thanks I was thinking the antenna solution would be more effective. Can I put the R/S U75 in an attic? I actually think this may also help with a strange problem i have with my STB with analog OTA stations. Would the R/S U75 completely prevent VHF reception or could I use some kind of trap on the line?


Ktrout, thanks for the low power info, how long have they been at 1/2 power?

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He didn't say. I generally don't see any signal variation so I wasn't aware of it until I saw the posts last night.
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Channel 47 is back to full power.

They managed to catch one of the dropouts in the studio. It originated from the equipment rack in the studio before the microwave path to the transmitter. Now that they know where the problem IS NOT, they hope to narrow it down and find a fix. He indicated that the event logs are no longer necessary now that they know the location of the problem.
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Andy the U 75 does little on VHF or at least the lower ones, I have one at 20 ft and pointed at Sav Ga. ( 32 miles ) I can not get ch 3 on it and very little ch 11. The U 75 is only 3 ft long. If you go back a few pages you can see a picture of one on the side of my tower. or email me will send you a picture
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You may have some FM trouble, I have not been able to get analog 2,3 or 4 for over a yr. A low power FM station killed me. I am useing 2 FM traps, one in amp and one inside. They took care of DTV but not low band VHF. See if you get lines on ch 7, 8 and 9
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Does anyone have experience or an opinion on the Channel Master 4228?
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KTrout: What is STA? As in " STA Request"? Thanks
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I had a cm 4228 at my camper a few yrs ago at Rocks Pond, worked good on reg UHF from Chas, Columbia and Florance. Planenut has one now.

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shuttermaker,

I have a 4228. I get a 100 signal easily from Channel 5 and it is good about 20 degrees either side of the correct direction for same. For Channel 2 I also got a 100 signal but had to be within about 10 degrees either side. Remember channel 2 was a low power signal. It has a fairly small footpring windwise and I like it however it has no VHF so if you still need VHF for other TV's in your house you'll need a different or additional antenna. Wholesale Electronics on East Bay got it in one day from their Columbia location. I later got a 9521A rotor and they had it in stock.

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Thanks for the input. I currently have a radio shack VU-90XR and was trying to determine if it would be to my advantage to get a different antenna. The 90XR is only about 25 ft up in the air. Not sure the landlord would look kindly on going any higher so a different antenna ma be the way to go. Dont have a rotator yet but, if I change the antenna I will want to add the rotator at the same time.
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shuttermaker,

I have a 4228. I get a 100 signal easily from Channel 5 and it is good about 20 degrees either side of the correct direction for same. For Channel 2 I also got a 100 signal but had to be within about 10 degrees either side. Remember channel 2 was a low power signal. It has a fairly small footpring windwise and I like it however it has no VHF so if you still need VHF for other TV's in your house you'll need a different or additional antenna. Wholesale Electronics on East Bay got it in one day from their Columbia location. I later got a 9521A rotor and they had it in stock.

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Check your 4228, Shuttlermaker was seen with a boom truck last night.

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sorry, about that double post.. Lost my connection, didn't see the post and then submitted it again. Have to go and check for the antenna now.
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Good morning guys..boom truck wouldnt start last nite so I looked online for the 4228 and found one on Ebay for 69.99. Is that a good price. Its NFL Draft Day...GO JAGUARS!!!!!
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That is 2 much, I just checked starkelectronics and the have them NEW for $50 Ask Planenut how much his was, he got his local.
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and if i bought it on ebay id have to pay shipping too
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If you look back a few posts he said he got his at Wholesale electronics on East bay. He is putting up the rotor today he may have more info on how much is was

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STA is short for Special Temporary Authority - basically they are requesting permission from the FCC to operate because their DTV operations have not yet been licensed.
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