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Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Rialto, CA (DirecTV Subscriber)
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I'm in Rialto, about 1/4 mile south of Baseline, using a rather large (about 5' boom length) Radio Shack dedicated UHF corner reflector Yagi (15-2161 if that helps). East Highland can encompass everything from the foothills to well south of Baseline. If you're near the foothills, that will limit your access to OTA signals. If you were able to receive your analog programming acceptably OTA, that would be a good sign, but UHF reception is always fussier in the fringes. (and we are in the fringes!) For a receiver, I've got the LG-made Hughes HTL-HD. I do not receive programming from KCOP-DT except for a small blip on the signal meter (just sufficient to know they're transmitting, but well below what would be necessary to lock). There've been several posts in various threads that KCOP is not running their digital transmitters at full power, but that they did receive authorization recently from the FCC to increase their radiated power. However, one poster insists that's highly unlikely because, according to him, KCOP will be transferring their digital transmissions over to the VHF band when all telecasting goes digital in 2006. Take that as you will -- I'm skeptical, but what do I know?... All the rest of the digital English language locals come in fine most of the time unless thick on-shore moisture rolls in in the evening. I'm guessing the low level moisture reflects the UHF signals from Mt. Wilson enough to be problematic out here in the tullies. KTTV-DT is consistently strong enough for me to lock, and from what I understand, KCOP's digital transmitting tower is in the same vicinity as KTTV-DT's digital transmitting tower. To me this does suggest that KCOP is reigning back their digital transmitter power for whatever reason. I've emailed KCOP for information. In reply, I've recieved diddly-squat. (So much for KCOP's community involvement in keeping their viewers up to date...) I get quite a few Spanish language digital broadcasts, too, though they're of no particular interest. KVCR has completed final testing of their new digital transmitter tower on Box Springs Mountain. Dunno when they plan to begin regular telecasts, though. From where you are, just about any UHF antenna, outdor or indoor, should be sufficient if aimed south and slightly west.
I'd had an RCA DTC100 that could lock only about 60% of the English language digital broadcasts. The 5th generation Hughes is much better at taming multipath.
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