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Old 02-21-2016, 11:00 PM
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The transmitter is 1 kW, but with the antenna gain it'll be 3 kW ERP.

I haven't seen any change yet here either. I'll keep checking occasionally to see if the channel 2 signal makes it over the cliff edge here. It's presently hanging at 13.8 to 14.5 dB SNR. I think with the added power it should get above the 15.2 dB needed to produce a picture.

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Wow just think, ... you get 4 dial spots for Daystar Channel.
3, 12, 45 & 52
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KSBW is surging in right now 10:50. .... (2.5 x normal signal)
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KSBW is surging in right now 10:50. .... (2.5 x normal signal)
There's no way I can receive KSBW due to KDTS from Mt. Diablo, but at 12:30 am I tried to see how channel 13 was doing, in case it was also stronger than usual, but the signal was at normal strength, a couple of dB below the cliff edge.

It's only been strong enough once to give me the PSIP info, and that was back in July, 2015. At least I know it's Salinas, not Reno now.

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Keith from One Ministries reports that due to a family situation this past weekend he wasn't able to make it down to Mt. Chual to change the KQSO RF 2, virtual 45, transmitter as originally planned. He is now going to try and make the change this Thursday.

The transmitter now in use for channel 2 will be the transmitter used for K03HY channel 3 from Nob Hill in San Francisco.

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KDTV -KFSF Blues

Hi,

EDIT:

Ok, My Bad, everything looks correct now.

Sometime in the past I suspect that the listings were messed up but I was able to handle the mistake within the program I am using for capture scheduling (Confirmed). (The listings for one stream can be used for a different stream.)

Then the listings were corrected and 2-3 months ago I started to get the wrong programs. I thought that it was just an error that would go away, but it did not.

Sorry for the noise, instead of trying to Escape I should have just Grit and bear it. And I needed to GetTV.

(Zap2It listings has the wrong stream name for VC 64.3, another part of how so hard it was to figure out.)


I am trying to track down why I cannot get the right movie on "Escape".

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19:00 - Snapped: Elizabeth Reynolds
14-4 KDTVDT4, ends 20:00 Docudrama (starts in 1 hour)
After spending thousands of dollars on cosmetic surgery to please her cheating lover, Elizabeth Reynolds pays to have him permanently removed. (Repeat)
Is what "TMS / Gracenote / Zap2IT Schedules Direct" shows:

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19:00 - Sudden Impact 66-4 KFSFDT4, ends 21:30 Action (starts in 1 hour) San Francisco's ``Dirty Harry'' Callahan (Clint Eastwood) meets an artist (Sondra Locke) with her own code of vigilante justice. Rating: 2.5/4
Is what I wish to capture which TitanTV shows on "Grit" KFSF 66.4 RF 34.

Between the stream names of the two transmitters and a possible difference between SD and TitanTV I am unsure if I am making a mistake or KDTV and KFSF swapped substreams.

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SCANNING: 695000000 (us-bcast:51)
LOCK: 8vsb (ss=87 snq=74 seq=100)
TSID: 0x0181
PROGRAM 1: 14.1 KDTV-HD
PROGRAM 2: 14.2 KFSF-HD
PROGRAM 3: 14.3 getTV
PROGRAM 4: 14.4 Escape
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SCANNING: 593000000 (us-bcast:34)
LOCK: 8vsb (ss=76 snq=48 seq=100)
TSID: 0x01B1
PROGRAM 1: 66.1 KFSF-HD
PROGRAM 2: 66.2 KDTV-HD
PROGRAM 3: 66.3 Bounce
PROGRAM 4: 66.4 Grit

I want to open a Ticket to report a problem to "TMS / Gracenote / Zap2IT Schedules Direct" but I am very unsure if I am not understanding what I am doing wrong.


Help please, I appear to be lost.


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I'm experiencing some tropo tonight. Just got a good lock on KNVN 24 from 175 miles away. It's the Chico station with the transmitter in the hills east of Red Bluff.

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I don't know if Keith made it up to Mt. Chula to change the transmitters or not, but I don't see any increase in signal strength here yet.

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I don't know if Keith made it up to Mt. Chula to change the transmitters or not, but I don't see any increase in signal strength here yet.

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Some quick readings from the wall outlet jack ........ measured on the spectrum analyzer. (On the old attic "cut-to-channel 11" Loma Prieta antenna)

RF
2 40.0 dBuV
3 37.5 dBuV
4 "Overload"
5 33.5 dBuV
6 43.3 dBuV @ 85.00 MHz
6A 46.8 dBuV @ 84.50 Mhz
7 "Overload"
8 44.1 dBuV
9 33.1 dBuV
10 32.9 dBuV
12 "Overload"
13 38.2 dBuV

I see no change on RF 2
I believe you need something around /above 49 dBuV for a signal lock.

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Some quick readings from the wall outlet jack ........ measured on the spectrum analyzer. (On the old attic "cut-to-channel 11" Loma Prieta antenna)

RF
2 40.0 dBuV
3 37.5 dBuV
4 "Overload"
5 33.5 dBuV
6 43.3 dBuV @ 85.00 MHz
6A 46.8 dBuV @ 84.50 Mhz
7 "Overload"
8 44.1 dBuV
9 33.1 dBuV
10 32.9 dBuV
12 "Overload"
13 38.2 dBuV

I see no change on RF 2
I believe you need something around /above 49 dBuV for a signal lock.

Hi,


I didn't make it up to Mt. Chual yet. I was going to go on Friday but then I was worried that I wouldn't make it back in time. So, I spent time working at the studio instead. I worked on getting any composite video out of my signal path for the One Ministries, Inc. sub channels. The Walk is now received by a satellite receiver with SDI output. Likewise, AUN is now from a digital source. I will go tomorrow and change NBTV over to a Sencore receiver with SDI output. How do the sub-channels look now?


Blessings,
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I didn't make it up to Mt. Chual yet. I was going to go on Friday but then I was worried that I wouldn't make it back in time. So, I spent time working at the studio instead. I worked on getting any composite video out of my signal path for the One Ministries, Inc. sub channels. The Walk is now received by a satellite receiver with SDI output. Likewise, AUN is now from a digital source. I will go tomorrow and change NBTV over to a Sencore receiver with SDI output. How do the sub-channels look now?


Blessings,
Keith
I noticed a slight increase in signal level for KQRO 45 here, but not enough to produce a picture, so it must be better than normal conditions.

Looking at KTVJ, I think all of the sub-channels are looking good now, except for GOD-TV on .5. That's still rather fuzzy. The contrast and color on the other channels has improved and they look sharper than they did previously.

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How do the sub-channels look now?

They all look about the same to me. I noticed the quality of the video can change from program to program. For example, on 12.7 one commercial showed a lot of pixel blocks whenever the scene was changed but that went away with the next one.

What happened to AUN? Wasn't it supposed to be news program? They still have a web page.

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They all look about the same to me. I noticed the quality of the video can change from program to program. For example, on 12.7 one commercial showed a lot of pixel blocks whenever the scene was changed but that went away with the next one.

What happened to AUN? Wasn't it supposed to be news program? They still have a web page.

Chuck

Hi Chuck,

AUN is ramping up now. I need to go fix a connectivity problem to their computer today. For God TV, I had a temporary solution to get their video that turned into a long term solution. I was scrambling month ago to get their feed when they dropped their Galaxy 19 feed, so I reverted to using DirecTV. To get them on C band would require I put up another dish. The City of Santa Rosa was bent on making me take down the last dish I put up, but at least now there is a precedent for me to put up another one. I need to come up with a few thousand dollars to do so.
Last evening I was experimenting getting their feed via internet. I'll experiment more. I would like to improve the quality of the sub channels more. The Anywave encoder is pretty amazing for its price. It has 48 CPU cores and 64 GB of memory. Eventually I would like to get a $130k Harmonic encoder. KAXT-CD paid $100k for their Harmonic encoder that is now out of support. They have 12 channels, though. Their video seems pretty good to me.


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Need an antenna installer?

Cable, Sat and Universe are toast with this new ad on "Johnny Carson". Everyone will be switching to OTA!



The antenna pictured looks good but no price is shown.

I wonder what the ad costs are, it just was inserted in the middle of Johnny's monologue.

One person?

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The antenna pictured looks good but no price is shown.
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A "reverse 411" of that phone number shows the owner as "Mr. Antenna"
No customer reviews shown on www.yelp.com
A start up company ?

On the other hand, "Dick's antennas" ..... business is booming.
Huge track record on Yelp.
Including current 2016 reviews.

picture looks like a local bay area newscast....
you already know the station.
"Antenna - Authority"

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A "reverse 411" of that phone number shows the owner as "Mr. Antenna"
No customer reviews shown on www.yelp.com
A start up company ?

On the other hand, "Dick's antennas" ..... business is booming.
Huge track record on Yelp.
Including current 2016 reviews.

picture looks like a local bay area newscast....
you already know the station.
I was expecting another string of solar power ad's which has had most of the spots for a couple weeks.

The company is in many cities across the USA,
I deleted the capture but if it shows up again (expected) I must watch it again.

The two Jimmys I do not watch, Stephen Colbert I am watching but "Johnny Carson" is so much better. Better quality ads for sure.

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Speaking of antenna installers, I use Crawford Satellite & Electronics out of Pinole. They have done installation work for me twice in the past couple of years. (You don't think I put up those tall masts, do you?)

During the gusty winds this past Saturday, I lost the other reflector off of my XG-91 UHF antenna. A young lady rang my door bell and said she saw a piece of my antenna fly off in the wind and it landed in my driveway. I thanked her and went to retrieve it. Luckily, it didn't hit anyone or break anything! Like the previous one that came loose and dropped to the ground, where I found it hanging in a tree in my yard, this one is still in good condition. I can't blame Crawford's for this as I put the antenna together before they installed it. Apparently I didn't tighten tight enough. (See photo below.)

When the first reflector came off, signal strengths didn't drop, but signal quality went down. Now with no reflectors, signal strength has dropped and signal quality is terrible. The UHF stations from Walnut Grove have disappeared.

I called Crawford's and they'll be down to replace the reflectors during the first opening in their schedule where rain isn't forecast.

While the installers are here, I'm going to have them install a new antenna that I found on eBay at a very reasonable price. It's a LAVA Omnipro HD-8080 omni-directional antenna. I bought it for just playing around, but it works pretty well. I've picked up KICU 36 from the South Bay and KRCB 22 from the North Bay here inside the house, so I figure it's worth mounting up on the mast. I'll let you know how well it works after it's installed.

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While the installers are here, I'm going to have them install a new antenna that I found on eBay at a very reasonable price. It's a LAVA Omnipro HD-8080 omni-directional antenna. I bought it for just playing around, but it works pretty well. I've picked up KICU 36 from the South Bay and KRCB 22 from the North Bay here inside the house, so I figure it's worth mounting up on the mast. I'll let you know how well it works after it's installed.


That will be interesting. Just by looking at it I can't image how it could actually be omni directional. And it has a 25 to 35 dB gain preamp in it. Seems like guaranteed overload outside where you are.

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Mr. Antenna Las Vegas appears to use that same ad. I've used his service with great results. A one time installation fee for antennas and service, then no further fees. Not sure if fees are the same in each market where Mr. Antenna operates. I keep waiting for the installer to show up somewhere wearing the costume, however.

Will the last subscriber leaving Dish Network please turn off the satellite.
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I bought an old antenna setup for the rotor and mast. It came with a CM1162A antenna so I thought I would try it out but not having much luck with it. Is it just not worth messing with? What is the purpose of the 'trap' switch?

Only online info I found
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Mr Antenna 2 Girl ad YouTube

Here is the link to the Mr Antenna 2 Girl ad on YouTube


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Speaking of antenna installers, I use Crawford Satellite & Electronics out of Pinole. They have done installation work for me twice in the past couple of years.
Thanks for the recommendation. I'm having them come over to do some antenna work on my roof as well -- probably on the same day they visit you.
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I bought an old antenna setup for the rotor and mast. It came with a CM1162A antenna so I thought I would try it out but not having much luck with it. Is it just not worth messing with? What is the purpose of the 'trap' switch?

Probably an FM trap. The antenna is big because of all the low VHF elements. It certainly isn't better on UHF than a 91XG or a DB8.

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I bought an old antenna setup for the rotor and mast. It came with a CM1162A antenna so I thought I would try it out but not having much luck with it. Is it just not worth messing with? What is the purpose of the 'trap' switch?

Only online info I found
http://www.kvhf.com/1162.htm

TIA
PaulamI, that antenna should work quite well for full coverage from Low VHF, FM, High VHF and UHF, so can't say why you're not having good luck with it. Check all the connections, as some of the elements look a little bent and corroded in your pictures, so maybe it's been out in the weather for too long. Good luck!

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Chuck, I, too, was wondering how well that omni antenna would work with the preamp in this environment. Without the preamp I get strong signals from all of the Sutro stations and KNTV, but I need the preamp turned on to get the more distant stations. It'll be fun to see what I get once they mount it on the mast below the rotor. I'll let you know how "omni directional" it is, too.

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Thanks for the replies on the antenna. Yes it is oxidized quite a bit, I will clean the connections where it slides together and try it again. Maybe i'll try bypassing that whole FM trap box.
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I didn't make it up to Mt. Chual yet. I was going to go on Friday but then I was worried that I wouldn't make it back in time.

Did KQRO get upgraded or did the last couple of rainy weekends postpone it? Looks nice this weekend.

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Hi,

I finally saw the second ad for Mr Antenna on Johnny Carson.

The ratio of TV Antenna ads vs Solar Panels ads just on Johnny is ~ 1,000 to 2.

The Solar Panel ad's started taking up ALL the places for ads, but they have dropped down to a lessor rate.

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Going up to Mt. Chual, it may be good to wait a few weeks longer to after we have had ~ two weeks of Sun with no rain. Rain is predicted by KTVU this weekend.

The rain may well not extend as far South as Mt. Chual, AFAIK the roads are still dirt and need a long time to dry out. But it has been > 3 Decades since I was up there twice on a motorcycle. I had trouble driving on a dirt road with my van in Western Nevada about the same time ago. The ruts were well formed very wide and very deep.

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There is so much communication equipment on those peaks that I doubt the sites can't be reached for two weeks. Four wheel drive is a wonderful thing.

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There is so much communication equipment on those peaks that I doubt the sites can't be reached for two weeks. Four wheel drive is a wonderful thing.

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That's the altitude of the driver who had a huge truck with four huge rear tires that made the ruts in Nevada.

The Santa Cruz Mountains got a HUGE amount of rain in March. Lexington is close to full.

The road up from Guadalupe Reservoir to the summit is black top and has been since the fan was put on the concrete block. (Somebody actually called asking the fan be turned on as it was so hot.)

I never went UP that road but only came DOWN so I "never" saw the signs saying "Use this road and you will be put in front of a firing squad". It still is off limits but may open finally in the next few years.

The first time I came North all the way from Mt. Madonna County Park, I just happened to be there on a Saturday when the gate was open.

The second time I came up from a road in "The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park".

Using Google Earth I can see that while there is some blacktop near one of the buildings the other roads are still dirt.

Swapping the transmitters for RF2 is not a critical task. The other sites could be reached using four wheel drive and there is a grader that could smooth the road out after.

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Did KQRO get upgraded ?

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I check it every few days. If I see changes here I will post to forum. But nothing so far.

Could be anything, bad weather, missed deadlines, etc.
K03HY is still off the air too.
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