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That's a good antenna for the UHF channels, but not so good for VHF. It's not made to receive VHF channels, although it works somewhat if you're receiving a strong signal. If you put up a VHF antenna, you'd get channels transmitting on VHF much better.

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That's a good antenna for the UHF channels, but not so good for VHF. It's not made to receive VHF channels, although it works somewhat if you're receiving a strong signal. If you put up a VHF antenna, you'd get channels transmitting on VHF much better.

Thanks, Larry,

Do you mean add a VHF antenna or get a better all in one? Suggestions?


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Yes, but do you know which 7 or which 2 you're receiving? Is it 7 from Sutro or 7 from Mt. Allison? Is it 2 from Sutro or 2 from Monument Peak?

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I checked the menu on my LG tv and it indicates this:

Channel Info: Digital 7-1
177.00MHz
SNR: -31dB
Signal Level: 78%
Under Manual Tuning it indicates Channel 7, DTV 7-1 KGO-HD

Channel Info: Digital 2-1
653.00MHz
SNR: -31dB
Signal Level: 77%
Under Manual Tuning it indicates Channel 44, DTV 2-1 KTVU-HD

So I guess I have a mixed bag with my rooftop antenna? Either way both stations are practically trouble-free. Now that I've retired, I do watch a little more daytime tv and have noticed the occasional pixelation during that time but evening viewing is trouble-free.
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That's a good antenna for the UHF channels, but not so good for VHF. It's not made to receive VHF channels, although it works somewhat if you're receiving a strong signal. If you put up a VHF antenna, you'd get channels transmitting on VHF much better.
I'm going to say that depends, Larry. As you know, I have a 4228 in Rohnert Prk and have for at least 20 years. So, I have the original 4228, not the one that says HD on the end of its nomenclature. I have always received 7 on it and when 12 (KNTV) was on Loma Prieta, a very long way from Rohnert Park, I received it as well. I do have issues with 12 since they moved to San Bruno. I also receive Keith's stations on both channel 2 and 3, something that surprised me. I believe that, when the 4228-HD first came out, that it was determined that the newer model wasn't as receptive as the original. But, yes, that was why I asked if he had a VHF antenna. When the repack comes and we have more channels in the VHF range I will have to consider, maybe, an antenna change.

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I checked the menu on my LG tv and it indicates this:

Channel Info: Digital 7-1
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SNR: -31dB
Signal Level: 78%
Under Manual Tuning it indicates Channel 7, DTV 7-1 KGO-HD

Channel Info: Digital 2-1
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SNR: -31dB
Signal Level: 77%
Under Manual Tuning it indicates Channel 44, DTV 2-1 KTVU-HD

So I guess I have a mixed bag with my rooftop antenna? Either way both stations are practically trouble-free. Now that I've retired, I do watch a little more daytime tv and have noticed the occasional pixelation during that time but evening viewing is trouble-free.

Both of your channels are coming from Sutro. KTVU on 44 is from Sutro, KTVU on 48 is from the south...

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^^^^^ thanks for the confirmation. To be honest, I don't pay a lot of attention to where my stations originate from. All I do is scan, they lock on, and I delete the stations I don't want. 30+ year old 78-element Winegard, 30'AGL with a rotor (that is really never used).
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Thanks, Larry,

Do you mean add a VHF antenna or get a better all in one? Suggestions?


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Either way. Since the 4228 is working well for UHF, I'd just add a small VHF antenna. Seems like they becoming more difficult to find though, so a new VHF-UHF antenna might be the way to go.

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I have always received 7 on it and when 12 (KNTV) was on Loma Prieta, a very long way from Rohnert Park, I received it as well.
Wow! It's amazing that you were able to receive KNTV from Loma Prieta with the 4228! I had to put up the 10 element VHF yagi and add an FM blocking unit to get it here in San Francisco. The 4228 I was using, also one of the originals, didn't get it at all. You must be located high on a hill.

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Either way. Since the 4228 is working well for UHF, I'd just add a small VHF antenna. Seems like they becoming more difficult to find though, so a new VHF-UHF antenna might be the way to go.

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The newer CM4228HD like I have will receive VHF-HI so RF 7 and RF 12 come in just fine from Sutro.

The older CM4228 can be modified simply by tying the screens together with instructions on the Web.

The CM4228HD has this fix installed at the factory but not the feed line one that is also listed on line.

So for getting VHF from Sutro another VHF antenna is not needed unless you want to get KRCB on RF 5 which will be in a different direction anyway.

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The pilot is not visible if you were to view the signal in a 6MHz bandwidth. This is because the pilot appears as a CW signal but the modulation appears as noise so it goes up or down due to bandwidth. The pilot remains constant. You most often see spectrum analyzer traces of ATSC signals using a 100 KHz IF bandwidth. This lowers the noise enough to see the pilot above the data in the rest of the signal. Attached is a spectrum analyzer trace using a 1MHz bandwidth on KVIE and KXTV. The pilot signal disappears below the signal.

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So KGO RF35 repeater is working again? Sure would be nice if they could keep it that way. My PC-based DVR (Emby) transcodes to a streaming-friendly format (MKV, .h264) in real time as it records. This integrates very well with the networked media-on-any-device setup, but the transcoding software sure hates it when the stream being transcoded chokes.

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So KGO RF35 repeater is working again? Sure would be nice if they could keep it that way. My PC-based DVR (Emby) transcodes to a streaming-friendly format (MKV, .h264) in real time as it records. This integrates very well with the networked media-on-any-device setup, but the transcoding software sure hates it when the stream being transcoded chokes.
YES it does appear to be working:

Spoiler!


Toast0's chart CANNOT be trusted currently, I need to send him a message. He is playing with Missed_Packets and current has it wrong.

Ignore the "t", I was using my laptop wirelessly and they occur some times but not when I use all hard wired Ethernet connections.

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YES it does appear to be working:

Toast0's chart CANNOT be trusted currently, I need to send him a message. He is playing with Missed_Packets and current has it wrong.
I did a quick fix to cap the graph for missed packet at 1000, which is a lot more informative
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I did a quick fix to cap the graph for missed packet at 1000, which is a lot more informative
Very informative, that is a nice tool you have made available. The transmitter went from a constant, low level of errors to none. Except for the spike in errors around midnight, not sure what that is.

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So KGO RF35 repeater is working again? Sure would be nice if they could keep it that way. My PC-based DVR (Emby) transcodes to a streaming-friendly format (MKV, .h264) in real time as it records. This integrates very well with the networked media-on-any-device setup, but the transcoding software sure hates it when the stream being transcoded chokes.
Yep. I noticed that too and it still seems to be working today except for a period of at least a half hour around 2PM today when the signal dropped out and then came back. I hope that means they were doing some equipment upgrade/replacement. We'll see...
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Yep. I noticed that too and it still seems to be working today except for a period of at least a half hour around 2PM today when the signal dropped out and then came back. I hope that means they were doing some equipment upgrade/replacement. We'll see...
It looks good for the few minutes I looked at it (No Sequence Errors for ~ 4 minutes) 6:16 PM 5/23/2017.

I am having a hard time trying to understand how Toast0's chart can handle the wide range of sequence / missed packets counts.

The output must be 0-100 and the input may be three (3), thirty (30) or thirty thousand (30,000) errors.

That coupled with the time frame shown being the normal three days or three months or three years I just cannot get my head around the problem.

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It looks good for the few minutes I looked at it (No Sequence Errors for ~ 4 minutes) 6:16 PM 5/23/2017.

I am having a hard time trying to understand how Toast0's chart can handle the wide range of sequence / missed packets counts.

The output must be 0-100 and the input may be three (3), thirty (30) or thirty thousand (30,000) errors.

That coupled with the time frame shown being the normal three days or three months or three years I just cannot get my head around the problem.

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35 went out again earlier this evening. And for a short time around 7pm it was back to the usual problem. But I was wrong about the signal dropping out before. This time while it was out, I looked at my TV's signal meter and it showed good strength and 100% signal quality like it usually does. And yet the channel pooped out like it had no signal. So it must be upstream of the 35 repeater. I've seen that before on KTVU's Mt Allison repeater occasionally. Very strange.
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35 went out again earlier this evening. And for a short time around 7pm it was back to the usual problem. But I was wrong about the signal dropping out before. This time while it was out, I looked at my TV's signal meter and it showed good strength and 100% signal quality like it usually does. And yet the channel pooped out like it had no signal. So it must be upstream of the 35 repeater. I've seen that before on KTVU's Mt Allison repeater occasionally. Very strange.
If the utilization goes to zero then there is nothing to transmit and the rest of the signals are normal, when the input was RF 7 from across the bay I saw that often. Now that it is normally fed by microwave that usually does not happen.

Toast0's chart samples are thirty (30) minutes apart so things may be happening that do not show up. The last message attributed to the KGO Station Engineer said they were changing the location of the RF 7 incoming antenna. They may be trying to find the best location for the antenna and thus RF 35 may not be usable for a while until they get it settled down and switch back to microwave input. Finding a useable RF 7 incoming antenna location may be very difficult considering the huge signals coming from the nearby transmitters and blocked line of sight to Sutro that they are trying to fix.

I suggest we not be bothered by it's outages for a few weeks and expect things to be much better for the long run. You must crack eggs to make a cake. Remember RF 35 likely is paid by the news department and they will ensure it gets made right. After all KTVU has a much harder problem, RF 48 may not exist in a few years but RF 35 will. Which news department will earn the most money in the future? KTVU is betting they will for sure even with the loss of RF 48.

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I've tried 5 indoor antennas and am out of ideas- need some help!

So I'm in downtown San Francisco in a 16 story building on the 14th floor. All my main networks come from Sutro Tower which is around 2 miles from my house. DEspite coming from this same tower, I get ABC, FOX, NBC but not CBS or the WB.

I've tried 5 indoor antennas including one with amplifcation just for kicks. The result for all of them was the same. Sometimes when I'm quickly scanning past 5 I get a quick glimpse of something which looks like it's coming in - then it's gone. Given it's shown as the strongest DB wise via TVFool- I'm guessing it's multipath. The CBS owned networks do th worst 5 (CBS) and WB (44) as well as CBS are the only major ones that don't come in.

If you look at TV Fool- it makes no sense. My guess is 5 is getting over crowded by some adjacent channel however after 5 different antennas and a paper clip I am out of ideas....can anyone help?
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Were any of the antennas directional like the Terk HDTVa? Or were they flat like a sheet of paper?

http://www.terk.com/indoor-antennas/?sku=HDTVA

What direction is Sutro from you and do you have a window with LOS or are other buildings blocking you or are you looking in a different direction?

Posting a link to your TVFool report, not an image is desired.

Here is mine:

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a44989f75b87

Are you playing the TVAntenna Battleship game. You point an antenna and ask your HDTV if it see a signal, if not move the antenna and ask again. Not a game you can win.

Can you select a RF channel as see at least the signal strength change as you move the antenna?

When I was in a Hotel on the fifth floor with a window looking North I got all the stations I wanted with just a simple whip. Previous Hotel same on the ground floor looking out a window away from KQEH the whip also was fine.

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Were any of the antennas directional like the Terk HDTVa? Or were they flat like a sheet of paper?

http://www.terk.com/indoor-antennas/?sku=HDTVA

What direction is Sutro from you and do you have a window with LOS or are other buildings blocking you or are you looking in a different direction?

Posting a link to your TVFool report, not an image is desired.

Here is mine:

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a4b039e344eb

Are you playing the TVAntenna Battleship game. You point an antenna and ask your HDTV if it see a signal, if not move the antenna and ask again. Not a game you can win.

Can you select a RF channel as see at least the signal strength change as you move the antenna?

When I was in a Hotel on the fifth floor with a window looking North I got all the stations I wanted with just a simple whip. Previous Hotel same on the ground floor looking out a window away from KQEH the whip also was fine.

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Sure- here is my link.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a4b039e344eb

I'm in SOMA about 2.4 miles from Sutro tower which I believe all the channels I want are located. i.e. 2/5/7/11/ 44 (wb) and 9 PBS.
Only CBS PBS and WB don't come in now.

Also yes I'm totally playing the Battleship game. Yes I can select a digital chan on my LG and it shows signal strengths as I move the antenna. It's all digital tho here in SF but I may not be understanding your question correctly.

And no that Terk is maybe the one I've not tried. Most of the 5 i've tried are flat.

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Sure- here is my link.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a4b039e344eb

I'm in SOMA about 2.4 miles from Sutro tower which I believe all the channels I want are located. i.e. 2/5/7/11/ 44 (wb) and 9 PBS.
Only CBS PBS and WB don't come in now.

Also yes I'm totally playing the Battleship game. Yes I can select a digital chan on my LG and it shows signal strengths as I move the antenna. It's all digital tho here in SF but I may not be understanding your question correctly.

And no that Terk is maybe the one I've not tried. Most of the 5 i've tried are flat.
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OK, you really want Signal Quality but many people do not even have Signal Strength. SS is helpful.

Please download Larry's station list from his sig:

San Francisco, CA - OTA

You are looking for RF 44, 29, 7,12, 30 and 45. RF 29 and 45 are missing.

Do you have any windows facing the West or are you facing Oakland? One viewer could get a station she wanted only using a window not where her HDTV was and both windows were facing in the right direction.

Do you have the model numbers of the antennas on hand (Perhaps even links).

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OK, you really want Signal Quality but many people do not even have Signal Strength. SS is helpful.

Please download Larry's station list from his sig:

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You are looking for RF 44, 29, 7,12, 30 and 45. RF 29 and 45 are missing.

Do you have any windows facing the West or are you facing Oakland? One viewer could get a station she wanted only using a window not where her HDTV was and both windows were facing in the right direction.

Do you have the model numbers of the antennas on hand (Perhaps even links).

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I have windows facing Oakland only- NE. Agree those are the ones missing - I just ordered the Terk Directional you suggested. Antenna#6 - this one i will return if it doesnt show different results
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I have windows facing Oakland only- NE. Agree those are the ones missing - I just ordered the Terk Directional you suggested. Antenna#6 - this one i will return if it doesnt show different results
Well, I wish you had said Oakland before.

No antenna may help you. But the Terk IMHO will give you the best chance.

But try all over your apartment, you might get lucky, multipath cannot be seen. I have a visual picture from a movie where smoke was used to show the laser beam paths and the gymnast somehow was able to get to the diamonds and back out with them not cutting any beams.

Using the signal strength you may be able to find a sweet spot for RF 29 but then you may lose other stations.

The person who wanted to watch the superbowl may have needed to go to a bar, we cannot solve all problems.

Good Luck!

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I think multipath is the key problem here. Reflections from other buildings are probably causing the main signal to be messed up, thus causing your tuner to have difficulty receiving the main signal from Sutro. Since you're on the opposite side of the building from Sutro, the multipath reflection is probably stronger than the main signal. There are so many tall buildings down in your area, plus hills all around us, that the reflection could be coming from any of them.

I'd do as Stephan advised and try your antenna in several different locations. If need be, get an extra length of coax and a barrel connector to get it away from the TV, then tune to 19 for KOFY (formerly WB) and 29 for KPIX CBS and watch both the signal strength/quality on your meter and the picture. You might find a spot where you get a good signal. That's the only recommendation I have for you.

I have antennas on the roof, and a couple of them set in fixed positions have problems with some of the Sutro stations. Luckily, KPIX is not one of them, since that's one of the stations I watch the most. I do have problems with KOFY 19 (virtual 20), KCSN 39 (virtual 38), KFSF 34 (virtual 66) and KTVU 44 (virtual 2). One of my antennas won't receive KTVU no matter what direction it's pointed in.

With my big directional antenna combination (XG91 and 10 element yagi) that are on a rotor I'm able to find a direction that's good for all of the Sutro, San Bruno, Mt. Diablo, South Bay and North Bay stations, but there's no one direction that works for all of them simultaneously.

Good luck in your experiments! I hope you're successful.

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I'd take the reflector mesh (K) off of a 91xg outdoor antenna.
......and stick it under your bed / couch, etc pointed to sutro.

If your building has tv/phone wires going to the parking garage, (phone room) and that may be on the side of the building facing sutro. Connect the antenna there.
Or connect your apartment cable to a wire / cable that goes to the roof (usually in the phone room) get access & install antenna (if there's not one there already)

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I'd take the reflector mesh (K) off of a 91xg outdoor antenna.
......and stick it under your bed / couch, etc pointed to sutro.

If your building has tv/phone wires going to the parking garage, (phone room) and that may be on the side of the building facing sutro. Connect the antenna there.
Or connect your apartment cable to a wire / cable that goes to the roof (usually in the phone room) get access & install antenna (if there's not one there already)
Welp- I got the Terk.

Tried it in like half a dozen different spots. Unsurprisingly it does narrow the amount of channels you got - but no new Sutro tower stations came in. I'm 2 miles from this tower- amazing. I think I'm gonna take a pause from antenna buying.
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Welp- I got the Terk.

Tried it in like half a dozen different spots. Unsurprisingly it does narrow the amount of channels you got - but no new Sutro tower stations came in. I'm 2 miles from this tower- amazing. I think I'm gonna take a pause from antenna buying.
I did a little more digging- all the channels I can't get are UHF cannels- not VHF. I get 60-70 total channels. Most all UHF even as far as oakland. KPIX is UHF and I believe KQED is UHF also. The exception is WB at 45 which I is VHF but can't seem to get that no matter what (not as big of a deal as CBS)

In short- it's a VHF problem.
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I did a little more digging- all the channels I can't get are UHF cannels- not VHF. I get 60-70 total channels. Most all UHF even as far as oakland. KPIX is UHF and I believe KQED is UHF also. The exception is WB at 45 which I is VHF but can't seem to get that no matter what (not as big of a deal as CBS)

In short- it's a VHF problem.
Only 7 and 11 are on VHF. The rest are UHF.

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