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post #361 of 3215 Old 09-27-2004, 05:46 AM
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Update: WRBW back up now.

On a related note, DirecTV apparently pushed out a new version of the firmware (3.1.5d) for the HDTiVo within the last week or so. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to solve the channel mapping problem that afflicts WRBW. I still have to manually tune to 41-1 to see it.
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Still no WESH for me.
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Greetings all!

Does anyone know what the problem is with BHN and CableCards?

Twice now I've made an appointment to have a CableCard installed, with no indication from the customer service person that BHN is NOT installing the cards. When the appointment time comes around I'm told there's a technical problem with the cards, and BHN is not installing them.
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Greetings all!

Does anyone know what the problem is with BHN and CableCards?

Twice now I've made an appointment to have a CableCard installed, with no indication from the customer service person that BHN is NOT installing the cards. When the appointment time comes around I'm told there's a technical problem with the cards, and BHN is not installing them.

I see this is your first post so welcome.

We have a thread dedicated to BHN issues, so you probably will want to post your question there.

Orlando, FL - BHN
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I see this is your first post so welcome.

We have a thread dedicated to BHN issues, so you probably will want to post your question there.


Thanks for the welcome and the redirect!! I'll give'er a shot on the BHN thread.
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I have a Radio Shack OTA Antenna Model: VU-120 XR that got pretty beat up by that bitch, Jeanne. It worked fairly well, but was wondering, now that I have to replace it, if anyone had any suggestions for a replacement make and model.

I live off Maitland Blvd. about 2 miles west of SR 434. Going with RS again is certainly acceptable, but if there is something better, I would love to hear about it.

Thanks.
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post #367 of 3215 Old 09-29-2004, 12:47 PM
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I've got CBS bleeding over WKCF and ABC bleeding over WRDQ . My signal strenght is shifting from 78-100 .Any suggestions ?I'm running OTA to my Hughes E-86 straight in without a diplexer, if I use a diplexer I can't get CBS.
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post #368 of 3215 Old 09-29-2004, 01:44 PM
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Define bleeding. Are you talking about analog or digital station reception?

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I'm in downtown Orlando, and it's digital.
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When I tune to 18-1 WKCF ,my signal is jumping from 76-100 and the picture is pixalating and sometimes I can see the ch 6 logo in the corner of the pic ,but the show is ch 18-1 WB.
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Ahh... your in Orlando. I thought you were trying to receive digital off air from 125 miles away.

Did this just start happening recently? If so what changed?

Are you using an amplifier on the antenna?

Try slowly turning your antenna left or right while monitoring WKCF and report what you see.

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Speaking of WKCF, I tried watching Smallville last night. I had to turn it off within the first five minutes. There was a lot of fast action and I kid you not, the image was unwatchable due to the pixellation caused by lower bitrate. Really, what's the point of HD if you have to put up with this?
Sorry about the rant... Just hate to see this happening.

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Here is my story,I am using a sony 34 HD 510 with a DTV Hughes E-86 IRD. My OTA is an attic mount Radio Shack V-90.I ran the OTA feed to a diplexer then to my hughes which has a built in diplexer.This worked well with every thing except CBS dt ch 58. CBS would come in every blue moon otherwise it would be 0-15 on signal meter. So ,I invest in a Square shooter and mount it 35 feet high and no difference in reception. So I combine feeds using a spliter in reverse with better success.CBS still goes in and out, to annouying to watch.I'm tring eveything cause I want the SEC HD football on Saturdays. Then the hurricane tempararily suppresses my signal and I'm getting the best 100 percent CBS dt I've ever had. So I figure out that my satalite feed with the diplexer is killing my CBS.So I run another RG6 from my combo OTA feed to my E-86 antenna port in the back of the IRD. Now I'm getting great CBS dt ,NBC ABC FOX are the same good qualility in 86-100 sig range.But now the WB and Ch 27 dt feeds are pixalating even though my sig meter is 80-100 percent.I can live with it,but after 10 months of playing around with this I don't want to mess up the major networks that are coming in.For all I know it could be my IRD, but I tested it out on a newer version Hughes HD IRD a few months back and it did not make any difference.Thanks for listening to my long winded story.
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OK, I think I understand your set up. You had 1 coax with both your sat and off air using a diplexer which worked fine except for WKMG-DT on ch. 58. Then you ran a second coax for your off air attic antenna and that solved your ch. 58 problem but now ch. 17 and ch. 14 are weak.

Now you have 2 antennas which are a Radio Shack V-90 and a Winegard square shooter. They are combined using a splitter in reverse.

Is your square shooter the amplified 2000 model or the 1000 non amplified?

Can you hook up just the square shooter by itself for a test?

Please confirm the diplexer is now completely out of all signal paths.

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I'm running the non-amp SS 1000,diplexer is out of the set-up.
I'm thinking of running both OTA's separately to my IRD,and using the diplexer with the V-90 and the SS straight to the IRD.If I use just my SS then NBC is not as good.The Hughes IRD is set -up for duel feed Antennas if you diplex one of the feeds.I hate going into the attic(dirty and hot) but I'll try it this weekend.Thanks if you can think of anything that might help.
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Taras,

The SS antenna is primarily designed for UHF but should be able to reach down to channel 11 for WESH-DT. I noticed in the SS manual the antenna has the ability to adjust adjust azimuth, elevation angle, and skew which might help with the VHF reception. Let us know how it comes out.

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Just to add another data point on the Square Shooter, I'm having pretty good success with it here in Port Orange (roughly 35 miles as the crow flies from the Bithlo towers). I'm using the SS-1000 (the unamplified version) in combination with a Channel Master Titan 7777 preamp, mounted on the roof (single-story house). I get signal strength readings ranging from the mid-80s to mid-90s on my HR10-250 for pretty much all of the UHF Orlando digitals. The weak point of the SS is definitely VHF; I get a signal strength reading for WESH-DT (VHF ch. 11) of only about 70%. When viewing WESH-DT, the signal is generally fairly stable, though I do get some dropouts from time to time (enough to be mildly annoying). Signal quality on the UHF digitals, on the other hand, is pretty much rock-solid.

The other really nice thing about the Square Shooter is the aesthetics. Mounted on the roof it's no more noticeable than a satellite dish. Definitely the best antenna product I've come across in this regard.
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The Central Florida HD Society is hosting a Projector Shootout on October 9th.

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I have a place in Melbourne Beach. According to antennaweb.org , I am 80 miles from the digital antenna. Any chance of getting a waiver for the network feed from WESH? Just hoping.

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80 miles is the distance to the WESH analog transmitter, your 53 miles from all the digital transmitters (WESH-DT is in the same location as WKMG-DT, WCEU-DT , WBCC-DT & WRBW-DT). A medium antenna will work just fine. You might also consider a pre-amp like a channel master.

The chance of a waiver is about the same as a snowball in Fl.
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I haven't seen any snowballs there lately, so I guess I'll put up an antenna. 53 miles is very good news, and should be a piece of cake.
Thanks for the info.

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Anyone else having problems with WFTV HD OTA reception since Jeanne blew through? Since Jeanne, the signal strength of WFTV HD has been fluctuating widly as measured by both my MDP-100 and DST-3000 HD receivers. Signal strength of all other digital channels is rock solid at 100. I've checked all my connections, they appear to be good - and if it was a connection problem, I'd expect problems with other channels, not just WFTV.
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Anyone else having problems with WFTV HD OTA reception since Jeanne blew through?

You're not alone buddy.

On occasion if the signal gets low enough I have to resort to attaching rabbit ears to my setup to get WFTV. I had to do it just last Monday to see the game.

Somehow tonight I was able to watch "Desperate Housewives" with only one stutter for the whole show. I was getting about 62% signal strength throughout using my main antenna. I guess 720p is less sensitive to a low signal than 1080i broadcasts.

While were talking about reception difficulties...

Was anyone able to catch the Enterprise premiere Fri night?

Or was Upn65 digital dark for you too?
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I had a couple of video glitches during ST but otherwise no problem receiving WRBW-DT on Friday.

I haven't any problem with WFTV while watching Lost on Wed nor during any of the evening news shows. The signal strength seems to be pretty solid in the mid 90's here (WFTV-DT is one of the strongest stations here).
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The next Central Florida HD Society meeting will be a tour of the WKCF-DT transmitter site. The discussion after the tour will be presented by Director of Engineering Joe Addalia centering on antenna choice and troubleshooting off air reception problems. Details are posted here.

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What is the best antenna to pick up DTV signals in Oviedo. I am looking at the Square Shooter (SS1000 or SS2000). Are there better choices?

In some online research (2150 com) it seems that all of the Orlando area stations are within 9-13 miles and within about 10 degrees of each other. My goal is to get OTA DTV and HD locals with a HD Tivo reciever.
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I live out in Satellite Beach (just north of Melbourne Beach) and I too am thinking of getting the Winegard Square Shooter (S-1000). I just wonder if anyone has any experience getting NBC (a VHF Channel) using it?
I had a Zenith Silver Sensor which works pretty good for most UHF channels, but only if I run a 15 foot cable from my HD TiVo Box, out the sliding glass door to my patio and set it up by the pool. With it out there I get strength in the 90's - 70's for most channels. I even get a strength for NBC (WESH) of around in the 50's. When I bring the Zenith inside the signal degrades considerably and most stuff is unwatchable.
So what Im looking for is a good UHF, and just for NBC, VHF antenna recommendation where I could get all the channels with one OTA antenna. The Square Shooter sounds like it will fit the bill but I wonder if its any good at getting the NBC channel. You would think if i can get a strength in the 50's with the Zenith then the Square Shooter should be a good choice to get every channel, including the VHF NBC channel. Any thoughts from anyone?

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I live in Oviedo as well and use a Zenith Silver Sensor indoor antenna. I paid about $22 for it on Amazon and it works great.... particularly for the cluster of sources (see antennaweb.org for the best orientation).

Good luck!
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I live in downtown orlando,I'm using a SS-1000 mounted 35ft high.Still get drop outs on NBC. So I use a Radio shack V-90 for it with good results.
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I plan on ordering a new HD Tivo soon to go with my new Plasma. According to that antennas.org website I live anywhere from 3-6 miles from all of the towers (I live in Wedgefield between Bithlo and Christmas). I hopinh that an indoor antenna will work fine at those distances. I've been reading that the silver sensor is a good antenna but it's UHF only... since WESH (NBC) is VHF does that mean this antenna won't pick it up? If not what antenna should I get. Terk makes one that's UHF/VHF but I've read some bad opinions of Terk antennas.

Thanks in advance guys!

p.s. how well does the OTA intergration work in our area with the HD DirecTivo?
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