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FrankV's Avatar FrankV
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Originally posted by PhilB
Is anyone else (particularly FrankV since you have a Sammy 165 like I do) having problems with KHOU reseting their HD tuner. Whenever I turn to 11-1 my box resets. This doesn't happen with 11-2 or 11-3 or any other channel.

I'm talking to the KHOU engineer about this, but so far I'm the only one to report it. It'd be nice to get some other feedback if anyone else is seeing this.

-phil


I had to go and look, as I really don't watch Channel 11 that much, but yes it does. But it is only 11-1. 11-2 and 11-3 don't seem to cause the reset.

I will have to look into this further when I have more time.
TexGuy's Avatar TexGuy
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Ursa,

according to antennaweb.org, I am around 14 miles from the farm. It is really strange, because according to the report both Fox and ABC are at 99 degree. I can get Fox fine, but can't tune to ABC.

Go 'Stros. We need to win the NLCS and the World Series to have enuff money to keep Beltran.
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Quote:


Originally posted by FrankV
I had to go and look, as I really don't watch Channel 11 that much, but yes it does. But it is only 11-1. 11-2 and 11-3 don't seem to cause the reset.

I will have to look into this further when I have more time.

Frank,

I'm working with the engineer at KHOU to try to get this fixed. Please private message me and we can compare notes.

-phil
Ursa's Avatar Ursa
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TexGuy - KTRK is the second strongest digital transmitter in town, and has about 2.5 times the power as KRIV-DT. I, too, am about 14 miles from the farm, and shooting through my attic and some trees, I need pretty good amplification to get most of the stuff there. However, I don't have a problem with the two. Maybe it's your equipment?


Later,
Bill

PS: I'd love to keep him, but he's putting on a great audition to play outfield for the Yanks or BoSox...
TexGuy's Avatar TexGuy
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I am suspecting my antennas too, I have been switching between Terk, and Philips with no result. I am waiting for my CM 4221 to get here so I can be sure.

Man, The Rocket was strong today. He is still amazing at 42 yrs old. Yup, everytime Beltran hitted a homerun, his price tag inched up higher and out of the 'Stros pocket book.
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Hey Fellow Houstonians,

Is FoxHD during the Astros games annoying to you too. There are at least 10 glitches every inning. I'm not sure if this is happening on just KRIV or nation wide.

Too many glitches! They are less than one second a piece, but they scramble the screen and cause an audio malfunction as well. Sometimes, it happens as the pitch is being delivered on a 2-strike pitch. Boy, that makes me mad!!!
PhilB's Avatar PhilB
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Originally posted by ckenisell
Hey Fellow Houstonians,

Is FoxHD during the Astros games annoying to you too. There are at least 10 glitches every inning. I'm not sure if this is happening on just KRIV or nation wide.


http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...91#post4513091
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Best 2 out of 3.

Wow, was that a golf ball shot!

Later,
Bill
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I have been bugging Channel 55, The Tube (will be channel digital channel 42) as to when they will go digital. They said 60-90 days. That was about 120 days ago. I have since sent another email asking for an update but got no reply. Maybe I hit a nerve or something. Anyway, if you want to jump in and try to nail down an actual date, here is the URL:

http://www.thetube.net/

If you hear anything, pls let me know.
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I have seen it as well in all the games. I think it is national. When it is working, that picture is awesome isn't it?
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Yeah, but when those "glitches" hit, I fear for my speakers, my receiver and the projector!
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It is scary isn't it. My wife won't watch the high-def because it "flips around so much."
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Quote:


Originally posted by PhilB
Is anyone else (particularly FrankV since you have a Sammy 165 like I do) having problems with KHOU reseting their HD tuner. Whenever I turn to 11-1 my box resets. This doesn't happen with 11-2 or 11-3 or any other channel.

I'm talking to the KHOU engineer about this, but so far I'm the only one to report it. It'd be nice to get some other feedback if anyone else is seeing this.

-phil

I have a Sammy 165 as well and am seeing the same behavior. Pretty recent, and I just missed a recording of Two & Half Men and CSI:Miami while out among the crowds watching the 'Stros win game 5 of the NLCS tonight. Happy about the 'Stros, but now I'm resorting to **********s of the episodes I missed.


Incidentally, I tried rescanning channels tonight after I came home. Had no effect.

If you need more data to give to the KHOU engineer, PM me and I'll provide whatever you need.
RDAugust's Avatar RDAugust
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I live in the Spring area off of Cypresswood. I can pull in all of the OTAs except PBS. Is anyone else in this area having that problem? If not, can anyone offer a solution?
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I live in Timberlane and I can not hold PBS. It is a very low power signal. When I can get it, it fades in and out to the point it is unwatchable. The only thing that will help is when they turn up the power at the transmitter and I don't see that coming any time soon. It's a shame too because they have some very good programming !!


Bill
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Originally posted by RDAugust
I live in the Spring area off of Cypresswood. I can pull in all of the OTAs except PBS. Is anyone else in this area having that problem? If not, can anyone offer a solution?

What kind of antenna do you have? PBS is on a VHF frequency here, so you would need a VHF/UHF antenna.

Matt
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Quote:


Originally posted by RDAugust
I live in the Spring area off of Cypresswood. I can pull in all of the OTAs except PBS. Is anyone else in this area having that problem? If not, can anyone offer a solution?

RDAugust, I'm North of you off of Rayford and I get PBS just fine with my antenna.
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Originally posted by bigrig
What kind of antenna do you have? PBS is on a VHF frequency here, so you would need a VHF/UHF antenna.

Most folks closer-in can get by without a dedicated VHF antenna. My 4-bay bowtie, UHF-only antenna grabs PBS just fine. The power of the station is extremely low, though, so a good quality pre-amp is probably a good idea.

I'd agree that PBS runs some of the best HD out there right now. The documentaries that show-off the depth-of-field that you can get with a good HD camera are amazing.

Later,
Bill
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I have an amplified RCA antenna that does both VHF and UHF with 45db gain. I live in Candlelight Hills and I can pull in everything but PBS. I've even tried an amplified outdoor antenna and still can't pick it up. I do miss some of the programming on PBS. It's a shame that the DBS systems can't broadcast it
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I am at the apartments at 610 & 59 and I cant seem to get all the channels at once. I can move my antenna (an RCA amplified gimmick from BB) and then tune to diff. stations. What would you guys recommend for a situation like mine? I am on the 2nd story, and face due West.
Thanks guys and go 'Stros!
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RDAugust - If you are trying an indoor antenna, then you are pretty much asking for a miracle. You will need a good quality outdoor antenna AND a good pre-amp (Channel Master 7777) to get KUHT. I would be very surprised if your indoor antenna was rated in the violet range.


ckg1999 - you are going to need to get a shot at looking south somehow, or more likely you are going to have to go with Phonoscope/TWC/Optel/Etc. You can try something like an 8-bay bowtie indoors with a pre-amp, but make sure you buy from a store with a good return policy.

Later,
Bill
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Man, I was watching the game last night and there were so many skips, jumps and just downright annoying interuptions that I had to switch to analog. Anyone else have this problem?
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I noticed quite a few unusual glitches in the Yankee game. Seemed most were ~4th-5th innings.
TexGuy's Avatar TexGuy
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just installed the CM4221 last nite and my problem of not getting ABC solved. Thanks to all who recommended this antenna in their posts. My question now is with the reception of some channels in between 70 - 80 % how much more better a pre-amp like the CM7777 is going to help the signal.


Go 'Stros. Munro is going to pitch a shut out tonite.
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TexGuy - Adding the CM7777 into the mix is a bit of an unknown. If you are at 70 - 80%, then it will probably peg your reception meter. However, some receivers are sensitive to being overdriven, so you may actually need an attentuator if you are one of the lucky ones. Basically, you will never really know until you try.

The deciding factor for me would be whether you can get the lower power/elevation channels like KUHT, KNWS, etc. with your current set-up. If so, then be happy with what you've got. If not, and those channels are important to you (PBS-HD is really pretty impressive on a big screen), then I would drop the $50 and go ahead and get one.

One caveat to all of this: Rain fade. Since we live in a swamp (metaphorically speaking, of course), rain is an issue for us. When it rains, the water will interfere with the radio waves, and the signal strength that you receive will go down. Whether it is noticeable or relevant is another issue entirely. If you suffer from rain fade enough to notice, then you may want a pre-amp in your signal chain anyway. Since the power inserter can be at the display, you can easily unplug the amp when you don't need it.

FYI, the HD Tivo is allegedly one of the receivers that is sensitive to being overdriven, so I will let you know how it reacts to my antenna/pre-amp once I get the dish installed (I have the 4221 and the 7778 in my attic).

Later,
Bill
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Ursa or TexGuy - did either of you pick up your CM 4221 locally? If so, where? I' d like to try one this weekend if I can find one. Otherwise, I'll just order one online.

Thanks.
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John - I got mine from SolidSignal (check the banner ad at the top of the page). With two-day shipping, you are looking at less than $100 for the antenna and the pre-amp. As for local availability, Lowe's and Home Depot have things like the Stealth, but not the 4221 (that I could find). Also, most local dealers who carry the full-line are wholesale only (ECD being one of the ones with which I had some experience in a prior life), so getting access to a local source as a consumer is really tough.

Later,
Bill
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Thanks, Bill. I've used Solid Signal before. Sounds like that's still my best option.
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JFR0317 - I picked one up from 1 of our sponsors, Solid Signal. Can't find one at the 3 Lowes that I went to; 610 N, Weistheimer, First Colony.

Ursa - I have the Hitachi 51s715, the tuner is built in. With the current set-up, KUHT came in around 60 - 66%, so I might be happy with that. I have been thinking about extending the collecting surfacing area (the square chicken wire) of the CM4221 by making 2 square wire lattices and attached to each side. This will make the collecting surface much larger, hence better signal. Do you think this idea will work?
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John, Mid-State Distributing http://www.midstatedistributing.com is a distributor on 1426 North Post Oak Road, but they do sell to consumers. I got two Winegard PR-9032 UHF antennas for under $55. They also carry Channel Master products.

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