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Didn't notice any, but more details might be helpful: Video?
Audio? Channel(s)?
Video pixelation (sp?) and audio drop outs on most channels. PBS had no issues. Reception was much better this morning. I assume the heavy winds had something to do with it.

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Video pixelation (sp?) and audio drop outs on most channels. PBS had no issues. Reception was much better this morning. I assume the heavy winds had something to do with it.
Sounds more isolated to individuals. I'm on the C.O. near Cox High School. As I said I saw no problems (And the winds were worse Wednesday Night)
About the most we can do as customers (and I don't want to sound like the agent when you call) is check for loose connections at the ONT. I'm of the belief that connections should all be checked/tightened periodically.
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Tweaking the antenna today, 33.1 keeps dropping out. I need this channel so the ball and chain is happy. Going to try another location in the attic. My 4228 should be enough of an antenna to pick all the 270 deg channels. Anybody using a Yagi?

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Most drop out are 33.1 and 15.1. The antenna is only about 16' in the air. I suspect my neighbor's tree may be in the way. Better option may be a Yagi on the chimney.

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Tweaking the antenna today, 33.1 keeps dropping out. I need this channel so the ball and chain is happy. Going to try another location in the attic. My 4228 should be enough of an antenna to pick all the 270 deg channels. Anybody using a Yagi?
Your 4228 is a great antenna. Try moving it (not turning it) a few inches...

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Problem solved...My usual routine on Sunday morning is listen to FM on my 2 channel system, wow no reception I wonder why? Then I realize when I attached the antenna to my TV network I connected the $3 radio shack FM T antenna. Most of my cables run under the insulation, I guess I picked the wrong one. A quick trip to the attic this afternoon verified my mistake. FM is back online and the TV reception is crystal clear. 90% of the time the FM T did a great job, all the major networks always came in clear.

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Problem solved...My usual routine on Sunday morning is listen to FM on my 2 channel system, wow no reception I wonder why? Then I realize when I attached the antenna to my TV network I connected the $3 radio shack FM T antenna. Most of my cables run under the insulation, I guess I picked the wrong one. A quick trip to the attic this afternoon verified my mistake. FM is back online and the TV reception is crystal clear. 90% of the time the FM T did a great job, all the major networks always came in clear.
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Anybody else no picking up 43.1?

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Anybody else no picking up 43.1?
WAVY and WVBT and all its low power stations are off the air OTA. For providers that get the WAVY/WVBT signal via fiber are probably still getting a picture...

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WAVY and WVBT and all its low power stations are off the air OTA. For providers that get the WAVY/WVBT signal via fiber are probably still getting a picture...
Just posted on WAVY's website... http://wavy.com/2016/03/19/wavywvbt-...r-maintenance/

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Thanks for the update. Looks like they will be back later today. Fox is showing the Passion live, being done in downtown New Orleans Sunday night. I have never been one for musicals, was blown away by Grease. Totally live, no retakes, running 16 sound stages. This one is going to be outside in downtown NO, something weird has to happen.

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13.1, .2 & .3 have been an on going issue. Tuned into the NBA playoffs and kept dropping out. Freaked out and hit the attic, tweeked the set up a little, leaned the antenna back about 20 deg. Now looking good, fingers crossed.


Update, 13.1 is fine 10.1 is gone, back to the attic when it cools down. This 4228 is as big as a pallet, all the channels are in the same place not that far away. I don't understand why so many issues.

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!0 is back, but 43 still has no signal. Anyone else getting 43? Is there still a problem with their antenna?
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!0 is back, but 43 still has no signal. Anyone else getting 43? Is there still a problem with their antenna?
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Nothing from 45.3, but do have a signal from 29.3. It's weak (signals vary wildly, strengths in the 30-42 range, quality 2-86%. It's not watchable now, hopefully it's the weather. Fox 43's signal was always the weakest of the four majors here, but usually good enough to watch using a big outdoor UHF/VHF antenna located in my attic, or a small uhf antenna on a balcony. Of course 13 doesn't work with the latter now.

Location: southern Corolla, about 144 degrees/53 miles from the antenna.

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Is this antenna attached to a pole in your attic? If not, moving it around just a few inches can make a huge difference. I remember when I had my antenna first installed on a pole in my attic I would get WAVY or WVBT NOT both. I took it off of the pole and sat it on top of some Rubbermaid containers. Made a HUGE difference...

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Is this antenna attached to a pole in your attic? If not, moving it around just a few inches can make a huge difference. I remember when I had my antenna first installed on a pole in my attic I would get WAVY or WVBT NOT both. I took it off of the pole and sat it on top of some Rubbermaid containers. Made a HUGE difference...
Thanks for the suggestion. I put it up there 14 years ago when I was 68, so I'm out of the climbing (no attic steps) through that hole in the ceiling business! If I can I get a volunteer, we'll try it. May have to wait for my next satellite touchup to get someone up there. I liked ota because their signal was excellent. And it's still good, but everyone has now added the subchannels, so it isn't what it used to be to me.

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I am looking for a company to install an outdoor OTA HDTV antenna. I have found 3 companies that will do it... The licensed, insured company I chose is extremely busy so I might go with Plan B company who wants to use a Winegard HD 1080. The other company will use whichever antenna I choose but they are familiar with the Antennas Direct DB8E with the add-on separate VHS Bar Antenna. I am reading a lot of posts from you "locals" and I am getting nervous that there is no "silver bullet" antenna to cover the mish-mash of the way channels transmit in this area... I tried 9 different indoor antennas before I learned that I have metal wire behind my plaster walls. I was planning on a chimney mount but after researching this I have been convinced that an antenna mount is not wise on my 100-year-old chimney so a roof mount is it... I am asking for help to choose the best antenna for the UHF, VHF and Hi V transmissions in this area... Thanks (in advance) for everybody's time and help...
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Is this antenna attached to a pole in your attic? If not, moving it around just a few inches can make a huge difference. I remember when I had my antenna first installed on a pole in my attic I would get WAVY or WVBT NOT both. I took it off of the pole and sat it on top of some Rubbermaid containers. Made a HUGE difference...
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I was reading some antenna reviews that led me to this website hoping for help from people in my area. I am in Suffolk, VA 23434. My TVFool results are these:

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I am looking for a company to install an outdoor OTA HDTV antenna. I have found 3 companies that will do it... The licensed, insured company I chose is extremely busy so I might go with Plan B company who wants to use a Winegard HD 1080. The other company will use whichever antenna I choose but they are familiar with the Antennas Direct DB8E with the add-on separate VHS Bar Antenna. I am reading a lot of posts from you "locals" and I am getting nervous that there is no "silver bullet" antenna to cover the mish-mash of the way channels transmit in this area... I tried 9 different indoor antennas before I learned that I have metal wire behind my plaster walls. I was planning on a chimney mount but after researching this I have been convinced that an antenna mount is not wise on my 100-year-old chimney so a roof mount is it... I am asking for help to choose the best antenna for the UHF, VHF and Hi V transmissions in this area... Thanks (in advance) for everybody's time and help...
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I am looking for a company to install an outdoor OTA HDTV antenna. I have found 3 companies that will do it... The licensed, insured company I chose is extremely busy so I might go with Plan B company who wants to use a Winegard HD 1080. The other company will use whichever antenna I choose but they are familiar with the Antennas Direct DB8E with the add-on separate VHS Bar Antenna. I am reading a lot of posts from you "locals" and I am getting nervous that there is no "silver bullet" antenna to cover the mish-mash of the way channels transmit in this area... I tried 9 different indoor antennas before I learned that I have metal wire behind my plaster walls. I was planning on a chimney mount but after researching this I have been convinced that an antenna mount is not wise on my 100-year-old chimney so a roof mount is it... I am asking for help to choose the best antenna for the UHF, VHF and Hi V transmissions in this area... Thanks (in advance) for everybody's time and help...
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I am looking for a company to install an outdoor OTA HDTV antenna. I have found 3 companies that will do it... The licensed, insured company I chose is extremely busy so I might go with Plan B company who wants to use a Winegard HD 1080. The other company will use whichever antenna I choose but they are familiar with the Antennas Direct DB8E with the add-on separate VHS Bar Antenna. I am reading a lot of posts from you "locals" and I am getting nervous that there is no "silver bullet" antenna to cover the mish-mash of the way channels transmit in this area... I tried 9 different indoor antennas before I learned that I have metal wire behind my plaster walls. I was planning on a chimney mount but after researching this I have been convinced that an antenna mount is not wise on my 100-year-old chimney so a roof mount is it... I am asking for help to choose the best antenna for the UHF, VHF and Hi V transmissions in this area... Thanks (in advance) for everybody's time and help...
Honestly, from your location, you should be able to pick up all the locals with a piece of wire. Have you tried any thing up to this point for OTA reception?

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I am looking for a company to install an outdoor OTA HDTV antenna. I have found 3 companies that will do it... The licensed, insured company I chose is extremely busy so I might go with Plan B company who wants to use a Winegard HD 1080. The other company will use whichever antenna I choose but they are familiar with the Antennas Direct DB8E with the add-on separate VHS Bar Antenna. I am reading a lot of posts from you "locals" and I am getting nervous that there is no "silver bullet" antenna to cover the mish-mash of the way channels transmit in this area... I tried 9 different indoor antennas before I learned that I have metal wire behind my plaster walls. I was planning on a chimney mount but after researching this I have been convinced that an antenna mount is not wise on my 100-year-old chimney so a roof mount is it... I am asking for help to choose the best antenna for the UHF, VHF and Hi V transmissions in this area... Thanks (in advance) for everybody's time and help...
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I am looking for a company to install an outdoor OTA HDTV antenna. I have found 3 companies that will do it... The licensed, insured company I chose is extremely busy so I might go with Plan B company who wants to use a Winegard HD 1080. The other company will use whichever antenna I choose but they are familiar with the Antennas Direct DB8E with the add-on separate VHS Bar Antenna. I am reading a lot of posts from you "locals" and I am getting nervous that there is no "silver bullet" antenna to cover the mish-mash of the way channels transmit in this area... I tried 9 different indoor antennas before I learned that I have metal wire behind my plaster walls. I was planning on a chimney mount but after researching this I have been convinced that an antenna mount is not wise on my 100-year-old chimney so a roof mount is it... I am asking for help to choose the best antenna for the UHF, VHF and Hi V transmissions in this area... I am afraid of 3 things: snakes, working with electricity and heights. Thus, I am hiring someone to do it... but I want to know that whatever antenna they are installing is the best one for me... And if anyone has a company they can recommend who doesn't have a 2-month backlog... (I don't know if that's allowed on this Forum)... Thanks (in advance) for everybody's time and help...
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The Forum would not allow me to enter a reply so I am now on my phone! I am not that familiar with how forums work... Ok... I tried over 9 indoor antennas - amplified and not, all different shapes and sizes... No luck. After calling the 800#s for the antennas I finally had 2 separate representatives tell me about the wire behind my plaster... I have my satellite Dish coax wiring coming through the crawl space and basement so I don't want any additional drilling through the attic... I KNOOOOOW that my location should be ideal but those are my issues right now... I am temporarily using an amplified Mohu Leaf 50 taped to a window but the window is facing opposite of the direction of the towers. The audio cut out and pixelation on most channels makes it impossible to really understand what is going on in the show so I don't know why I bother... I wanted to cut the cord. I have armed myself with Netflix, Hulu pro, Amazon Prime and a Tivo Bolt 1Tb DVR... But if I can't get The Big Bang Theory then what was it all for??? Lololol! So I have settled on an outdoor antenna even though it is going to cost a fortune... So I want to make sure that it's the best one for me!!! And a company, too (if a recommendation is allowed on this Forum)...
Besides using a wire (lololol) do you have any suggestions?
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The Forum would not allow me to enter a reply so I am now on my phone! I am not that familiar with how forums work... Ok... I tried over 9 indoor antennas - amplified and not, all different shapes and sizes... No luck. After calling the 800#s for the antennas I finally had 2 separate representatives tell me about the wire behind my plaster...
ANY outdoor antenna at your location should work. It's my good guess a UHF only antenna should still get you 13/WVEC and 4/WSKY (UHF9). I have a ChannelMaster 4228 in my attic, 30 miles away from Driver and I get ALL the full-power locals plus WUND/2 from NC and a bunch of low-power stations. One that I have never been able to get here is WGBS-LD/7 (UHF11)... I don't think you need a fancy antenna or an additional VHF-only addition...

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ANY outdoor antenna at your location should work. It's my good guess a UHF only antenna should still get you 13/WVEC and 4/WSKY (UHF9). I have a ChannelMaster 4228 in my attic, 30 miles away from Driver and I get ALL the full-power locals plus WUND/2 from NC and a bunch of low-power stations. One that I have never been able to get here is WGBS-LD/7 (UHF11)... I don't think you need a fancy antenna or an additional VHF-only addition...
Thanks for your input!!! I just want to pay to get those guys up on the roof once SUCCESSFULLY!!! It seems like most of the channels are UHF with a few VHF / Hi V... I am just so nervous to buy the right antenna. Spending about 2 hours each tweaking 9 different types of indoor antennas while their 800#s are convinced the antenna should work for me and telling me to just keep tweaking. I have to admit, I am still a bit shell-shocked... Fingers crossed that I buy the right antenna!!! Thanks, again!!!

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The TiVo Bolt doesn't do OTA does it?
Yes, it does. It has 4 tuners and is 4K ready (not HDR, yet, though). It incorporates my Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus (no commercials) and Netflix into its Search. I am new to all of them, including Tivo. This whole cutting the cord situation has been a real learning experience for me! Fun and frustrating!

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