Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the south-western quadrant of the Greater Krum, TX Metropolitan Area.
73, K5ING (Jeff)
Last edited by K5ING; 06-15-2014 at 08:24 AM.
Biggest problem was some sort of intermittent video "stutter" where a narrow band of the picture would "tile" itself from the top of the screen to the bottom for a fraction of a second. Never saw that before.
Why is the signal for WFAA so troublesome? Is there any simple solution, like getting a better indoor antenna?
I would rather not bother wiring an attic or outdoor antenna just to get ONE troublesome channel, WFAA!
I have a Mohu 50 hooked up to a Sanyo DP24E14 HDTV and I can get all 3 WFAAs just fine. And I live 29 miles NNW of Cedar Hill, under a DFW flight path.
Where do you place your Leaf? When I want WFAA in the green, I place the antenna about 6 feet above the floor (not near a corner), with the cable as straight as possible, and my laptop unplugged (AC adapter is plugged into the same wall I hang my Leaf; my Mohu 50 amp is plugged into my TV's USB, which in turn, is plugged into a surge protector on a different wall). I live in my parent's house, a one-story brick (no aluminum, no stucco).
I was able to watch the Indy 500, some radar on 8-2, and a Live Well show (can't wait for a replacement!) on 8-3, and all was well in terms of getting the tower! Last night, I placed the antenna in that same position, and still all green! (This position is useful for me to "get GetTV" as well!)
Anyway, that's my experience with WFAA on a Mohu 50. Please give us some more specifics (window or no window, etc.) so we can help you! (And if you missed the Spurs winning or some World Cup in English, we apologize. )
Indoor reception of VHF signals has proven to be problematic since the digital transition, usually due the combination of lower transmit powers, elevated indoor noise levels, and inefficient VHF antenna designs.
Thats pretty cool you can pick up WFAA with Mohu. The Mohu is downstairs of a two story brick house, which I am sure is lowering the signal quality. There are no windows on side of wall facing SSW where all the towers are located.
I have tried placing the Mohu about 6 feet high along the South Wall of the room with no luck with WFAA. The best spot I found was on the chimney/fireplace wall which is angled towards SSW, it is 6 feet high off the ground. It gets most the channels and picks up a bad signal of WFAA. I can get bits and piece of WFAA at this location.
I haven't even through about straightening cables or messing around with power. The Mohu amplifier is plugged to the wall outlet through the AC adapter. Do you think these things may fix the Mohu signal?
To thureen: How about moving your antenna around while your TV is on 8-1, 8-2, or 8-3? That's what I've done with my Leaf. Eventually, you'll find a spot, if lucky! Maybe the reason I can get WFAA so well at my sweet spot is because of either a stud or copper wire. My Sanyo is NOT in a living room, and I am a very active person, so I do not mind moving my Mohu every time I want to watch a certain channel. (I mainly watch 8 for college football season and something else once in a blue moon.) Otherwise, much of what I enjoy (all UHF and classic diginets), I place in a low, non-distracting position.
KSFW (Infomercials) on RF2
WFAA (ABC/Weather/LiveWell) on RF8
KFWD (Mundofox) on RF9
Unless you know spanish, WFAA is the only VHF station worth getting.
I picked up a ClearStream 2V a while back, and after some adjustments, I'm able to pick up all the DFW-area channels except for KSFW (VERY low power but nothing important), KGSW (physical channel overlap with KPFW) and the two stations out in Stephenville and Mineral Wells (too far away).
I'm about 35 miles (4th story and LOS) from Cedar Hill, but keep my antenna indoors by a window. I doubt sticking it outside would net me much else.
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Last edited by PlnOTA; 06-19-2014 at 03:27 AM.
The C2V has about the best VHF element and combining system I've seen in an antenna that's small enough (arguably) for indoor usage. Combine it, when appropriate, with a low noise, medium gain indoor amp and it's about as good as you're going to get from a performance standpoint. You can even buy the VHF element and combiner as a separate item now.
Last edited by ProjectSHO89; 06-19-2014 at 04:05 AM.
Specifically, less than a month ago, we used to be able to get KERA in North Garland with an RCA ANT1600R flat indoor amplified antenna. But no more. Before, you could just get KERA with a sweet spot with the antenna lying flat on the TV tray. But nothing now...
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Last edited by See The Light; 06-24-2014 at 01:32 AM.
I suspect you're having a different problem in North Garland. Probably trees. They've been bedeviling me all spring!
Rest assured KERA is still there and on the same channel (RF 14, virtual 13). Their signal should be about the same strength, but you'll have to hunt for a new "sweet spot" and/or try a different antenna.
And yes, KTVT is diplexed with sister KTXA on the candelabra atop Richland South (or whatever it might be called now since American Tower bought them not too long ago). I'm not really certain that KERA has moved yet since a license to cover for the CP cited above hasn't appeared.
...and KHNE did end up on RF-28 rather than 14.
Didn't KERA originally want to stay on RF13 and the FCC nixed that?
There's also the challenge of KAKW, which ended up on RF 13 and could have put KERA in a situation similar to KFWD on RF 9, which often gets swamped by tropo from KCEN. Besides, KERA had to operate on RF 14 until the transition anyway. So despite the high cost of an RF 14 filter, perhaps KERA still made the right choice.
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Also, I heard on the two radio forums (Radio Insight and Radio Discussions) that Escape and Grit will commence operations on August 18th! Check the two Univisions (KUVN and KSTR) to see if any new subs will show up in the coming weeks! (I know MOVIES! began their satellite feed with a preview reel for two weeks before the grand opening.)
Happy 4th of July, everyone!
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