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post #7531 of 7558 Old 11-08-2014, 09:13 PM
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Well, I did say 7696

Actually, given all the green in the TVFool report I ran for his zip, even a 7694 would probably work for him; but I didn't want to take a chance on recommending a potentially under-performing antenna.
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The 7696 is almost 10 ft boom length so that wouldn't fit in the same attic location. 7694 was a nice practical sized TV antenna similar to what was already up there. Just didn't have the UHF performance of the old similarly sized AntennaCraft. The LPs like K31GL became unwatchable. I was surprised at the difference. I think Bob Nelson concluded the same thing.

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i tried posting the link....it said no....LOL

My zip is 76179....and like I said, its amazon and I just got it this week so I could return it pretty easily.....or if i can get something to add on, that would work as well,,,,appreciate the help.
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Here's an approximate tvfool.com report for that zip code:
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...d2431776328478

Looks like you're roughly 30 miles from the towers. Not too bad. I'm the same distance but a different direction.

Possible VHF-only antennas (if you keep the one you have): Winegard YA-1713; AntennaCraft Y10-7-13

Possible UHF/VHF antennas (if you send yours back): AntennaCraft HBU-33 (mentioned above); Winegard 7696; Channel Master 2018; Channel Master 4228HD.
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The 7696 is almost 10 ft boom length so that wouldn't fit in the same attic location.
The Winegard 7696 and (I think) CM 2018 are rather big antennas; if you're putting the antenna in your attic or have limited room for any reason, you may want to avoid them and go with the HBU-33 or CM 4228HD instead.
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I'm about 25 miles from the main towers, at an elevation of about 625 ft above sea level, have lots of ground clutter to get through from NW corner of Dallas to Cedar Hill. With the antenna in the attic using the signal indicator in the DTVPal DVR, am getting 98-100 on VHF Ch 8, and UHF stations 100 on Ch 4, 95 on Ch 5, 98-100 on 13, low power station K31GL 70-75. (Subtract about 10 to 15 from those numbers for the similarly sized Winegard I tried.)

The attic placement and using a small enough antenna boom length allowed me to move it around laterally, which I found is very critical. A foot one side or the other, or a slightly different angle made the difference. Can't do that without making more holes in the roof with the outside antenna (and risking falling off!)
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The 7696 is almost 10 ft boom length so that wouldn't fit in the same attic location. 7694 was a nice practical sized TV antenna similar to what was already up there. Just didn't have the UHF performance of the old similarly sized AntennaCraft. The LPs like K31GL became unwatchable. I was surprised at the difference. I think Bob Nelson concluded the same thing.
Since my name came up, this gives me a chance to mention that my HDHR just died. As a result, the live scans at the URL below have to come to an end until I get a new one:


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Possible 8-3 replacement? Gannett is referenced in this article:

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/8...nching-Diginet

Not too stoked about the programming, just something to watch out for.

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Possible 8-3 replacement? Gannett is referenced in this article:

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/8...nching-Diginet

Not too stoked about the programming, just something to watch out for.

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Well, better than Live Well in my opinion. Wonder if WFAA will still pre-empt programming in favor of local events (graduations) and additional football games.

Had some great tropho this morning. Was picking up Waco's KXXV for at least 3 hours!
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Anybody watch Telemundo (KXTX 39-1)? According to rdvegas in the Las Vegas forum, the Exitos TV network (39-2) has become more of a "COZI En Espanol" type of channel. My TitanTV app shows classic NBCUni titles such as A-Team, Xena, the Conan movies, etc. dubbed in Spanish. I know A-Team in English is free on computer Hulu, but still nice to have yet another retro network, even if it's not in my mother tongue. (Also means KXTX has a classic TV presence once again!)

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Xena? I loved that show back in the 90's!

Telemundo often has English subtitles on CC3; too bad I don't see CC3 available on Exitos. If they were there, maybe I could pick up some Spanish while watching the reruns.

Incidentally, KXTX's PSIP is screwed up. (This has really become a pattern.) Xena is on right now but the guide shows Gitanas.

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I guess this is the week for PSIP issues. It looks like channels 23.3 and 49.2 are having them too. Everything reads "Regularly Scheduled Programming" (which is especially stupid for 49.2 since it's a movie channel with no "regularly scheduled" programs).
Make it the month for PSIP issues? 49.2 & 49.3 were OK last night, but 23.3 was "Regularly Scheduled Programming" again. So was 23.1 (Univision) except for the first few listings, which were OK. Makes me wonder if they're entering them manually

Edit: Here's what some of our local stations seem to be sending at the moment:
Fox 4: 48 hrs
NBC 5: 48 hrs
ABC 8: 12 hrs
CBS 11: 24 hrs
PBS 13: 72 hrs
KTXA/21: 12 hrs
KUVN/23: 3 hrs (they are complying with the letter, but not the spirit, of the FCC regulation requiring 12 hours by simply filling up the remainder with "Regularly Scheduled Programming" as noted above)
CW 33: 12 hrs (I'm guessing the guide's length took a big hit to address the cross-ups some of us were seeing between 33.2 and 33.3)

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A couple of changes on the way to DFW low-power stations:

26.4, formerly one of several Hot TV affiliates, appears to be switching to "Rev'n" (http://revntv.com), which describes itself as "a new broadcast television channel dedicated to all things revving."

31.2, another ex-Hot TV affiliate, has switched to color bars.

Edit: Well, it was color bars last night, but they have Hot TV back on 31.2 tonight.

Hot TV remains on 31.3, 22 analog, and possibly 50.4 (I can't get channel 50 at the moment to check).

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Yep 50.4 currently same as 31.3, Hot TV. 68-70 on both signal-wise.

"Rev'n"? A channel dedcated to revving engines?
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Probably vehicles containing them; i.e., sports cars and the like. There's a trailer at their web page.

Just hope this isn't another in a long line of failed digi-nets. Remember Punch TV? Me neither.
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Here's a news release about Rev'n: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/11/prweb12296953.htm
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I was channel surfing after the late NFL game today and noticed that Daystar's KDTN 2-1 is now broadcasting in 1080i HD. How long ago did they change this? I know that station was 480i 4x3 for as long as I can remember.

Even Trip has those stats updated at the RabbitEars page.

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Interesting. DFW has a ton of religious OTA stations, but it looks like Daystar is the first one to broadcast in HD.
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The date and time: December 1, 2014, 1:30 A.M. CST.

Watching Backdraft on COZI TV (have not seen that movie in years; I even remember when the mother network [NBC] had that on all the time in the 90s).

BAM! The transmitters for KXAS RF-41 and KXTX RF-40 go off, thus resulting in a blue screen. Maintenance, perhaps? I found nothing on the NBC DFW website. All other channels still have their transmitters up and running, last I checked at 1:35 A.M.

Well, guess I'll be going to bed. But still kinda cool to see my TV go out for maintenance, even if it's just a single station.

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Well, after exactly 37 months on the 8-3 slot, Live Well is no more (at least here; the other remaining affiliates [such as the ABC O&O in Houston] will drop LW by next month). For now, there's a weather radar in 4x3 letterbox with NOAA audio. Expect the new Justice Network to set up shop here, as all Gannett stations will air this crime-fighting diginet starting in January.

What prompted me to post: a Live Well fan from Cleburne, who expressed her displeasure on Live Well's Facebook page. I just wanted to see the "after" result for myself!

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8-3 seems to be airing an infomercial now. Guess they're still tinkering with the feed. Wonder if WFAA (being Gannett's biggest station and all) will be running a test/preview of the new network this month.
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It's an infomercial for the NuWave Oven, which is what Live Well had scheduled for this time. So it looks like Live Well is back on temporarily.

Edit: Spoke too soon. It's back to the weather map now. I guess Live Well's infomercials will continue until the new network starts, but their regular programming is gone.

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I really wish they would keep the radar map on there 24/7 (or at least put it up when there is activity on it).

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the south-western quadrant of the Greater Krum, TX  Metropolitan Area. 

 

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You'd think a weather map is low enough bandwidth to keep it up alongside whatever other subchannels a station decides to put on the air.
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"REV'N" seems to have some aspect ratio issue. I have to set the display mode to wide for it to be correct, not squeezed.
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Confirmed: 26.4 is flagged 4:3, but is actually 16:9.

Worse, the show on now is 4:3, pillar-boxed to fit the 16:9 aspect ratio it's supposed to be. So if you don't stretch it you get double-wide pillars and a squeezed 4:3 picture inside
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Confirmed: 26.4 is flagged 4:3, but is actually 16:9... if you don't stretch it you get double-wide pillars and a squeezed 4:3 picture inside
Even worse is trying to watch it on an older 4:3 CRT TV I have in the bedroom. No picture mode will remove the black side pillars.
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Seems Live Well is back on 8.3
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Watching a little 26.4 "REV'N". Program called "World of Speed and Beauty". Seemed a little dated looking. Copyright 1991 at the end. More like Classic Speedvision reruns so far. Be nice if they'd get their aspect ratio right too.
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"REV'N" seems to have some aspect ratio issue. I have to set the display mode to wide for it to be correct, not squeezed.
A couple of LDs in the Houston and surrounding area are like that
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Seems Live Well is back on 8.3
Give it time...Disney is taking it off soon enough
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