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Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-20-2014, 09:45 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
My other Homeworx is in Stroud, where it can...

My other Homeworx is in Stroud, where it can record Tulsa's Retro affiliate. No problems with that one, so it's clearly the local affiliate, not Retro in general.

Here in DFW, Retro is on one of...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-20-2014, 03:48 PM
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Views: 134,943
Posted By JHBrandt
One of my DTVPals died last week, so I've been...

One of my DTVPals died last week, so I've been using the Homeworx more heavily while I try to procure another. I only use it as a backup in case I screw up recording on my PC; still, it's been an...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-19-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
A translator for WABC might explain the OP seeing...

A translator for WABC might explain the OP seeing it on RF 26. If rabbitears.info has current info, there are two NYC-area stations on that frequency: WYXN-LD, a puny 600-watt station, supposedly has...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-18-2014, 02:57 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
:confused: KABC is in Los Angeles, not NYC...

:confused: KABC is in Los Angeles, not NYC :confused: WABC is in NYC. (Interestingly, both stations are on channel 7.)

I'm making a lot of guesses here: first, I'm guessing you're using an...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-18-2014, 08:24 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
It's been reported that some iView/HDD...

It's been reported that some iView/HDD combinations produce a lot of RF interference. Usually it messes up the recording itself, but I can believe it messing up live viewing too, especially if the...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-16-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
No problem. I use a USB-powered 2.0 hub; to make...

No problem. I use a USB-powered 2.0 hub; to make sure it worked I tried it with both a USB-powered 3.0 HDD and an externally-powered USB 2.0 HDD. IIRC if both were plugged in, it labeled one 'C' and...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-16-2014, 10:30 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
That sounds like a good idea. It'd save me a lot...

That sounds like a good idea. It'd save me a lot of work.
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-16-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 18,363
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Posted By JHBrandt
No, I didn't try swapping PS boards. I just...

No, I didn't try swapping PS boards. I just wanted to get to a satisfactory solution as quickly as possible. I didn't even have to open up the good Pal because its HDD is external.

(Although...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-16-2014, 06:41 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
One of my two Pals died last night. There was no...

One of my two Pals died last night. There was no warning. It had been working perfectly; now it usually won't even boot.

If I unplug it and plug it in repeatedly, it will occasionally boot. I...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-16-2014, 06:12 AM
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Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
Another possible cause of the problem is that...

Another possible cause of the problem is that you're recording one of the stations that just seems to flummox the iView. Ion affiliates are particularly bad about this, but I've seen it on others as...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-15-2014, 12:10 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
SMB: Server Message Block, the standard method of...

SMB: Server Message Block, the standard method of accessing mass storage such as HDDs over a network, supported by all modern PC OSes and several other devices. Sounds like the TabloTV streams via...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-12-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
How 'bout a powered USB enclosure? I like the...

How 'bout a powered USB enclosure? I like the NexStar CX, which has both USB and eSATA ports, for the iView and a PC. Mine's a 3.5" model but they make 2.5" models too.

Then you can use a...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-12-2014, 02:04 PM
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Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
The link for the 3500STBII manual is ...

The link for the 3500STBII manual is

http://www.iviewus.com/download/manual/3500STBIImanual.pdf

I doubt there are any significant differences though.
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-11-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
I wasn't aware you could scan both air and cable...

I wasn't aware you could scan both air and cable at once. In theory, you press Menu, move right to the Channel Search page, press OK, move to the Signal Type, select Cable, then move up to Auto...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-11-2014, 07:07 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
KJRH/2 is actually on RF 8; KTUL/8 is actually on...

KJRH/2 is actually on RF 8; KTUL/8 is actually on RF 10, and KOED/11 really is on RF 11. All other Tulsa-area channels are on UHF.

So for VHF, he needs 180-204 MHz. The average wavelength works...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-11-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
Sounds like the attic is your last resort then. ...

Sounds like the attic is your last resort then.

If you can't get good enough reception with an indoor antenna, Terk used to make an antenna that clipped onto a satellite dish. Looked kind of like...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-11-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 18,363
Views: 2,117,796
Posted By JHBrandt
This may be a bit harder than I thought. I forgot...

This may be a bit harder than I thought. I forgot the whole tuner assembly was shielded (in that silvery box you mentioned).

If you were to take the cover off the silvery box, you'd see the other...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-11-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 18,363
Views: 2,117,796
Posted By JHBrandt
It's possible the RF input cable was damaged when...

It's possible the RF input cable was damaged when you disconnected or reconnected it. Assuming you've checked that already, if the "unable to detect a signal" problem occurred after replacing a HDD,...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-11-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
The demod chip did change in the models with the...

The demod chip did change in the models with the channel 3/4 switch, but it's unlikely that change would affect only VHF. The tuner in the iView and its clones has always been a bit weak, but I can...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-11-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
Don't know about the Technicolor, but you can...

Don't know about the Technicolor, but you can download the correct firmware for your iView version from this post...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-10-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,494
Posted By JHBrandt
I finally got into their website...

I finally got into their website (https://www.airbox.com). It's geofenced, but when I access it from work, it thinks I'm in Houston for some reason and lets me in to look ;)

Looks like they've...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-10-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
Yes; if you do have a compatible DirecTV DVR, the...

Yes; if you do have a compatible DirecTV DVR, the AM21 is a great bargain. OTA reception via your antenna, so you won't lose your OTA channels even when storm clouds knock the satellite out; one...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-10-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
Yes, iView's early firmware was terrible! In...

Yes, iView's early firmware was terrible! In fact, I originally went with the Homeworx because they were the first with reasonably reliable firmware (V10 IIRC). But now I'm doing the opposite as you:...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-10-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
But I think that's the point. Yes, the AM21 is a...

But I think that's the point. Yes, the AM21 is a great add-on if you have a compatible DirecTV box. (Their one drawback is that they can only tune the stations in the guide, so you might miss the few...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   09-10-2014, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3,681
Views: 253,427
Posted By JHBrandt
I have several CECBs (a legacy of the transition...

I have several CECBs (a legacy of the transition era), including not only the Philco (yes, Philco, Magnavox, and Sylvania are all identical Funais on the inside - I bought the Philco only because it...
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