Originally Posted by marknyc5
I'm in Astoria, and reception is great on all 21 channels. No PBS (channel 13), though - are they broadcasting in DTV yet? Occasionally I get no signal, and here and there some breakup, but only minimal.
I definitely would have used RCA inputs if they were there, but they're not.
The reason I think this does not have to do with reception or the position of the antenna is that the interference occurred before any stations were scanned for, on the setup menu. Even if I unplug the antenna, the interference remains the same on the menu screens.
So I think that the coaxial cable is acting like an antenna and picking up analog broadcast channel 3, and that's causing the interference. My friend thinks that once analog broadcasting stops in February, this problem will disappear - do others agree?
Would buying a better shielded coax cable make that much of a difference?
......try another coax cable. It doesn't have to be anything costly but try to avoid using an especially thin cable, as the shielding will be inferior. Also, avoid using anything longer than 6 feet.
If this doesn't do the trick, you either have a problem with the TV itself -or-
a defective converter box.Second
......The way to troubleshoot this problem (if changing the cable doesn't do the trick) properly
theories) is to: A) Try a different converter box (perhaps you can borrow one) on the same TV using the same cable you've been using with the Sunkey box -and
- B) Take your box and (if necessary) antenna to another location and connect it to another TV, using the RF input.
You'll need to rule out
the TV and
the converter box to determine whether it's an (unlikely) interference problem.Another option
: Connect another device that has a channel 3 output (such as a VCR) to the RF input on your TV (using the same cable you've been using with the Sunkey box). If this "interference" dissapears, it's a defective converter box.
BTW - WNET-NY is broadcasting on 13.1 (main), 13.2 and 13.3 (subchannels). Your inability to get a signal may be due to a reception issue (it's one of the weaker signals in the area). You can switch to analog to watch WNET or try moving the antenna closer to a window (you may need to extend the coax cable in order to do this). A western facing window would be ideal but you're only within 5 miles of the transmitters (lucky you!).