Originally Posted by akoerber
Thanks so much for your reply! My antenna says it covers all UHF and VHF channels. We're getting channels 9 (ABC), 27 (PBS out of somewhere else, not Tucson), 40 (Telemundo) and 58 (the CW). We're not getting channels 4 (NBC), 11 (Fox) and 13 (CBS). I'm reading online that our particular neighborhood, at Orange Grove & La Cholla, is in the shadow of the Catalina Mountains and is thus a digital dead zone for these channels, which are broadcast from Mt. Bigelow -- see this article from 2009 for specifics. http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2009/01/18/3922604.htm
The FCC website also says that for our specific address, those four are the only ones we're going to get, and it lists 9 channels that it says are "no signal" for our address, which include the ones above we're not getting.
What I'm trying to figure out is whether this is still true, or whether the Tucson stations have installed the repeaters that would allow these signals to come through to our neighborhood....
What you should be getting is NBC KVOA 4.x repeater on RF channel 4 from Tumamoc Hill (next to "A" mountain); CBS KOLD 13.x repeater on RF channel 13 from the Tucson Mtns. (southwest of you); ABC KGUN 9.x repeater on RF channel 16 from Tumamoc Hill; PBS KUAS 27.x on RF 28 from Tumamoc Hill (yes, it is a Tucson station, giving you a KUAT 6.1 simulcast on 27.1, PBS Kids on 27.2 and World on 27.3; Telemundo KHRR 40.x on RF channel 40 from the Tucson Mtns., and KWBA 58.x on RF channel 44 from the Santa Rita Mtns. to the southeast. In addition to those digital channels, you should also be getting three analog channels still - Daystar KPCE-LP on channel 29, Univision KUVE-CA on channel 38, and Unimas KFTU repeater on channel 48.
You're not getting accurate information from the FCC website, as it doesn't take into account the repeaters designed specifically for those areas shadowed from Mt. Bigelow. Nor does the tmcnet article you linked have accurate information - and that one is outdated to boot.
The VHF channels are your problem. If you're using an indoor antenna, you'll need to have it near a south-facing window with the rabbit ears fully extended parallel to the floor to even have a chance at receiving KVOA. And that may not be enough, as I find it extremely tricky when I check the signal at Stone & Grant. On the other hand, KOLD's repeater on RF channel 13 requires the rabbit ears to barely be extended at all. And again, I have trouble receiving it. In any case, since both are low-power signals, you may not have a prayer with an indoor antenna. However, veedon is correct: your HOA cannot forbid you to install an outdoor antenna, just so long as it's reasonable height (12' above roof line seems to be the limit - most antennas don't go that high). Look up the FCC's Over The Air Reception Devices rule (OTARD) - http://www.fcc.gov/guides/over-air-reception-devices-rule
- to confirm what we're telling you.