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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I still do not get all OTA HD & SD channels to map using PSIP on my RCA DTC-100 STB.

KING (analog ch. 5, digital channel 48.1) has never mapped, while all others have mapped in the past from their digital UHF channel to their NTSC analog channel.

So, KOMO (4/38), KIRO (7/39), KCTS (9/41), KCPQ (13/18), KTWB (22/25) have all mapped at times.

Recently, the mapping for KCTS (9/41) went away (at least on my STB). I reset all the OTA channels (DTC-100 owners know the routine: OTA Guide Off, unplug antenna, scan channels to clear, OTA Guide On, manually re-enter digital channels). Usually, the manual re-entry of each digital channel will automatically map it to its analog counterpart. This time, neither KING nor KCTS worked.

The reason I reset things was because I could no longer tune in KCTS on channels 9.1 (SD) and 9.2 (HD).

Anyone else having this problem? Has anyone contacted the TV stations with this problem? Did something intentionally change at KCTS recently? Is KING even trying to make this work?

Any info would be appreciated.
post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
I guess no one else is having these problems?
post #3 of 10
Dave,

I do not have a DTC100 but I can mention that I have had no problems whatsoever with KING-DT. It remaps for me on channel 5-1 on my Zenith DTV1080 and I have never lost it since day one. Do you receive KING digital with reasonable strength ?

The problem I have in my PSIP guide is the WB-DT channel information. The guide information shows up on channel 22-1, but the actual signal/programs are viewed on 25-3. Wierd huh ...

Darryl
post #4 of 10
Am I crazy or did I notice KCTSDT and KCTSDT-HD swap places? HD used to be on 9-2 now it's on 9-1. BTW it was a few days ago last I checked on my DST3000.
post #5 of 10
Channel remapping just screws me up. ("it's channel 4 or- but wait, it's really channel 36! WTF?") I've disabled off air guides/PSIP for as long as I can remember.

They can't change their actual UHF broadcast channel (at least not very easily), so after a while you could just memorize the actual DTV channel numbers and disable their analog equivalent off the viewing profile..

Here in L.A. I've got it down pat: KTLA=31 NBC=36 KCAL=43 ABC=53 PBS=59 CBS=60 FOX=65 KCOP=66 ....
post #6 of 10
Im using the same DTC100 down in the Bay area and have only managed to nail 3 HD channels. Interesting about your sequence of disconnecting antenna.. WHY? I spoke to a local rep at KPIX/CBS aff. here and was familar w/DTC100. His sugestion,albeit a time consuming one. was to ALWAYS go to the FULL SCAN and try moving the antenna every so slightly, marking the spot and RESCANNING each time. Not to difficult to do if you have a rotor, as I do. HE said you cant just key in the station and then rotate. That RARELY works on those difficult stations. He also said a preamp MIGHT help. I think it will in my case. Im ordering the CM7775 to go with my CM4228. Good luck!
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Actually, I can receive all of the local digital channels okay with a small UHF yagi on my roof top ($20 from Radio Shack). My issue is with the PSIP mapping to original analog channels. When I reset things, KCTS came back, but I discovered they had temporarily moved their HDTV sub channel from 41.2 to 41.5 for some reason. They have since moved it back.

For KING (analog 5, digital 48) I have NEVER seen it map from 48 to 5, so something they are doing is different from all of our other local stations which ALL map okay, including KTWB digital 25 mapping back to 22.

I realize the DTC-100 is an aging old dog, but it seeme like it works for most. BTW, I don't get any OTA program guide info, just station call signs and channel mappings.

Thanks for the replies folks!
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by darmad2002
Dave,

I do not have a DTC100 but I can mention that I have had no problems whatsoever with KING-DT. It remaps for me on channel 5-1 on my Zenith DTV1080 and I have never lost it since day one. Do you receive KING digital with reasonable strength ?

The problem I have in my PSIP guide is the WB-DT channel information. The guide information shows up on channel 22-1, but the actual signal/programs are viewed on 25-3. Wierd huh ...

Darryl
Darryl,

Does your KTWB guide information come OTA or from DirecTV via satellite? I have heard that some of the newer HD STBs (like perhaps your Zenith) can comingle OTA and satellite channels, but I don't know the full story. There is no way on the DTC-100 to pull guide info from the satellite and apply it to an OTA channel. It would be nice if we could. Instead, we switch to the satellite input to check the guide and then switch back to the antenna input to watch the digital OTA signals.
post #9 of 10
Dave,

I really don't know how my Zenith STB receives its channel guide info. I do have a DirecTv hookup and I also have OTA. The one enhancement that would be nice on the Zenith would be to include program info for my cable channels. Right now the guide says "Regular Programming" (or something like that) for all my cable channels. I like how my ReplayTV has channel guide infomation for Sat and Cable channels.

Darryl
post #10 of 10
I am using Samsung SIR-T150 and Winegard MetroStar 2000 antenna indoors. I'm in north end near Lake City. I get all channels most of the time. I have noticed some strange things with 9-1 & 9-2 recently as well. But I have never had trouble with CH5 not mapping. My signal strength is about 50% on the cheezy meter provided by T150. I lose lock below 25%. The winegard is "omnidirectional" but not really. I just has a broader range. I have to rotate it to a particular spot to get all channels to come in. I plan to go rooftop soon. B.T.W. - KONG is on the air as of 7:30 PM 4/24.
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