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post #3961 of 4342
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Originally Posted by sfmartin View Post

Looks as if WOAI is full power this morning. Got a black screen at 8:30 but 100% signal strength. Program on now and 95-100%. Had been getting 80% with my CM4228 which is UHF only but does some good down to ch 9.

I agree, I have them back for the first time since the switch, not as good as KENS but very good.
post #3962 of 4342
WOAI is at full power as of this morning...

Danny Trevino
WOAI-TV Transmitter Engineer
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Originally Posted by txman View Post

WOAI is at full power as of this morning...

Danny Trevino
WOAI-TV Transmitter Engineer

Congratulations!
post #3964 of 4342
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Originally Posted by txman View Post

WOAI is at full power as of this morning...

Danny Trevino
WOAI-TV Transmitter Engineer

Good job, Danny and thanks for all your hard work. Your signal looks solid and strong here at Blanco 5 miles north of 1604.
post #3965 of 4342
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Originally Posted by WA5IYX View Post

That 103.7 translator (K279AB) is listed as 81 watts at 3 miles from me and has been on since late 1993. I'd never really noticed any herringbone effects to KSAT-12 analog video from a 2nd harmonic issue...

I plan to chat with KSAT Engineering on Monday to discuss their latest findings. In a meeting earlier this month the FM interference problem was getting a lot of attention, along with the ridiculous low ERP authorization for DTV12.
post #3966 of 4342
Got this http://www.qsl.net/wa5iyx/images/ktmd-dt-48.1z.jpg not too long before WOAI resumed occupancy of the channel. It had been hanging around for hours at a sub-decode level on the DTT-901.
post #3967 of 4342
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Originally Posted by BarsAntone View Post

Thanks WA5IYX.

Jerry, is there an outage of the TVGOS data? I checked the diagnostics in my TV and noticed that it stopped receiving guide info on July 16. My TV tuner's connected to TWC's cable and I didn't change anything on my end.

BarsAntone,

I can confirm that my TVGOS data is gone as well from TW. I don't use it very often, but before you posted, (a week or so ago) I had restarted the scan for info twice and then again when I saw your post ( a couple of days ago). Checked this am and still no info. This is on an Pioneer TV 5080 Digital coax in. I did not run it on the analog coax in.
post #3968 of 4342
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Originally Posted by COOLRIVER View Post

BarsAntone,

I can confirm that my TVGOS data is gone as well from TW. I don't use it very often, but before you posted, (a week or so ago) I had restarted the scan for info twice and then again when I saw your post ( a couple of days ago). Checked this am and still no info. This is on an Pioneer TV 5080 Digital coax in. I did not run it on the analog coax in.

CoolRiver,

I have the TVGOS feature on my LG HDTV and I noticed it disappeared sometime after the switch to digital TV. It is still missing. The guide comes OTA as I am a DirecTV subscriber. I have rescanned channels a few times since the change, but still no TVGOS.
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One of our friends and a contributor to this Forum wrote me shortly after the DTV "Transition" that his TVGOS returned. Quoting from his email to me,

"...I found a forum (on AVS) on my Sony DVR, with lots of info. Found out that there was a software update that would allow the DVR to receive data from a digital OTA signal. So, I went to the Sony website and loaded the software onto a thumb-drive (18MB worth). After reading the installation procedures for the update (that said the new software would wipe-out the previous version), something told me to fire up the DVR one more time and check the guide. To my surprise, there was current information on the grid, and complete info for the next EIGHT days! I hadn't seen that in 6 months, and it kind of blew me away (and I hadn't even done the upgrade)! I decided to put the thumb-drive away, and just see what would happen for the next few days. So far, it has updated every night, with a solid 8 days of programming viewable..."

I have verified that the KENS transmission does contain TVGOS data, and my colleagues at Time-Warner have also tested and confirmed operation of a TVGOS-capable set at their head end. One of their technicians is investigating the situation for TW.

Is there an upgrade necessary depending on the vintage of your DVR? This is a gray area for me since even though I know how we provide it, and I can verify its presence, I do not know all the tricks, ins and outs of everyone's equipment.
post #3970 of 4342
I'm sure that for me, the TVGOS data retrieval is not an issue with old firmware, but it might be an issue with new firmware. My Sony TV is connected to the Internet all the time, via a BIVL (Bravia Internet Video Link). The BIVL box phones home daily over a wired Internet connection to Sony and downloads any new firmware it finds. (I wish it would just download the guide data, too. )
post #3971 of 4342
Stumbled across KBNB-DL-10 this afternoon http://www.qsl.net/wa5iyx/images/kbnb-dl-10.1z.jpg (300 watts at 5 miles, 110 deg). They had initial low audio, soon fixed. But, they do need to work on that program guide! Their 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4 are color bars.
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Any idea what the programming source is for KBNB-LD?

- Trip
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Lower right often has super "Life TV 10". Programming Hispanic religious. They've run a Spanish-dubbed version of the Ten Commandments with the voice of Moses hardly close to the booming Charlton Heston. Some programs might be local productions as they have this area code (210) on them - unless it's added post production to fit market(s).

As of late Wed, and continuing today so far, their 10.1 is just a raster while the other subs have full-screen CBars. As KBNB-LP-10 they always seemed to have (or be on the verge of) a technical glitch. Their EPG still has that CBS net sked displaying on it.
post #3974 of 4342
All,

I live in Silver Oaks, between Culebra and Galm/Shaenfield, outside of 1604. I'm in a one story home with several two-story homes next to and across the street from me. I just tested a ClearStream 2 Long Range HDTV Indoor/Outdoor antenna and was able to get up to 23 channels just holding to antenna above my head in the living room (front of the house). I was able to receive NBC (4.1 & 4.2), CBS (5.1 - 5.3), FOX (29.1), CW (35.1) ION (26.1), Univision and some local channels (2, 23, 17, 53, 60) but no ABC or PBS. I am planning to place the antenna in the attic, but I have a DirecTV dish, so I could use the dish's post if reception would increase. I have checked the TVFool website and I can get all the locals with this style of antenna.

I have a few questions for the local OTA guys:

Does anyone who posts here live in my area, and do you get ABC or PBS with this or different setup?
Will mounting the antenna in the attic or outside help get these missing channels?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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I am having wierd problems with cable reception. Wanted to see if anyone else might have experienced the same.

All is well throughout the day but in the evening between 8pm and bedtime there is loss of signal. It starts out to be just a little pixelation then 1-2 seconds of frozen screen. The last couple of nights during evening (10pm) news it has been unwatchable. I switch to my OTA antenna and it is fine. The next morning all is well.

I guess it is getting so cold at night it is affecting the cable lines.
post #3976 of 4342
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Originally Posted by GMichalak View Post

I just tested a ClearStream 2 Long Range HDTV Indoor/Outdoor antenna and was able to get up to 23 channels just holding to antenna above my head in the living room (front of the house). I was able to receive NBC (4.1 & 4.2), CBS (5.1 - 5.3), FOX (29.1), CW (35.1) ION (26.1), Univision and some local channels (2, 23, 17, 53, 60) but no ABC or PBS.

That model of antenna is a UHF antenna. The ABC and PBS stations' signals are VHF. If this antenna isn't working, you'll need an antenna for both VHF and UHF to receive those signals.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by macbillybob View Post

I am having wierd problems with cable reception. Wanted to see if anyone else might have experienced the same.

All is well throughout the day but in the evening between 8pm and bedtime there is loss of signal. It starts out to be just a little pixelation then 1-2 seconds of frozen screen. The last couple of nights during evening (10pm) news it has been unwatchable. I switch to my OTA antenna and it is fine. The next morning all is well.

I guess it is getting so cold at night it is affecting the cable lines.

I've had some friends with a similar problem. The solution was having the cable company replace most or all of the cables and junctions in the house. It's a temperature sensitive problem that typically occurs in the afternoon and is OK in the morning. Call your cable company.
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I've been noticing similar issues. And it seems to only be on the HD channels and gets worse as the evening goes along. I've primarily noticed it on KSAT channel 112. I haven't called TWC yet about it, because all they will want to do is give me a new box and I've got recorded programs on my DVR.

I had other problems a few weeks ago where certain HD channels would be a black screen and say " THIS CHANNEL IS UNAVAILABLE, PLEASE TRY AGAIN LATER" It would seem to happen on groups of HD channels on both of my boxes at the same time. Five minutes later they would work or it was another group of channels. I asked TWC if it was related to Switched Digital Video they recently changed to, because otherwise I had no reception problems/pixelation. I was told no and they relaid the cable from their pedestal to my house with RG-11. Didn't solve the problem. I haven't encoutered that problem as much lately. Now however, I am getting the pixelation problems like macbillybob described. Good thing I just noticed Uverse is coming to my neighborhood...
post #3979 of 4342
I have TWC coming this afternoon. I can't see where it would be temp sensitive since it is at its worst at 10-10:30pm. It is not just the HD stations. I have the same problem on all TVs even the ones without a box. I only have one box, a DVR. At first I thought it was the DVR but then checked other sets and found that they all had the same problem.

the problem didn't start last night until after 9pm. sometimes it is earlier.

I also can't believe it is the in house cable since all of mine is new and one of the tvs is within 20 ft of the exterior drop from TWC.

We will see what they say this afternoon and I will update it here. I am not optomistic since there is no problem during the day.
post #3980 of 4342
The TWC guy came just as I was finishing the previous post. He checked the signal in the house and it is clear and strong. Like I said there is no problem during the day.

He said there had been other similar complaints. Problem nobody at TWC works at 10pm. He was going to investigate.

I guess it could be heat related. Maybe the cool off at night affects some connectors or something. It seems to only be a problem after sundown.

I wonder at what time everything returns to normal????
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I heard from a TWC employee that it happens at night because that's when most people watch TV, browse the internet etc... and that it's a bandwidth problem, not temperature. Also, they were thinking about installing useage meters on their customer routers etc...and may start "capping" useage, whatever that means.
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The topic of cable pixelation is popping up on several other local forums. Something IS going on.
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TXMAN,

The bandwidth issue makes sense. Wonder what my internet speed is during these problem times? Think I will check that if it happens again tonight.
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Anyone form San Antonio area attending the CEDIA Trade Show in Atlanta, GA September 10-13?
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Any suggestions for a model that covers over thirty miles (I think the towers are about 32 to 35 miles from my house). The TERK models at Best Buy (HDTVA) were half new and half open box (ie returns) open box and the HDTVO model is not available locally yet (probably a better option). I am hesitant to go through Amazon, since I hate having to return items and prefer locally-available goods.

I have just found a company called Winegard with several attractive options (with direct buy pricing) so these may work as well.

Thanks for the help!!
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Thread Starter 
Check out these people. I've bought a few things from them with no problems.

http://www.solidsignal.com/antennas/
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I am also fond of Solid Signal; they have always treated me well. Two outdoor combo antennas that should work well for GMichalak are the Channel Master CM-2016 or CM-3016. I have seen several of both models and they work well for all channels, DTV2 through DTV48.

Given the Silver Oaks address, the CM-3016 might be a better choice because of the distance. If you plan to drive several TV receivers/DVR's/converterboxes with this antenna, I recommend an amplified splitter, such as the CM-3414.

The antennas and splitter are available through http://www.SolidSignal.com and other on-line retailers.
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I have had good experiences as well, even with a returned antenna.
post #3989 of 4342
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Originally Posted by GMichalak View Post

Any suggestions for a model that covers over thirty miles (I think the towers are about 32 to 35 miles from my house). The TERK models at Best Buy (HDTVA) were half new and half open box (ie returns) open box and the HDTVO model is not available locally yet (probably a better option). I am hesitant to go through Amazon, since I hate having to return items and prefer locally-available goods.

I have just found a company called Winegard with several attractive options (with direct buy pricing) so these may work as well.

Thanks for the help!!

I bought a Radio Shack 85" at the Bandera and 1604 store and I get all the channels except the CW channel on 2.1. ABC and PBS 100 percent. I have 6 tunners hooked to it.
post #3990 of 4342
Yesterday my son and I R&R'd outdoor coax cables w/RG6 quad shielded cables w/Thomas and Betts (purple (all weather) RG6 quad connectors. A single splice w/one coax-in and one coax-out (no splitter) using a female connector was found on the old cable. Of course we re-aligned the OTA antenna as well and here are the signal strengths for;

DTA800 (before) - (4)67/69, (5)37/39, (12)11/12, (29)33/34, (35)69/70

DTA800 (after) - (4)67/68, (5)50/52, (12)14, (29)32/34, (35)68/71

Pioneer 5010 plasma - (4)42/46, (5)34/38, (12)NS*, (29)38/42, (35)73/76

*NS = no signal, no PBS9 channel on either tuner. It's also curious that the TV tuner has a stronger signal strength on 29/35 than the D/A converter??

I noticed on the TRUSPEC TA-25 amplifier (in the living room) that there's a FM TRAP IN/OUT switch. What is the proper setting and what does this switch do? It's currently set to IN.

As you can see the one and only channel that improved significantly was KENS5! Dunno why, don't care! but I can get all channels on the converter box, and all but KSAT12 on the TV tuner. I understand 12 is having ongoing issues (VHF, power level etc.) and suspect it'll be resolved sometime in the future.
With football season around the corner, and having PIP on the TV, channels 5 and 29 are very much a part of the PIP picture! Jerry, thanks for all your help, ANTSONE you too. Please tell me what ya think of the signal strength results after upgrading the exterior cables...GO GIANTS!
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