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post #511 of 9442
I couldn't get NBC today either. Perhaps it's down...
post #512 of 9442
Musicman-
I have a cm4228 amd a 7775 preamp- Gary Goodrum is THE expert on the antennas and amps you will need. Just listen to him and follow his advice. I don't think the padre's games can be had OTA. I think it's a Cox Cable deal in San Diego. I'll look into it a little better and get back to you.
I had a Televes 75 and it was a better fit for OTA reception, but to massive for my taste.

Robert
post #513 of 9442
Thanks, Robert. I guess I'll stick with the D* antenna since the station is coming in just fine. I appreciate your help....

Ed
post #514 of 9442
I got NBC today so it must have been yesterday only... but I got captions on it now... wierd..
post #515 of 9442
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Originally posted by musicman40
Thanks, Robert. I guess I'll stick with the D* antenna since the station is coming in just fine. I appreciate your help....

Ed

Which antenna did you get with the D* Setup? Is it the winegard 2000? If so Are you happy with it and if not the 2000 what did you get?
David
post #516 of 9442
Hi guys, I live in Glendora, it's in the East San Gabriel Valles about 15 miles east of Pasadena on the 210. I just wanted to find out what other people's experience has been in this area if any and what type of antennas are recommended for somebody living in the foothills. I live at the foot of a mountain and I don't really think I have a perfect un-obstructed view of Mt. Wilson although Pasadena is only about 15 miles away.

VC
post #517 of 9442
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Originally posted by dlt21
Which antenna did you get with the D* Setup? Is it the winegard 2000? If so Are you happy with it and if not the 2000 what did you get?
David

David, I got the Winegard GS Sensar 1000. The picture is coming in perfect.
post #518 of 9442
Musicman40, thanks for quick reply
David
post #519 of 9442
Since this seems to be the best thread for Southern California OTA antennas, I Just wanted to drop a note that I also have had great drop-out free reception with the Radio Shack 15-1880 "VHF, UHF and HDTV Indoor TV Antenna", which has a built-in amplifier with adjustable gain. This is the current version of the antenna that GGoodrum uses for his HTPC & recommends for indoors.

Prior to this, I had a Silver Sensor with an amplifier, which worked well overall, but I could never get it to work drop-out free on all the L.A. DTV channels without tweaking every day or two. If I fixed it for KABC-DT, then KNBC-DT or KTLA-DT would be out of wack and vice-versa. With the Radio 15-1880 Indoor setup I've been able to get all channels drop-out free simultaneously without any tweaking for over a month now.


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post #520 of 9442
Great, Mark. I'm glad it works well for you. I'm now using another one down in San Diego at a condo we have at Mission Bay. This is multipath hell but I can easily lock onto all of the DTV staions, although since we're in-between some of the transmitters (some are on Mt Palomar and some are farther east...) I do have to move it around sometimes.

One thing I've noticed is that up here, the one I've been using in the loft works much better if the loops are oriented vertically, instead of horizontally, as shown in the picture. Down in SD, however, the horizontal orientation seems to work better.

-- Gary
post #521 of 9442
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Originally posted by mark_la
Since this seems to be the best thread for Southern California OTA antennas, I Just wanted to drop a note that I also have had great drop-out free reception with the Radio Shack 15-1880 "VHF, UHF and HDTV Indoor TV Antenna", which has a built-in amplifier with adjustable gain. This is the current version of the antenna that GGoodrum uses for his HTPC & recommends for indoors.

Prior to this, I had a Silver Sensor with an amplifier, which worked well overall, but I could never get it to work drop-out free on all the L.A. DTV channels without tweaking every day or two. If I fixed it for KABC-DT, then KNBC-DT or KTLA-DT would be out of wack and vice-versa. With the Radio 15-1880 Indoor setup I've been able to get all channels drop-out free simultaneously without any tweaking for over a month now.


That's funny, you had the exact opposite results I had with these two units. I have the Silver Sensor with an amp. and sometimes get drop out, but most of the time it's pretty steady on all of the main local channels I watch (2, 4, 5, 7 & 9). A couple of months ago I decided to try the Radio Shack unit just to see if it worked any better but it was even worse, my %'s went down about 20-30% across the board on all channels I tried placing it in every location I could but I just wasn't getting any reception. I guess it just really depends on your exact location which antenna works best.
post #522 of 9442
Antenna selection is really trial and error, but if you're limited to indoor antennas the Silver Sensor with a good amp and the RS 15-1880 should be your first choices. The Silver Sensor appears to be more directional than the RS, so if multipath is an issue it might work better there.

Even if you can setup an outdoor antenna without HOA common area restrictions, I would still try one of these two first instead of climbing on a ladder, you can always return them if they don't work for you.
post #523 of 9442
As most of you already know, RS has stopped making the 1171 amplifier and I desperately need one. Does anyone here have an extra 1171 that they would be willing to sell? I would be really grateful. Hope to hear from someone soon.

Thanks.

Dennis
post #524 of 9442
Any success stories using an indoor antenna in Laguna Niguel area. I just got my HDTivo and bought a Terk Amplified Indoor (on sale for $20.00 at CC) and it doesn't receive ABC, NBC, or Fox. I get KCBS, KDOC, KCAL KCET marginally. Any suggestions appreciated but would like to avoid an outdoor solution if possible.
post #525 of 9442
try using the zenith silver sensor. i believe some other forum members have been saying that there is a terk knock off. i get just about every channel from sherman oaks.
post #526 of 9442
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Originally posted by Bullitt
Any success stories using an indoor antenna in Laguna Niguel area. I just got my HDTivo and bought a Terk Amplified Indoor (on sale for $20.00 at CC) and it doesn't receive ABC, NBC, or Fox. I get KCBS, KDOC, KCAL KCET marginally. Any suggestions appreciated but would like to avoid an outdoor solution if possible.

I think you are out of luck with indoor antenna. I am getting in LN perfect reception for all locals channels with outdoor combo RS15-2160 and 15-1171. For less than $30 it was the best HD deal I ever made ! (thanks to this AVS forum). The antenna alone gave me good reception except KABC (7.1,7.2,7.3). With amplifier I have those as well in normal/best range.
I remember I tried briefly indoor Zenith antenna with same results as you described.
post #527 of 9442
Wow this threat is still active. I currently have a RS 15-2160 with CM7775 preamp located in my attic. My view of Mount Wilson is blocked by a small hill in Tustin Ranch. My HD reception has been great the past 6 months, with KNBC, KTLA, KABC,KCAL,KTTV as my strongest stations, but for some reason KCBS comes in and out randomly from week to week. One week KCBS would come in perfect, then the next i get no reception. The same thing happens with KCET (channel 59). I know my anntenna location is not too perfect (in attic), but is there anybody who lives near by who is using a diffrent antenna/preamp combination and receiving better results in their attic? Any help is appreciated, thanks!
post #528 of 9442
I'm a noobie to HDTV. Having said that, I found out through hdtvpub.com/local/localarea.cfm, that my reception in my area (Anaheim) has an average of about 55 or so. Surprisingly the highest is upn with 66 and lowest is nbc with 36. Will the Radio Shack 15-1880 antenna do just fine for the most part? Also, I need a tuner to get these channels right? Thanks.
post #529 of 9442
bump for my question...anybody?
post #530 of 9442
I'm in Placentia and use a standard roof antenna. Some stations occasionally have signal problems, although most are great.

If you can put up an outdoor antenna it will do better, but the 15-1880 has a great reputation. Best of all, it's returnable. Buy one and try it!

As for a tuner, yes, of course, a tuner is required to receive any channels. In this case, an ATSC (digital TV) tuner is required.
post #531 of 9442
I Live about 65 miles from the Mount Wilson tower in Oxnard, CA.......
I don't have a clue where Mount Wilson is.....I know 71degrees........
I use a DB8 from Antennas Direct and I have 40 OTA stations including
all the major local networks....the rest Mexican & educational channels.............Between LA and Oxnard there are countless
mountain ranges, trees, houses, and whatever else that could disrupt a
signal...... Amplifier............NO Diplexor.........run coaxial straight to the STB......I get 90+ signal strength.........Voom's the provider.......
post #532 of 9442
Anybody having issues with KTTV the last few days? I'm getting some major break-up. Monday's recording of North Shore was unwatchable. Last nights 8:00-10:00 was the same. I'm using a MyHD MDP-120 as the tuner.

Signal strength is decent, ranging from 25-49, bouncing all over the place last night. Just now I was testing, and strength was 0, then bounced up to 49. Right now it's jumping from 32-49. And just now dropped to 0. It MUST be on their side for it to be bouncing around that much, right?

The antenna is in the attic and came with the condo. I was just up there trying to locate some sort of brand/model number, but all I see is a tag saying made in USA. It's fairly large, and would have to be a VHF/UHF model.

I get excellent strength on 2, 4, & 5, with 7 generally between 35-40. (And only occasional breakup.) KCET varies, consistently at 49 right now, but I've seen it get down to 18 or less and breakup to the point of being unwatchable., (All chanells referring to HD.) Don't get 66 (UPN) at all. (And don't care.)

Would an amp help? I was looking at the Radio Shack site, their current in-line amp would be difficult to connect, because the cable from the antenna is split in the attic, and goes to 2 seperate rooms. You can't have a splitter between the power injector and the amp, though.

I'm in Irvine, Walnut/Jeffrey area. I refuse to pay COX's extortionist prices just to get HD.

Sorry for the ramble, any comments/suggestions welcome.
post #533 of 9442
It appeared that KCOP 13 DT (66-1) was off the air last night. At least it got a 0% on both of my STB. Lately it has been about 65%. Anyone else get this channel last night 9/16/04 at about 10:00 PM? I was wildly fantasizing that it was off the air due to an upgrade to 1080i for the upcoming season of Star Trek Enterprise in HD.

I briefly watched KTTV 11-1 and it came in fine by the way.

Rick R
post #534 of 9442
I'm getting 11-1 at 89 to 91 solid now.
post #535 of 9442
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Originally posted by Markz2k
Monday's recording of North Shore was unwatchable. Last nights 8:00-10:00 was the same.

Actually, every episode of "North Shore" has been unwatchable! LOL!

I'm in Long Beach: FOX and KCAL is the only channels I can get 100% of the time - have not experienced any recent issues with FOX. KNBC is spotty at times, and KABC is impossible to see from my rooftop, for whatever reason. I have also discovered in turning my antenna, I can get EITHER KCET or KNBC clearly, but not both, despite having a multi-directional antenna. Odd.
post #536 of 9442
Found my list of Los Angeles Stations:

KCBS Channel 2
6121 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6423
(323) 460-3000
channel2000.com

KNBC Channel 4
3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91523
(818) 840-4444
(818) 840-3376 fax
nbc4la.com

KTLA WB Channel 5
5800 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028-6607
(323) 460-5500
ktla.com

KABC Channel 7
4151 Prospect Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027-4524
(310) 557-7777
abc7.com

KCAL Channel 9
5515 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(213) 467-5459
(213) 460-6265 fax
kcal9.com

KTTV FOX Channel 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90025-5235
(310) 584-2000
(310) 584-2116 fax
fox11la.com

KCOP UPN Channel 13
915 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
213 851-1000
213 851-4187 fax
upn13.com

KCET PBS
4401 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 666-6500
(213) 666-6067
kcet.org/
post #537 of 9442
Is anyone else experiencing frequent audio dropouts on Fox 11-1? I just got a new Samsung TS360 so perhaps it is a defect in the receiver. However, 11-1 is the only channel that is plagued with these annoying dropouts.
post #538 of 9442
There is a known bug with the Samsung TS-360 and the FOX splicer - they're working on a fix.
post #539 of 9442
How long has this bug been an issue? Is it something recent or has it been around for a while?
post #540 of 9442
Why does KNBC-DT 4-1 Los Angeles, CA forget to flip the HD switch so often? I flipped over to view Joey and once again they broadcast the entire show in SD. I realize the presidential debates were tonight, but KNBC forgets to flip "the switch" a lot more often than CBS or ABC.
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