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post #931 of 1416
I think it changed at halftime. Now watching it in the 3rd qtr, it's DEFINITELY coming in HD. Looks fantastic as I'm watching my first sporting event on my new TV (52" LCD Samsung).

GT
post #932 of 1416
Yeah I see it now. Wonder what happened? It's all good now. Hope Driver is ok I just drafted him.
post #933 of 1416
Does anyone know why they keep giving us the perception that they are on the brink of turning on HD. I think if one was to read back through this post we'd find that they have been close to going full power in HD for the better parts of 3 months or longer.

Are they having trouble with financing or are they just not very well organized. I hope they figure it out soon because some of us would like to watch the Huskers and Boston Legal in HD.
post #934 of 1416
Is anybody else notice a loss of KPTH signal strength? I have a mid-80's to 90's on both ktiv and kmeg, but a really low signal on fox. From me readings they are on the same tower, and that my antenna should be adjusted right. Is KPTH full strength?

Thanks,
Ben
post #935 of 1416
My KPTH is coming in close to full strength. Watching the baseball game now. Fox has the best HD picture!
post #936 of 1416
So I've officially decided to give up on the rabbit ears. They only cost $15 and have done a fantastic job for the price, but I'm tired of screwing with them off and on.

So I went to Pflanz to see what they could do for me. They barely gave me the time of day, seeing I wasn't looking at any of their garbage TV's. The salesman mentioned that they had a CM but not a 4228 or 4221 and he really didn't encourage me to purchase it. And reluctantly admitted that someone there MIGHT be willing to install it for me, for $55 an hour and it could take 4-5 hours (I'm not kidding). He eHe just wasn't enthused about this whole antenna saga I'm dealing with here, ha. So screw them. When I have poor customer service, I'm done with them, no matter if someone else might have done a better job.

BUT, he did make a side comment about Wintronics being strong in the antenna category. Have any of you dealt with them before? I drove over there but they are closed on weekends. I'm holding out hope that they can help me out. I want a quality antenna, whether it be a CM or not, that will give me quality digital picture for the locals (yes, even a weak 9 wich I get in inconsistently on my upstairs TV) and an antenna that will allow me to pick up Sioux Falls and maybe even Omaha on occasion.....and it would have to be installed because I honestly have no talent for this sort of thing, ha.

Anyways, just venting due to the poor customer service at Pflanz and getting frustrated that I simply can't get this saga taken care of swiftly, ha. Thanks for your time.

P.S. KCAU-TV has always been "cheapskate" and continuing to prove it by not getting up to full power like the "real" stations in town, sigh.

GT in M'Side
post #937 of 1416
GT try Radioshack. I got my antenna from them and it works great. No dropouts with perfect picture. I live right off of Glenn and Newton.
post #938 of 1416
What is it, about how much and will they install?

GT
post #939 of 1416
The hills and valleys down there in Sioux City must really screw up reception, as I can pull in the 3 full power HD stations from Sioux City, as well as the 3 full power HD stations from Sioux Falls with rabbit ears in my basement. I do get an occasional blip here or there, but nothing I can't deal with.
post #940 of 1416
It's the VU-90 XR and it goes for around $55.00. I don't think they do installs. I installed it in my attic in which I fed it to the current coax that runs throughout the house. I don't know your setup but it was quite simple to do. I had D* installed last weekend and he ran new rg6 cable to all of my recievers. OTA and Satellite have to be fed separately. I'm really happy with my OTA and D*. I'm anxious for the new HD's to light up and KCAU to produce HD OTA. Hope this helps.
post #941 of 1416
Just got this reply from the engineer down at KCAU.

Thanks for your email. Yes weather and equipment delays have kept us from going full power until Thursday or Friday of this week, barring any unforeseen problems. We should be testing our equipment on Thursday and ready to go by Friday 8/31 in time for the Nevada/Nebraska game at 230PM Sat., again without any problems.

Again take it for what its worth. I'll believe it when I see it.
post #942 of 1416
Husker & HD = good. Too bad I wouldn't bet on KCAU pulling through with it.
post #943 of 1416
I guess we can only hope it's true, but going by their track record, I'll believe it when I see it, too
post #944 of 1416
Well the Corndog game isn't supposed to be HD anyway , but glad to see KCAU is getting closer.
post #945 of 1416
I woke up this morning to a pleasent suprise. KCAU was coming OTA on my D* reciever. I must say I'm thrilled to have KCAU on board with the rest of our locals. Now I'm anticipating D* new HD lineup to go into effect within the next few weeks. I will no longer view anything in standard def. Hope you all have a fun and safe labor day weekend.

Nosok12
post #946 of 1416
Awesome! Is the signal strength comparable to the rest of the networks?
post #947 of 1416
Good to hear on KCAU FINALLY upping the power. Guess the pressure from HUSKERNATION was too much to bear, with that game Saturday on ABC.

As for my personal saga involving improving my antenna situation (over screwing with the rabbit ears constantly). While still considering the Radio Shack route, I'd still rather have an opportunity to pick up Sioux Falls/Omaha stations. Dropped by Wintronics (down by Ivy's Liquor) and they have several Channel Master 4228's, along with rotors, masts/tripods, etc... All the goodies, but no installation.

So now I'm digging thru the yellow pages tryin' to get quotes on how much to plop that baby on my roof, along with wiring to two TV's. Currently have two quotes. One from Soo Satellite for $50 an hour (appox. 2-3 hours of work) and another from a guy that put up my HD D* dish this past Monday (who works for Premiere Satellites, I believe it was) who wanted $250 straight up. I kinda want to go buy the CM today and screw around with it alittle, here over the weekend. I'm definately have ZERO talent for this type of thing but would like to see if I could slap it together (somewhat) and see if I could pick up anything by just setting it on my deck, off the back of the house. Any fresh thoughts/ideas are always appreciated!

GT in M'Side
post #948 of 1416
GT25Ump,

Depending on where you live in M'Side you might get something from Omaha or SF from your deck. I live down in the valley just southeast of Glenn / S. St. Aubin intersection (not too far from nosok12 it seems) so I had to put my antenna & rotor on the roof, but I can easily get Omaha KELO & WOW. If you're up a little higher you'll have better luck. Give it a try. I'm not sure you'll get Omaha or SF w/o an amp though.
post #949 of 1416
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Originally Posted by hiltsy855 View Post

Awesome! Is the signal strength comparable to the rest of the networks?

Yes, I'm getting the same signal strength as all the others in Sioux City. I watched George Lopex on there tonight and the pic was in HD and it looked great. Can't wait for the Tenn @ Cal game tomarrow night!
post #950 of 1416
Glad to hear that that KCAU is online. What is the farthest away anyone is receiving it and KPTH? Anyone in Sioux County picking the 2 up? I am in North Sioux County and am getting them at about 20% and not a very reliable picture at all if any. I get the guide data for the 2, but I have not scene a picture on KCAU yet.

Just curious if it is me or my equipment.....
post #951 of 1416
I am even farther north than you, Ben, and I am now getting KCAU, KTIV, KMEG, and KPTH digital up here in Larchwood with my rabbit ears!
post #952 of 1416
I am now the proud owner of a Channel Master 4228, purchased from Wintronics for $65. I also picked up a tri-pod, mast and 50 feet of coax. I decided to hang tight on the pre-amp and rotator, for the moment.

I picked up the antenna on Friday afternoon so I could try to slap it together and see what luck I'd have getting it to work before it ended up on the roof. I attached the antenna to a five foot mast and stuck it in a tri-pod. I was then able to take it out on my backyard deck and then set it on top of my table out there, for alittle extra height. I then made use of antennaweb.org and found the direction to aim it towards the Omaha tower to pick up WOW and KETV down there, looking fantastic. With the antenna aimed the wrong direction, I was even able to pick up all the Sioux City channels, though with some breaking up at times. All from the 2700 block of South Cornelia.

So I'm VERY excited to get this up on my roof, with a rotor, and should be totally set to get Omaha, Sioux Falls & Sioux City channels! It's lookin' like a pre-amp won't be needed. Thanks again for the advice.

I made some phone calls to see who I could find to install it on the roof and run the wiring for it, down to my two tv's (one in living room and one in finished basement). So far, I guess the one that sounds the most promising is Soo Satellites for $50 an hour and he figures it will take two hours. I'd still like to get some more quotes, so any other suggestions would be appreciated.

GT in M'Side
post #953 of 1416
Quote:
Originally Posted by COLAVSFANINNWIA View Post

I am even farther north than you, Ben, and I am now getting KCAU, KTIV, KMEG, and KPTH digital up here in Larchwood with my rabbit ears!

Thanks. I had better go and adjust my antenna a little
post #954 of 1416
I am getting KCAU HD loud and clear in Vermillion, SD! Picture looks great. I had my doubts they would get it up and running, but, I must eat my words and give a hats off to the KCAU team.
post #955 of 1416
I'm in Sioux Center - just bought antenna Model: 15-2187 from Radio Shack and its sitting on a stereo cabinet in the living room next to the TV. I'm pulling in KTIV, KMEG and KPTH with the best signal strength I've ever gotten. Haven't tried to get KCAU yet but want to so the wife will be happy. I have also gotten KUSD to come in somewhat, but have to point the antenna a little bit.

Not sure how well the mounting will happen in the attic since the parts that came with it are more like a sat dish mount - no rotational ability. I'm in a low part with a lot of trees.

My goal is to be able to get the big networks without having to mess with the position of the antenna. I think this is going to do it.

COLAVSFANINNWIA: How the heck are you pulling Sioux City stations with rabbit ears? You definitely know something I don't about antennas. . .

CP
post #956 of 1416
Quote:
Originally Posted by Curtisp View Post

I'm in Sioux Center - just bought antenna Model: 15-2187 from Radio Shack and its sitting on a stereo cabinet in the living room next to the TV. I'm pulling in KTIV, KMEG and KPTH with the best signal strength I've ever gotten. Haven't tried to get KCAU yet but want to so the wife will be happy. I have also gotten KUSD to come in somewhat, but have to point the antenna a little bit.


COLAVSFANINNWIA: How the heck are you pulling Sioux City stations with rabbit ears? You definitely know something I don't about antennas. . .

CP

I guess since I grew up w/o cable, I dont mind getting up and moving the ears for the different stations i want to watch, it does take some fine tuning at times. Even the Sioux Falls stations take some adjusting.
post #957 of 1416
Now that all the major locals are in HD (i.e. ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC) OTA I cancelled my dish network subscription and bought an HDTV Tuner for my MacMini so that I can use my MacMini as a DVR.

The few cable channels that I watch I now just buy those shows from iTunes. I figured it would be cheaper in the long run and frankly I got sick of paying a subscription for stuff I either can get for free or stuff I didn't watch.

My question is has anyone else gone this route or considered going this route?
post #958 of 1416
No, but I am seriously thinking about dropping CableOne and taking DirecTv - they will soon have 80 HD channels, and I can also get the networks in HD from my existing antenna.
post #959 of 1416
I've had Directv for about 3 weeks now and love it. I pay the same amount that I did for cableone. The new HD channels should be here within the next week or so. I hope they can launch the BTN in HD this weekend.
post #960 of 1416
Okay, so I have my Channel Master 4228 pitched up on my roof, here in M'Side. I also went the rotor route, so I could try to pick up Omaha & Sioux Falls.

After screwing with it for two days, this is where I stand. I'm able to get three Omaha stations when pointed the right direction, down south. That's great and I'm pleased. The problem is up north. I'm only able to get the S.F. NBC affiliate (KDLT-46). I found a place on the internet that listed the digital information for the Sioux Falls TV stations. That tipped me off to the problem. KDLT, while on the same tower as the others, has much more power. It's digital signal is supposed to reach 88 miles, which explains why I'm getting it in. Now, KSFY (ABC) has only a 50 mile distance, which explains why I can't get it in, down here. The tricky one is KELO. It's power is for 75 miles, which is about 5-7 miles not enuff for where I am at. BUT, late last night (for only about 10 minutes) I was able to get it in. And then this morning for not more than five minutes, I had it in.

Why am I trying so hard to get KELO? Because they are showing the Broncos-Bills game tomorrow, while the crap stations around here show the ****** Chiefs, and I'm trying to avoid going to a bar to watch the game. If I hadn't had these little "teases" here this weekend that it may come in, I'd give up.

Do you think that a pre-amp would make the difference in getting KELO in, and maybe even KSFY? I've read that a pre-amp could screw up the S.C stations, which are coming in fine.

Also, when I had a guy setting up my antenna on Thursday, he went the "lazy route" and used a splitter of some sort, to avoid alot of the extra wiring. He patched into the satellite wire running down my house and attic and used a special splitter for each TV. It doesn't seem to be affecting the quality of the picture but I worry that it may have affected the strength of the antenna by not having a wire directly from the roof, straight down to the receiver/tv.

Any thoughts? Thanx.

GT in M'Side
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