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post #11731 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post
What happened to the antennas on the roof (thought you had a ch 12 yagi up there combined with a 4 bay UHF on the garage roof? That stuff quit working or get water in the coax or something?
I had a new roof installed a bit over a year ago, and the antenna was removed in the process.

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Great news for me
1. Resetting TVGOS did the trick. I'm getting the full menu now! Digging through the forums here I found out how. In case someone else needs to do it, in TVGOS setup, highlight "change system settings", then enter the # 653274147 using your remote. Wait a few seconds, then it will reset. Then just turn your TV off, and it will load up everything.

2. My new Terk HDTVa rocks for me! I get all the stations with very strong signal, and I haven't noticed a single glitch/dropout yet on any station. It's working better than my old roof antenna did. Granted, one advantage the indoor has over my old outdoor is a 2-3 ft cable length, vs. 50+ feet. Also, way back when, I was having to get signal from both Shinal and Redfield.
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Glad its working, you getting PBS and CW, or dont you care about those?
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post

Glad its working, you getting PBS and CW, or dont you care about those?

Oh yeah those are at redfield. Well, for PBS, I'm using the dipoles to pick that up so that portion of my antenna is not directional anyway. And CW must be bouncing off the mountain because its coming in strong too (88ish) out of 100 signal strength.
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Azanon, Glad you got your TVGOS up and working. I obviously should have noted that KTHV in on 11.1 (O-T-A) not 10.2 (Comcast basic line channel). I was not familiar with the TVGOS setting for the lineup data, and will keep in case I need it in the future. Thanks.

I re-scanned an O-T-A set the other day and discovered "KMYA-DT" as noted by Davenlr earlier. However the embedded logo on their programs was still "TuffTV" is this a change in call letters or has someone bought out this semi-TV station frequency?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KMYA-DT

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The station was an affiliate of This TV from February to June 2009 (This TV has since moved to a KARZ-TV subchannel). On April 10, 2009, Equity Media announced a fire sale of all television stations — KKYK was set for an asking price of $15 million, the highest price for any of the stations in the sale.[4] In the auction, which took place on April 16, the station was sold to the Bank of Little Rock.[5] The bank acquired the station via a subsidiary,[6][7][8] Hallmark National Mortgage Corporation.[9] The call letters were changed to KMYA-DT on July 8, 2011.
post #11736 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Azanon View Post
Thx. You like that recorder? I'd consider it myself if they weren't so proud of it.
They are proud of their little box ($349.99), but I got the refurb for $299.00 less $30.00 (use coupon code "shopcmstore"), with free shipping, so $269.99. to my door. Now I am proud of mine as well. I have had it for about 3 months with no problems. The tuners are much better than the one in my Samsung TV.
Edit: In case you missed it, we are talking about the ChannelMaster CM7000PAL DVR.
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Off the OTA topic for a sec, was just flipping through the Comcast guide and saw one of the banners at the bottom of the guide saying "MLB Extra Innings Free Preview 7/14 through 7/20". Seems rather odd for it to be showing me that considering the local Comcast doesn't offer anything other than the MLB network. The national twitter rep couldn't even find anything other than the MLB network on the lineup. I hate when people advertise something they can't fulfill.
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Free Preview on DirecTv too, and as I suspected, the Cards are blacked out.
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After all this time I can't figure out why they try to sell people that crap when a vast majority of their customers won't get to see the games they want to see. I can only fathom a guess that a very tiny majority of the people buying that package do so to watch teams from a far away market. I would be willing to bet that maybe 15% of the people buying into it at most want to see stuff they can actually see without being blacked out. The rest of the customers just make do with only seeing all the other games that are on.
post #11740 of 12505
Yea, my dad pays for it to watch the Brewers. Problem is, when they play the Cards, Royals, Rangers, or Astros, the games are blacked out (except for the Rangers I think), so he also has to have the sports pack at another $13 a month. I refuse to pay those outrageous prices. I just watch what I can, and find other stuff to watch instead.
post #11741 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post

Yea, my dad pays for it to watch the Brewers. Problem is, when they play the Cards, Royals, Rangers, or Astros, the games are blacked out (except for the Rangers I think), so he also has to have the sports pack at another $13 a month. I refuse to pay those outrageous prices. I just watch what I can, and find other stuff to watch instead.


For Cardinal fans, the best deal is the Fox Sports package. For whatever reason, with it, I get Fox Midwest which carries Cardinals (and Royals) games as well as Fox Southwest, which carries Astros and Rangers games. Those combined with ESPN and Fox network games is more baseball than I have time to watch. My primary interest is the Cardinal games and they are in HD, of course, on Fox Midwest. I think it is $12.99 per month but I currently am enjoying 3 months free when I called DirecTV to inquire about promotional pricing for the Fox Sports package.
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Although I can't pick up KMYA off air, I do receive it on DirecTV ch 49. I noticed over the weekend a few times that ME TV was showing, but it was very poor picture quality and audio, then when I would try ch 49 again it was the awful TUFF TV. Does anyone know the official plan for KMYA. I saw an earlier post saying it was "coming soon" per the sign outside the station. Will ME TV eventually become the main source for programming and be transmitted to DirecTV ch 49? I certainly hope so, as I could actually watch stuff again on ch 49 instead of skipping right over it in the guide.
post #11743 of 12505
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Originally Posted by andy2356 View Post

For Cardinal fans, the best deal is the Fox Sports package. For whatever reason, with it, I get Fox Midwest which carries Cardinals (and Royals) games as well as Fox Southwest, which carries Astros and Rangers games. Those combined with ESPN and Fox network games is more baseball than I have time to watch. My primary interest is the Cardinal games and they are in HD, of course, on Fox Midwest. I think it is $12.99 per month but I currently am enjoying 3 months free when I called DirecTV to inquire about promotional pricing for the Fox Sports package.

Yeah, that is something I have covered a few times here over the years. I spent a lot of time researching this stuff to figure out what was going on. Turns out, the reason we get FS Midwest with the Sports Pack is that we lie in BOTH TV market territories for Rangers and Astros (both of which are SW), and the Royals and Cardinals (both of which are MW).

I only accidentally found out one time that we would be able to get MW with the Sports Pack from DirecTV by putting in my zip code on their website and had it return that we are in the home market for all 4 teams. I am not real sure why they only give us FS SW if we are technically allowed to get MW as well, but that's what they do. After many many calls to DirecTV to verify for certain, I figured out that we would get MW with the Sports Pack. I don't know if it is really worth $13 a month, but I paid it anyway to get the Cards games.

Since I switched to Comcast again I figured out they carry FS MW on channel 95. Unfortunately, it is only in SD. I have tried to get them to add it to the HD channels, but have only been told that it is something they are looking into for the future. I wish they would hurry up. Their SD feed of it is the HD feed shrunk down to letter boxing on top and bottom and pillar bars on left and right. It makes the lines around the field (especially the home plate area) very difficult to watch because of the way they jitter and stuff. Maybe one day though.
post #11744 of 12505
Spanish TV coming in on channels 2-5 right now (analog). Time zone is Central Time for the Transmissions. Guess they are from Mexico. Sunspots must be hopping.
post #11745 of 12505
Wonder if that's what's screwing with AETN right now (which is actually on Ch. 7.) I had it on all morning for some kids my wife baby-sits, and didn't have a single glitch from 7 to 10 am, but at 10 it just dropped out. Seems to be okay now though.
post #11746 of 12505
I didnt check the MUF but I would be very surprised if it was high enough to hit channel 7. Now some sporatic E skip might have, but I'm never home during the day to check for that. This was using a 19" tv on a $24 Rat Shack antenna on the roof of our shop.

Next time you have the problem, check this site and see if we are covered in RED: http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/map
post #11747 of 12505
Hey, Dave, I was looking at Twitter today and noticed one of the Comcast reps on there saying to someone about how they could adjust the signal levels if needed. I popped back saying "don't tell them that because if their area is anything like mine, the tech manager REFUSES to bump the signal level up at all." Then I proceeded to tell her how all I needed was a couple more dB to get my media center pc going and how the tech manager was very elusive and secretive about helping me get a usable signal. I basically told her how little he is receptive to customers and how he was unwilling to do things to fix customers. She said she would talk to local leadership about my case in particular. Asked me for my phone number and all so she could see all the notes on the account. Dunno if it will do anything to get the tech manager to actually adjust levels so you and I can get the type of service we want, but it's worth a shot.
post #11748 of 12505
Let me know how that works out. I am a happy camper right now. DirecTv gave me Red Zone channel ala carte for free (its not even available as a service). I like that channel, because I can watch basically all the games good stuff at once, and save the $300+ football package. Ive upgraded to Ultimate, so Im getting the encores like I had with Comcast, plus TMC. They gave me free HD, and I have free DVR lifetime, so Im pretty well set.

Would be nice if they would learn how to adjust signal levels though, because its obvious to me now, that my upstream amplifier needed 3.5db more to function correctly, as removing the single two way splitter cured the problem.

Im not sure if an amp with upstream amplification would work or not, but I dont feel a customer should have to pay for extra equipment to just watch TV and have internet at the same time

Oh, and did I mention I ordered a SL3SWM three satellite LNB, and mounted it on my 1 meter dish, and now my signals are maxed out? I have the regular slimline hooked up too, so when we get the next squall line come through (whenever that happens), I can compare the rain fade dropout times to see if it makes any appreciable difference. If it does, I have a 1.2M dish I can try after that. After having Comcast though, ive discovered there is no way to avoid having your tv interrupted during a storm except to watch a non-network station OTA. Those "Tune to channel 18" messages really got on my nerves.
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Always nice to see two greedy ba*tards get in a fight with each other. Lose/Lose. So you guys dont have a Fox station up there in Springfield now?
post #11751 of 12505
Steveken: Check this one out, it has a 3db upstream boost as well as 5 db distro amp. Should fix your problem without screwing up the cablemodem.

Wish I had seen this one with upstream boost while I still had Comcast. It says not to use if your cablemodem output is under 50dbmV, and mine was 52, so obviously a problem. It runs 47 now since removing the splitter.

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Signa.../dp/B003T2SLIO
post #11752 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post

Always nice to see two greedy ba*tards get in a fight with each other. Lose/Lose. So you guys dont have a Fox station up there in Springfield now?

Fox is still on KSFX RF 28 (27-1). IIRC, they will lose their network affiliation some time in September. KRBK a LPTV station, community of license, Osage Beach, MO. Their current coverage area is pitiful, but have "plans" to increase power & taller tower. Time will tell. They would much rather people pay for their signal via cable/sat than get it OTA.

KFTA, "FOX 24" (RF 27) is the Fox affiliate for Ft Smith. It is also Nexstar owned and will likely lose its Fox affiliation when their contract ends. I'm outside their coverage area, but can receive their signal fine with either a CM 4221HD or 4228HD antenna 5' off the ground.

When Fox leaves Nexstar, I'll no longer have a Fox affiliate OTA. And won't be able to get FOX-HD on Dish, because I can't see the Eastern Arc sat from my dish location. Oh well, I rarely watch Fox anyway.
post #11753 of 12505
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Originally Posted by doubled1987 View Post

Although I can't pick up KMYA off air, I do receive it on DirecTV ch 49. I noticed over the weekend a few times that ME TV was showing, but it was very poor picture quality and audio, then when I would try ch 49 again it was the awful TUFF TV. Does anyone know the official plan for KMYA. I saw an earlier post saying it was "coming soon" per the sign outside the station. Will ME TV eventually become the main source for programming and be transmitted to DirecTV ch 49? I certainly hope so, as I could actually watch stuff again on ch 49 instead of skipping right over it in the guide.

I can't get KMYA OTA either, but it is on ch 49 on DishNetwork. All day Sunday they were showing MeTV. PQ was decent, but all of the audio was coming from my left rear speaker. This morning they are showing infomercials, but they are IDing as a TUFF-TV affiliate. Station ID at 9:00 a.m. was KMYA-DT, Little Rock, KMYA-LP, Sheridan. The Dish program guide for ch 49 merely says Wild Moguls Network for every time period.

UPDATE: At 10:00 a.m. they are back to MeTV programming, and the audio is fixed.
post #11754 of 12505
I noticed the same thing for KMYA. Reverted back to TUFF-TV for a while on Sunday morning...maybe because their feed froze on an episode of Hogan's Heroes Saturday afternoon for quite a while. Maybe they'll get the kinks worked out and stick with ME-TV as the permanent feed for DirecTV ch 49. I wondered about the overnight hours and set the DVR to record through the night last night and it was ME-TV throughout the night and was still broadcasting this morning. I hope it sticks and TUFF-TV maybe will be knocked down to a sub channel and not the feed that goes out to the cable/sat providers.
post #11755 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post

Steveken: Check this one out, it has a 3db upstream boost as well as 5 db distro amp. Should fix your problem without screwing up the cablemodem.

Wish I had seen this one with upstream boost while I still had Comcast. It says not to use if your cablemodem output is under 50dbmV, and mine was 52, so obviously a problem. It runs 47 now since removing the splitter.

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Signa.../dp/B003T2SLIO

Actually, it says "Active return should not be used unless Upstream Modem power level is greater than 50dBmV", but that doesn't tell me a whole lot.

When they say "active return", do they mean where you supply power to the unit? If so, then that shouldn't be much of a problem because the power inserter is evidently hard to find.

My upstream power is 53dBmV right now, so does that mean that it would be okay for me to use the "active return" if I could find a power inserter?

This whole thing is a little bit confusing to me I just don't know if I wanna mess with it and just limp along not getting Comcast on the stuff I wanna get it on.
post #11756 of 12505
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Originally Posted by steveken View Post

Actually, it says "Active return should not be used unless Upstream Modem power level is greater than 50dBmV", but that doesn't tell me a whole lot.

When they say "active return", do they mean where you supply power to the unit? If so, then that shouldn't be much of a problem because the power inserter is evidently hard to find.

My upstream power is 53dBmV right now, so does that mean that it would be okay for me to use the "active return" if I could find a power inserter?

This whole thing is a little bit confusing to me I just don't know if I wanna mess with it and just limp along not getting Comcast on the stuff I wanna get it on.

Upstream modem power increases in steps until the headend receives enough C/N ratio from your modem to reliably communicate. NORMAL upstream modem power is 45-48mvDB. If you are above 50, it means the headend is having your modem increase its power to overcome noise or a bad amp. 53 I am surprised you stay connected. Mine would drop out at 51/52. When I took the splitter out of the drop, my modem went to 47. So, that Active return would help both of us, as the insertion loss of the splitter or that distr. amp is going to kill 3 db at least. From the sound of it, you can turn it off (the upstream amp), and even if you cant, you could always put a splitter between the incoming drop and the distribution amp.

I am positive it would have cured my problem, but its too late now.
post #11757 of 12505
Every time I talked to anyone at Comcast about it they always told me that the range where you wanted the upstream power was above 50. They said that was the good area and that the power I put out was great. Interesting.
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Hmm, wish I remembered where I heard that from so I could point that page out to them.

Still dunno about spending $50 on something I am not sure if it will do any good with. Maybe the next time I build up that much in Amazon cash I'll look at getting one. Still haven't heard crap from the twitter rep "talking with local leadership". Probably won't.
post #11760 of 12505
LOL, I just re-read what you said, Dave, and what I countered with. I don't know what was going on that day. I didn't really read it real well I don't think. I see now that we both said the same thing. LOL Sorry about that.

Anyway, you think this would really work? What is everyone else's opinion on it here? I am talking with my wife about it, but she is saying it's kind of expensive for an experiment and if it doesn't work, we would be out the money for it. Just trying to make sure I know what I am talking about and can justify it with little doubt. Also, do you think I would have to have the power insertion part of it, too? Or do you think it would still amplify it without that part?
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