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post #961 of 1753
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Originally Posted by shawndang View Post

howcome you can't get the fresno's ABC HD? BTW what channel is ABC HD? I got a radio shack 120" I ended up getting this one. It picks up about 10 channels. http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

I think I'll try the CM.

I have the exact same antenna and pull in 16-18 channels from Hanford. I would check my setup.

Either the cable has a break or bad connection, you are not pointing in the right direction (check antennaweb.org for the exact direction of the local transmitters), or there is some HUGE obstruction blocking your reception. If it is an obstruction, I don't think a fancier antenna would help. Rather, you might need a taller mast or a different spot on the roof.

BTW, I believe the VHF channels are 2-13 and 14-83 are UHF.
post #962 of 1753
[quote=au revoir]I have the exact same antenna and pull in 16-18 channels from Hanford. I would check my setup.

[quote]

I am pointing my antenna toward Auberry. The instructions said to point the smaller side of the antenna toward the originating signal. Sort of North West. I'm gonna try rotating the antenna just for kicks. I think NBC doesn't come in either I see picture and then it goes away.
post #963 of 1753
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Originally Posted by shawndang View Post

howcome you can't get the fresno's ABC HD? BTW what channel is ABC HD? I got a radio shack 120" I ended up getting this one. It picks up about 10 channels. http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

I think I'll try the CM.

Every great once in a while I would pickup ABC30 in HD on Ch.9.3 or 9.2 but I use Ch.10.3 for the ABC HD feed out of B'field, I was told earlier that I probably couldn't pick it up because of the mountain ranges between Porterville and the X-mitter
post #964 of 1753
[quote=shawndang][quote=au revoir]I have the exact same antenna and pull in 16-18 channels from Hanford. I would check my setup.

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I am pointing my antenna toward Auberry. The instructions said to point the smaller side of the antenna toward the originating signal. Sort of North West. I'm gonna try rotating the antenna just for kicks. I think NBC doesn't come in either I see picture and then it goes away.


Yeah, you want the > shaped thing toward the transmitters, like this:

transmitters >

I had a coaxial cable for years that had been badly spliced together. My reception was TERRIBLE, but I just assumed it was the trees blocking me. Replaced the cable for for like 15 bucks and the reception improved unbelievably. With the bad cable, reception was almost as bad as with no antenna at all.
post #965 of 1753
[quote=au revoir][quote=shawndang]
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Originally Posted by au revoir View Post

I have the exact same antenna and pull in 16-18 channels from Hanford. I would check my setup.




Yeah, you want the > shaped thing toward the transmitters, like this:

transmitters >

I had a coaxial cable for years that had been badly spliced together. My reception was TERRIBLE, but I just assumed it was the trees blocking me. Replaced the cable for for like 15 bucks and the reception improved unbelievably. With the bad cable, reception was almost as bad as with no antenna at all.

I think I may have it backwards then, I have the widest part of antenna away from the transmitter. I think I need to do a 180. Also I installed my Antenna on my second story deck. Basically my antenna's view to the north is some what blocked by my house. I get about 10 channels so not too bad.

I wanted to do a simple install, cause I'll be moving to Brighton Crest across from Table Mountain Casino in about 2 months. That moves me up about another 10 miles closer to the transmitters.
post #966 of 1753
I had my antenna pointed in the right direction, here are the channels I am recieving with this antenna:

7-1
9-1
9-2
9-3
18-1
18-2
21-1
21-2
26-1
44-1 sort of weak a bit choppy will fine tune tommorow
47-1
47-2
59-1
61-1
61-2
post #967 of 1753
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Originally Posted by shawndang View Post

I had my antenna pointed in the right direction, here are the channels I am recieving with this antenna:

7-1
9-1
9-2
9-3
18-1
18-2
21-1
21-2
26-1
44-1 sort of weak a bit choppy will fine tune tommorow
47-1
47-2
59-1
61-1
61-2


How about channel 24.1 and 24.2 ?
post #968 of 1753
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Originally Posted by Head Shot View Post

How about channel 24.1 and 24.2 ?

Had the TV Re-Scan and 24-1 and 24-2 are coming in now. I just have to fine tune my Antenna tommorow for 18-1, 18-2, and 44-1. These three come in but there are large rectangles on the screen and the sound is choppy. Hopefully I'll fix these tommorow.

Thanks
post #969 of 1753
If you go to Antennaweb.org, they show you which direction the various transmitters are. If I remember correctly, 44.1 is a fairly weak station that transmits from the valley floor to the west somewhere toward Madera. I can't get that station to come in very good either. With the leaves falling off the trees, I have gone from a weak signal with no picture to a weak signal with a choppy picture.

18, 24 and 26 have transmitters which are in the mountains but a bit further south than the rest of the stations. So if you have problems with those stations turn your antenna to the right a few degrees. You also might pick up 49.1 KNXT (UHF channel 50) if they ever get their transmitter fixed.
post #970 of 1753
I have this antenna.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1122653825071

I am in the northwest side of town towards 99 and Shaw is there anyway to pick up 30.1 with this antenna it's the only station I want (approx. 40% of my local viewing) Every other channel comes in fine.


Please help.
post #971 of 1753
I have never had much success with indoor antennas. Maybe someone who is able to pick up 30.1, 30.2 and 30.3 locally using an indoor antenna could comment.

If possible, go with an outdoor rooftop antenna that is VHF and UHF compatible. I can virtually guarantee that the $60 Radio Shack model linked above will work, provided you have no major obstructions (like a multi-story building next door) in your reception path.

If you can't put up an outdoor antenna, and no one here is able to suggest an indoor model that will work, just try other indoor models available locally and save your receipt to return it in case it doesn't work.
post #972 of 1753
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Originally Posted by au revoir View Post

I have never had much success with indoor antennas. Maybe someone who is able to pick up 30.1, 30.2 and 30.3 locally using an indoor antenna could comment.

If possible, go with an outdoor rooftop antenna that is VHF and UHF compatible. I can virtually guarantee that the $60 Radio Shack model linked above will work, provided you have no major obstructions (like a multi-story building next door) in your reception path.

If you can't put up an outdoor antenna, and no one here is able to suggest an indoor model that will work, just try other indoor models available locally and save your receipt to return it in case it doesn't work.

I am using the $60 radio shack antenna and I am not getting the 30.1 channel.
post #973 of 1753
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Originally Posted by CrysDark View Post

I have this antenna.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1122653825071

I am in the northwest side of town towards 99 and Shaw is there anyway to pick up 30.1 with this antenna it's the only station I want (approx. 40% of my local viewing) Every other channel comes in fine.


Please help.


Are you living in house, townhome or apartment?

If in house , place a shorter( also cheaper )range UHF/VHF antennae that you can get at RadioShack and buy the cable at length that you have previously estimated. If you want to DIY the cable just get RG-6 terminals that you can crimp with good 'ol bull nose pliers. Since you're in Fresno just get the 30-40 miles version antennae, in-line signal booster may not be needed here. Perch this inside your attic space, hanging this is not essential.

This way IS cheaper than those $ 100 Terk's models.

Hope this helps
post #974 of 1753
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Originally Posted by shawndang View Post

I am using the $60 radio shack antenna and I am not getting the 30.1 channel.

Wow, I would check my setup. And you're in Fresno? I get KSFN fine in Hanford. Someone else had their antenna facing the wrong way, I would check that. Also, make sure you are pointing toward the KSFN transmitters (use Antennaweb.org and a compass).

The only other thing I could think of is a bad coaxial cable or a bad splice. I always try to use a brand new store bought cable with the original connectors on each end. Even if you have the crimping tool for putting on a threaded connector, the original factory ones are always better than ones I try to attach, even if the cable is a little longer than you need.

I have 3 or 4 short lengths (3-6 feet) of coaxial cable that I tested on my antenna signal coming out of a splitter. Some of the cables I made myself with short pieces of coaxial cable I had laying around, to which I attached coaxial cable connectors from Radio Shack using a special crimper tool. I also tested various factory-made coaxial cable that came with VCR's and other devices.

It was amazing how much difference which cable I used made with really weak stations. I got much better results with the cables with factory-attached ends than the ones I made myself. But some of the factory ones were not too good either. So, bottom line is, if you are trying to pull in a borderline signal, the cable can make all the difference in the world.

I guess its also possible you could be in a bad spot where a big mountain or building is blocking you, but I really doubt it. If the obstruction were close by, it would be pretty obvious. And far-away obstructions are usually not a factor because the signals seem to find their way around them.
post #975 of 1753
I would like to ask you guys something. When the 2/17/2009 date comes and all analog stations turn off for good, will all stations be forced to change their stations on the dial?
post #976 of 1753
Does anyone else here get blurry pictures from ABC college Football?

I sure do, and I read somewhere else here on AVS that it is an encoder problem from our local ABC station(something about it being set to automatic). I e-mailed the engineer this info - never received a response back.

It being a local issue makes since to me since ESPN doesn't have the problem and they share the same productions.
post #977 of 1753
Yeah, but I think that KFSN-DT signal can have some problems from time to time but most of the times, it works out just fine.
post #978 of 1753
Those with Comcast probably already were aware of this, but for any CSI fans the way to watch is OnDemand. The only HD CBS show available OnDemand right now is the original CSI, but you do get it in HD, with only 2 short single-sponser commercials, and--important to Fresno area KGPE HD viewers---it's audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 (unlike our local CBS-HD signal). Kinda cool, too, is that the episodes (which come available the day after 1st airing) stay available for a few weeks. Can watch 2-3 in a row that way.

Wish ABC would do that w/ LOST. Or FOX w/ 24. You can watch 'em on your computer, but that's just not the same.
post #979 of 1753
Hey, any of you OTA people notice the new subchannel for PBS KVPT digital channel 18? I saw it displaying a test pattern earlier. My tuner shows it as channel 18.3.

Anyone know what they have planned for this new station or when they plan to go on the air? I just hope it's not kids programming 24/7. 18.2 already has a huge problem with lack of programming, so I have no idea what they plan on pulling out their hat.
post #980 of 1753
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Originally Posted by au revoir View Post

Hey, any of you OTA people notice the new subchannel for PBS KVPT digital channel 18? I saw it displaying a test pattern earlier. My tuner shows it as channel 18.3.

Anyone know what they have planned for this new station or when they plan to go on the air? I just hope it's not kids programming 24/7. 18.2 already has a huge problem with lack of programming, so I have no idea what they plan on pulling out their hat.

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post #981 of 1753
Noticed a lot pixelation on CBS HD 47.1 while watching the Denver/SanDiego game, anybody else experience it. FOX 26.1 with the 49er/Green Bay game came in beautifully ,no problems, my signal strength on both channels was 98%
post #982 of 1753
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Originally Posted by au revoir View Post

Hey, any of you OTA people notice the new subchannel for PBS KVPT digital channel 18? I saw it displaying a test pattern earlier. My tuner shows it as channel 18.3.

Anyone know what they have planned for this new station or when they plan to go on the air? I just hope it's not kids programming 24/7. 18.2 already has a huge problem with lack of programming, so I have no idea what they plan on pulling out their hat.

I heard from a source close to Channel 18 that they are looking to use one of their digital subchannels for spanish broadcasts of PBS and other public broadcasting shows in the near future. I'm not sure if that is what 18.3 is for right now, but you should look for that soon.
post #983 of 1753
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Originally Posted by Malo83 View Post

Noticed a lot pixelation on CBS HD 47.1 while watching the Denver/SanDiego game, anybody else experience it. FOX 26.1 with the 49er/Green Bay game came in beautifully ,no problems, my signal strength on both channels was 98%


I've noticed more pixelation overall on CBS via Comcast, too. Same with me as with you on FOX from them--great picture and 5.1 (unlike KGPE!).
post #984 of 1753
Just got a chance to see KFSN-TV's HD broadcasts of J! and WoF last night in HD. I noticed that some of the episodes of Wheel and Jeopardy! are Widescreen on the analog channels on some episodes. Are they doing this because of the fact that they are now in HD or are they doing this for other purposes?
post #985 of 1753
I think Fox is way ahead of the game with its sports programming. KGPE is terrible.
post #986 of 1753
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Originally Posted by Col_Vandal View Post

I think Fox is way ahead of the game with its sports programming. KGPE is terrible.

Ain't that the truth Col. !!! at least i'll be able to watch my hapless RAIDERS play the RAMS in beautiful HD.

Win,Lose.Tie. Raider till I die.
post #987 of 1753
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Originally Posted by Malo83 View Post

Ain't that the truth Col. !!! at least i'll be able to watch my hapless RAIDERS play the RAMS in beautiful HD.

Win,Lose.Tie. Raider till I die.

Right with ya!

CBS's HD NFL is rather poor. Only a small handful of HD games (most not aired here) and really pixelatted when they are, either via OTA or Comcast.

Too bad that FOX is NFC (unless you're a Niners fan, of course). NBC SNF and ESPN's MNF are both good as always. Just wish KSEE and KGPE would start passing their network's 5.1 audio. KFSN and KMPH manage to do so.
post #988 of 1753
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post #989 of 1753
I am using a radio shack antenna of OTA hd. I just got a Panny 50" plasma can I split the antenna signal to feed both tvs? Is it simply a matter of getting a coax splitter 1 in 2 out? Would I need any pre amps etc?

thanks
post #990 of 1753
The signal may be reduced to the point that some of the weaker stations won't come or will break up. Go ahead and try a splitter and see if it works OK for you. When I tried splitting the signal from the roof antenna, I lost a couple of weak stations.

I have never used a preamp, so I can't comment there. I did try a cheap $20 signal amplifier from Radio Shack, but it was worse than using nothing at all.

One possible solution if the splitter weakens the signal too much is to run a second wire from the antenna to the second TV.

Some people on this site poo-poo-ed the idea, saying that it would not work any better than a splitter, but I have had excellent results doing this.
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