Originally Posted by jack1122
Hope i did this right. i live 25 miles from WJXX antenna. i can recieve all local digital channels through my OTA antenne except ABC 25.1. I have called the station and they say they are broadcasting it. Called Dishnetwork and they say its not their problem. I was just curious to see if anybody else cant recieve 25.1 through their OTA antenna??.
I live at the beach and get OTA through an antenna and also have Dish. They're right, it's not their problem. You can get 12 and 25 through Dish's sd locals, but the picture stinks compared to hd.
Both 12 and 25 are problems. Peter is correct, start by trying to reaim the antenna. It may also help if you use a powered/amplified antenna. If the antenna is only slightly off the perfect line, it can affect reception. Try aiming the antenna so that you get the best signal on 12 and 25 and the rest of the channels should be ok.
I also think that cabling has an effect. I run the antenna to a number of tvs and the two with the shortest cable runs don't have the problems the ones with longer runs do. I also suggest that you make sure the antenna cable is RG-6, preferably quadshield, that is rated for 2300 MHz. HD signals require a higher bandwidth than regular digital signals.
The same is true for splitters. Every splitter results in some percentage of signal loss. Use a high quality/low loss splitter. You might also try a powered splitter(Radio Shack) that has an adjustable gain.
Assuming your tv has an HD tuner and is not just a monitor, try connecting the antenna directly to the tv as an alternative, or in addition to, the connection to the satellite receiver. I have both vip622 and 211 receivers and the OTA tuners are nowhere near as good as the ones in the older 811 series. Your tv may have a better tuner.
Finally, I assume you have the antenna lead first connected to a surge protector before it goes to any equipment. Although I have no proof, I expect that there may be a difference between budget devices and more costly units in the ability to pass unaffected signals.
The overall goal is to minimize signal loss everywhere in the signal path.
I hope that something here helps. Good luck. I know this is frustrating. Ward