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post #9391 of 9896
Looks like KBMT and KJAC are having the same problems today with drop outs . I keep losing the guide data for both on my DISH sat receiver and the signal has dropped out too. Something is going on at London Broadcasting this morning.
post #9392 of 9896
Okay now no guide data at all on any of the London Broadcast channels at all. No channel 12.1 Abc, !2.2 Nbc and as always none on Metv or Mytx. All of these channels are taking turns dropping out and fluctuating wildly in signal strengths . What the hell are they doing this morning?
post #9393 of 9896
Had to (got to??? ) put up a temporary antenna for a friend of mine yesterday. We had put one up for him maybe 3-4 years ago using a RS VU-190 and RS pre-amp (the last one oyf those I used before switching to the CM 7777 exclusively).

The mast is two 20 sticks of pipe, one fitting inside the other, which makes it about 36 feet up, and guyed. The pre-amp went kaput, so he was getting no signal. None of us right now have any business up on a roof, so we put up a temporary antenna, up about 16 feet using a Winegard 7015 antenna and a 7777 pre-amp. 100% signal on 4,6,12, and 34 and about 75% on KUIL. There is no rotor, so 29 was not coming in, but after 3 weeks with no TV, he was a happy camper...

I have found the 7015 to be a pretty good antenna. I have installed 2 of them so far...
post #9394 of 9896
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIKE D-CO5 View Post

Okay now no guide data at all on any of the London Broadcast channels at all. No channel 12.1 Abc, !2.2 Nbc and as always none on Metv or Mytx. All of these channels are taking turns dropping out and fluctuating wildly in signal strengths . What the hell are they doing this morning?

Whatever they were doing, it looks like KBMT got all the issues resolved. Guide data is there for all 4 channels and none of them are dropping out this evening.

Like you, I wonder what was going on???
post #9395 of 9896
Tried 43 tonight.
Big fat goose egg here.
Guess I will have to stick with 36 dropping in an out at 60%.
I am not going to turn my antenna just for one rerun station.
post #9396 of 9896
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arcade View Post

Tried 43 tonight.
Big fat goose egg here.
Guess I will have to stick with 36 dropping in an out at 60%.
I am not going to turn my antenna just for one rerun station.

So, I'm guessing you don't already have a rotor...
post #9397 of 9896
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Originally Posted by Baldmaga View Post

I read that Lafayette, LA was listed by Directv's website as on schedule to get HDLiL by the end of 2012. Took long enough!

Wow! I've been away from satellite for a while. Figured that was a done deal long ago.
post #9398 of 9896
No rotor.
Just a simple antenna pointed at the farm.
MeTv is coming in great on 36 right now as well.

Now for some reason 12.2 has vanished from my guide. Strange.
Guess I will have to rescan.

After rescan, I got 12.2 back.
post #9399 of 9896
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Originally Posted by Arcade View Post

No rotor.
Just a simple antenna pointed at the farm.
MeTv is coming in great on 36 right now as well.

Now for some reason 12.2 has vanished from my guide. Strange.
Guess I will have to rescan.

After rescan, I got 12.2 back.

My rotor comes in handy a lot of the time... London Broadcasting has been displacing Burn Notice every Wednesday lately for freakin' basketball. Most of the time I can flip the antenna around toward Houston and watch Burn Notice anyway off of channel 20...
post #9400 of 9896
Went shopping online last night for a Winegard HD7015 to replace the one we mounted for my friend on Sunday. Found two right off... one at Solid Signal and the other at Amazon. Solid Signal: $39 and change. Amazon: $40 and change. I bought the one from Amazon. Why, you ask??? Amazon: about $9 for 3-5 day shipping. Solid Signal: almost $30 for shipping!!! Outragious!
post #9401 of 9896
I got a response from Kip yesterday from Echostar. He said in order for the guide data( for 12.3 Mytx & 12.4 Metv) to uplinked to the satellite ,the guide data had to be reported to Tribune , then they could collect it & put it on the air. He said he contacted Les Scott and Jeff Williamson about it ,since they are the direct managers for locals in the field. Hopefully it won't take a month or longer, like it did when I asked them to put guide data upon the satellite for the Bounce channel.
post #9402 of 9896
But then again, it might . But I hope not...
post #9403 of 9896
Gershon has turned KUMY, channel 22 into a non-profit and renamed the parent company SETX Public Broadcasting... HHHhhhmmmm. Wonder what's up with that?

Is 22 no longer a RTV affiliate???

He also has been granted the "move" to downtown Beaumont. But he SERIOUSLY needs to give a major bump up in ERP for his proposed digital flashcut! 1.99 KW is NOT gonna cut it... just sayin'.

FYI UPDATE: 22 is still showing RTV at least for now...
post #9404 of 9896
GOOD NEWS ! I Got my response today from Jeffery Williamson . He said that the DISH system engineer would add Guide data for both 12.3 Mytx and 12.4 Metv. The bad news is that it won't be ready to go till the end of March. So little over a month ,but I'm betting that I will have to remind them again late March. It took over a month to get Bounce channel guide data added.


At first Kip delegated the task to Jeffery and he gave me a canned response that since DISH doesn't carry either Mytx or Metv from the KUIL broadcaster ,so they wouldn't carry guide data either. I responded that DISH carries guide data for both 12.1 Abc and 12.2 Nbc and they are run by the same company that carries 12.3 Mytx & 12.4 Metv : London Broadcasting company. Also we have guide data for CW a sub channel of CBS , Bounce channel , a sub channel of FOX and TBN sub channels too. I also reminded them that TWC and DIRECTV both had guide data ,as well as my DISH dtv pal plus dvr for ota. He realized that a canned response wouldn't do , and he said he would check with the engineer. Today they relented.


So here's to getting guide data on those two channels. We should finally have all the sub channels covered in our area then up on the DISH satellite.
post #9405 of 9896
I talked with Russ at the SBE Meeting Tuesday night at Tuffy's...Yes they are aware of the computer issues (AND remember DTV is PC driven now.....to err is human but to really screw things up takes a computer)...LP19 in Jasper is up for sale as owner Rick Tallent (former CE of KBTV) is moving back to Tenn...anyone want to buy it?? We are trying to get London to take it since they could put 12.3 and 12.4 on in Jasper.....As for 36, I talked with Russ today at the Orange Hamfest.....trying to eliminate the 43 issue from Houston is gonna be a lesson in futility...I sorry but London needs to use a STL to 36...anything else is a waste.,,,with the tropo in as it is, 36 will be dropping out a LOT!!

The DOCTOR is IN the house
post #9406 of 9896
That is funny. My son had a baseball game at LCM today.
My wife and I both saw a sign on hwy 87 for Hamfest.
We both said to each other, "Really, a festival for ham?" lol.
post #9407 of 9896
Lot of pig talk....but no latin
post #9408 of 9896
So why, after 18 months or so of watching TV off of the antenna we installed on the cabin out at my friends land, would the reception turn to crud with the antenna pointed to the east toward the transmitters the way it always was, but turn it almost (but not quite) 90° (antenna pointed north at right angles to the stations) and EVERYTHING (4, 6, 12, 29, 34 & 43)and come in at a signal strength of 88 or better??? Wierd. I have no explanation for it... It makes no sense to me, unless it is some sort of strange short-term multi-path issue the just cropped up for some reason. Again, wierd.

Any ideas anyone???
post #9409 of 9896
KFDMs signal just went kaput a couple of minutes ago... Nothing from the transmitter.

Back on @ around 7. I wonder what happened???

Richard?
post #9410 of 9896
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Originally Posted by OTAhead View Post

So why, after 18 months or so of watching TV off of the antenna we installed on the cabin out at my friends land, would the reception turn to crud with the antenna pointed to the east toward the transmitters the way it always was, but turn it almost (but not quite) 90° (antenna pointed north at right angles to the stations) and EVERYTHING (4, 6, 12, 29, 34 & 43)and come in at a signal strength of 88 or better??? Wierd. I have no explanation for it... It makes no sense to me, unless it is some sort of strange short-term multi-path issue the just cropped up for some reason. Again, wierd.

Any ideas anyone???

I have thought about this for a couple of days now and I've come to the conclusion that with the vast majority of the leaves gone from the tree wall about 60 feet from the antenna I am getting too much signal through the high-gain antenna and 7777 to the CM DVR. I am betting that once the leaves pop out and the tree wall fills in, that everything will go back to normal.

That's my theory anyway...
post #9411 of 9896
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Originally Posted by OTAhead View Post

I have thought about this for a couple of days now and I've come to the conclusion that with the vast majority of the leaves gone from the tree wall about 60 feet from the antenna I am getting too much signal through the high-gain antenna and 7777 to the CM DVR. I am betting that once the leaves pop out and the tree wall fills in, that everything will go back to normal.

That's my theory anyway...

I had a similar problem when I pushed my rig up from 30 to 50 feet. Now above the treetops, signal overload. Had to rotate about 50 degrees Westward for best signal on the locals.
post #9412 of 9896
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Originally Posted by mlmahon View Post

I had a similar problem when I pushed my rig up from 30 to 50 feet. Now above the treetops, signal overload. Had to rotate about 50 degrees Westward for best signal on the locals.

Thanks for the feedback ML. Sounds like I may have made a correct diagnosis. Now on to summer to see how it plays out... Thanks again.
post #9413 of 9896
Damn I hope not!! Last summer was brutal...this summer could be another killer heat wise...ALSO talked with Russ again about the 36 dropout issue...he THINKS he has a way to overcome the problem with 36's reception of 43 (KHLM-CD in Houston is less than 10degrees off the yagi reception direction)...so HE MAY yet get 36 to not drop out soon....I will keep everyone informed...and Richard what happened at KFDM?? John Hill, retired McClendon Corporate engineer who is retired and back in Lumberton (another Port Arthur College radio grad) noticed it as well and dropped me an email...

Also look for SouthEast Texas Telecom to be located in Groves....City is giving me tax breaks and incentives like mad..and Rick Tallent wants to sell me his land in LCM for cheap...(right between the 12 and 34 towers!! let them be the lightning rods!!) and the new lady in my life lives in Buna and works for the Lutcher Stark museum...closer drive for her! Perfect for me to drive down 62 and into Groves...with UVerse on its way (they are laying the fiber now!!)....
post #9414 of 9896
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Originally Posted by OTAhead View Post

KFDMs signal just went kaput a couple of minutes ago... Nothing from the transmitter.

Back on @ around 7. I wonder what happened???

Richard?

In accordance with Ohm's law, when a resistors' value changes from a few hundred Ohms to several million Ohms, current flow decreases. This results in less current (and therefore less power) being produced by the IOT. Since it takes more than zero watts to make pictures fly through the air, none of the local OTA receivers could make a picture from the digital stream on channel 25 (which, of course, was not there anyway). Next question?



OK, the BS session is over (but it was fun).


Actually, the transmitter notices the lack of current flow (any one of the 8 high voltages drops close to zero), and shuts the IOT off.

I have no idea what caused the transmitter to have a momentary overload. But this shut the transmitter down. At least one of the 8 ceramic resistors in the IOT's high voltage section cooled down just enough to lose connection with its mounting clip.

Since the transmitter will not let you open the cabinet while the 480 volt primary power is "on", it takes five minutes or more just to get to these resistors. (You have to trip the main circuit breaker in order to get the "green key" you need to open the power cabinet.)

Now you can rotate the 8 resistors (verrrrry carefully) to clean the contact surface (you have to rotate all 8 since you really don't know which one lost connection).Then you have to reverse the "green key" procedure to turn the transmitter back on.

And that, in a nutshell, is what happened.

R
post #9415 of 9896
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Originally Posted by hdtv6 View Post

In accordance with Ohm's law, when a resistors' value changes from a few hundred Ohms to several million Ohms, current flow decreases. This results in less current (and therefore less power) being produced by the IOT. Since it takes more than zero watts to make pictures fly through the air, none of the local OTA receivers could make a picture from the digital stream on channel 25 (which, of course, was not there anyway). Next question?



OK, the BS session is over (but it was fun).


Actually, the transmitter notices the lack of current flow (any one of the 8 high voltages drops close to zero), and shuts the IOT off.

I have no idea what caused the transmitter to have a momentary overload. But this shut the transmitter down. At least one of the 8 ceramic resistors in the IOT's high voltage section cooled down just enough to lose connection with its mounting clip.

Since the transmitter will not let you open the cabinet while the 480 volt primary power is "on", it takes five minutes or more just to get to these resistors. (You have to trip the main circuit breaker in order to get the "green key" you need to open the power cabinet.)

Now you can rotate the 8 resistors (verrrrry carefully) to clean the contact surface (you have to rotate all 8 since you really don't know which one lost connection).Then you have to reverse the "green key" procedure to turn the transmitter back on.

And that, in a nutshell, is what happened.

R

Thanks for the explanation. Even the BS session. It was kinda fun. Thanks again.
post #9416 of 9896
For those of you in the Lake Charles area with Directv, They have now added KLAX ABC out of Alexandria on the system under channel 31... I had the national ABC feed, but it was removed without warning and replaced with this..
post #9417 of 9896
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlmahon View Post

I had a similar problem when I pushed my rig up from 30 to 50 feet. Now above the treetops, signal overload. Had to rotate about 50 degrees Westward for best signal on the locals.

I ordered some 1db f type pads last Thursday to experiment with. Might get a chance next weekend to play with them to see how they affect the signal when the antenna is pointed toward the sticks...
post #9418 of 9896
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Originally Posted by Retro3 View Post

For those of you in the Lake Charles area with Directv, They have now added KLAX ABC out of Alexandria on the system under channel 31... I had the national ABC feed, but it was removed without warning and replaced with this..

So which locals are in HD there in Lake Charles on DirecTV? I checked their website a while back and it just said CW.
post #9419 of 9896
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Originally Posted by digiblur View Post

So which locals are in HD there in Lake Charles on DirecTV? I checked their website a while back and it just said CW.


I know that KPLC and KVHP are not except for the network programming. Not sure about KALB (CBS) Alexandria.. I usually watch the OTA signal as quality a little better anyway.. I wish that they would all get off their wallets and get not only all HD, but 16:9 ratio as well for the non-network stuff..KVHP's quality overall is just bad with the the images being very dark for syndicated programming.. I'm able to get KADN (Fox 15) very good OTA, so i watch them as they are HD and 16:9 for everything..
post #9420 of 9896
Anyone seeing a digital signal from KUMY-LD 22?

- Trip
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