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post #6031 of 6141
Try TVFool.com instead of Antennaweb. See what TVFool has to say.

- Trip
post #6032 of 6141
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Originally Posted by LetaLou View Post

I am trying to help someone with OTA in Montgomery. but just found out they are 61 Miles from the antenna farm. the only station per antenna web is Bryan/College Station. Is there a way for them to pick up Houston? If so, any recommendations for type/model antenna and amplifier? Leta Lou

Where in Montgomery?
post #6033 of 6141
in Walden
post #6034 of 6141
I live in Pearland about 8 miles away from the antenna farm, and have trouble getting channels 2 & 8 with a cheap indoor antenna. If I adjust the antenna to stop the cutting in and out for channel 2, then channel 8 starts cutting out. My antenna is hooked up to a Tivo Premier so we can have DVR functionality and some days there are 2 channels being recorded/viewed concurrently. We also pick up a slew of odd blank channels that we're curious if we'd get a picture on them if we bought a better antenna.

My wife and I would like to stick with an indoor antenna, but we might buy an outdoor antenna to mount inside the attic. I keep reading to many mixed comments all over about Terk antennas, so I'm not interested those. The 2 antennas I have been looking at are the Winegard FreeVision FV-30BB & Mohu Leaf non-amplified version.
post #6035 of 6141
If you're in one of the newer homes in Pearland with a radiant barrier, an attic antenna may not work for you. I've been looking at homes in Pearland, and all of the newer ones have radiant barriers. One of my projects when I move is to install an outdoor antenna - HOA be damned (they cannot restrict antennas and satellite dishes).

As for 2 and 8. Well, 2 is a UHF channel that broadcasts on channel 35. 8 is a VHF-hi channel that broadcasts on channel 8. So, you need two different antennas to pick 'em up. 8 would normally be used w/ rabbit ears and 2 with a loop antenna. I don't know if you are using rabbit ears only, or if you have a loop or a UHF antenna.

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Originally Posted by KFelon View Post

I live in Pearland about 8 miles away from the antenna farm, and have trouble getting channels 2 & 8 with a cheap indoor antenna. If I adjust the antenna to stop the cutting in and out for channel 2, then channel 8 starts cutting out. My antenna is hooked up to a Tivo Premier so we can have DVR functionality and some days there are 2 channels being recorded/viewed concurrently. We also pick up a slew of odd blank channels that we're curious if we'd get a picture on them if we bought a better antenna.

My wife and I would like to stick with an indoor antenna, but we might buy an outdoor antenna to mount inside the attic. I keep reading to many mixed comments all over about Terk antennas, so I'm not interested those. The 2 antennas I have been looking at are the Winegard FreeVision FV-30BB & Mohu Leaf non-amplified version.
post #6036 of 6141
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Originally Posted by newsman View Post

If you're in one of the newer homes in Pearland with a radiant barrier, an attic antenna may not work for you. I've been looking at homes in Pearland, and all of the newer ones have radiant barriers. One of my projects when I move is to install an outdoor antenna - HOA be damned (they cannot restrict antennas and satellite dishes).

As for 2 and 8. Well, 2 is a UHF channel that broadcasts on channel 35. 8 is a VHF-hi channel that broadcasts on channel 8. So, you need two different antennas to pick 'em up. 8 would normally be used w/ rabbit ears and 2 with a loop antenna. I don't know if you are using rabbit ears only, or if you have a loop or a UHF antenna.

Our home was built in the 80s so I don't believe it has a radiant barrier. Our current antenna is a cheap set of rabbit ears with the loop.
post #6037 of 6141
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Originally Posted by LetaLou View Post

in Walden

I have a friend in Walden and one in April Sound that both do OTA. Both struggle with VHF stations. I have not looked at the one in Walden but the one in AS doesn't have a VHF antenna. UHF crystal for both of them.
post #6038 of 6141
Has Jennifer Reyna left KPRC?

On Thursday morning (4/12) they introduced a new traffic girl, but I didn't hear what (or if) they said anything about Jennifer. She's been noticeably absent for the past few days after periodically filling in at the anchor desk.

I sure hope Jennifer hasn't left.

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post #6039 of 6141
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Originally Posted by Cap'n Preshoot View Post

Has Jennifer Reyna left KPRC?

On Thursday morning (4/12) they introduced a new traffic girl, but I didn't hear what (or if) they said anything about Jennifer. She's been noticeably absent for the past few days after periodically filling in at the anchor desk.

I sure hope Jennifer hasn't left.

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Quite the opposite here. I hope she left, but doubt it. Probably extended leave. Check out http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/ for the latest on the comings and goings of Houston and Texas based TV talent.
post #6040 of 6141
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Originally Posted by newsman View Post

Quite the opposite here. I hope she left, but doubt it. Probably extended leave. Check out http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/ for the latest on the comings and goings of Houston and Texas based TV talent.

Thanks for the link. Interesting comments there about Dominique Sachse

By the way, seems KPRC's early morning control room crew is either hung-over or else asleep at the switch, missing queues, mics on when they shouldn't be, off when they should be on, defective mics. Seems like frequent audio problems almost every morning. Are these maybe VOE students?

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post #6041 of 6141
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Originally Posted by Cap'n Preshoot View Post

Thanks for the link. Interesting comments there about Dominique Sachse

By the way, seems KPRC's early morning control room crew is either hung-over or else asleep at the switch, missing queues, mics on when they shouldn't be, off when they should be on, defective mics. Seems like frequent audio problems almost every morning. Are these maybe VOE students?

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VOE students, perhaps. The talk that I've heard about channel 2, especially with a lot of their new reporters... the station is referred to as "Fisher-Price, my first TV station." Make of that what you will.
post #6042 of 6141
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Originally Posted by KFelon View Post

I live in Pearland about 8 miles away from the antenna farm, and have trouble getting channels 2 & 8 with a cheap indoor antenna. If I adjust the antenna to stop the cutting in and out for channel 2, then channel 8 starts cutting out. My antenna is hooked up to a Tivo Premier so we can have DVR functionality and some days there are 2 channels being recorded/viewed concurrently. We also pick up a slew of odd blank channels that we're curious if we'd get a picture on them if we bought a better antenna.

My wife and I would like to stick with an indoor antenna, but we might buy an outdoor antenna to mount inside the attic. I keep reading to many mixed comments all over about Terk antennas, so I'm not interested those. The 2 antennas I have been looking at are the Winegard FreeVision FV-30BB & Mohu Leaf non-amplified version.

I ended up buying the non-amplified version of the Mohu Leaf and I am very happy with the results. I pinned it right above my entertainment center cabinets which after researching I found was facing the broadcast tower farm. I screwed the antenna into my Tivo Premier and rescanned the channels and something like 90 channels were detected. A couple were channels that could not be tuned into, another 12 or so were local access, Asian, and middle-eastern channels I've never seen before, and there were several new Spanish channels as well. With my old set of rabbit ears the Tivo was only detecting 45ish channels. Yes most of the new additions were still garbage channels, but we did end up having about 19 channels left after removing the stuff we'd never understand or had zero interest in.

As far as I can tell so far, my issues with channels 2 & 8 are resolved as well. Unless it was a random channel picked up from Beaumont or somewhere quite far off, all the channels I flipped through kept a signal. We're also picking up 57-4 which I have not picked up since December. I'm really surprised by this antenna since as many others have said, it looks like a laminated sheet of paper. Of course results are YMMV since we do not live around any large buildings that would cause any interference.

I believe we can pick up every channel listed here: http://www.rabbitears.info/market.ph...arket&mktid=13

Is anyone able to pickup channel 22 (KUMY-LP / RETRO) Beaumont from Houston/Pearland? (Not 22-1) I could detect the channel and it had a really nice program listing according to the Tivo, but we got 0 signal strength. I would imagine a roof mounted antenna with a huge range would be needed to grab this one.
post #6043 of 6141
KFelon, the RTV programming on KUMY should be available to you on KUVM 34-2 if you are receiving that signal.

- Trip
post #6044 of 6141
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

KFelon, the RTV programming on KUMY should be available to you on KUVM 34-2 if you are receiving that signal.

- Trip

Shoot I thought I was picking up everything on that stations list, but alas I don't pick up the 34 series channels. They are detected, but I don't get a signal.
post #6045 of 6141
I live over in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area, but was in the Houston area yesterday at a friend's home on Mason Rd. out near Katy. She lives in a downstairs apartment about a mile or so north of I-10, around 21.5 miles from the Houston antenna farm, with at least one set of apartments between her and the transmitters, and I was astounded at how well the stations were coming in with her using merely a simple set of telescoping rabbit ears that did not even have a UHF loop connected to a RCA converter box...
post #6046 of 6141
I have noticed in the last several weeks that the audio is out of sync with the speaker. Is this something they have to constantly adjust?
post #6047 of 6141
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Originally Posted by kxaz145 View Post

I have noticed in the last several weeks that the audio is out of sync with the speaker. Is this something they have to constantly adjust?

Who are "they?"
post #6048 of 6141
One of my wife's favorite OTA channels is MeTV, on channel 57.4. Of all the major stations in the Houston area, this is the one that I seem to have trouble with. I get audio and visual dropouts, and while the signal strength on my other channels ranges from 85-100%, channel 57 is somewhere around 50%. It is basically unwatchable at this point.

Does anyone know if channel 57 broadcasts at a lower transmitting power than the other major stations in our area?
post #6049 of 6141
I have 60ft of Rohn 25G tower and a rotor and a CushCraft A3 ham antenna istanding n Pinehurst that I purchased but havent had time to take down..so I am offering here..YOU take it down and can keep the tower, I want the rotor (maybe) and the A3...
$300 for the tower, $500 for all if you want the ham antenna, etc. Contact me direct for more details.
post #6050 of 6141
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Originally Posted by Mloot View Post

One of my wife's favorite OTA channels is MeTV, on channel 57.4. Of all the major stations in the Houston area, this is the one that I seem to have trouble with. I get audio and visual dropouts, and while the signal strength on my other channels ranges from 85-100%, channel 57 is somewhere around 50%. It is basically unwatchable at this point.

Does anyone know if channel 57 broadcasts at a lower transmitting power than the other major stations in our area?

Last I look, 57 is at 1MW ERP which is max for any DTV UHF station however directional SW from the tower....Look at the Relative Field link here and the 41dbu coverage contour links:

http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tv...&slon2=&size=9
post #6051 of 6141
OK, with the new format I still have issues....Under the old site, if I came to this forum, I would go automatically to the last new page/message. Where do I set that in this new format? I have looked all over the place and cannot find it.....
post #6052 of 6141
I am with you. I can't find anything...easily.
post #6053 of 6141
Anyone know where the new Mundo Fox is? I thought it would be 26.2. Alas, it's not there.
post #6054 of 6141
KUVM-CD 34-1.

- Trip
post #6055 of 6141
Looking for some insight from the veterans around here. Installed a Winegard HD7694 in my attic two years ago and haven't had any issues. Had some AC work done in the attic last week and they installed a couple new flex duct over the top of my antenna. There was already one above and one below prior to this. Now, I'm suffering signal loss and can't seem to remedy it. All stations come in except ABC (13-1/2/3). I get 0% to 13% peaks for ABC. All other channels are fine with only PBS (73%), CBS (65%), and KUBE (86%) suffering any real signal loss. I've double checked the connections and tried to raise the new duct so it clears the antenna by at least 8". I don't know if it's the duct causing the issues or something I'm missing. Any insight would be appreciated. More specifics on my location & installation can be found in these threads:

General Location Info

Previous Signal Quality Chart

TIA for any insight.
post #6056 of 6141
gumbino,

Move the antenna.
post #6057 of 6141
I was hoping for something easier, but you're right. I moved it this afternoon and am back in business. Thanks.
post #6058 of 6141
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Originally Posted by thegreatgumbino View Post

I was hoping for something easier, but you're right. I moved it this afternoon and am back in business. Thanks.
Moving it is not easy?!?
post #6059 of 6141
Having just moved from Chicago to Houston, on its far northwest side, I'm hoping folks here would have a suggestion as to what's the best OTA antenna to use for my setup, which is:

  • DirecTV HD DVRs (with OTA capability)
  • 2nd floor (of 3-floors) of apt. building
  • Windows and unit face due south for the most part.
  • Location is Jersey Village, off 290 and West Rd.

I tried the usual web sites to research, but I'm not familiar with the local stations here and their strength of signal; hence my asking for some advice.

Thanks in advance.
post #6060 of 6141
Nobody in Houston?
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