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post #1111 of 1226
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Originally Posted by TheDeejay View Post

Has anyone else noticed that KXVA seems to have a hard time with the 'automatic' switch from HD to SD and back? I've noticed it switch in the middle of a commercial. Specifically, when it's a HD commercial, I've seen it switch to SD, and then unfortunately doesn't switch back in time for the return to network programming.

or am I just insane?

I finally got a chance to call and their chief engineer that I had talked to many times has resigned due to family health issues. I spoke with his assistant and he doesn't know the transmitter upgrade timetable so hope for February. I did report your issue to him and he did say he would investigate and correct.

KXVA is somewhat of a unique situation. Their master control is located with KIDY in San Angelo. From there it goes to Suddenlink in Abilene via fiber then they relay the signal via fiber to the transmitter. So it's possible that the problem may be with Suddenlink.

I think they are looking for a new CE. Any takers?
-ML
post #1112 of 1226
Cable companies (as in Suddenlink) have no control over the HD/SD switching of the various networks they have in their lineup. Having said that, beyond KXVA being asleep at the switch on numerous occasions...KTXS is wasting their time by showing a big Hollywood blockbuster like "POTC At Worlds End" until they figure out how to run weather alerts with the HD feed. KTAB/KRBC don't seem to have a problem with it..
post #1113 of 1226
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Originally Posted by joemama127 View Post

Cable companies (as in Suddenlink) have no control over the HD/SD switching of the various networks they have in their lineup. Having said that, beyond KXVA being asleep at the switch on numerous occasions...KTXS is wasting their time by showing a big Hollywood blockbuster like "POTC At Worlds End" until they figure out how to run weather alerts with the HD feed. KTAB/KRBC don't seem to have a problem with it..

Yup, KTXS really has a problem here. It's something to do with the equipment they have not being able to do the weather alerts with HD. Wasn't that big of a deal when they were the only local HD in town but it really stands out now. Has pretty much ruined several of their broadcast events. I think the people that run that station must only have SD at home and not really understand how important the difference is.
post #1114 of 1226
Hi all,
I have a few questions about the OTA locals. I will be doing somework around Brownwood and was wondering if anyone , on this forum, is receiving networks that far without a problem. I am also curious to know what type of antenna(s) ones are using .

Thanks,,

Carl
post #1115 of 1226
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Originally Posted by atester View Post

Hi all,
I have a few questions about the OTA locals. I will be doing somework around Brownwood and was wondering if anyone , on this forum, is receiving networks that far without a problem. I am also curious to know what type of antenna(s) ones are using .

Thanks,,

Carl

I am in Brownwood (in town), and I have the largest Radio Shack antenna with a signal booster/FM trap (also from Radio Shack). I get KTAB really well, KXVA is hit and miss, occasionally I get KRBC, and extremely rarely I get KTXS. I have it about 20' up. I once raised it to 30', but it didn't improve anything.

I am told that Radio Shack antennas are not that good, so perhaps you could do better with a different one. I'm not going to spend any more money on my setup though.

I bet if you are at the lake (out of the Brownwood "hole"), you might get them all very well.

When I first decided to put up an antenna, I contacted a local company that does professional installation. The guy told me that there was no way I would ever get even one station in town, no matter how high the tower was. I was intent on proving him wrong, so I bought all the stuff at Radio Shack and did it myself.
post #1116 of 1226
shy_guy,
Thanks for the information.
I won't be near the lake, but on the south east side about 15 miles out. I was in the area last week looking around to see what others were using for antennas. It seems to be a mix.
Are you having any RF or TI interference ?
I was really looking at getting a Winegard 8200u since there is enough room and I won't be in the city. Don't know if that would be over kill but I just don't want to get an antenna that is not strong enough for the lesser power.
I'm going to use a Pansat 9200HD with a built in ATSC tuner. I have used it in other cities and seems to be very stable. I can also use it for C/Ku fta reception.

Carl
post #1117 of 1226
Anybody else having trouble with KXVA Fox (OTA) in the last week or so? Seems to be "freezing" randomly - is certainly going to interfere with watching "24" if it doesn't get better!
post #1118 of 1226
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Originally Posted by djintexas View Post

Anybody else having trouble with KXVA Fox (OTA) in the last week or so? Seems to be "freezing" randomly - is certainly going to interfere with watching "24" if it doesn't get better!

I've never had a problem with 'freezing' but I do appear to lose signal for a moment or two a couple of times an hour despite normally having relatively strong signal. It may be the way my equipment handles the 'freezing' thing you're seeing. However, I've had this issue ever since they went digital.

I mostly use OTA but I also get this issue if using the Satellite feed from Dishnetwork at the same time it occurs OTA.
post #1119 of 1226
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Originally Posted by tigepilot View Post

I've never had a problem with 'freezing' but I do appear to lose signal for a moment or two a couple of times an hour despite normally having relatively strong signal. It may be the way my equipment handles the 'freezing' thing you're seeing. However, I've had this issue ever since they went digital.

I mostly use OTA but I also get this issue if using the Satellite feed from Dishnetwork at the same time it occurs OTA.

Yep - watching Cowboys game getting a "searching for signal" message - have checked signal strength - and it is in the upper 80's - don't know what is going on with this...
post #1120 of 1226
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Originally Posted by djintexas View Post

Yep - watching Cowboys game getting a "searching for signal" message - have checked signal strength - and it is in the upper 80's - don't know what is going on with this...

I think it has something to do with the cheapy low power transmitter they're using. I don't think there's anything you can do about it regarding antenna and signal strength because Dishnetwork loses the signal as well at the same time. Suddenlink probably doesn't lose it though because I think they use a direct link that bypasses the transmission.

They're going to eventually have to update that transmitter to a high power one to comply with the FCC requirements of their coverage area. When that happens, I'm sure it will be fixed.

I'm a 24 fan as well and was frustrated with the issue when they first went HD last year but it is WAY better than their crappy SD signal even with the occasional signal drops.
post #1121 of 1226
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Originally Posted by tigepilot View Post

I think it has something to do with the cheapy low power transmitter they're using. I don't think there's anything you can do about it regarding antenna and signal strength because Dishnetwork loses the signal as well at the same time. Suddenlink probably doesn't lose it though because I think they use a direct link that bypasses the transmission.

They're going to eventually have to update that transmitter to a high power one to comply with the FCC requirements of their coverage area. When that happens, I'm sure it will be fixed.

I'm a 24 fan as well and was frustrated with the issue when they first went HD last year but it is WAY better than their crappy SD signal even with the occasional signal drops.

Thanks - sure doesn't fix it, but at least makes me feel better to know that it's not an equipment problem on my end that is causing the problem! Yes, I agree, it is still much better than the SD signal that they used to have...
post #1122 of 1226
Thread Starter 
I had problems with KXVA-Fox during the Vikings v Saints game Sunday night. Near the end of the 4th quarter, when the Vikings were driving for a winning score, I got the dreaded "Searching for Signal" message and my screen froze. When it came back up after a minute or so, Saints had the ball. My wife (huge Brett Farve fan) would have killed someone at Fox if she had been given the opportunity.
post #1123 of 1226
This is normal for KXVA. I'm surprised people are just now talking about it.
post #1124 of 1226
Again, I think that as long as KXVA keeps getting an extension on putting in their higher powered transmitter they simply won't do anything about it. My guess would be the only thing that might work would be a petition to the FCC which says that KXVA is not serving their viewing area. Just a thought.
post #1125 of 1226
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tigepilot View Post

This is normal for KXVA. I'm surprised people are just now talking about it.

Perhaps because most of us seldom ever watch it. I didn't even watch during football season as I had Sunday Ticket and watched the Cowboys on that. Perfect picture every week. Weekend before last I was out of town, so this past weekend was the first time I had to watch the Cowboys on KXVA all year. If they had a better transmitter, we might get interested in 24 or other Fox programs.
post #1126 of 1226
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Originally Posted by cdharris View Post

Perhaps because most of us seldom ever watch it. I didn't even watch during football season as I had Sunday Ticket and watched the Cowboys on that. Perfect picture every week. Weekend before last I was out of town, so this past weekend was the first time I had to watch the Cowboys on KXVA all year. If they had a better transmitter, we might get interested in 24 or other Fox programs.

We got into 24 when we lived in another market but I swore I wouldn't get into a series on Fox until KXVA went HD otherwise I might have gotten interested in the Sarah Conner Chronicles. I think you're better off just renting 24 anyways. Waiting a week for the next episode can be tortuous.

The signal drops annoy me but not to the point of ruining the program. I can expect it to drop once during an episode of 24 and it doesn't ever last more that about 2 seconds.
post #1127 of 1226
So, KXVA 15.1 (OTA) went dark on me about 2.5 weeks ago, all the other channels are fine. I talked to a tech at KXVA and he said they made some changes around that time. Told me I needed to rescan and it would be fixed. He said there was also a 15.2/.3 as well and that some people have had to add those.

I use Windows Media Center under Windows 7 and I have rescanned and it does not change still nothing. I would delete the whole channel but I can't find a way to do it, just disable it.

I tried to add 15.2 but 7MC wants the frequency and I have not had any luck finding that info.

Anyone have any ideas?
post #1128 of 1226
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Originally Posted by damnskippy View Post

So, KXVA 15.1 (OTA) went dark on me about 2.5 weeks ago, all the other channels are fine. I talked to a tech at KXVA...

Really? No one else seems to be able to get a hold of anyone there.

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Originally Posted by damnskippy View Post

Told me I needed to rescan and it would be fixed. He said there was also a 15.2/.3 as well...

This part makes me think you're talking about KTXS. Anyway, I'll go and see if I can't pull in these 15.2 and .3 stations just to see.

Edit: Tried all three of my digital scanners and none are showig a 15.2 or .3. I do get 15.1 with better than 80% signal so I'd say that .2 and .3 are not there.
post #1129 of 1226
Thanks for the info tigepilot. The guy I talked to today was nice and told em to call him back if I had any problems but of course I could not work on it till tonight.

It is definitely KXVA 15.1. When I have Media Center show the signal strength it shows all but one notches like it has good signal. But when I try to watch that channel 7MC says no signal available. The tech said it is seeing signal but it is not actually a TV signal it can show. Had something to do with the changes they made, I can't remember what he said it was. They changed from one type of signal to another getting ready for a more powerful broadcast (he did not know when it would go live).

Does anyone know how to completely delete a channel from 7MC? Or how to edit the frequency and so forth for a channel?

Does anyone know the frequency for 15.1 (7MC only has 2 digits for it when it asks for it)? Maybe I can add it in manually but when i add a channel it wants the 15.1 then it wants a frequency. I found this thread looking for it.
post #1130 of 1226
Used guidetool to delete the channel then rescanned and it works fine now. Seems stupid 7MC has no way to delete a channel.
post #1131 of 1226
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Originally Posted by damnskippy View Post


It is definitely KXVA 15.1. When I have Media Center show the signal strength it shows all but one notches like it has good signal. But when I try to watch that channel 7MC says no signal available. The tech said it is seeing signal but it is not actually a TV signal it can show. Had something to do with the changes they made, I can't remember what he said it was. They changed from one type of signal to another getting ready for a more powerful broadcast (he did not know when it would go live).

I live in Abilene, and I am having a problem like that with my tivo and my hd tv. The tivo shows 80% signal on 15.1 but just a black screen, no audio or picture. So apparently my tivo and tv can't use the signal it is receiving. When faux first went digital I could get the channel, but when they went hd I stopped getting a signal. I can get 15.1 on the analog tv in my bedroom with a digital converter box.
post #1132 of 1226
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Originally Posted by T-bone2006 View Post

I live in Abilene, and I am having a problem like that with my tivo and my hd tv. The tivo shows 80% signal on 15.1 but just a black screen, no audio or picture. So apparently my tivo and tv can't use the signal it is receiving. When faux first went digital I could get the channel, but when they went hd I stopped getting a signal. I can get 15.1 on the analog tv in my bedroom with a digital converter box.

I am having the exact same problem with my tivo and 15.1. If I bypass the tivo, the tuner in my tv will pick up the signal, but the tivo gets nothing.
post #1133 of 1226
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Originally Posted by Farrier View Post

I am having the exact same problem with my tivo and 15.1. If I bypass the tivo, the tuner in my tv will pick up the signal, but the tivo gets nothing.

I think I read somewhere that the various DVRs don't have as good of a tuner than most TVs. I know I have an easier time picking up stations with my TV tuner than my Dish Network DVR but I'm close to the transmission towers and have a good size antenna ta boot so I can get them either way.
post #1134 of 1226
Thread Starter 
Have you re-scanned for channels on the Tivo? I had the same problem a couple of weeks ago with one of my TVs. It showed to be getting a signal on 15.1 but the screen was blank. After I finally re-scanned, the picture came in fine and it has worked okay ever since. I recall reading that KXVA had made some change in their signal and apparently some sets need to re-scan to pick it up.
post #1135 of 1226
Yes, I've rescanned several times, with no luck. It's probably as tigepilot said, the tuner in the tivo is just not as sensitive as the one built into my tv. For now, it looks like I'll have to watch my fox programs live, commercials and all.
post #1136 of 1226
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Originally Posted by shy_guy View Post

I am in Brownwood (in town), and I have the largest Radio Shack antenna with a signal booster/FM trap (also from Radio Shack). I get KTAB really well, KXVA is hit and miss, occasionally I get KRBC, and extremely rarely I get KTXS. I have it about 20' up. I once raised it to 30', but it didn't improve anything.

I am told that Radio Shack antennas are not that good, so perhaps you could do better with a different one. I'm not going to spend any more money on my setup though.

I bet if you are at the lake (out of the Brownwood "hole"), you might get them all very well.

When I first decided to put up an antenna, I contacted a local company that does professional installation. The guy told me that there was no way I would ever get even one station in town, no matter how high the tower was. I was intent on proving him wrong, so I bought all the stuff at Radio Shack and did it myself.


I know I responed several months back but here is a little update.

This past weekend I was in the Brownwood area and installed the Winegard HD 8200u antenna on a 10ft poll using the ATSC tuner from the Pansat 9200HD .
At 10ft there was no signal so I added another 10ft section and a Winegard 8275 preamp in the room next to the receiver. Actual height up is about 17 ft.
On the firts scan I was able to pick up Telemundo out of Kileen/Austin both channels on signal and quality were at 100%.
Then, I rotated the antenna and did a rescan and was able to get 2 channels.
KCWX SD & HD from San Antonio!!!!!!!! Signal & Quality were at 100%
No pixelation on any of the 4 channels , even though the weather was not that great.
Then, I rotated it again and was able to pick these up:

KLST PBS San Angelo Quality & Signal 69%
KXVA FOX Abilene Quality & Signal 80%
KTAB CBS Abliene Quality and Signal 80%.

On the 2 Abilene stations I was able to get 100% quality & signal but lost the San Angelo station. So by adjusting the antenna I was able to receive all 3 channles but lowering some of the reception. However, there was no pixelation on any of the 3.
In the weeks ahead I will probably go up another 5 or 10 ft to see I can pull more channels in. I know what you mean about Brownwood being in a hole but even on the outskirts it can be worse.
Would like to know if other have had any better results.

Carl
post #1137 of 1226
Anyone know why KXVA 15.1 is off air? I noticed it last night but just figured they were having technical problems. Noticed it's still off air tonight.
post #1138 of 1226
Yes I have noticed, on the tv I can usually get faux, I have not been able to get 15.1 for 2 days. I was at a friends house and he can't get fox on dish network either. KXVA is not good at getting information out so one can only speculate. My hope is they are upgrading the transmitter and going full power.
post #1139 of 1226
Thread Starter 
I haven't been able to get KXVA for several days. I don't know if Suddenlink can get it or not.
post #1140 of 1226
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Originally Posted by cdharris View Post

I haven't been able to get KXVA for several days. I don't know if Suddenlink can get it or not.

I can get Fox KXVA HD on cable but cannot get it over the air.
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