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Yesterday we double-checked the orientation of the K03HY transmit antenna atop Mt. Tam and pointed it more towards San Francisco and less towards San Rafael. Let me know if this helps your reception in San Francisco. Also, the drop out issues may really have been with our uplink. We're boosting the power for our UHF uplink to fix the problem. Also, we're adding more channels. The improvements will most likely be done by the end of the month.

I checked KCSO to see how much interference K03HY was giving it and it's low right now. That could just be conditions at the moment. I'll check it off and on.

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Hi Larry,
What strength do you get K03HY now? Yesterday we adjusted how the transmit antenna is aimed so it should put more power over San Francisco.
Blessings,
Keith
Hi Keith...

On my AntennasDirect C5 antenna I see little change... maybe just a slight increase. K03HY was about 23 dB and it's still about 23-24 dB SNR. But off the side of my 10 element Hi-VHF yagi which is pointed at Walnut Grove, the signal is 3 dB better than it was. It has been 20 dB but it's now up to 23 dB. Now the signal is virtually the same strength on either antenna. I can't explain why it's better on one, but not the other.

I hope you're able to get your links fixed. Yesterday afternoon there was more black screen than anything on channel 3 with occasional pixelated video popping in and out. Last night and this afternoon the picture is solid again.

As Ben asked, when is KTVJ coming on the air?

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Yesterday we adjusted how the transmit antenna is aimed so it should put more power over San Francisco.
It certainly appears that there is much less power in my direction than there was. KCSO is running about 8 dB higher S/N when I'm pointing at it. The KCSO heading is 237 degrees and K03HY is 260 degrees. Previously if I was pointed anywhere north of 237 degrees I couldn't receive KCSO. Now I can receive it all the way up to 300 degrees, which is how it should be. It's probably best to be putting most of your power into where you want to cover and not way out here in the boonies. This probably means I will not see KTVJ.

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Calaveras... I have gone through your entire page of your OTA stations received... what an impressive list you have!! Congratulations!

How do you find stations that just appear briefly due to skip? Are you doing constant scans to "Add digital stations" or do you have another way of finding them?

I wish there was a way to continuously scan all of the channels and get a record of all PSIP information received. I see signals here that are usually just below the cliff edge that I've never logged because I've never seen a picture or logged the PSIP info. I often see signals on RF channels 2, 13, 20, 26 and 48 that are in this category. I suspect 2 to be KFTY, 20 to be KCVU, 26 KTFK and 48 KSPX, but those are just guesses. I have no idea what is on 13.

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Calaveras... I have gone through your entire page of your OTA stations received... what an impressive list you have!! Congratulations!

How do you find stations that just appear briefly due to skip? Are you doing constant scans to "Add digital stations" or do you have another way of finding them?

I wish there was a way to continuously scan all of the channels and get a record of all PSIP information received. I see signals here that are usually just below the cliff edge that I've never logged because I've never seen a picture or logged the PSIP info. I often see signals on RF channels 2, 13, 20, 26 and 48 that are in this category. I suspect 2 to be KFTY, 20 to be KCVU, 26 KTFK and 48 KSPX, but those are just guesses. I have no idea what is on 13.

Larry
Thanks Larry! I just finished updating the list with some comments and adding KNVN. I look at the 50 MHz real time QSO page to see if it looks busy enough for something to be coming in. Sometimes KFTY isn't coming in and I look at the spectrum analyzer and I see the signal going up and down which indicates another station is coming in. I turn the antenna to see if I can decode it. That happened this morning but I think more than one station was coming in so that's impossible to decode. On top of that there was a lot of lightning destroying reception on low VHF. Once I see the station is decoding at times I sit there with the camera and wait for an ID. These days there are only a few possibilities on RF 2.

I suspect 13 is KCBA but it has a lot of competition from KNTV.

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Does K03HY 3.1 have the same low audio as KFTY 45.1? It's been that way for several days now.

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3.1 is using the right audio channel only here.
That means a mono analog tv here 13" Sony Trinitron (hooked up correctly to the converter box) gets no sound on 3.1

3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 all use the left channel and work correctly with QVC being the "loudest"

On a stereo tv, 3.1 audio is soft, scratchy, and on the right speaker only.
 

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3.1 is using the right audio channel only here.
That means a mono analog tv here 13" Sony Trinitron (hooked up correctly to the converter box) gets no sound on 3.1

3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 all use the left channel and work correctly with QVC being the "loudest"

On a stereo tv, 3.1 audio is soft, scratchy, and on the right speaker only.
I took another listen and 45.1 also has right channel audio only. It is very low but not scratchy.

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Does K03HY 3.1 have the same low audio as KFTY 45.1? It's been that way for several days now.

Chuck
Scanning & Duplicate channels
3.3 & 65.6 QVC (3.3 is much louder then 65.6) same program.
28.2 & 65.5 HSN ...... ? ..... same network .... from the same antenna farm ? ......oookay.
28.3 channel for lease

3.1 is about 1/4 audio to 3.3 & 3.4

And the question everybody wants to know .........
......Where is KTVJ ....?
 

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Does K03HY 3.1 have the same low audio as KFTY 45.1? It's been that way for several days now.
Chuck
3.1 is using the right audio channel only here.
That means a mono analog tv here 13" Sony Trinitron (hooked up correctly to the converter box) gets no sound on 3.1

3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 all use the left channel and work correctly with QVC being the "loudest"

On a stereo tv, 3.1 audio is soft, scratchy, and on the right speaker only.
K03HY has had these audio problems for several weeks now. I didn't realize that it was the same on the other "One Ministry" channels. Looks like the source of the problem is back up the audio chain a few steps. The levels vary a lot from one sub-channel to the next with QVC sounding not only loud, but quite distorted.

Video-wise, 3.1 looks good, 3.2 is 16:9 but very soft, looking almost out of focus, and QVC on 3.3 is a 16:9 picture being sent out 4:3. It looks good if you hit the "Wide" button and stretch it to 16:9. I think that's a QVC problem though, as it's the same on 65.6.

While talking about various problems, I've noticed that several channels now require me to use that "Wide" button. The video is 16:9 but being sent in a 4:3 frame, so everyone looks really skinny. I notice this a lot on channels 26 and 32. Just the opposite, 10.2 is sending out LiveWell in stretched mode. You would think that the stations would send out the program so that it would be displayed in the proper size, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

KEMO 50.2 is still sending out the program information for what's on 50.1. They've never updated their PSIP info. KTNC 42.4 is now sending out a blank, black screen, and KMTP 32 continues to be all messed up, sending out blank screens on 32.2 and 32.4 (there is no 32.3) and sending the wrong program information with PSIP.

One improvement... KDTS 52 finally got rid of the "BOB-4" supered across the center of the picture.

I didn't realize that ZUUS had disappeared. I've noticed that there's a slide on 28.3 showing that the channel is available for lease and I've seen lots of informercials on 28.15, but I thought they were being sent by ZUUS Country. Time to update my lists again. :)

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I'm seeing the same video on 45 as you're seeing on 3 except my TV requires me to set Full Screen on QVC or else it is squished.

Some of the Salinas LP stations also have "For Lease" slides on their sub channels.

It does appear as though that many of the smaller full service stations and LP stations are not maintained very well and sub channels have even more problems. Programming comes and goes faster than you can keep up with it. :)

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I just spent about an hour tuning around the channels. Conditions from about 12:30 to 1:30 am this morning (Tuesday) have been very good. All of the Walnut Grove channels that I normally get - 3, 6, 10, 13, 31 and 46 - were all 21 dB SNR or higher. KMAX 31 was up to 27 dB. I even got solid signals on KTFK 26 (64.1, 64.3 and 19.2) for a while, and KNVN 24, whose transmitter is about 175 miles from here, northeast of Red Bluff, came in for a few minutes.

Even low power channel 8 - KDTS 52 from Mt. Diablo - was putting in a 17 - 18 dB signal tonight. Normally it's right at the cliff edge at its best.

I still haven't been able to get a strong enough signal out of KSPX on 48 (Virtual 29) to make a picture. It got up to 13.6 dB tonight, but that's it.

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KFTY 45.1 audio has been restored to what passes for normal, i.e. normal level on the right channel with no distortion and no audio on the left channel.

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I received the August issue of the Worldwide TV-FM DX Association digest today, and it had the following FCC update information for stations in the SF and Santa Rosa areas:

KTVJ - Channel 4, city of license changed to San Francisco, power increase to 400 watts approved
K03IC, channel 3 in Santa Rosa, has requested a power increase to 3 kW
KUKR, channel 26 in Santa Rosa, had power increase to 2 kW approved

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There are a whole bunch of stations who have to apply for a license renewal by August 1. These applications having been showing up daily for a few weeks with the FCC. Today KTVJ has applied for a license renewal. I thought this was kind of interesting considering the station has never been on the air in the first place. :) They're not the first one I've seen in this situation. A couple over here have done the same thing. KEFM (analog 6 FM radio station) has been running a slide in Spanish about license renewal for weeks now.

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I have put together a master list showing the reception of all TV channels with my HD Home Run receiver and I've put it on my web site.

The HDHR receiver has two inputs and I've put A-B switches on each input so that I can monitor the reception of each of my four antennas or antenna combinations. Using the scans from each of these antennas I've taken the best signal received to make the master list.

Anyone interested in seeing my list can click here: http://www.larrykenney.com/channellistmstr.txt

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