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    Why can't I get ABC on my antenna???

    I have switch from cable to antenna and my old TV gets all the local channels including ABC and my new TV will not get ABC Channel 15 in Mesa, AZ.
    I bought the HDTV Box and they were not needed my reception is fine. I just don't understand why I am not getting ABC on my new TV.
    Thank you please help.



    I sent a e-mail to ABC ( ON HELP)

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    Dolores,

    There could be many reasons why your ABC affiliate isn't coming in. We need to have more information to help.

    First, what are you using for an antenna and where is it located? Secondly, please go to TV Fool and fill out the form as accurately as possible including your antenna's maximum possible height above ground. Then, take the survey result and post the URL here so we can study it. That website will automatically conceal your personal information.

    After viewing your antenna survey we will make recommendations on how to improve your reception and we might be able to help you capture ABC.

    Jim

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    what type of antenna are you using an indoor ear rabbits one or an rooftop antenna one, take in account that a indoor antenna just is situable if you live near of the repeater or transmitter, but if you live far away of those elements needs a rooftop antenna, and this thing is all the digital systems all over the world, all the HDTV systems in all over the world you needs a rooftop antenna for get a reliable signal reception.

    i in Chile can watch certain channels with an indoor antenna but already have problems with 2 channels that do not get picked up with an indoor antenna.

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    What model of HDTV is it?

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    same problem - not getting ABC

    I have the same problem. What was the solution? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest View Post
    I have the same problem. What was the solution? Thank you.
    Sorry, there's no magic solution for "getting ABC." We have to see your TV Fool report, for starters, to even know if it's possible for you to get ABC.

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    Here is how I got ABC on our HDTV

    We had this same problem. We had an analog TV with a digital box converter and we could always get ABC. When we got an HDTV, we could never pick up ABC and there was no way to search again for other channels. In our area (Spokane, WA) ABC was channel 4-1. I went to Complete List of TV Stations - Station Index and found our TV market (on the right they have Top 100 markets and small markets). I found the one for Spokane and they list all the local networks. I clicked on the ABC network and it said it was channel "4", but below that it said "DTV/HDTV Channel 13". So, on a whim, I entered channel 13-1 onto our TV and the ABC channel started working! But what was strange was that it now calls the channel 4-1 and is between channels 2 and 6 on our TV. So maybe with ABC there is something that HDTV just have to recognize to start working. Hopefully it works for you!

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    what converter box can pick the ABC channel in that market, because the converter boxes chipsets and the television built in turners are very different those and their sensibility to los signals or multipath situations are different, can try if your HDTV have firmware update perform an upgrade of version if not can try of determine where is the problem perhaps in the coaxial cable run is a leak which cause the little signal that get from ABC get lost through the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest View Post
    We had this same problem. We had an analog TV with a digital box converter and we could always get ABC. When we got an HDTV, we could never pick up ABC and there was no way to search again for other channels. In our area (Spokane, WA) ABC was channel 4-1. I went to Complete List of TV Stations - Station Index and found our TV market (on the right they have Top 100 markets and small markets). I found the one for Spokane and they list all the local networks. I clicked on the ABC network and it said it was channel "4", but below that it said "DTV/HDTV Channel 13". So, on a whim, I entered channel 13-1 onto our TV and the ABC channel started working! But what was strange was that it now calls the channel 4-1 and is between channels 2 and 6 on our TV. So maybe with ABC there is something that HDTV just have to recognize to start working. Hopefully it works for you!
    Welcome to the world of digital television. When television went digital what is called virtual channels made it possible for television stations to broadcast on different broadcast radio frequencies while retaining their historic channel. Your channel 4 is broadcast on real radio frequency channel 13, but the television shows it as 4 because that is the virtual channel. There is a very good chance that neither channel 2 or 6 are on their historical channel either (most broadcasters moved out of the low VHF channels 2-6). When you entered 13-1 into your TV, it looked at real channel 13 and found virtual channel 4.
    Snappy Dan Reminds You:

    DO NOT install antennas anywhere where they could fall into overhead power lines!!! An antenna falling into power lines may result in electrical shock or death. All outdoor antennas must be grounded in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). Be careful while working on roofs or towers. Always use appropriate safety precautions!!!

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    Same problem HDTV won't pick up ABC - I do get CBS 2.1/2.2 NBC 4.1/4.2 etc. 7.1 = no signal. Winegard indoor 5000 something indoor antenna. Does this have something to do with UHF/VHF? Currently get 2,4,5,9,11,13 (SoCal area) with the current placement this is the best I get as far as local prime time - I do get other channels like TBN I'm interested in watching...

 

 

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