How many dtv channels do you get?
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Just wondering how many over-the-air digital channels everybody's getting and which converter box you own (if you use a converter box). Here in the Dayton, Ohio area we can pick up tv signals from Cincinnati and of course Dayton. If I turn my antenna east-south-east I can also pick up channel 53 from Chillicothe
for a total of 29 channels. My converter box is a Zenith DTV901.
So how many digital channels is everybody else picking up and what type of converter box are you using?
Live in Carthage North Carolina pickup 39 channels using a Antenna Craft U8000 antenna on a rotator with a wine guard 4800 pre amp at 30ft. using a dtvpal-plus converter. receive channels from 80 miles out steadily.
I'm picking up 27 digital channels here in Maine, but about 1/4 of them are weather/multichannel stations which don't really count in my opinion.
It depends, but here on the outskirts of L.A., CA, right now, I receive 18 good channels, and 3-4 pixelated channels (waiting for our Terk UHF/VHFantenna to get here). I'm hoping after we get the new antenna, we can do another channel scan and pick up a few more missing stations. Converter bo is a DTVPal Plus.
Originally Posted by Tim58hsv
NONE here in the Santa Cruz mountains, 25 miles from San Francisco
with a roof antenna and an amplifier.
I currently get about 8 analog VHF stations,
6 of which are losing their VHF frequencies at the transition.
UHF is almost entirely absorbed by trees (REALLY BIG trees)
which also make satellite reception impossible.
Antennaweb used to say I should get about a dozen digital stations,
now it says I should only expect to get 1.
In the Santa Cruz mountains? Beautiful area back there, think I saw in the news where the SC mountains received a couple inches of snow just recently?
Originally Posted by AndyTiedye
Anyway, when you get a chance, how tall is your roof antenna, and have you noticed a lot of pixelation/bad reception at times?
Our antenna is on the roof, about 20' above ground level.
No pixelation, because we get no digital signals at all. Analog
reception is weak, but watchable on high VHF, good on the
soon-to-be-auctioned-off low VHF band, and nonexistent on
UHF. We were able to pick up some UHF, extremely snowy,
by putting an antenna up 50' in a redwood tree a few years
ago (until that antenna was trashed by a windstorm).
The trees are well over 100' tall. There is a big hill to the SE,
and a smaller ridge E and NE (50' up clears that).
Clear to the W and SW, but the nearest stations that way are in Hawaii.
Last edited by AndyTiedye; 12-29-2008 at 06:28 AM.
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I get 14 on my zenith 901.. and 4 om my apex now.... still cant get 4,5 on apex but i did from time to time. not sure whats causing it. I have to auto scan a lot to get them to come in.I wonder whats causing interference.In a thread I started a few down drom this one I posted a chart I did on tv fool.com. Its not like the stations are far away..maby they are too close to each other??
That's a shame, Andy.
Originally Posted by AndyTiedye
Seems like some folks will be without ota television come 2/18/09.
On a more positive note Antennaweb.org has very conservative estimates for what channels you can get. It says that I should be able to pick up 12 digital channels with an outdoor antenna. I'm actually picking up 26 to 29 channels (depends on the weather and which way the antennas pointed) with a cheapo 2-bay bow tie antenna in the attic. I'm not sure if trees are any worse on reception than an attic and if they're not, your situation should be doable too.
Best of luck!
I only get 1 channel and when the weather is bad i just get "no signal" on the screen.
By the way, I bought a 22" vizio LCD HDTV which has an HDTV tuner built in. My Magnavox TBMW1009 only gets 4.1 CBS.
how many channels would one get in gainesville ga?
Go to http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29 and enter your address, and the height of the antenna you may install (10 ft in your living room, 20 ft on the roof)
Originally Posted by christinarundles
I did this based on a gainsville zip code @15 ft.
With the right antenna, you should get most everything in the green, and most of the yellow, too. And remember, each channel has 1 - 3 (or more) sub channels.
Last edited by MrPogi; 02-23-2011 at 09:15 AM.
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Here in northeastern border near the RI/MA state line, I'm receiving the following channels with my Zenith, Venturer, and Digital Stream converter boxes:
From the Providence/New Bedford area: 6 (ABC), 10.1 (NBC) 10.2 (RTV) 10.3 (Shop NBC), 12.1 (CBS) 12.2 (COOLTV), 28.1 (CW), 28.2 (LATV), 36.1 (PBS) 36.2 (PBS Learn), 64.1 (FOX) 64.2 (MY), 69.1/69.2/69.3 (ION).
From the Boston/Worcester areas: 2.1/2.2 (PBS), 4 (CBS), 5 (ABC), 7.1 (NBC) 7.2 (THIS), 25 (FOX), 27.1 (UNI) 27.2 (LATV), 38.1 (IND), 44.1/44.2/44.3/44.4 (PBS), 48.1 (Daystar), 56.1 (CW) 56.2 (Country Music Videos), 62.1/62.2 (RTV), 66.1 (Telefutura), 68.1/68.2/68.3 (ION).
A total of 38 channels using the Channel Master 4241 4 bay antenna.
well where i live in Santiago Chile can just get 5 television channels in DTV, my box says 17 yeah are 17 in total, but is 5 channels that are cyphered so can not be watched i do not know what is the sense of have 5 channels over the air cyphered, the others 5 are the cell phone version of the television channels, one channel working at 200kw power can not be catched by an rooftop antenna , i have not tried an amplifier of signal because with the Japanese system of DTV the boosters and pre amp things do not work so is waste money in things that do not work, have tried two amplifiers one of 10db for distribution and other of VHF-UHF-FM of 35DB none works to boost the signal and get the channel that works in 200kw power transmitter
here is a video of my channel scanning with my converter box
I receive 64 digital channels from 4 DMAs: Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Youngstown, Pittsburgh and Wheeling-Steubenville. I don't use a converter box; I use the Dish DTVPal DVR.
Antenna setup: Channel Master original 4228, Winegard YA-1713, Channel Master 7777 preamp and a rotator all mounted on a 55' tower.
Last edited by salemtubes; 02-24-2011 at 03:11 AM.
Reason: Added antenna info.
In the Chicago market in Gary Indiana, I use an older Philips deep fringe all channel antenna for the Chicago stations & a Winegard HD-1080 for WYIN. The total channel count is 47 for what I'm picking up so far. If I want to break it down specifically, then this is what I get, and some channels simulcast.
2.1 - WBBM-TV (RF 12) (CBS)
5.1 - WMAQ-TV (RF 29) (NBC)
5.2 - Chicago Nonstop
5.3 - Universal Sports
7.1 - WLS-TV (RF 7 translator & 44 for main channel) (ABC) (Note, both RF 7 & RF 44 weren't counted in the total, only counted as 3 channels, since RF 7 will be vacate by WLS-TV anyday now)
7.2 - Livewell Network
7.3 - Accuweather
9.1 - WGN-TV (RF 19) (CW)
9.2 - Antenna TV
11.1 - WTTW (RF 47) (PBS)
11.2 - WTTW Prime
11.3 - Create
11.4 - V-Me
13.1 - WOCK-CD (RF 4) (Mega TV)
13.2 - WOCH-CA (simulcast of analog 41) (Arirang)
13.3 - LATV
13.4 - Korean religious
18.1 - WHNW-LD (RF 18) (World Harvest TV) (Recently went digital)
20.1 - WYCC (RF 21) (PBS)
20.2 - WYCC in SD
20.3 - Mhz Worldview
23.1 - WWME-LD (RF 39) (MeTV)
23.2 - simulcast of WWME-LD
23.3 - WWME-LD simulcast
25.1 - W25DW-D (RF 25) (Home Shopping Network) (recently went digital)
26.1 - WCIU (RF 27) (Ind) (The U)
26.2 - U Too
26.3 - MeTV (Simulcast of WWME-LD)
26.4 - MeToo (simulcast of WMEU-CA analog 48) (Local MeTV)
26.5 - This TV
32.1 - WFLD (RF 31) (Fox)
38.1 - WCPX (RF 43) (Ion)
38.2 - Qubo
38.3 - Ion Life
40.1 - WESV-LD (RF 40) (Estrella TV)
44.1 WSNS (RF 45) (Telemundo)
44.2 - Inmigrante TV
50.1 - WPWR-TV (RF 51) (MNT)
56.1 - WYIN (RF 17) (PBS)
56.2 - simulcast of WYIN
56.3 - WYIN PBS Kids Go (Widescreen)
56.4 - simulcast of WYIN (widescreen)
57.1 - WDCI-LD (RF 30) (Daystar)
60.1 - WXFT (RF 50) (Telefutura)
62.1 - WJYS (RF 36) (Ind) (brokered religious & infomercials)
62.2 - WEDE-CA (simulcast of WEDE-CA analog 34)
62.4 - WJYS 2 (Ind) (brokered religious & infomercials, but not same programming at the same time)
66.1 - WGBO-DT (RF 38) (Univision)
Channels in bold are HD channels.
The following I could get in more if I had a deep fringe antenna pointed at South Bend Indiana:
16.1 - WNDU-TV (RF 42) (NBC)
16.2 - WNDU in SD
22.1 - WSBT-TV (RF 22) (CBS)
22.2 - SBT 2 (Ind)
22.3 - Weather radar
28.1 - WSJV (RF 28) (Fox)
34.1 - WNIT (RF 35) (PBS) (National PBS East channel)
34.2 - WNIT (locally programmed PBS in SD)
Below is a list of channels that I am able to receive from my location using the highest gain antenna from
Antenna Craft. I also have a rotor to pinpoint the signals, especially for the Tucson stations, which are
129 miles from where I live. Over the summer CTV Saskatoon came in on their analog repeater station
on channel 3. I scanned the TV at that time, and now if I enter manually channel 3, it still registers CTV,
even though no signal from that "skip channel". I had thought about upgrading to the Winegard HD8200U
to try and get more stable signals, but the Antenna Craft seems to do a pretty decent job.
3.1 KTVK Ind. (PHOENIX)
3.2 This TV (PHOENIX)
4.1 KVOA NBC (TUCSON)
4.2 Cozi TV (TUCSON)
5.1 KPHO (PHOENIX)
5.2 WEATHER NOW 9 (PHOENIX)
6.1 KUAT PBS (TUCSON)
6.2 V-me (TUCSON)
6.3 Create (TUCSON)
7.1 KAZT Ind. (PRESCOTT)
7.2 MeTV (PRESCOTT)
7.3 HSN (PRESCOTT)
7.4 MeTV (PRESCOTT) translator station
7.5 HSN (PRESCOTT) translator station
8.1 KAET PBS (PHOENIX)
8.2 EightLife (PHOENIX)
8.3 World (PHOENIX)
8.4 KBAQ (audio) (PHOENIX)
9.1 KGUN ABC (TUCSON)
9.2 Antenna TV (TUCSON)
9.3 Live Well Network (TUCSON)
10.1 KSAZ FOX (PHOENIX)
10.2 KSAZ (simulcast) (PHOENIX)
11.1 KMSB FOX (TUCSON)
11.2 This TV (TUCSON)
12.1 KPNX NBC (PHOENIX)
12.1 12 News Weather Plus (PHOENIX)
13.1 KOLD CBS (TUCSON)
13.2 MeTV (TUCSON)
15.1 KNXV ABC (PHOENIX)
15.2 Antenna TV (PHOENIX)
18.1 KTTU MyNetworkTV (TUCSON)
18.2 Estrella TV (TUCSON)
21.1 KPAZ TBN (PHOENIX)
21.2 The Church Channel (PHOENIX)
21.3 JCTV (PHOENIX)
21.4 ENLACE (PHOENIX)
21.5 SMILE (PHOENIX)
33.1 KTVW UNIVISION (PHOENIX)
33.2 TeleFutura (PHOENIX)
33.3 Grit (PHOENIX)
35.1 KFPH uniMAS (PHOENIX)
35.3 GetTV (PHOENIX)
38.1 K38IZ-D IZ Peliculas (PHOENIX)
38.2 Tuff TV (PHOENIX)
38.3 IZ Videos (PHOENIX)
38.4 ZUUS Country (PHOENIX)
39.1 KTAZD TELEMUNDO (PHOENIX)
39.2 EXITOS TV (PHOENIX)
39.3 Cozi TV (PHOENIX)
40.1 KMOH MundoFOX (PHOENIX)
40.2 EEE NETWORK (PHOENIX)
41.1 KPDF AZTECA (PHOENIX)
41.2 “LEASE” (PHOENIX)
41.3 LATV (PHOENIX)
41.4 OnTV4U (PHOENIX)
42.1 KVPA EstrellaTV (PHOENIX)
44.1 KPHE TU CANAL (PHOENIX)
44.2 RETRO TELEVISION NETWORK (PHOENIX)
44.3 SMART LIFESTYLE TV (PHOENIX)
44.4 PBJ (PHOENIX)
45.1 KUTP MyNetworkTV (PHOENIX)
45.2 Movies! (PHOENIX)
45.3 BOUNCE (PHOENIX)
48 KDTP DAYSTAR (PHOENIX)
51.1 KPPX ION (PHOENIX)
51.2 QUBO (PHOENIX)
51.3 ION LIFE (PHOENIX)
51.4 ION SHOP (PHOENIX)
51.5 QVC (PHOENIX)
51.6 HSN (PHOENIX)
61.1 KASW CW NETWORK (PHOENIX)
KGWL 7 - 5.1 KGWC CBS
5.2 KTWO ABC SD
KCWC 8 - 4.1 PBS
KFNE 10 - 10.1 KFNB FOX
10.2 KTWO ABC SD
K22CI 22 - 2.1 KTWO ABC HD
2.1 KTWO ABC SD
K28HL 28 - 13.1 KCWY NBC HD
13.2 KCWY NBC SD
K30GV 30 - 30.1 ?
K32EL 32 - 32 FNX
K35CV 35 - 2.1 KTWO ABC HD
2.2 KTWO ABC SD
K44IR 44 - 4.1 KCWC PBS
The repeats are needed to provide needed coverage of a very hilly populated county.
There has been some loss of useful translators in the last year probably due to broadcast/cable politics, and personality conflicts.
Charter has become a major source of advertising dollars for the area broadcasters. Retransmission fees have probably played a part in the loss of rural translators.
According to Rabbitears.info, I should be able to get over 60 unique channels here in Vegas. When I do get antennas set up, I will list what I really do get.