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    different converter boxes pick up different stations


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      I have a rooftop antenna connected to a channelMaster antenna amplifier. A Insignia converter box picks up channel 13 in NYC on my tv in my living room , yet a Zenith converter box also connected to my amplifier will not see channel 13 in my kitchen and this tv is near my tv in my living room. The Zenith converter box is the same as the Insignia made by LG Electronics with same remote. If I turn off the converter box I get more analog channels, with the box turned on, less channels. I have a digital stream box converter box in my bedroom also connected to tv and I can't get channel 13 or many other analog tv stations. If all converter boxes are off I get more channels on all three tv's so my amplifier has to be working.

      Which converter boxes are capable of pulling the highest amount of channels to match the same amount of channels I always receive in analog form.

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      How many splits do you have of your Antenna cable?

      Have you tried the two boxes at the different locations to see if it's the box or the location? I mean if you get 13 in the living room with one box but don't get it in the kitchen with another, can the living room box get 13 when connected to the kitchen TV?

      If not, i would not blame the box but the antenna cable, perhaps the split is degrading the signal. Where is the Amp in relation to everything?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Studogvetmed View Post
      How many splits do you have of your Antenna cable?

      Have you tried the two boxes at the different locations to see if it's the box or the location? I mean if you get 13 in the living room with one box but don't get it in the kitchen with another, can the living room box get 13 when connected to the kitchen TV?

      If not, i would not blame the box but the antenna cable, perhaps the split is degrading the signal. Where is the Amp in relation to everything?
      what type of amp are you using how close are your transmitters you may be overloading the tuners with the amp digital is effected very much by noise and many amps are very noisy, also you can overload the signal as well to much is as bad as to little.

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      Hi,
      I am using a channel master amplifier. My antenna is on my roof and the cable goes to my basement and from there I have four cables going to 4 tv's. I did try the Insignia in my kitchen and I didn't get channel 13 however when I put the Insignia back in my living room I got channel 13. In my kitchen I have a Zenith unit DTT901 DTV converter and I can't get ch. 13 at all. Upstairs I have a Sony connected to a Digital Stream unit, I am getting a new channel 3 on the second floor which I cannot get on my 2 tv's on my first floor but all the other channels are the same channels. Why am I getting different channels on different tv's is for the moment a mystery. A friend of mine loaned me a Radio Shack HDTV antenna that looks like a flying saucer and it seemed worse because I got less channels than I got with without Radio Shack antenna connected to the different tv's. I have to be getting a strong signal especially up on my second floor because I am getting one additional tv channel.

      I would like to be able to get same amount of channels on all tv's if possible. I hope you will be able to help me.
      Thanks.

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      Hi,
      I am using a channel master amplifier. My antenna is on my roof and the cable goes to my basement and from there I have four cables going to 4 tv's. I did try the Insignia in my kitchen and I didn't get channel 13 however when I put the Insignia back in my living room I got channel 13. In my kitchen I have a Zenith unit DTT901 DTV converter and I can't get ch. 13 at all. Upstairs I have a Sony connected to a Digital Stream unit, I am getting a new channel 3 on the second floor which I cannot get on my 2 tv's on my first floor but all the other channels are the same channels. Why am I getting different channels on different tv's is for the moment a mystery. A friend of mine loaned me a Radio Shack HDTV antenna that looks like a flying saucer and it seemed worse because I got less channels than I got with without Radio Shack antenna connected to the different tv's. I have to be getting a strong signal especially up on my second floor because I am getting one additional tv channel.

      I would like to be able to get same amount of channels on all tv's if possible. I hope you will be able to help me.
      Thanks.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ambertape View Post
      Hi,
      I am using a channel master amplifier. My antenna is on my roof and the cable goes to my basement and from there I have four cables going to 4 tv's. I did try the Insignia in my kitchen and I didn't get channel 13 however when I put the Insignia back in my living room I got channel 13. In my kitchen I have a Zenith unit DTT901 DTV converter and I can't get ch. 13 at all. Upstairs I have a Sony connected to a Digital Stream unit, I am getting a new channel 3 on the second floor which I cannot get on my 2 tv's on my first floor but all the other channels are the same channels. Why am I getting different channels on different tv's is for the moment a mystery. A friend of mine loaned me a Radio Shack HDTV antenna that looks like a flying saucer and it seemed worse because I got less channels than I got with without Radio Shack antenna connected to the different tv's. I have to be getting a strong signal especially up on my second floor because I am getting one additional tv channel.

      I would like to be able to get same amount of channels on all tv's if possible. I hope you will be able to help me.
      Thanks.
      put your address into tvfool.com and tell us what it says it should give you all the channels you should get, plus signal strength of the channels it maybe you are have a multipath problem.

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      Hi,

      Thanks for directing me to tvfools.com.I will appreciate it if you could explain to me

      what I am looking at and what stations I should be getting. I live in Queens, New York

      and at this time I am listing all the stations I am getting in my living room with the

      exception of getting on my second floor, a station on channel 3 which I don't know yet

      what it is and all of the other stations I am getting in my living room. Please tell me

      if I should receive other stations based on the enclosed file.

      Thanks a lot. I really appreciate your answers and your help.

      ch 2-1 ch 4 - 1,2,4 ch 5 -1,2 ch 7 1,2,3
      ch 9 -1,2 ch 11 1,2 ch 13 1,2,3 ch 25 1,2
      ch 31 1,2,3,4 ch 41 1, ch 50 1,2 ch 63 1,2,3,4,5
      ch 68 1,

      I am getting 31 channels in my living room. I look forward to your assistance.

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      I am sending the bottom of the report and will send you the top part in another reply. Hope it makes sense.
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      Hi,

      Here is the upper part that was to big as a attachment.
      Thanks
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      what you need to look at is distance in miles, signal strength and noise levels. also LOS or line of sight if you could save the image post transition and attach it I might be able to see if there is a problem. although if you are getting all on the down stairs converter, then it could be the runs to the other converters that is hurting you spliters will drop your signal 2.5db per out put so if I were you iI would get a one in 4 out distribution amp and put it on the backside of any other pre amp you might have and see if that helps. you could also change all coax to quad shield which has less signal loss and rejects more noise. make sure that the coax does not run close to or over any electrical lines or light fixtures.

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      Hi,

      I would like to send you the file created by tvfool.com but the size is 130K and you have a maximum size of 19.5K to upload.I entered my address and zip code but if you have another address to send the file, I will be glad to send it. The wiring that was done in my house was 30 years ago and it goes thru the floor and walls and I don't think it is possible at this time. A friend loaned me a rf amplifier for the video signal that I tried last night and it didn't do anything. I contacted the mfgr and he said that if I have a strong signal then the rf amplifier will not work. I only have one preamp and it seems to work since I am getting a signal on my second floor.

     

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