Bad reception on our digital TV


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    Hi,
    Is High Defination is a scam. We get only one station ION and it is not a local station. We purchased converter boxes and even a booster Ė nothing happens. We live in Foster, RI and canít get satellite because there are too many trees and get a weak signal. Cable wonít run in our town and Verizon stopped installing Fios three miles down our road. Havenít had television (or HD) since the digital transition which should be called NO DEF instead of Hi Def! Wrote to my local representative but no luck. Donít know what to do. The government and local politicians donít care Ė they have TV. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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    Please read this thread before posting further: How to ask for DTV Reception Help

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneP View Post
    Hi,
    Is High Defination is a scam. We get only one station ION and it is not a local station. We purchased converter boxes and even a booster Ė nothing happens. We live in Foster, RI and canít get satellite because there are too many trees and get a weak signal. Cable wonít run in our town and Verizon stopped installing Fios three miles down our road. Havenít had television (or HD) since the digital transition which should be called NO DEF instead of Hi Def! Wrote to my local representative but no luck. Donít know what to do. The government and local politicians donít care Ė they have TV. Any suggestions? Thank you.
    So may things wrong, where to start?

    A)The digital transition had nothing to do with hi-def. It had to do with going from analog to digital. Yes HD is a digital signal but not all digital signals are HD.

    B) You state you have a digital TV then say you bought converter boxes. If your TV is digital you wouldn't need a converter box. It's has a digital tuner built in. Hence the name DIGITAL Tv.

    So is your TV digital or not? If it is then you don't need a converter box and you have to make sure you can for digital channels. Make sure the scan is for ANTENNA and not cable.

    C) according to Tvfool.com for your town you shouldn't have ANY problems getting loads of channels to come in. You certainly don't need a booster in fact the booster is probably overloading your digital tuner.

    D) You never mentioned what kind of antenna you are using. You ARE using an antenna aren't you?

    E) and yes ION is a LCOAL station it's tower is about 25 miles away from you.

    At least tell us what kind of TV you have, what kind of antenna you have, what kind of "booster" you have and what kind of converter box you have and then maybe we can help you. Just griping here without info we can't help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneP View Post
    Hi,
    Is High Defination is a scam. We get only one station ION and it is not a local station. We purchased converter boxes and even a booster Ė nothing happens. We live in Foster, RI and canít get satellite because there are too many trees and get a weak signal. Cable wonít run in our town and Verizon stopped installing Fios three miles down our road. Havenít had television (or HD) since the digital transition which should be called NO DEF instead of Hi Def! Wrote to my local representative but no luck. Donít know what to do. The government and local politicians donít care Ė they have TV. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    Welcome to the Forum JaneP,

    You have come to the right place for help. If the signals are there to be received, then we can help you receive them. I looked up the predicted signal levels for your area based on your Zip Code. You should have no trouble picking up at least 15 line of sight channels initially, with the possibility of many more with the proper antenna and accessories.

    You obviously have some type of technical issue with your equipment that is keeping you from receiving the channels based on your TV FOOL signal predictions. Follow the steps outlined in the "How to ask for reception help" section as suggested by ProjectSHO89 in the above post.

    All of this information is needed to help diagnose your reception issues. We diagnose problems in a fashion similar to a detective, and all of the information you can provide can help in solving the problem.

    The first thing I would try a first glance is to unhook the "Booster". You may see this referred to as an "amplifier' or even "antenna amplifier" when reading other posts on this forum , but they are the very same device. You have some very strong signal levels for some of the transmitters that could possibly overload the receiver when the "Booster" or "amplifier" is used. Hook up the antenna without the "amplifier" first and see what you get.

    The TV FOOL numbers contained in the attachment are based on Zip Code only, and your exact address if entered, may show even better results than a general search by Zip Code only.
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    Greetings JaneP welcome to the Forum

    FoxTV is right, you have come to the right place for help !

    I know that this seems complicated to you, but let's take it a step at a time, and we can work out a resolution for your problem.
    The key to that being to continue with the communications !

    If you don't understand what or how to do something, say so and remember...
    "The only stupid question, is the one that goes unasked".

    Have a good Day !
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