+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1

    Default San Diego Downtown High-Rise. Can't position antenna correctly. Please advise.

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a4d1c1c65d34




    Type of antenna used:
    I'm using this indoor antenna, which says it broadcasts UHF and VHF https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Type of antenna wiring used
    Direct from LG 2017 TV to Antenna. Have tried with and without USB power.

    Which channels are you trying to receive?
    NBC CBS FOX and ABC
    FOX and NBC have been the simplest to get, and i've received ABC as well, but can't get all 4 consistently.



    TVFOOL REPORT

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a4d1c1c65d34

    Anything else that you feel that the forum should know about your setup or what you're trying to achieve.
    Does it help to move the antenna to test signal in real time?
    I've read that i must rescan to check the positioning. Does that mean use the Auto Tuning after every move? or can i simply manually ping the channel again?

    Thanks in advance.

    Related Topics and Posts

    - DTV | HDTV Reception and Antenna Discussion
    - DTV | HDTV Chat
    - DTV | HDTV Reception and Antenna Discussion
    - DTV | HDTV Reception and Antenna Discussion
    - DTV | HDTV Reception and Antenna Discussion
  2. #2
    Super Moderator
    Chief Content Editor
    Fringe Reception's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Seattle ... and still learning that sometimes ATSC reception = Black Magic plus Pixie Dust
    Posts
    4,454
    Blog Entries
    36

    Default

    HeyNowJerry

    Please rerun your antenna survey for us.

    Currently, this is the result: The page you are trying to access does not exist.

    Thanks, Jim and the DTVUSA Staff
    Three of my popular blogs posts:

    A Halloween Treat For You
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/2...t-For-You.html

    A Weather Station on your Antenna Mast
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/6...enna-Mast.html

    LED Lamps Are Becoming Practical For Your Home
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/fri...your-home.html

  3. #3

  4. #4
    DTVUSA Rookie
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Posts
    7
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Fringe Reception View Post
    HeyNowJerry

    Please rerun your antenna survey for us.

    Currently, this is the result: The page you are trying to access does not exist.

    Thanks, Jim and the DTVUSA Staff
    HEre you go.

    http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a42f13754d3a

  5. #5
    Super Moderator
    Chief Content Editor
    Fringe Reception's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Seattle ... and still learning that sometimes ATSC reception = Black Magic plus Pixie Dust
    Posts
    4,454
    Blog Entries
    36

    Default

    HeyNowJerry,

    You have a fabulous antenna survey and you should be able to receive dozens of channels but sorry to report the Amazon page with your antenna "doesn't exist".

    Your amplified antenna may be doing more harm than good because you already have plenty of signal present and your tuner may not be able to handle any more signal strength (overload). When antenna amplifiers are not powered, they attenuate (kill) reception, so unless the amplifier can be bypassed or removed, you probably have the wrong antenna for your location. I simple set of (non-amplified) 1950s-1960s Rabbit Ears with a UHF Loop would probably be better and certainly better to test with. Below, I added a photo I found online.

    Regarding moving your antenna, I am not familiar with your particular setup, but digital tuners need to 'capture' a station only once - then its specific data is memorized: you can move your antenna to find the best spot without rescanning your tuner. However, if there is a Channel your tuner has not yet detected, you need to move your antenna and rescan, move your antenna and rescan, etc. until the signal from that Channel is captured: then, you can move your antenna to find the best receiving location. I hope this helps.

    Jim

    Three of my popular blogs posts:

    A Halloween Treat For You
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/2...t-For-You.html

    A Weather Station on your Antenna Mast
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/6...enna-Mast.html

    LED Lamps Are Becoming Practical For Your Home
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/fri...your-home.html

  6. #6
    DTVUSA Rookie
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Posts
    7
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Thanks Jim.
    Great antenna pic, and I will be sure to find that exact model.

    I would prefer the smallest simple model to fit into the decor of my condo. Is there a flat type of non-powered antenna i can look for?
    here is the one i bought
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  7. #7
    DTVUSA Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Atlanta Metro
    Posts
    142

    Default

    Recall also that many televisions allow you to add the RF station manually, so scan-move-scan-move may not be necessary in your situation. You can scan, see what channels you don't have, enter them manually if the TV allows, and move the antenna to the best location for all (or most) of them.

  8. #8
    Super Moderator
    Chief Content Editor
    Fringe Reception's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Seattle ... and still learning that sometimes ATSC reception = Black Magic plus Pixie Dust
    Posts
    4,454
    Blog Entries
    36

    Default

    HeyNowJerry,

    Here is a non-amplified flat antenna: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Winegard-...5000/204701093 I have no experience with it nor have I heard any reviews, but its worth a shot. No guarantee your CBS-8 and ABC-10 will be received because they are high-band VHF and flat antennas are not designed to receive those much lower frequencies.

    Jim
    Three of my popular blogs posts:

    A Halloween Treat For You
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/2...t-For-You.html

    A Weather Station on your Antenna Mast
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/6...enna-Mast.html

    LED Lamps Are Becoming Practical For Your Home
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/fri...your-home.html

  9. #9
    DTVUSA Rookie
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Posts
    7
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Thanks for the help guys. I returned the amplified antenna based on Jim's advice.
    Bought this one.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    So far, perfect.Have the 4 major broadcast channels. Needed to set it in the right spot on the wall, but picture is coming in perfect.

    Thanks!

  10. #10
    Super Moderator
    Chief Content Editor
    Fringe Reception's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Seattle ... and still learning that sometimes ATSC reception = Black Magic plus Pixie Dust
    Posts
    4,454
    Blog Entries
    36

    Default

    Congratulations, Jerry!
    Three of my popular blogs posts:

    A Halloween Treat For You
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/2...t-For-You.html

    A Weather Station on your Antenna Mast
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/6...enna-Mast.html

    LED Lamps Are Becoming Practical For Your Home
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/fri...your-home.html

  11. #11
    DTVUSA Rookie
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Posts
    7
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by heynowjerry View Post
    Thanks for the help guys. I returned the amplified antenna based on Jim's advice.
    Bought this one.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    So far, perfect.Have the 4 major broadcast channels. Needed to set it in the right spot on the wall, but picture is coming in perfect.

    Thanks!
    Spoke too soon. Channel 8 (CBS) local is very spotty. In an out, and I try to move the antenna up and down the wall. Any reason why that particular one is giving me the most trouble?

    Name:  antenna.jpg
Views: 21
Size:  18.5 KB

  12. #12
    Super Moderator
    Chief Content Editor
    Fringe Reception's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Seattle ... and still learning that sometimes ATSC reception = Black Magic plus Pixie Dust
    Posts
    4,454
    Blog Entries
    36

    Default

    Jerry,

    All of the channels on your list are in the UHF TV Band except for channels 8 and 10 which are high-band VHF. It is possible you have too much signal or too little signal from channel 8, but more likely that your new antenna is also not optimized to receive VHF transmissions. Out of curiosity, how is your channel 10 reception?

    Jim
    Last edited by Fringe Reception; 10-22-2017 at 04:33 PM.
    Three of my popular blogs posts:

    A Halloween Treat For You
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/2...t-For-You.html

    A Weather Station on your Antenna Mast
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/6...enna-Mast.html

    LED Lamps Are Becoming Practical For Your Home
    https://www.dtvusaforum.com/blogs/fri...your-home.html

Related Topics and Posts on DTVUSAForum

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Reply to this topic as a guest. All guest posts will be moderated and approved within 2 hours.


About
DTV USA Forum is the best source of televisionand technology troubleshooting advice from a community of experts and members.

Fromhobbyists to engineers, our diverse network of members chat about everything from the latest TV antenna hardware, Home Theater technology, cable, satellite, streaming tv, and much more.
Stay up to Date!
Join Today!
Join DTVUSAForum