Question: Getting one channel but not the other

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Using an outside multi-directional antenna I get one channel (8.1) but not the other (4.1). The specs for both channels are exactly the same according to antenna web. Why would I get one and not the other?

KDFW-DT 4.1 FOX
RF Channel: 35
16 miles at 116° Green

WFAA-DT 8.1 ABC
RF Channel: 8
16 miles at 116° Green
 

Fringe Reception

Super Moderator, Chief Content Editor
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#2
Guest,

"Multi-directional" antennas can be problematic when trying to receive digital television signals, because they may capture the direct signal from the station AND its reflection from somewhere else, which confuses your tuner. This would have been seen as a trailing 'ghost' in the analog TV days, but it results in no picture these days.

Secondly, RF channels 8 and 35 are in two different television bands: channel 8 is high-band VHF and channel 35 is uhf. If your antenna is not optimised for VHF, it may not 'see' the signal at all.

Please run a free antenna survey here: TV Fool and use your GPS co-ordinance or exact street address for accuracy. Then, post the resulting URL here for us to study. That website will automatically conceal your personal information for your security. Be sure to input the maximum possible height where you could have an antenna.

It would also help if we knew exactly what make/model antenna you are currently using.

Jim
 
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