Lost Channels on your Converter Box? Try the Memory Erase Scan

Piggie

Super Moderator
#1
Sometimes after multiple scans or if a station changes actual channels (RF Channels not the one on the display).

1) Remove the antenna from Converter box or TV
2) Do a full scan with the antenna unplugged
3) Unplug the converter box or TV for 5 minutes
4) Plug the antenna back
5) Do a full scan now with the antenna back in

This should wipe out anything wrong "stuck" in memory.
 

Don_M

DTVUSA Member
#2
This is the FCC's "Double Secret Channel Scan!" All kidding aside, listen to the man -- this does the trick.

This is pretty much the process I had to perform two months ago when two of Denver's stations flash-cut digital operations from temporary UHF assignments to their original allocations on 7 and 9, and again on June 13 when a third station migrated. The only thing I didn't do was detach the antenna coax, but thankfully, it worked anyway.
 

pheewee

DTVUSA Rookie
#3
Still missing some channels (11 & 13)

I'm LA/Orange Cnty area. After the reset (as Piggie's instruction), 2 of my TVs got all of those lost channels (7, 11, 13). However, my the other 2 TVs (Samsung) hooked up to same antenna still missing 11 and 13. Those 2 TV actually are newer TVs than the two which got the complete channels, so I assume they must have the better tuner.

Right now I can think of only one reason: the signal for the 2 channels (11 & 13) are too weak (I can see how weak they are compare to the other channels on the signal strength on those TVs that work) and my 2 TVs which missing channels are farther from the antenna and sharing a splitter, which produces loss in signal strength.

I've tried to turn the antenna to different directions and the current direction that I have is the one that get best on overall channels.

Please help if you can!!!!
 
#4
I'm LA/Orange Cnty area. After the reset (as Piggie's instruction), 2 of my TVs got all of those lost channels (7, 11, 13). However, my the other 2 TVs (Samsung) hooked up to same antenna still missing 11 and 13. Those 2 TV actually are newer TVs than the two which got the complete channels, so I assume they must have the better tuner.

Right now I can think of only one reason: the signal for the 2 channels (11 & 13) are too weak (I can see how weak they are compare to the other channels on the signal strength on those TVs that work) and my 2 TVs which missing channels are farther from the antenna and sharing a splitter, which produces loss in signal strength.

I've tried to turn the antenna to different directions and the current direction that I have is the one that get best on overall channels.

Please help if you can!!!!
More evidence in support of the converter box tuner is better vs. TV tuner reception war. Do you have any amps connected, pre-amp or distrubution amp?
 

helpless

DTVUSA Rookie
#5
More evidence in support of the converter box tuner is better vs. TV tuner reception war. Do you have any amps connected, pre-amp or distrubution amp?
i have the same problem and i dont have any amps

i used to get like 15% signal strength for channel 9, 11 and 13 and i tried doing what piggie said but it just got rid of them completely some please help
 
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CptlA

DTVUSA Member
#6
i have the same problem and i dont have any amps

i used to get like 15% signal strength for channel 9, 11 and 13 and i tried doing what piggie said but it just got rid of them completely some please help
go to TV Fool and enter your information, Start a new post with the results you receive from there, also let us know what kind of antenna you have, and what kind of converter box or TV you have. Without that information, there's no way to really help your reception issues.
 

Erickson54

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#7
Hi all, First time on this forum. I have many questions. How should I proceed? Start a new thread? I will explain my equipment and my signal issues.

Regards
John
 

Jason Fritz

Administrator
Staff member
#8

Mazr

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#9
Thank you....thank you.....thank you.......

After moving the antenna from the inner wall of our sunroom to the outside wall of our covered patio (made the wife very happy) we lost our three local PBS stations (made the wife, me and the kids very unhappy). Well I did a re-scan twice to no avail. I checked the owners manual...no help.

Finally, the light bulb went on: Check the forum that gave me the great advice on the Zinwell converter box and the antenna that I now use.

Did the rescan w/no antenna-unplug-rescan w/antenna.....BING0 !!!!!

We now not only have the 3 PBS stations back we have about 5 other stations we currently weren't getting.

Thanks to all involved for a great resource of information and helpful tips.

BIG PROPS!!!!!
 
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puzzled

Guest
#11
what happened?

i live in Roanoke va. when i got my HDTV i didnt have to use my converter box i hooked the antenna and got TBN channel 49 amonth later it disappeared what happened?
 
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Leeann

Guest
#16
Is there anyway to do this without unplugging the TV? I can't get at the outlet unless I move the shelf so I'd rather not if I don't have to.
 
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