No channels i used to get

phantom

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#1
I was getting 4 channels fine, 12-1 and 12-2, which I get get now, and 2 19 mexican channels that I don't watch. Why can't I get the 12-1 and 12-2 like I did? Did they change somehow? There's an antenna on the back over house behind me, does that do anything? ALSO, the light on the 9950 wild kept blinking, and now I can't get the 2 channels that I used to get, but get 2 channels that I didn't have before. WTH is the problem???????????????????
 
#2
I was getting 4 channels fine, 12-1 and 12-2, which I get get now, and 2 19 mexican channels that I don't watch. Why can't I get the 12-1 and 12-2 like I did? Did they change somehow? There's an antenna on the back over house behind me, does that do anything? ALSO, the light on the 9950 wild kept blinking, and now I can't get the 2 channels that I used to get, but get 2 channels that I didn't have before. WTH is the problem???????????????????
What is your setup type of antenna, converter box, rotator/no rotator etc. lay of the land?
 

Jason Fritz

Administrator
Staff member
#3
There's an antenna on the back over house behind me, does that do anything? ALSO, the light on the 9950 wild kept blinking, and now I can't get the 2 channels that I used to get, but get 2 channels that I didn't have before.
Echoing what CU4C said, and wanted to add...a search on Google for "9950" resulted in a million different types of products. Is it a converter box or antenna?

What city/state are you in, or zip code atleast, we can post a channel lineup to help you determine what you're missing, or which channels have moved.
 

phantom

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#4
Converter Box Digital Stream 9950

Hey thanks guys! I have a Digital Stream 9950, with a by pass. I have no idea what's going on or why it's working or not working. I'm in California, 93420. I only have a little antenna on the tv, but it seems to be working fine.

I don't understand what channels I could or should be getting or wtf. :)
 

phantom

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#5
Resanned and hav 12-1 and 12-2

Well, I just rescanned, for the 20th time and now I get the 4 channels again. I would like to know what other channels I might be able to get, or if I could use something else besides an antenna on top of the house. I can't do that sort of thing. And the digital picture seems to be so colorful, I didn't think changing the color on the tv would change the digital picture, but maybe it will? Thanks.
 

Jason Fritz

Administrator
Staff member
#6
Well, I just rescanned, for the 20th time and now I get the 4 channels again. I would like to know what other channels I might be able to get, or if I could use something else besides an antenna on top of the house. I can't do that sort of thing. And the digital picture seems to be so colorful, I didn't think changing the color on the tv would change the digital picture, but maybe it will? Thanks.
TVGuide has the best "local channel" info I've seen: I can't directly link to the search results for your zip code, but you can easily check it by going here: http://www.tvguide.com/listings/setup/localizeus.aspx#changezip

For anyone else wanting to use that link, just change the area code in the box and it should give you search results according to the channels you should be able to receive.

Phantom, did you say you're currently using an outdoor roof antenna and are looking for a different solution? Or did you say that you can't use an outdoor antenna?

Are you using any type of antenna for your setup?
 

Taki

DTVUSA Member
#7
What is happening here is your loosing the digital signal for some reason or another. I think you will find that the same thing happens with sat reception as well. Looks like bad weather is going to knock service out in the future where as it used to just give us a picture with some static in it.
 
#8
Well, I just rescanned, for the 20th time and now I get the 4 channels again. I would like to know what other channels I might be able to get, or if I could use something else besides an antenna on top of the house. I can't do that sort of thing. And the digital picture seems to be so colorful, I didn't think changing the color on the tv would change the digital picture, but maybe it will? Thanks.
Ok
digital is all or nothing so if your signal drops you lose it all I have had similar experiences with other boxes. some are better at weak signals than others. with a indoor antenna you are going to get minimal reception from stations that are not in your area. so I would recommend an outdoor antenna see the post on needing a small antenna this one has worked quite well for my customers and is cheap so you get antenna rotator and pre amp in one.:)
 

Aaron62

Contributor
Staff member
#9
Ok
digital is all or nothing so if your signal drops you lose it all I have had similar experiences with other boxes. some are better at weak signals than others. with a indoor antenna you are going to get minimal reception from stations that are not in your area. so I would recommend an outdoor antenna see the post on needing a small antenna this one has worked quite well for my customers and is cheap so you get antenna rotator and pre amp in one.:)
+1 Rep, Couldn't have said it better myself!
 

phantom

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#10
Rabbit Ears

All I have are rabbit ears. Had an antenna on the house years ago but took it off and got rid of it. Guess I won't be getting any more channels now.? Guess I'll worry about it later. Maybe satilite will get cheaper if so many more people go for it.??? :))!
 

phantom

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#13
antenna

That sounds like I'll need to get one. I have 2 tv's, about 40 feet apart, will one antenna work for both?

I guess there's only the 4 channels on digital around here as yet. Having trouble again, couldn't get the pass-thru channels again last night, but see that I can today. I might need to turn the rabbit ears a little. Does the Antennas Direct DB2 need to be turned by people to pick up the channels or is it automated?
 

Aaron62

Contributor
Staff member
#14
You can use one antenna for two TVs, but at 40' distance, you may want to use a preamplifier and place it as close to the antenna as possible (to magnify the signal and not signal noise).
 
#15
if you need channels from different,directions you will need a rotator, however the Lava A-2605 from summit source has the amplifier andthe rotator built in and one coax runs it all most of all it's cheap and very small :)
 

Kelley Brown

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#16
We have an outside antenna on 1 TV and rabbit ears on another and neither one picks up the digital signal of our local ABC station and they are only approximately 60 miles away. Is there anything else we need to do (or can do)?
 

Jason Fritz

Administrator
Staff member
#17
We have an outside antenna on 1 TV and rabbit ears on another and neither one picks up the digital signal of our local ABC station and they are only approximately 60 miles away. Is there anything else we need to do (or can do)?
Hi Kelley,
when you get a chance, do you have a preamplifier on your rooftop antenna? Is ABC on the lower range of channels (Channel 1-5)?
 
#20
Hi Kelley,
Approximately how many feet away is your antenna from your TV (or what is the distance of the total cable length between the TV and the antenna). I'm thinking that a preamp may help you out, but it's really tough to know for sure if you need one without having a signal meter to measure db's.
 

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