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    The Spammers Thread

    A place for spammers to post their nonsense that nobody reads ...
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    Need help before I make the cut from cable

    Hi Heep, You already have a meter! Over-the-air reception is based on signal quality, not signal strength and regardless of what the on-screen meter on your TV set is labeled, it measures signal quality and not strength: the higher the numbers are, the better. Quality refers to a data stream...
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    New tower and antenna

    Cap'n, Congrats! If you add a mast and raise your corner reflector, be sure to rescan to see what else might be available in the distance. Jim
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    wsbk 38.1 complete loss of signal

    Are all other OTA channels still coming in as they were before WSBK went away? If you have rescanned and still have no picture, the next step it to raise your antenna and rescan, and/or lower your antenna and rescan or relocate your antenna at different heights and rescan until you get a...
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    wsbk 38.1 complete loss of signal

    Berniel, WSBK-38 is now real channel 21. Have you rescanned your TV tuner? Is your antenna designed to receive the lower frequency channel? Regarding the signal "level" you used to receive, that's signal quality and not the signals' strength. Jim -------------------------------------- WSBK...
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    Question: Why can't I get ABC on my antenna???

    Steven, "they all went digital" twelve years ago on February 17, 2009. Perhaps its time for you to try a different antenna.
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    CM-7000PAL DVR Repairs

    Kirbert, Do you have any advice or tricks how to open the case of a CM-7000-PAL? Thanks, Jim
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    Ron, Here is a 'generalized' map of free, over-the-air TV reception opportunities in Tampa. Re-run the test and plug in your address or geo co-ordinance to get a personalized solution. Since you have a 'Smart TV' it already has a digital tuner, so all you need is an antenna. Good luck! Jim...
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    CM-7000PAL DVR Repairs

    Kirbert, Thank you for keeping us updated on the Channel Master capacitor saga. Is the original a SATA hard drive and will you replace it with a solid state device? Jim
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    Grounding an Antenna....

    Radio Engineer, Your additional grounding pathway encourages a ground-loop! Please read the article linked below. Jim
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    RCA ANT751 How is it on VHF?

    Mike, You cannot optimize a Yagi-style antenna for one channel by altering the length of only one element, including the reflector. As with most TV antennas, the ANT-751 is a compromised design intended to receive many channels including those on high-band VHF.
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    One single sub channel causes my converter box to lock up

    Carl, Try this: disconnect the antenna and select 19.1. Does it still lock-up? If yes, its an issue with the converter box. If it doesn't lock-up, block the channel using the parental controls and it won't be able to get 'stuck' on 19.1 after you reconnect the antenna. Please let us know...
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    considering dual antennas, what to get?

    Cablewrangler, Did you follow the "rules" when you tried to combine your antennas? 1) using a common coax splitter, two antennas must be identical and unless pointed in exactly the same direction, each antenna loses half of the signals they collect. 2) a VHF and UHF antenna can be combined on...
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    How to broadcast your own tv station

    Bill, You might try a Leap Frog TV 're-broadcaster'. I bought mine about ten years ago and I can send TV audio and video (or security video) about 120 feet away from the unit. Mine is an analog version, but newer models may have been updated to digital. It was a topic on this Forum many years...
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    Newbie needs antenna help

    Rob, The oval section is designed to receive high-band VHF (REAL channels) 7-13 and the loop receives UHF channels) 14-37. Neither antenna section is designed or intended to receive low-band VHF (REAL channels) 2-6 but it may. Jim
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    Trouble hooking up a digital antenna

    Robert, What are the station's identifying call letters? Jim
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    Common problems with DTV converters, reception, and solutions

    101010101, You need to 'rescan' your Converter Box. The Federal Government eliminated all real television channels 37-51 and sold those frequencies to cell phone companies. Prior to this, channels 52-69 were sold and years before that, channels 70-83 were removed. All stations that choose to...
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    JMB, WIWN moved from real channel 68 to real channel 5 ... apparently in January 2018. When 'sky-wave' conditions allow, Low-band VHF television signals can 'skip' off of the ionosphere and be received from very long distances. Where are you located? The link below has some engineering...
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    TV Set To Speakers Connections

    D.V.Dee, Your earphone jack is internally switched to shut off the TV sets' speaker/s and by design, the audio output level may be limited to that jack. If you use the Audio Output (AV) socket/s, you will have to go into the setup menu to disable the TV sets' speaker/s and it should provide...