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Can't get ABC, or channel 64

There's times I can get ABC, thats at night. But during the day I can't get it. Its says no signal, but I dont understand why I can get it at night but not during the day. Then channel 64 theres no signal. So how am I suppose to watch these channels if I cant pick them up?

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    My frustration along these lines is that we can't get fox or PBS. Some of our favorite shows were on those stations and my children can't watch things on any station except PBS. Soap Operas isn't exactly my idea of quality family television. Please help.

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    can you get abc in england?
    i used to watch abc all the time and one it just vanished off the tele now i want to know how to get it back please

  • sokrmomof3 Jan 15, 2009

    At first I coulnd't get ABC, then one day it showed up, then quickly after, maybe three days, it disappeared again and shows no signal on my tv. WHY??? It is very frustrating.

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SOURCE: Don't get ABC or NBC local channels anymore

ATSC tuners ("D/A converters") pick up signals off the air just like old school television. It sounds like you are just not getting a signal of sufficient strength. A weak analog signal looks like a "snowy" picture, which most of us are used to. But, the new digital channels quickly go from a perfect picture to none at all. It's basically all-or-nothing.

Try attaching an antenna to your converter. I know you can buy a new antenna from your local big box electronics store which is labeled "Terrestrial HDTV" or something, but that really doesn't mean anything. You can use any old TV antenna. Even a quality FM antenna (with an F-Pin coax connection) may work just fine.

When setting up the antenna, keep in mind that different channels are transmitted from different towers, in different locations with different strengths. Move the antenna placement and position around (just like grandpa had to do). You may have to make a compromise to get the best signal for your favorite channels.

Posted on May 15, 2008

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SOURCE: No Signal on Lubbock, TX channel 11.1 but receive all others

When the Government decided to make all stations go digital, most places we're telling about the change over. But what they forgot to mention to the ones like you that you may have to change your outside antenna. They make antenna just for picking up digital signal. So you may have to change that also. be Sure and check the cable going from the ant. to back of the converter box is in good condition or may have a break somewhere that could cause more trouble. If you see any bad places on the cable you may want to replace it now when you do the antenna.
biigg53566

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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SOURCE: No Signal

Make sure you have a good connection from the antenna to the converter box. Set your TV to channel 3 or 4.
The converter won't improve reception in any way, and it's possible you might need to relocate your antenna or get an exterior antenna hooked up to improve the signal strength.
If you have enough antenna cable, and you're only using rabbit ears, hang them out the window or up on a curtain rod and see if that improves things.
Some people have good luck with the new digital style set-top antennas. I think you'll have best luck, though, with an old roof-top antenna that's set up to feed your converter.
Best of luck to you!

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Don't get ABC or NBC local channels anymore

I have an outdoor antenna, pointed it at the correct azimuth for Philly. I get 29 channels. All crystal clear. I still do not get ABC! I have tried with three different antennas. Two indoor amplified, now this 50+ mile outdoor antenna. I think the problem is with ABC or the Sony TV. Any other help out there???

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Often ABC channels have no signal while all the others are okay.


Guessing you are talking about free to air channels broadcast by terrestrial channels.
I have the same set up , just a normal tv receiving signal through an aerial......Bearing in mind that signals come from different sources , the aerial / antenna needs to be optimally located and positioned.
I often get signals from commercial tv but lose the signal from the BBC here in the UK. I bought and fitted a signal booster and a good aerial and no longer suffer from poor reception on any channel.

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Can anyone tell me why all of my BBC digital channels have no signal at night or the early morning, but work again during the day!? thanks


Check the signal strength. If the signal strength is weak, this can happen to digital channels. For analogue channels, the fault due to weak signal will be a grainy picture.
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Emerson tv 32 in --the channel 7.1 ABC only has picture without sound.


Check the Chanel 7 broadcast signal on the other tv have sound,could caused by the tv broadcasting signal from the tv station itself.Check if ur tv have a function known as S.A.P. make sure it is off,could effected no tv audio problems,because the tv station in ur city or town don't broadcast in that signal frequencies.

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No signal at night


What you are hearing during the day must be what is called "skip". Skip is active during the day where you will hear radio operators from hundreds of miles away. Their signal is bouncing off an atmospheric layer well aboe the earth's surface. At night this atmospheric layer degrades and then so does the skip. Unless there is someone close to your vicinity transmitting on the channel you are listening too, you will not hear much at all. Try changing the channels until you pick up a conversation.

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If you are receiving the signal from the same cable service provider rather than through an antenna, I would suspect the cable service is having a problem with its retransmission of the ABC channel in that suburb. I don't know if Australia is still broadcasting analog TV signals or if ABC is digital, but if the latter, perhaps the receivers are having trouble decoding the sound format identifier information. This could be something as subtle as a timing tolerance issue or as crude as noise or low signal level on the cable that has the receivers operating at the margin of sensitivity.

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Would you confer with me on this couple in Australia


If they are looking for analog ABC, it is low band VHF, ch2 to be exact,where the rest are high band VHF, and needs a decent multiband antenna to get it in alot of areas, well in Brisbane at least. We have Mount Coot-tha that has a good propagation to most metro areas approx 40km radius, although it starts to get a bit noisy on the ABC due to lowband interference issues. .
There are many areas of AU that use UHF for TV also. Not enough hills in many parts of the east coast to get the coverage, so there can often be UHF translators that you need to tune onto. I suspect the ABC problem does relate to them not using an antenna that is suited to VHF, saying this of course if they get the other channels (7,9, and 10) ok.

Go here for a more specific channel/frequency guide to determine if it is the problem by location. ABC is on different channels almost depending on what suburb you are in for some areas. If the DVR can do digital, then they should go that way as it is now UHF ch21. It may be that they are trying to get analog signals, that will be turned of in the near future... so tuning the system in for UHF propagated digital is the way to go.

Back in the day when I used to do antenna I recommended the Hills PF11 antenna, multiband 11 element yagi with low/high band VHF/UHF, or a PF17 (17 element) with mast head amp if they are in a marginalised signal area. But a UHF array is still the best way to go if they can process a digital signal. Hope that helps :)

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Hello,

The ABC channels arrive on a different Harmonic than Analog signals; specifically the third Harmonic. When you auto tuned, the auto tune chip looks for stron analog channels on the first harmonic and any other strong signals. However the LG model is notably poor at capturing 3rd Harmonic signals.

Harmonics are different frequencies where the same signal can be captured. Making this overly simplified: a frequency multiplied by 2 is a harmonic and that multiplied by 2 is also of the same harmonic; inversely dividing by 2 and 2 gain and so on finds harmonics down in light wave frequencies.

You may be able to manually tune these ABC frequency channels manually (I do not know, as I live in the US and have no direct experience with this) and then add them in one by one. But, using the Auto Tune feature again will wipe those out. The same thing happens to other weak signals, which harmonic is actually (its on an offset carrier wave).

I just read of a man who built an improved antenna and put this in his attic and received ABC channels quit well. A decent understanding of Antenna physics is required, but it only took up 1.5m wide by .8m (sic) long. In a nutshell he improved his basic antenna by building his own more sophisticated antenna.

Shopping around and asking in the shops should get you an antenna add on that will work for you.

As I stated before I live in the US, and we don't have this, but I and others here at fixya have various experience in amateur radio.

I will ask a friend of mine who lives in Australia to confer with me on this problem of yours so he can add some value to our response to you.

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Don't get ABC or NBC local channels anymore


ATSC tuners ("D/A converters") pick up signals off the air just like old school television. It sounds like you are just not getting a signal of sufficient strength. A weak analog signal looks like a "snowy" picture, which most of us are used to. But, the new digital channels quickly go from a perfect picture to none at all. It's basically all-or-nothing.

Try attaching an antenna to your converter. I know you can buy a new antenna from your local big box electronics store which is labeled "Terrestrial HDTV" or something, but that really doesn't mean anything. You can use any old TV antenna. Even a quality FM antenna (with an F-Pin coax connection) may work just fine.

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