NEw TV antenna fails to capture all local channels
I hope you can help. As part of the digital conversion process, we just put up a new antenna yesterday (DigiTenna DUVF) which is UHF/VHF and is supposed to get channels 7-69 with a range of 60 miles. Our stations are all about 33 miles away (Madison, Wisconsin), many broadcasting from the same tower. We are using an amplifier.
The stations we CANNOT get are (these represent a combination of analog and digital numbers) 3 (we understand this one- the new antenna doesn't pick up this one), 11, 47, 50, and 57. These are the lowest and highest numbers. The ones we CAN get are in between these (15, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 32, and 43)
The channels that come from the shared tower are:
3, 11, 20, 21, 26, 27, 47, and 50. Some of these we now get, and some we don't.
We are at a loss as to what else to do with the new antenna and new digital converter box in order to reach all the stations we should be able to do.
Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you very much.
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The advent of HD TV has allowed for a new round of hucksterism to occur in the TV antenna industry. The televison channel spectrum is the same as it always was but the signal modulation scheme employed now is "digital", which is for the better. Signal propagation is the same as it was and it is not necessary to buy a "digital" TV antenna unless you fidn it necessary to receive TV channels that have sprung up from new directions. VHF and UHF TV signals travel in straight lines and are the strongest when your receving antenna is "aimed" at the transmitter for that channel. Since transmitters are lcoarted all over the poalce, you can eoither use a mechanical antrenna rotator to position the antenna to aim the transmitter of choi ce or use multiple antennas aimed in various directions.
Genrally speaking, the "cheaper" antennas have fewer elements and are thereby less critical to aim. They have a broader beamwidth, so-to-speak, provideing less "gain" in a specific direction in favor or a larger average gain over a broader "angular displacement.
Digital TV signals are not prone to "ghosting" so an array of cheap antennas aimed in several directions will suffice to capture the digital TV signals in your local area. Amplifed antennas are poor substitutes for "real" (passive) antennas placed in attics or as high as possible outside. TV signals are blocked or absorbed by buildings, trees, and such and the signal intensity can vary with the weather and even when leaves are on the trees and when they are not. All your digital TV requires is enough signal in order to work. A small amplified antenna sitting atop your TV may work fine though the signasl is barely above the minimum threshold. When the weather grow wetter, that singal may be beleow threshold and you won't get that particular channel until there is less moisture in the air!
The same is ture, of course, for an antenna placed high up on the roof, but the odds are far better that it will work so much better than the tiny amplified antenna on the top of the television simply becaeu the TV suingal inside the house, at lower elevation, will be inherently weaker to begin with.
You may be looking in the wrong place or have the wrong kind of antenna. With the digital conversion, TV channels shifted from the numbers they used before. In my area, the previous Channel 6 is now broadcasting in the UHF band.
It can be harder to adjust the antenna for a digital TV because it is either working well or totally off - no gradually decreasing "snow" as a clue.
It is possible your TV is not equipped to pick up digital TV. There are converters to translate digital TV to analog signals for older TV. They cost between $30 and $70 depending on features.
Have you tried different sources? DVD or antenna? If it's low on either of these (antenna would be the better test because of the commercials) then it's the TV. If it's fine then ditch the dish and go with real cable TV, you will be happier anyway. Most digital TV's can use digital cable without the box if you don't use premium channels.
What local area are you in? 7 & 9 may have moved to another channel. Every distributor of channels ie. Comcast, Directtv, Dish, Bright House, etc has channels all over the map!! with no real clear plan it seems! If you go to DTV answers.com you can get the new local lineup for your area. At this point, if you still don't have the signal, you may need to re-align your antenna for the best possible reception. If you go to Terk.com you can type in your zipcode and it will show you where the transmitting antennas are located. You may need a better antenna like a Wineguard or larger Terk to get all your channels. Hope this helps
Hi, There could be a couple of reasons, primary probably is signal strength. Depending on your antenna direction and the transmitter location it may be a dead spot which can be fixed by moving the antenna slightly and rescanning. If you need further help please get back to me. Good Luck! Hope this Fixsya!
Are you positive that your city has not done the Digital Conversion? Some Cities are doing it early before the February deadline. Also make sure you are tuning in to the correct channels. Meaning that if on your Cable Provider ABC was on Channel 3 that does not mean that ABC with still be on Channel 3 after you have your Cable turned off. Most of the Time the Local Stations Tag will let you know what channel its on. It will be something like "KWAS ABC 27" So on your TV you would Tune it to channel 27 to get ABC and the same fore NBC , FOX, CBS , etc... I hope this helps Take Care =)