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I live in the Laural Mountians of PA (near 7 Springs). I want to know the antenna directrion for Pittsburgh Stations, NBC, CBS, ABC. In general Pittsburgh is 330 degrees, but I am only recieving channel 2 and 11. Zip code is 15557. Help

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  • etbeals Sep 07, 2009

    Yes, That may be true but.



    Thank you, I know where Pittsburgh is in general from my location. What I am looking for is a web site that will give me the exact degrees for my antenna direction to there tower.



  • etbeals Sep 10, 2009

    I know the general direction of the Pittsburgh stations but I am only getting channel 2. I neet the specific settings.

    Thank you

  • etbeals Sep 10, 2009

    Why would I be able to get channel 2 and 11, but not 4 (ABC)?

  • etbeals Sep 10, 2009

    I will try you suggestion and let you know



    Thank you





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Hi,

This problem is very commonly caused by the TV being accidently reset to recognize only VHF channels up to the first 15 and then look for UHF channels. This may be labeled in the menu as "Air" or "Antenae".

You would need to go to menu for channel setup and change this setting to "cable".

If problem still persists, let me know . Also mention the Make and Model of the TV.

Thanks.

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    taran_2005 Sep 10, 2009

    Thanks for your response!!

    Let me know the update!!

    Thanks.


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The only program I know of to map broadcast locations is antenna web, found here. Unfortunately, the only stations it is picking up for your zip code are in Johnstown. Once you exceed the distance of about 60 miles, they won't rate your reception as acceptable, so even if you can get reception, it's not guaranteed.
I think your best bet for Pgh. is to assume the broadcast beacons are on top of Mt. Washington, and use the compass direction to get a general focus.
If you have help, and that's really the only way to dial it in, you can orient the antenna a few degrees at a time and have someone check the signal strength for various stations, then reorient a few degrees. Eventually you'll find the best orientation for picking up the Pgh. stations you can receive. Just make a note of it. Local geographical features can affect the reception, as you probably already know.
You might ask the guy at this site to make an antenna recommendation.
Make sure the antenna is as high as you can mount it, and the cable is running directly to the box or set, and grounded if possible.
You may find this article of some help, as well.

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    efs_perpends Sep 08, 2009

    I can't tell you the exact compass direction, but if you go to this site you can draw a direct line of sight between your location and Pittsburgh. North should be directly up, or vertical at 0 degrees.

    If you take a screen shot of the map (press Print screen and paste into Paint) and print it, you could use a protractor to measure the angle of degrees away from due north.

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    efs_perpends Sep 08, 2009

    The other problem, I realized when researching your question, is that the stations don't want to publicly post the exact locations of the broadcast towers. At least not in any easily accessible location I could find. I'm sure everyone in Pittsburgh knows where they are, but that doesn't help you much....

    From your location, I don't think a degree or so one way or another will have as much effect as the type and size of the antennae you use to pick up the signals. A 6-8' long traditional aerial should work, I would think, depending on the amount of interference you get from the mountains there.

    I have an almost direct line of site to a broadcast tower about 60 miles from a single story rooftop, but the tower is on a peak about 9000' high, so interference isn't much of an issue.

    Good luck, anyway...

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    efs_perpends Sep 08, 2009

    ps I haven't skied at seven springs or hidden valley since about 30 years ago, but it was nice to think back. Thanks for the reminder...

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Pittsburg is west north west of you

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