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TomK
Punatic

USA
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Posted - 04/17/2018 :  01:03:31  Show Profile  Visit TomK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Anyone using OTA TV having trouble with the 4-* channels? These are usually the most reliable for me (lower HPP) but in the last few days, the signal seems very weak. I'm missing my episodes of Mash and the Twilight Zone!

macuu222
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Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
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Posted - 04/17/2018 :  06:32:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I live in lower HPP and the 4's are coming in fine....but I've lost the PBS channels 10-1,10-2,and 10-3 after the electrical storm.
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terracore
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Posted - 04/17/2018 :  17:21:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just checked my TV and all the channels are coming in strong except the 45's. The 45's are reporting strong signal strength but the screens are black. Usually this problem resolves itself.

No problems with the 4's or 10's.

If you haven't already, may want to try rescanning on your TV's autotuner. That seems to fix most problems.

Good luck, and please report back if TV returns.

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HereOnThePrimalEdge
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South Sandwich Islands
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Posted - 04/17/2018 :  17:49:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From lower HPP:
(a very quick check without moving the antenna for optimal alignment at each set of channels:

4's - no reception
10's - good
11's - no
13's - no
45's - good

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Kenney
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USA
1233 Posts

Posted - 04/17/2018 :  18:14:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have all the OTA’s mid HPP Tom. Even the 45’s are coming in tonight.
Mash is on Channel 14 6-7 pm weekdays. Sorry, no Twilight Zone.
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TomK
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USA
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Posted - 04/17/2018 :  19:46:53  Show Profile  Visit TomK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, everyone. That's a rather confusing set of results! The 4s are working for me this evening although the reception was poor at first but within 10 minutes things settled down. Maybe it's just odd atmospheric effects.
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TomK
Punatic

USA
7444 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2018 :  20:41:51  Show Profile  Visit TomK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Lesson learned! After having the 4* channels again for a few days, they stopped working again last night and today - and was watching a wildlife show on PBS this evening and that then started having reception problems.

I checked the antenna and found that all the re-adjusting of the antenna angle I'd done had created enough torque on the coax cable that it was slowly loosening the connection to the antenna. After untwisting it and re-tightening, everything is back to normal! Another thing to look out for...
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TomK
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USA
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Posted - 05/05/2018 :  18:47:45  Show Profile  Visit TomK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Can people report which channels they are getting after Friday's earthquake? I'm getting PBS (10*), 9-1 and 14-1. The 11s are there but the signal is weak and the 4s and 45s seem dead. Thanks.
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HereOnThePrimalEdge
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South Sandwich Islands
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Posted - 05/05/2018 :  19:06:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm getting the same results Tom.

BTW, after you mentioned tightening the coax cable to your antenna I checked mine and discovered it also was loose. That explained the odd reception I was getting the last time I posted. When I tightened it up, all the regular channels came in again.

Portion of Hawaii’s drinking water that comes from underground wells : 9/10
Gallons of raw sewage that leak into the ground from Hawaii cesspools each day : 53,000,000 - Harper's Index
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macuu222
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Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
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Posted - 05/05/2018 :  19:39:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Me too... 45's and 4's are not working in lower HPP. 11's had to re-adjust the antenna but now come in fine.
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TomK
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USA
7444 Posts

Posted - 05/05/2018 :  19:49:07  Show Profile  Visit TomK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you!
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Kenney
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USA
1233 Posts

Posted - 05/05/2018 :  20:48:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Same here. 9, 10’s and 11’s, and 14. Nothing else since earthquake.
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TomK
Punatic

USA
7444 Posts

Posted - 05/05/2018 :  23:11:55  Show Profile  Visit TomK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shame - I was looking forward to Svengoolie's showing of "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" tonight on MeTV (4.2). I don't think I've seen it before.
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Todd H
malihini

USA
52 Posts

Posted - 05/06/2018 :  04:28:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In addition to checking your coax cable connections, also check your signal splitter, if you are using one. I was having many of the same intermittent problems described here, and did the normal routine of removing, inspecting, and tightening of any/all coax connections. When that didn't work, I saw a tip on an OTA blog saying "it could be your splitter." I had an spare, brand-new splitter in my box of antenna 'stuff," put it into place and the improvement was immediate. Signal splitters are rather cheaply made, with low-cost components inside and often poor solder joints. Also, use a splitter for ONLY the number of TV sets you are connecting, otherwise you are sacrificing precious signal strength. So, if you have 3 TV's in the house, use only a 3-way splitter. Finally, use only ONE splitter in your system - never introduce another splitter "downstream" after your main splitter. I cannot explain (technically) why these rules must be followed, but there are lots of OTA discussion sites where expert antenna installers lay out these well-known do's and don'ts. Note: I currently have an Antennas Direct DB-8e antenna - about $150 at Home Depot and worth every penny.

Todd
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TomK
Punatic

USA
7444 Posts

Posted - 05/06/2018 :  19:08:16  Show Profile  Visit TomK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Todd. I only have the one TV at home so don't use a splitter, but thinking of using this TV to move upstairs and upgrading to a new one for downstairs, so this information s useful.

Still no change to the current situation. The 11s were so weak this afternoon I ended up watching a show about growing potatoes in Idaho on 14-1. I guess I learned something new (potatoes grow well there due to the volcanic soil and the hot days and cold nights) but not my usual Sunday afternoon routine...
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HereOnThePrimalEdge
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South Sandwich Islands
6607 Posts

Posted - 05/06/2018 :  20:20:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
using this TV to move upstairs and upgrading to a new one for downstairs

If you have a really good outdoor antenna a splitter is probably a good way to go. Otherwise... I have two sets. One is used for most of the channels we usually talk about on Punaweb. The second set has its own antenna and is located in the one room where I can pick up NBC. But not just anywhere in that room, the antenna has to be in a particular location. The earthquake probably shook it enough to interfere with reception -- but we'll see when I have some time to check it between now and August. I only mention this because with some experimentation it is possible to get NBC in HPP, if for no other reason than to watch The Green Bay Packers whenever they play a game on Sunday Night Football. (and for me there is no other reason)

Portion of Hawaii’s drinking water that comes from underground wells : 9/10
Gallons of raw sewage that leak into the ground from Hawaii cesspools each day : 53,000,000 - Harper's Index
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