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Forum: General Site Feedback / Discussion 14-Jun-2012, 6:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 27,484
Posted By Dave Loudin
ADTech, I found outdated information concerning...

ADTech, I found outdated information concerning two stations in the DC area (transmitter powers incorrect for WJLA and WUSA.) Of course I don't know how or how often FCC data is pulled in, but...
Forum: TV Database Updates 11-May-2012, 8:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,328
Posted By Dave Loudin
I have run that option for many, many locations...

I have run that option for many, many locations without such a problem. Please don't run with just a zip code - it defeats the purpose of having reasonably accurate terrain taken into account.
Forum: Help With Reception 10-May-2012, 9:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,200
Posted By Dave Loudin
Sigh. You had all this information before you in...

Sigh. You had all this information before you in your TVFool report. Please read the Signal Analysis FAQ (http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=57&Itemid=89) to learn more....
Forum: TV Database Updates 10-May-2012, 8:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,328
Posted By Dave Loudin
Hmm. Are you comparing radar plot to radar plot,...

Hmm. Are you comparing radar plot to radar plot, then? Are there other stations that have this symptom?

No matter, if you are going to use the tool, you should use the exact receive location. It's...
Forum: TV Database Updates 10-May-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,328
Posted By Dave Loudin
Are you comparing an exact address or a zip code...

Are you comparing an exact address or a zip code against the exact placement of the receive icon in the "start maps" option?
Forum: Help With Reception 9-May-2012, 1:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,830
Posted By Dave Loudin
Note that there are two KRCR channels - the main...

Note that there are two KRCR channels - the main one on 7 that you should have no trouble picking up plus a low-power broadcast on 34 that is probably meant for indoor reception in Redding.
Forum: Antennas 9-May-2012, 4:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,972
Posted By Dave Loudin
Actually, by using the "start maps" option, you...

Actually, by using the "start maps" option, you can end up with a Google map with the azimuths to the stations superimposed. You can zoom in far enough to get landmarks or to see where to aim in the...
Forum: Help With Reception 8-May-2012, 1:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,887
Posted By Dave Loudin
I think the deciding factor between these two...

I think the deciding factor between these two recommendations is WPXA, the ION station. Being the last network to arrive in many markets, ION usually ends up on a station located on the outskirts,...
Forum: Help With Reception 7-May-2012, 8:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,811
Posted By Dave Loudin
Stay with the 7696P. Going with additional peak...

Stay with the 7696P. Going with additional peak gain narrows the main beam of the antenna. You don't need the additional gain and you don't want to narrow the range of azimuth the antenna is...
Forum: Help With Reception 7-May-2012, 8:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,449
Posted By Dave Loudin
An honest technical suggestion: I think the...

An honest technical suggestion: I think the HD7698 will be too much. I would recommend either the Winegard HD7694P or the AntennaCraft HBU-33.
Forum: Help With Reception 7-May-2012, 4:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,519
Posted By Dave Loudin
Channels such as Bravo are not broadcast...

Channels such as Bravo are not broadcast over-the-air. No antenna can pick up something that is not broadcasted.
Forum: Help With Reception 4-May-2012, 2:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,553
Posted By Dave Loudin
@mike_sl, thank you for dialing down the...

@mike_sl, thank you for dialing down the discourse. I failed to respond to you in a way to keep the temperature down, and I apologize. I was trying to offer that we try not to focus too much on one...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-May-2012, 2:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,927
Posted By Dave Loudin
This is down to the splitting hairs department,...

This is down to the splitting hairs department, but did you use the "start maps" option to place the receive location? It's best to place that red marker right on the tower location (this is a Google...
Forum: Help With Reception 3-May-2012, 6:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,553
Posted By Dave Loudin
Humor can be a dangerous thing on the internet....

Humor can be a dangerous thing on the internet. I'm tempted to be offended by this off-hand remark.

You've come here seeking advice. We've offered it to you, based on experience. We recommend...
Forum: Help With Reception 1-May-2012, 2:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,448
Posted By Dave Loudin
Wow. You're getting down to predicted -15 dB...

Wow. You're getting down to predicted -15 dB noise margins, so it's going to be really hard to do any better. You most definitely do not want to try to stack anything. It's a real crapshoot as to...
Forum: Help With Reception 1-May-2012, 2:33 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 16,986
Posted By Dave Loudin
Hey, it's OK. At least you found out what was...

Hey, it's OK. At least you found out what was going on before taking anything apart. Having a chance to talk through the problem is always worth it.
Forum: Help With Reception 1-May-2012, 2:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,886
Posted By Dave Loudin
I'm not sure which market you're most interested...

I'm not sure which market you're most interested in. You probably cannot get all the Baltimore stations at the same time as the DC stations - they're too spread out from each other. Both markets...
Forum: TV Fool Discussion / Database Updates 30-Apr-2012, 3:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,010
Posted By Dave Loudin
A general note for our Canadian friends - these...

A general note for our Canadian friends - these updates are essential in getting the TVFool database correct. Industry Canada's method of updating station status in its database does not support...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Apr-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,983
Posted By Dave Loudin
@MrP, I believe the plan is still to have most...

@MrP, I believe the plan is still to have most stations on the ESB to move to the Freedom Tower. However, I don't think that will help you, based on the path profile.

In general, it's hard and...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Apr-2012, 6:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 41,077
Posted By Dave Loudin
The DB4e is an excellent idea.

The DB4e is an excellent idea.
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Apr-2012, 6:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,396
Posted By Dave Loudin
I highly recommend you read the Signal Analysis...

I highly recommend you read the Signal Analysis FAQ (http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=57#how_to_read) that's linked to on your report. You will likely come to the same...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Apr-2012, 6:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,983
Posted By Dave Loudin
@OberGeiss, one of the key advantages of the...

@OberGeiss, one of the key advantages of the predictions at this site is the accounting for terrain. You don't have to wonder too much about how shadowed you are from tranmitting sites. Check out...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Apr-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,983
Posted By Dave Loudin
Do yourself a favor. Click on WNBC in the table...

Do yourself a favor. Click on WNBC in the table of your report to get the path profile between the transmitter (on the left) and you (on the right). You will see how shadowed you are from the NYC...
Forum: Reception Devices 24-Apr-2012, 5:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 32,028
Posted By Dave Loudin
The issue with DVRs and rotors is what happens...

The issue with DVRs and rotors is what happens when it is scheduled to record a station the antenna is not pointed at. I don't know the state of art here is.

I agree that having a rotor helps with...
Forum: Reception Devices 24-Apr-2012, 2:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 32,028
Posted By Dave Loudin
There are three operational issues with rotor...

There are three operational issues with rotor setups:

1) multiple TVs - someone will be unhappy with the aim at some point
2) recording - incorporating rotor control is tricky with DVRs
3)...
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