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Forum: Help With Reception 22-Oct-2020, 11:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,350
Posted By OTAFAN
Here's the latest on ATSC 3.0 or NextGen TV: ...

Here's the latest on ATSC 3.0 or NextGen TV:

https://www.soundandvision.com/content/nextgen-tv-progress-report
Forum: Help With Reception 13-Oct-2020, 4:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By OTAFAN
Well, it's actually slightly above the Civil...

Well, it's actually slightly above the Civil Aviation Band that you would listen to on a scanner, 108MHz to 136MHz; VHF radio spectrum. Here's a chart explaining. It's a bit out of date since Repack...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Oct-2020, 4:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By OTAFAN
Ok, I'm getting a better understanding of your...

Ok, I'm getting a better understanding of your situation.

Let's give the Techs here a chance to chime in.

Thanks for the reply and lucky you living in Santa Barbara!

P.S. Take a look at this...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Oct-2020, 4:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By OTAFAN
Thanks for the report, jamesm113. There are...

Thanks for the report, jamesm113.

There are some excellent Techs here on TV Fool that I'm sure will be able to assist in resolving your issue. Let's give them a chance to look it over and fingers...
Forum: Help With Reception 12-Oct-2020, 2:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By OTAFAN
What market are those two real channels (not...

What market are those two real channels (not virtual) in? In other words, perhaps you could post your Signal Report off RabbitEars.Info? It would be very helpful in getting the help you need from the...
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Oct-2020, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi jamesm113: A loose coax connection (or...

Hi jamesm113:

A loose coax connection (or any other for that matter), will sooner or later cause reception problems. You proved that after you pushed the cable back on. Always check your...
Forum: Help With Reception 11-Oct-2020, 5:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 12,457
Posted By OTAFAN
If you're handy with a soldering iron and have at...

If you're handy with a soldering iron and have at least a hobbyist background on electronics, you could try to "fix" your preamp, if that's indeed what's wrong with it. If you do a search on TV Fool,...
Forum: Help With Reception 10-Oct-2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 12,457
Posted By OTAFAN
Probably you're overloading your TV tuner with a...

Probably you're overloading your TV tuner with a defective pre-amp; something's failed (open) inside. You'll need to replace it.

You should be able to return to good TV viewing once fixed. Please...
Forum: Help With Reception 3-Sep-2020, 10:59 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 13,094
Posted By OTAFAN
The links above and here to the Mclapp UHF...

The links above and here to the Mclapp UHF antenna are not secure, but neither is TV Fool presently. Here's everything but the kitchen sink, including a YouTube video:
...
Forum: Help With Reception 29-Aug-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,722
Posted By OTAFAN
Solid Signal has specs on their antennas that...

Solid Signal has specs on their antennas that they currently sell as well as those no longer available. Winegard manufactures many of RCAs outdoor antennas and the specs would be the same for their...
Forum: Help With Reception 25-Aug-2020, 11:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,722
Posted By OTAFAN
Hey BigBean: I think you're barking up the...

Hey BigBean:

I think you're barking up the right tree, although your FM Report looks challenging with the one edge reception at your end. However, give it a go and see what you get. Here's a link...
Forum: Help With Reception 18-Aug-2020, 12:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,712
Posted By OTAFAN
Hey BigBean: How did your test turn out?...

Hey BigBean:

How did your test turn out? Here's a link to a Klein Pocket Coax Tester that might be of help to you now and any future coax issues you might encounter:
...
Forum: Help With Reception 15-Aug-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,792
Posted By OTAFAN
Hey 8bit: The longer the boom and more...

Hey 8bit:

The longer the boom and more elements on a TV antenna, the greater the gain in signal strength typically.

If you can repair that antenna you picked up for free, it might improve your...
Forum: Help With Reception 15-Aug-2020, 2:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,554
Posted By OTAFAN
If you're looking to squeeze out every dB you can...

If you're looking to squeeze out every dB you can especially for that tough Channel 2, here's a link to a previous thread rabbit73 authored that offers an excellent tip:
...
Forum: Help With Reception 4-Jul-2020, 8:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,712
Posted By OTAFAN
Here's another post on TV Fool that might be of...

Here's another post on TV Fool that might be of interest to you, BigBean:

http://forum.tvfool.com/showpost.php?p=58306&postcount=75

What antenna are you using now? Generally speaking, a higher...
Forum: Help With Reception 3-Jul-2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,712
Posted By OTAFAN
Hello BigBean: I would think UV rays and...

Hello BigBean:

I would think UV rays and heat from the Sun along with other weather conditions, all contribute to shorten the life of preamps. I don't think you're going to get any longer life out...
Forum: Help With Reception 26-Jun-2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,059
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi derf: Tim is correct in the reply he gave...

Hi derf:

Tim is correct in the reply he gave your above comment. But there is probably another possibility.

Because you're so close to the towers of the channels in question (less than 10...
Forum: Help With Reception 20-Jun-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,728
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi RG6er: Welcome to the forum! Let's...

Hi RG6er:

Welcome to the forum!

Let's start with your rabbitears.info report for your zip code. It's more accurate with repack as the TV Fool report has not been updated for some time. And the...
Forum: Antennas 14-Jun-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,694
Posted By OTAFAN
An old tip that was passed on to me decades ago...

An old tip that was passed on to me decades ago by an electronics audiophile, was to replace all the CAPS in the audio path of an AM/Shortwave (or any other) radio with non-polarized CAPS to enhance...
Forum: Help With Reception 2-Jun-2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,580
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi agios11: I would either replace your...

Hi agios11:

I would either replace your antenna with what you already have (RCA ANT751, excellent reputation), which you said has been performing well for the past 10 years and you can buy from...
Forum: Help With Reception 29-May-2020, 2:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,118
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi DaveBB: Here is your rabbitears.info...

Hi DaveBB:

Here is your rabbitears.info report which is probably more accurate than tvfool (please be patient as it takes about 30 seconds to load):
...
Forum: Help With Reception 16-Apr-2020, 8:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,229
Posted By OTAFAN
Hi Dagwood: I agree with jrgagne99 above,...

Hi Dagwood:

I agree with jrgagne99 above, who is pointing you in the right direction.

As I understand these issues you raise, it's a process of elimination starting with your antenna and preamp...
Forum: Help With Reception 5-Apr-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,782
Posted By OTAFAN
This might clarify a bit..... ...

This might clarify a bit.....

https://www.techhive.com/article/3514508/atsc-3-0-how-cord-cutters-should-plan-for-antenna-tv-upgrade.html
Forum: Help With Reception 30-Mar-2020, 2:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,220
Posted By OTAFAN
I think your TV Fool report which shows 2Edge...

I think your TV Fool report which shows 2Edge probably is right. Which means there is some kind of interference between the towers and your location; particularly in your case, with those two VHF...
Forum: Welcome 28-Mar-2020, 9:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 70,791
Posted By OTAFAN
Welcome to the Forum Fox! I see you've...

Welcome to the Forum Fox!

I see you've already learned that research and persistence pays off in successfully installing an OTA TV antenna system. Congratulations on your project for your...
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