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Old 23-Jan-2013, 8:17 PM   #1
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Lost channels

In Dec 2011 you folks helped me with a very successful set up of my first antenna to receive digital TV in this thread... http://forum.tvfool.com/showthread.php?t=2895

Here is my local info... http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...403359c6ee02ef

The stations I have been picking up are...
2.1 WFMY HD
2.2 WFMY SD
3.1 WBTV-DT
3.2 WBTV-SD
3.3 BOUNCE
4.1 UNC-TV
4.2 UNC-KD (Kids)
4.3 UNC-EX
8.1 WGHP
8.2 TV8.2
12.1 WXII-TV
12.2 THIS TV
16.1 ION
16.2 qubo (Kids)
16.3 ION Life
20.1 WCWG
20.2 WCWG D2
20.3 WCWG D3 (Spanish)
20.4 WCWG D4
26.1 UNC-TV
26.2 UNC-KD (Kids)
26.3 UNC-EX (Science)
36.1 WCNC-HD
36.2 WCNC-LW
43.1 WLXI-SD
43.2 WLXI-HD
43.3 WLXI-SD2
43.4 WLXI-SD3
45.1 WXLV HD
45.2 WXLV-SD
48.1 WMYV HD MY48
48.2 WMYV SD The Cool TV

Mostly strong signals, but some were weak enough to occasionally lose signal.

The stations I watched most were...
2.1 WFMY HD
2.2 WFMY SD
4.1 UNC-TV
4.3 UNC-EX
8.1 WGHP
8.2 TV8.2
12.1 WXII-TV
12.2 THIS TV
16.1 ION
20.1 WCWG
45.1 WXLV HD
48.1 WMYV HD MY48

Last week we had lots of rain, snow & some wind. I lost the following "most watched" channels...
4.1 UNC-TV
4.3 UNC-EX
8.1 WGHP
8.2 TV8.2
12.1 WXII-TV
12.2 THIS TV
16.1 ION


Sometimes I can get 8.1 WGHP, 8.2 & 16.1 ION tried to come in once but never did.

I went to the roof & I could see nothing wrong with the connections or coaxial cable.
I used the suggested tape for sealing the connections outside. Do you think water may have still gotten inside?
And would that cause me to loose some stations but not others?
Thanks.
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Old 24-Jan-2013, 8:24 PM   #2
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You need to confirm that there is no water in the coax. If there is, it often causes trouble for some signals more than others.

When I apply self vulcanizing tape, I also put a couple of layers of regular vinyl electrical tape over the sealing tape. The idea is to keep dirt from sticking, block UV rays and by stretching the vinyl tape as it's applied, compress the sealing tape... adding certainty that it fully seals by bonding to itself and the parts under it.
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Old 24-Jan-2013, 9:17 PM   #3
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Thanks GroundUrMast. I believe it was you that gave me that very advice concerning the tapes when I was getting set up & I did just that.
Is there any way to know if moister in the coax is the problem? Maybe I should just buy another 25' length & see if that solves the problem.
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Old 24-Jan-2013, 10:07 PM   #4
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Substitution with known good parts is often the easiest and least expensive option for consumer grade components.
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