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fgth 10-Jul-2012 7:16 PM

Digital OTA TV in Fremont Mission Hill area

My setup has once worked in Cary North Carolina, and now it does not here in Fremont California. :mad:
I am puzzled to see if I am in a shadow or what else...

Setup is:
EZ HD Antenna:
Connected to an Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 card.
The antenna is not yet on a pole, but it's still point toward San Francisco peninsula. If not perfect, I should still catch a few channel, just to have a clue I am on the right track before I set up a pole, etc.

The issue is that I get nothing, not even a hint of low signal.
I've tried to change cable, connector (75-300 Ohm converter), changing the PC card slot, but no luck.

Any other folks in the area? Any tip?


I need to get ready for the Olympics!


GroundUrMast 10-Jul-2012 7:41 PM

Please post a link to your TV Fool reception report.

Be sure to use the proposed mounting height of your antenna.

Do you have any other digital (ATSC) TV to test with?

Electron 10-Jul-2012 10:54 PM

->ALL<- Questions and Answers about Broadcast Tv Reception and More.
Do as the other question askers do and Do This ->

Make a tvfool radar plot report , use the Exact address of your location.

Make the antenna height 25 feet.

fgth 10-Jul-2012 11:19 PM

Here is my report

25ft pool, that's excluding the house height?

GroundUrMast 11-Jul-2012 12:11 AM

Antenna height is referenced to ground level. TV Fool has no means to consider the buildings or vegetation.

The signal strength shown in your reports indicates an antenna made from a paper clip should receive dozens of signals.

Try connecting your antenna to a working TV that's configured to receive OTA signals.

Electron 11-Jul-2012 12:25 AM

->ALL<- Questions and Answers about Broadcast Tv Reception and More.
The Tv transmissions VERY STRONG at your location.

Aim the antenna at about 286 degree magnetic compass.

Here is how to aim antennas ,

The Tv/s MUST SCAN for the Digital Broadcast Tv Channels sometimes named the 'Air Channels' or 'Antenna Channels' in the Tv setup menu because the Tv transmissions travel through the air from the transmitting antenna to the receiving antenna.

Connect the antenna and coax to a Tv that has a broadcast tv digital tuner.

Do Not have the Pc and etc. connected.

Getting reception now??

DO NOT scan for cable tv channels.

fgth 11-Jul-2012 4:36 AM

Good idea about a simple receiver (TV) for testing. Simple and obvious after all!
Excellent, I will post results soon...

fgth 12-Jul-2012 7:16 PM


Setting up a TV receiver did work.
Got to see why this Hauppauge PC card does not work anymore...

Got some 50 channels, and I am aiming at 293 degrees. Many not listed on TVFool. Like that tons of 1.x channels.

The antenna is now in the attic (at some 30 feet), sitting on a bag of paper, the roof is made of concrete tiles, and the exterior is stucco. Setting it up outside is not easy story. I will see...

Thanks everyone!


GroundUrMast 12-Jul-2012 7:48 PM

The tile roof and stucco are both known to attenuate TV and radio signals. Try the antenna outside. 6' or more above ground, as a test. Do you have a chimney? If so, they often make excellent antenna mounts. If not, eave and wall brakets are an option.

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