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Old 15-May-2020, 6:18 PM   #41
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On other forum posters not sure the repacked stations running their antennas at full FCC power levels.

I'm hoping things will settle down post lock down.
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Old 13-Jul-2020, 2:05 AM   #42
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Post repack report.

I speculated multi-path issues on lower channels put me on wrong side of "digital cliff".

I put up a 2nd AD 91 XG to build a horizontal array pointing at SF Sutro Tower.
Increased signal quality now allows for good reception.
Need to design mount for array.
Currently using saw horse.
Generic combiner/splitter from Home Depot.

During a high wind gust event (30+ mph) I will lose reception. Not a show stopper.

Found a useful script for my Silicondust Tuner.

https://github.com/shmick/TV_Stuff
Code:
~/Downloads/TV_Stuff-master > ./channel_scan.sh -D | tee output.txt
debug mode

Beginning scan on 10519452, tuner 1 at 07/12/20 17:46:18

Locking 10519452, tuner 1 with key 12121212

Unocking 10519452, tuner 1 with key 12121212

9 channels found
RF      Strngth dBmV    dBm     Quality SNR     Symbol  dbg     Calc_dBmV       Calc_dBm
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
5       75      -15.0   -63.8   57      18.8    100     -5900   -13.2           -61.9
7       99      -0.6    -49.4   95      31.3    100     -4550   0.2             -48.5
12      100     0.0     -48.8   86      28.4    100     -4100   4.7             -44.1
13      92      -4.8    -53.5   68      22.4    100     -4900   -3.3            -52.0
27      99      -0.6    -49.4   77      25.4    100     -4650   -0.8            -49.5
28      91      -5.4    -54.1   70      23.1    100     -5100   -5.2            -54.0
29      99      -0.6    -49.4   90      29.7    100     -4650   -0.8            -49.5
33      92      -4.8    -53.5   98      32.3    100     -5100   -5.2            -54.0
34      90      -6.0    -54.8   78      25.7    100     -5225   -6.5            -55.2
 ~/Downloads/TV_Stuff-master >

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Old 13-Jul-2020, 6:18 AM   #43
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Suggestion

I made mine from 1 1/2 Aluminized Exhaust tubing:






So, you "ganged" them with a splitter in reverse? I have been playing with a lowewr loss version, using a 1/4 wave transformer, works well.

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Old 13-Jul-2020, 3:29 PM   #44
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To bobsgarage,

Using 2Ghz splitter in reverse.
Higher insertion loss compared to other solutions.
No idea if lower loss combiner would improve over all viewing experience.

Looking for better location on roof for longer term mount.
Using portable mount on flat roof. May need more than 1 for arrays.

Over time obstructing trees bigger.

Marginal situation at best.

Sutro stations using auxiliary antennas work days from 7 am to 6 pm for next 5 weeks.
Stations do not lock.
Ok for now. I mostly time shift programs after 6:00 pm.


Code:
 ~/Downloads/TV_Stuff-master $ ./channel_scan.sh -D | tee output.txt
debug mode

Beginning scan on 10519452, tuner 0 at 07/13/20 09:25:00

Locking 10519452, tuner 0 with key 12121212

Unocking 10519452, tuner 0 with key 12121212

5 channels found
RF      Strngth dBmV    dBm     Quality SNR     Symbol  dbg     Calc_dBmV       Calc_dBm
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
13      87      -7.8    -56.5   76      25.1    100     -5150   -5.7            -54.5
19      91      -5.4    -54.1   71      23.4    100     -5100   -5.2            -54.0
20      92      -4.8    -53.5   72      23.8    100     -5050   -4.7            -53.5
31      100     0.0     -48.8   86      28.4    100     -4575   -0.0            -48.8
36      91      -5.4    -54.1   90      29.7    100     -5200   -6.2            -55.0

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Old 13-Oct-2021, 7:43 PM   #45
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Long time since last post.


https://www.rabbitears.info/s/371849


Signal quality degraded over the pandemic.

Sutro Tower engineering done for time being.

I maybe now experiencing cellular interference.
T-Mobile LTE service officially available in my area.
T-Mobile tower between me and Sutro antennas.

SiliconDust support confirmed my tuner showed " very big spike of cellular phone activity at about 623MHz".

Big hourly and daily changes in signal quality.

(see tvfool.txt)


So could be something external to my antennas/amp/tuner.

I plan to order LTE filter which will block above 608 MHz.
Place filter after antennas and before RCA mast amp.
Will report back after experiment.
Attached Files
File Type: txt tvfool.txt (5.8 KB, 38 views)

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Old 14-Oct-2021, 8:34 PM   #46
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Long time since last post.

https://www.rabbitears.info/s/371849

I plan to order LTE filter which will block above 608 MHz.
Place filter after antennas and before RCA mast amp.
Will report back after experiment.
Thank you for the new report.

Good idea to try the filter. If you order the Channel Master 3201 filter, make sure you get the NEW 600 MHz filter that says Pass 5-608 MHz Block 609-3000 MHz. They tweaked the 600 filter to reduce the loss to channel 36.

You can see the cellular signals with an SDR:





Video
I use VLC Media Player
Download and view now:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bvohk4y8hn...MyUHF.mp4?dl=0

Download now, view later:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bvohk4y8hn...MyUHF.mp4?dl=1

A less expensive SDR ($30), the RTL-SDR.COM V3, can be used with free DIY Scanner software from GitHub. The scan is not real-time; you have to wait until the scan has completed before you see it.



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File Type: jpg My UHF 10-14-2021_2.jpg (131.0 KB, 104 views)
File Type: jpg My UHF 10-14-2021withLTEfilter_2.jpg (136.0 KB, 100 views)
File Type: jpg My Upper UHF 10-14-2021_22.9dB_2.jpg (116.5 KB, 92 views)
File Type: jpg My Upper UHF 10-14-2021Filter_22.9dB_2.jpg (131.8 KB, 95 views)
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Old 16-Oct-2021, 6:32 PM   #47
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I deployed the Silicondust LTE filter before the UHF input of the RCA mast amp.
Now readings in RF 39-40 at noise floor of the system?
I guess signal strength 30 on RF 38-39 means the filter is doing right thing.
I'm not interested in KICU-HD (RF 36) at this time.


Overnight time shift recording of KPIX-TV (RF 29) still experienced drop outs.

I likely have multiple issues.
Going to leave in LTE filter as it appears to cause no harm and eliminates one variable.

Day time reception appears stronger than evening.
Day time heat helps diffract signal over the hill between me and desired Sutro station?
That effect less during the evening?



Dodgy antenna mount.
Change pointing of antennas by 3 degrees changed signal quality by 3 percent this morning on one station.



i added an additional 1 second delay in the channel_scan.sh script.
Appears to be a settling issue using the original 1 second delay.
Signal quality reports with 2 second delay showed less variation this morning.

Maybe that is sign of power issues in the tuner :<
I'm still on the original Silicondust tuner external power supply.
Going to order replacement power supply.

Code:
~/Videos/TV_Stuff-master/channel_scan.sh -A
debug mode

Beginning scan on 10519452, tuner 0 at 10/16/21 09:30:20

Locking 10519452, tuner 0 with key 12121212

Unocking 10519452, tuner 0 with key 12121212

50 channels found
RF    Strngth    dBmV    dBm    Quality    SNR    Symbol    dbg    Calc_dBmV    Calc_dBm
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2    34    -39.6    -88.3    0    0.0    0    -8350    -37.4        -86.2
3    35    -39.0    -87.8    0    0.0    0    -8300    -37.0        -85.7
4    43    -34.2    -83.0    0    0.0    0    -7825    -32.2        -81.0
5    73    -16.2    -65.0    44    14.5    0    -6000    -14.2        -62.9
6    45    -33.0    -81.8    0    0.0    0    -7625    -30.3        -79.0
7    92    -4.8    -53.5    85    28.1    100    -4950    -3.8        -52.5
8    34    -39.6    -88.3    0    0.0    0    -8400    -37.9        -86.7
9    44    -33.6    -82.3    41    13.5    0    -7800    -32.0        -80.7
10    49    -30.6    -79.3    41    13.5    0    -7475    -28.8        -77.5
11    37    -37.8    -86.5    0    0.0    0    -8175    -35.7        -84.5
12    97    -1.8    -50.5    90    29.7    100    -4550    0.2        -48.5
13    84    -9.6    -58.4    62    20.5    100    -5350    -7.7        -56.5
14    61    -23.4    -72.2    42    13.9    0    -6875    -22.8        -71.6
15    36    -38.4    -87.2    0    0.0    0    -8350    -37.4        -86.2
16    78    -13.2    -62.0    0    0.0    0    -5825    -12.4        -61.2
17    65    -21.0    -69.8    0    0.0    0    -6650    -20.6        -69.4
18    52    -28.8    -77.5    42    13.9    0    -7425    -28.3        -77.0
19    84    -9.6    -58.4    76    25.1    100    -5475    -9.0        -57.7
20    91    -5.4    -54.1    81    26.7    100    -5100    -5.2        -54.0
21    50    -30.0    -78.8    0    0.0    0    -7575    -29.8        -78.5
22    65    -21.0    -69.8    42    13.9    0    -6625    -20.4        -69.1
23    53    -28.2    -77.0    0    0.0    0    -7400    -28.0        -76.8
24    62    -22.8    -71.5    42    13.9    0    -6850    -22.6        -71.3
25    71    -17.4    -66.2    57    18.8    100    -6275    -16.9        -65.6
26    45    -33.0    -81.8    41    13.5    0    -7875    -32.7        -81.5
27    90    -6.0    -54.8    67    22.1    100    -5200    -6.2        -55.0
28    90    -6.0    -54.8    64    21.1    100    -5150    -5.7        -54.5
29    94    -3.6    -52.4    69    22.8    100    -4925    -3.5        -52.3
30    95    -3.0    -51.8    69    22.8    100    -4900    -3.3        -52.0
31    98    -1.2    -50.0    90    29.7    100    -4725    -1.5        -50.3
32    94    -3.6    -52.4    73    24.1    100    -4950    -3.8        -52.5
33    86    -8.4    -57.1    62    20.5    100    -5475    -9.0        -57.7
34    94    -3.6    -52.4    90    29.7    100    -5000    -4.3        -53.0
35    53    -28.2    -77.0    41    13.5    0    -7475    -28.8        -77.5
36    73    -16.2    -65.0    58    19.1    100    -6250    -16.6        -65.4
37    32    -40.8    -89.5    0    0.0    0    -8700    -40.9        -89.7
38    30    -42.0    -90.8    0    0.0    0    -8850    -42.4        -91.2
39    30    -42.0    -90.8    0    0.0    0    -8875    -42.7        -91.4
40    34    -39.6    -88.3    0    0.0    0    -8650    -40.4        -89.2
41    32    -40.8    -89.5    0    0.0    0    -8775    -41.7        -90.4
42    33    -40.2    -89.0    0    0.0    0    -8725    -41.2        -89.9
43    34    -39.6    -88.3    0    0.0    0    -8625    -40.2        -88.9
44    37    -37.8    -86.5    0    0.0    0    -8475    -38.7        -87.4
45    39    -36.6    -85.3    0    0.0    0    -8375    -37.7        -86.4
46    41    -35.4    -84.2    0    0.0    0    -8275    -36.7        -85.5
47    42    -34.8    -83.5    0    0.0    0    -8225    -36.2        -85.0
48    41    -35.4    -84.2    0    0.0    0    -8250    -36.5        -85.2
49    38    -37.2    -86.0    0    0.0    0    -8450    -38.4        -87.2
50    32    -40.8    -89.5    0    0.0    0    -8800    -41.9        -90.7
 51    28    -43.2    -92.0    0    0.0    0    -9050    -44.4        -93.1

Now experiencing tuner resets. Did not have issue a year ago.
Silicondust support suggested original power supply could be an issue.
Code:
19700101-00:00:17 System: reset reason = application watchdog 19700101-00:00:17 System: E5592573 0000000E 004F41F8 0046B4F8 0046A6E8 004F5734 0040F7CC 005109E4 19700101-00:00:17 System: 0046A238 004D4A34 00409258 0046D490 00460C88 00401674 0041438C 00402850 19700101-00:00:17 System: network link 100f
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Old 22-Oct-2021, 10:18 PM   #48
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With the LTE filter in place I experienced fewer faults in time shifted shows.


I replaced the original tuner power supply with new Silicondust power supply.

No immediate measurable improvements in signal quality after power supply switch.

See how things go next recording viewing cycle.
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Old 23-Oct-2021, 2:12 PM   #49
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I likely have multiple issues.

Day time reception appears stronger than evening.
Day time heat helps diffract signal over the hill between me and desired Sutro station?
That effect less during the evening?

Dodgy antenna mount.
Change pointing of antennas by 3 degrees changed signal quality by 3 percent this morning on one station.
Have you considered multipath due to airplane reflections? Did you see much airplane flutter in the analog days?
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Old 23-Oct-2021, 7:10 PM   #50
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No airplane flutter in the analog days.


Reception quality slowly went down over the last 12 months.


Big storm coming into Bay Area.

May reposition horizontal array after storm.

Before pending storm.
Reception change due to atmospheric conditions?

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/23/weath...ght/index.html

time ~/Videos/TV_Stuff-master/channel_scan.sh -D
debug mode

Beginning scan on 10519452, tuner 0 at 10/23/21 12:51:22

Locking 10519452, tuner 0 with key 12121212

Unocking 10519452, tuner 0 with key 12121212

13 channels found
RF Strngth dBmV dBm Quality SNR Symbol dbg Calc_dBmV Calc_dBm
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
7 91 -5.4 -54.1 90 29.7 100 -5000 -4.3 -53.0
12 98 -1.2 -50.0 73 24.1 100 -4500 0.7 -48.0
13 83 -10.2 -59.0 69 22.8 100 -5425 -8.5 -57.2
19 84 -9.6 -58.4 70 23.1 100 -5475 -9.0 -57.7
20 88 -7.2 -56.0 90 29.7 100 -5275 -7.0 -55.7
27 89 -6.6 -55.4 68 22.4 100 -5250 -6.7 -55.5
28 90 -6.0 -54.8 64 21.1 100 -5150 -5.7 -54.5
29 93 -4.2 -53.0 77 25.4 100 -5000 -4.3 -53.0
31 99 -0.6 -49.4 81 26.7 100 -4675 -1.0 -49.8
32 94 -3.6 -52.4 69 22.8 100 -4950 -3.8 -52.5
33 89 -6.6 -55.4 76 25.1 100 -5300 -7.2 -56.0
34 90 -6.0 -54.8 85 28.1 100 -5225 -6.5 -55.2
36 72 -16.8 -65.5 59 19.5 100 -6325 -17.4 -66.1

My Silicondust tuner using older 7th generation Panasonic demodulator chip mentioned in article.

https://in-koherence.com/index.php/2...onnect-quatro/

Review of my generation Silicondust tuner.
https://www.rabbitears.info/blog/ind...meRun-4-Review

Bay Area challenging reception area.

https://in-koherence.com/index.php/2...ith-diversity/

Last edited by ckwsp101_tv; 23-Oct-2021 at 9:59 PM. Reason: add atmospheric rivers reference
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Old 24-Oct-2021, 4:40 PM   #51
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Big rain storm hitting Bay Area.

Better reception conditions during rainy weather.
Winds averaging 4 MPH.
Code:
time ~/Videos/TV_Stuff-master/channel_scan.sh -D
debug mode

Beginning scan on 10519452, tuner 0 at 10/24/21 08:30:07

Locking 10519452, tuner 0 with key 12121212

Unocking 10519452, tuner 0 with key 12121212

14 channels found
RF	Strngth	dBmV	dBm	Quality	SNR	Symbol	dbg	Calc_dBmV	Calc_dBm
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
7	94	-3.6	-52.4	98	32.3	100	-4800	-2.3		-51.0
12	98	-1.2	-50.0	78	25.7	100	-4500	0.7		-48.0
13	83	-10.2	-59.0	53	17.5	100	-5400	-8.2		-57.0
19	87	-7.8	-56.5	82	27.1	100	-5325	-7.5		-56.2
20	88	-7.2	-56.0	90	29.7	100	-5250	-6.7		-55.5
27	99	-0.6	-49.4	98	32.3	100	-4625	-0.5		-49.3
28	98	-1.2	-50.0	90	29.7	100	-4700	-1.3		-50.0
29	97	-1.8	-50.5	78	25.7	100	-4775	-2.0		-50.8
30	97	-1.8	-50.5	65	21.4	100	-4775	-2.0		-50.8
31	100	0.0	-48.8	81	26.7	100	-4550	0.2		-48.5
32	97	-1.8	-50.5	78	25.7	100	-4775	-2.0		-50.8
33	94	-3.6	-52.4	98	32.3	100	-4950	-3.8		-52.5
34	88	-7.2	-56.0	76	25.1	100	-5325	-7.5		-56.2
36	81	-11.4	-60.1	69	22.8	100	-5750	-11.7		-60.4

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