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Old 12-30-2008, 12:58 AM   #1
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So I finally got around to buying a digital converter box this last weekend and guess what my digital reception sucks a big one. I have an antenna mounted to the top of our house so you would think I would have no problem getting a signal, I have always gotten analog crystal clear. So what's the deal? Will they be "boosting" the power when everything switches over, or am I doomed to never watch TV again? Also I'm curios how many other people are having this problem, by the way don't tell me to get satellite or cable I have no desire to pay $50 a month for a bunch of infomercials and crappy reality shows.

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Old 12-30-2008, 02:12 AM   #2
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It could be the antenna you have. Does it receive both UHF & VHF? Lots of the digital channels are UHF now, but that could change in February. You might just need a different type of antenna. Or maybe have it aimed differently? You can check at Antenna Web to see what channels you should be able to get and the directions of the towers. You can set it to only show the digital channels.

As for the power, some channels will probably increase power after the switch, but it's not a requirement or anything. You'd just have to check with the channel.

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Old 12-30-2008, 02:21 AM   #3
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do you have a antenna signal booster in the line? helped me. and it wont hurt to have one even if you do need to get a new antenna. im using one ... improved 110%

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Old 12-30-2008, 02:43 AM   #4
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Also, check out TV Fool to see what digital channels are available now, what ones should be available after the transition, and in what direction to point your antenna for best reception.

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Old 12-30-2008, 03:05 AM   #5
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if you can get signal a booster should make a big difference since digital shouldnt have as many noise issues. if you dont have cable/dish how did you end up with the Stig for an avatar?

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Old 12-30-2008, 03:59 AM   #6
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Stig is from the internets I use surfthechannel a lot. I checked online about aiming my antenna seems to me that I have it pointed correctly, the antenna is UHF VHF maybe I will have to try a amplifier.

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Old 12-30-2008, 04:14 AM   #7
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The DTV transition has been the bane of my life for the past 2 weeks as I work at a station currently going through the change. It so happens that the VAST majority of our viewers used to catch us on rabbit ears and are a) VERY elderly, b) handicapped, and c) disgruntled about the whole thing. I'm not sure how many calls I've taken from people who are convinced that we've done this to them on purpose.

Back to technicals (I can only speak to our situation).

Due to the work on the transmitter, the signal strength has been decreased for now. When the transition is completed it should boost back to normal. We're waiting on more equipment to push our footprint out further.

You must have your antenna pointed at us. There's very little wiggle room here.

For now you'll need UHF to catch us. After the switch it'll be VHF. Oh, and our channel number is changing from 33 to 13. Don't forget to re-scan for channels!

I think those are the high-points. We send people to both of the sites listed above.

If you were able to get them on rabbit ears, you should be able to get them once the transition is done. Depending on how far you are from the transmitter you may just have to be patient.

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ya theres not noise ... its just signal strength (on my dtv converter box)
I dont get any channels digital or analog without the booster... worked for me but im a way's out ... over air tv sucks ... might as well put a fishtank in an old tube tv and watch that ... probably be more entertaining.

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What's surf the channel? I tend to use Hulu, veoh, and Guba to watch the stuff I want online. I'm another non cable person (for political reasons, if we got another provider other thatn moneygrubbing lousy customer service comcast I'd be more willing to pay...maybe.)

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