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Re: local channels


Sep 8, 2010

 


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#352 Sep 8, 2010

I'm not good with e-mailing. Hope I'm getting this right?

Please foreword this to any reader that can help me.

I am a tv reception hobbist; for the last 3 years.

I am now getting into & understanding DXing (tv & radio).

My first tv antenna that I still use, is I think a

Centronic 189"(off brand distributed by Winegard).

I have a Channel Master preamplifier 7777.

I have RG 6 wire.



In my vacation home, in the bottom of a deep valley (800' down on the wrong side of the mountain) is a tv reception black hole.



I have a Channel Master 4228 (previous generation, thank goodness).



When I duplicated the set up Centronic vs. 4228 there was no different results between these two.

I know some reputation of Winegard 8200 (168").

I know some reputation of Channel Master 3671 (173").

But with their shorter length, probably will be similar results.

I can only get one tv station (with its side channels).

A W.Va pbs tv station. CH. 24.1, 24.2. (24.3 same as 24.1).

With that said, I am in the sweet spot compared to the other homes in this valley. So the other homes get no tv reception.

Antennaweb.org response is:

"There are no stations predicted to serve this location".

Comcast & a local-owned cable company have no interest in our valley, because not enough homes to justify thier expensive cost.

No Fios. No DSL.

Oh, and no cell phone service to rely on.

Directtv & Dish seems to be only option.

Their satellite service does work & is reliably good.

But, that is for the full-time home-owners.

For us vacationers, satellite svc. is too expensive for minimal use.

We have a Direct tv set-up. We would call them to turn it on & then turn it off when we left. This is a hassle for us & them.

Previously, DishTv discreetly had a local channels only package but that option might hinder thier bigger packages.

I recently called Dish, & they denied any local channel packages.

There has to be other tv satellite companies in the US besides DirectTv & Dish.

I think that if you only want local channels, that the retailers &

installers will not reveal this option, because they might get a certain % of higher packages & they don't profit from local channels only.

I think the old huge 10' & 15' satellite dishes typically only randomly receive religious & ethnic programming, or wild feeds of little interest.

At my full-time home in the city, I enjoy my Channel Master 4228 & preamp 7777. I get about 47 tv stations.

DXing I pick up about 15 more tv stations.



This tv antenna forum can give me a better answer than a satellite company that does not want to be truthful.



How can I & millions of other people across the US(legally) get good reception of local channels in our situation.

We are willing to pay for the equipment & pay for a low cost monthly charge if necessary.

Thank you.



www.antennagarden@...



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#353 Sep 8, 2010

--- In TV_Antennas@yahoogroups.com, "John" antennagarden@...> wrote: >

> I'm not good with e-mailing. Hope I'm getting this right?

> Please foreword this to any reader that can help me.

> I am a tv reception hobbist; for the last 3 years.

> I am now getting into & understanding DXing (tv & radio).

> My first tv antenna that I still use, is I think a

> Centronic 189"(off brand distributed by Winegard).

> I have a Channel Master preamplifier 7777.

> I have RG 6 wire.

>

You're in a scary situation for tv, I know the terrain you write about.I haven't a clue about purchasing service there, but, if tv is a hobby, you might want to try receiving a "bounce" signal off one of the hills. You might try pointing your antenna up, or down several degrees.and patiently wait for something, as you turn around the hills. I do not have nearly the terrain problem you have, but, one weak signal I can only get by turning my bowtie up about 12 degrees.



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#354 Sep 8, 2010

Why can't you just have satellite dishes installed at both homes, and then

carry the receiver back and forth between the two when you move? You can

have your service address be at one house, and pay your monthly service fee

via autopay. Seems to me that would avoid all of the service disconnect and

reconnect hassles you described.



Rob

On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM, John antennagarden@...> wrote:



>

>

> I'm not good with e-mailing. Hope I'm getting this right?

> Please foreword this to any reader that can help me.

> I am a tv reception hobbist; for the last 3 years.

> I am now getting into & understanding DXing (tv & radio).

> My first tv antenna that I still use, is I think a

> Centronic 189"(off brand distributed by Winegard).

> I have a Channel Master preamplifier 7777.

> I have RG 6 wire.

>

> In my vacation home, in the bottom of a deep valley (800' down on the wrong

> side of the mountain) is a tv reception black hole.

>

> I have a Channel Master 4228 (previous generation, thank goodness).

>

> When I duplicated the set up Centronic vs. 4228 there was no different

> results between these two.

> I know some reputation of Winegard 8200 (168").

> I know some reputation of Channel Master 3671 (173").

> But with their shorter length, probably will be similar results.

> I can only get one tv station (with its side channels).

> A W.Va pbs tv station. CH. 24.1, 24.2. (24.3 same as 24.1).

> With that said, I am in the sweet spot compared to the other homes in this

> valley. So the other homes get no tv reception.

> Antennaweb.org response is:

> "There are no stations predicted to serve this location".

> Comcast & a local-owned cable company have no interest in our valley,

> because not enough homes to justify thier expensive cost.

> No Fios. No DSL.

> Oh, and no cell phone service to rely on.

> Directtv & Dish seems to be only option.

> Their satellite service does work & is reliably good.

> But, that is for the full-time home-owners.

> For us vacationers, satellite svc. is too expensive for minimal use.

> We have a Direct tv set-up. We would call them to turn it on & then turn it

> off when we left. This is a hassle for us & them.

> Previously, DishTv discreetly had a local channels only package but that

> option might hinder thier bigger packages.

> I recently called Dish, & they denied any local channel packages.

> There has to be other tv satellite companies in the US besides DirectTv &

> Dish.

> I think that if you only want local channels, that the retailers &

> installers will not reveal this option, because they might get a certain %

> of higher packages & they don't profit from local channels only.

> I think the old huge 10' & 15' satellite dishes typically only randomly

> receive religious & ethnic programming, or wild feeds of little interest.

> At my full-time home in the city, I enjoy my Channel Master 4228 & preamp

> 7777. I get about 47 tv stations.

> DXing I pick up about 15 more tv stations.

>

> This tv antenna forum can give me a better answer than a satellite company

> that does not want to be truthful.

>

> How can I & millions of other people across the US(legally) get good

> reception of local channels in our situation.

> We are willing to pay for the equipment & pay for a low cost monthly charge

> if necessary.

> Thank you.

>

> www.antennagarden@... www.antennagarden%40yahoo.com>

>

>

>





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#357 Sep 9, 2010

www.pacemso.com/mobile/



The link above is a new offering for "RV owners" that might fit your needs.



From the Pace website:

"Introducing the new DISH Network pay-as-you-go programming for RV owners. Now you can purchase a DISH Mobile HD receiver, and get pay-as-you-go programming.no contracts or start/stop fees when you manage your account online."



Vacation home - RV, what's the difference? Seems close enough to me - tell them you have a camping trailer in the woods.





"John" wrote: > In my vacation home, in the bottom of a deep valley (800' down on the wrong side of the mountain) is a tv reception black hole.



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