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OTA Channel List – Aug 2017

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

I did a scan tonight and found FIVE new channels I wasn’t aware of. If you have an antenna, do a channel scan on your tv to find the new channels. ION, 24/7 PBS Kids, TBD TV, American Sports Network, and QVC.

Here is an updated list of stations from Madison that we can receive in Platteville~! All primary channels are broadcast in 1080i or 720p HD, with the exception of CW, all subchannels are 480i.

3.1 CBS channel3000.com
3.2 MyN mynetworktv.com
3.3 ION iontelevision.com
15.1 NBC nbc15.com
15.2 CW cwtv.com
15.3 Antenna TV antennatv.tv
15.4 Weather weathernationtv.com
21.1 PBS wpt.org
21.2 Wisconsin wpt.org/wisconsinchannel
21.3 Create createtv.com
21.4 PBS Kids pbskids.org
27.1 ABC wkow.com
27.2 Me-TV metvnetwork.com
27.3 Decades decades.com
40.1 Christian kfxb.net
47.1 FOX fox47.com
47.2 Comet comettv.com
47.3 Charge watchcharge.com
47.4 TBD tbd.com
57.1 Independent wi57.tv
57.2 Movies! moviestvnetwork.com
57.3 H&I handitvnetwork.com
57.4 ASN americansportsnet.com
57.5 QVC qvc.com

Amazon Fire TV or Roku TV?

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

I think the Amazon Fire TV will replace my current recommendation for the Roku TV as my favorite “Over The Air” receiver. Just like the Roku TV, the Fire TV will have the ability to pause and rewind live TV.

However, Fire TV adds the ability to pull up a TV Guide. A feature I sorely miss from my cable days and I supplement with a TV Guide app on my phone.

You can checkout the features here:
Fire 55 inch TV: http://amzn.to/2xKWMtw
Roku 55 inch TV: http://amzn.to/2xtrrLb

OTA: Metal Monster

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

91XG Unidirectional Ultra Long Range DTV Antenna

Source: https://www.antennasdirect.com/store/91XG-Ultra-Long-Range-DTV-Antenna.html

Have you seen antennas that look like this around Platteville? You will usually see them on 30 foot towers. This is a long range UHF and VHF combination antenna.

Those antennas are expensive to have installed (the tower is the bulk of the cost). The height rule for VHF reception is 8 feet above your neighbor’s home OR 32 feet above ground. Meaning that a tower is normally required to get the needed clearance.

But did you know that Platteville receives no VHF channels?? All that height is overkill for the shorter waveform UHF reception.

For reception of Madison TV channels in Platteville, you need a good UHF only antenna. Do not worry about VHF reception at all. UHF antennas are small and do not need much of a clearing to aim into. A few hundred feet of clearing is fine. For height, 3 feet is best but will work with as little as 2 feet above your neighbor’s roof. UHF antennas can function when mounted 3 feet from ground~!!

Mount where it makes sense for your home. The link below is for good quality UHF only antennas.

Shullsburg is full of Smart People

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

I took a drive through Shullsburg last weekend, keeping my eyes out for home antennas and towers. Unlike Platteville, I found that nearly every home I saw in Shullsburg had a bow tie reflector type antenna that I recommend. Most were the 4-way ones (DB4 and Clearstream2). While in Platteville I still recommend 8-way type such as the DB8 or Clearstream4.

A quick review of tvfool for Shullsburg shows that they have 40 dBm more signal than Platteville. So I imagine that they can get away with a smaller 4-way antennas and no powered pre-amp.

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OTA Secrets

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

What is the secret to good TV antenna reception?  Using the right Hardware and Aiming.

Hardware

You have to look at every part of the chain from the antenna to your TV. They all affect signal quality.

- Antenna – Collect as much signal as possible
- Balun – Older baluns can be less efficient
- Amplifier – Low noise and mounted near antenna
- Cables – Length is the important number.  However, older cables can be leaky and may need replacing
- Splitters & Connectors - 
Limit your number of splitters and connectors. Use exact cable lengths wherever possible.

http://www.hdtvprimer.com/antennas/basics.html

Aiming

The success of your antenna reception is highly dependent on good aiming strategy.

Go to tvfool.com and find the angle you need to aim. Walk around the outside of your home and determine a location where you can point in that direction and have a clear line of sight. Aim into fields, aim between houses, aim around trees, aim above houses.

If you have a clear line of sight and that angle just isn’t reliable enough, try spinning the antenna 180 degrees in the OPPOSITE direction to receive the bounced signal instead. If you have a lot of structures behind you, the reflected bounce can sometimes be stronger than your primary direction.

Remember: If your antenna has a built in electric rotor (like the cheapo chinese one), use it. The procedure to use the cheapo antenna’s rotor is:
1. Press the red rotor button on the power box and count to 1. This will rotate the antenna for approx 20-30 degrees in a direction.
2. Wait 5-10 seconds for your tv’s signal indicator to refresh. If you have a channel lock, you may have to wait up to 20 seconds for the picture to return.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2, varying the duration that you hold the button. Example: Press for 1 second, release, and press for 2 seconds – will rotate in the other direction. Allowing you to “home in” on a signal.

http://www.hdtvprimer.com/antennas/fixes.html

OTA: Antenna Class!

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Last fall, I taught an over-the-air antenna class at the local library.  I broke down each step of how to receive free TV broadcasts from Madison.  Over 75 miles away !  The first half of the class was a slide show, the second half was the interactive portion. I asked for addresses and we pulled up the reception maps for the attendees to discuss real world reception and aiming strategies.

What is the secret to Platteville TV Reception?
• Have a good aiming strategy using tvfool.com and a Sighting Compass
• Choose an appropriate mounting location.
• Route your coax cable through your home’s ground block for static and lightning protection.
• Every step between your antenna to your TV can affect signal quality, reduce where possible!
• Cable Length / Splitters / Connectors

This is the handout that I gave to those who attended my class last fall.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x113jqeepDhK4VtcKPQecNvcxV7hLQJXG0ZTiL3sqp0

Follow this link for the slideshow presentation for my antenna reception class. Missing is my handwritten notes that accompany this presentation.
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1uEA5j9wCnowlhbRawDde0W1ldsf4nr2IoWRPw_-TmBs/