Airstud
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TV channels 2 and 9 in Minneapolis, reception probs

Wed May 16, 2018 5:23 am

I have finally taken my 50" Westinghouse HDTV out of the box. I bought it on Black Friday. In 2016. Gotta love that clinical depression, eh?

I've been using an old cathode-ray Philips set with rabbit ears and an ATSC converter box, which works OK except channel 9.2 (BBT & Modern Family reruns) is extremely sketchy; signal is to easily list & pic becomes choppy. A much bigger problem is that I can't get channel 2 (PBS) at all. Not even sketchily/tenuously. I mean like bubkes.

For some reason I expected things to be better with the new set - built-in ATSC capability and all - but they are worse. I plugged the antenna into the RF jack on the new set and scan for channels, and it doesn't find channels 2 or 9.2 at all. Sails right past 'em.

Any other cable-free Twin Citians have this problem? Think an amplimafied antenna would help, or would that be throwing good money after bad reception?

I WANT my PBS, blame it.
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Raventech
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Re: TV channels 2 and 9 in Minneapolis, reception probs

Thu May 17, 2018 1:58 am

Check out this site http://tvfool.com/ . I have heard a bunch of people using it

They list where the transmitters are and help optimize reception
 
Airstud
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Re: TV channels 2 and 9 in Minneapolis, reception probs

Thu May 17, 2018 10:14 am

Raventech wrote:
Check out this site http://tvfool.com/ . I have heard a bunch of people using it

They list where the transmitters are and help optimize reception


Hey cool!! Thanks, that is a neat site.

I noticed most of the transmitters are northeast of me (Lake Calhoun) and I figured they must be atop the IDS Center, but no. In fact I have now learned that the two stations I have trouble getting both use the same transmitter tower!!

Um.... yay? :boggled:


I'll figure this out somehow...
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samaruf
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Re: TV channels 2 and 9 in Minneapolis, reception probs

Thu May 17, 2018 5:38 pm

The tv transmitters are on top of the Shoreview towers. I bought one of the flat HD antennas from Amazon and it works well but I have to move it around when I want to watch PBS or KARE11.

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