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OTA Signals Affected by Solar Burp?

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by SayWhat?, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    I seem to be having trouble getting OTA signals I usually don't have trouble getting.

    Can't figure out if it's the rain and low clouds, the CME, a combination of the two or something else.
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    The effects of CME on TV signals would be to cause interfering signals from 500-1500 miles skip off the ionosphere and cause local signals to be corrupted.

    You can check this site to see real time info on that: http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/
     
  3. n3ntj

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    OTA TV signals should not be affected by the CME.
     
  4. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    Well, I don't what it is if it isn't atmospheric.

    I pulled the antenna down and checked everything and reseated the coax connectors. Made a couple of changes including adding another 5' of mast. Antenna is now about 50' AGL or somewhere around 400' AMSL.

    I can get stations from farther and with a weaker signal than my target station, but they're UHF and the target is VHF. This all started about a week or less ago. Prior to that, I could get the target station fine most of the day. It would flake out at times or in heavy weather.

    I guess the mast mounted amp could be going bad.
     
  5. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    Might have gotten it resolved.

    The portion of the signal amp that's inside the house has a Gain adjustment. I fiddled with that a bit and I have a much better signal with most of the lost channels returning. I've had problems with rheostats before where the internal contacts get dirty electrically (remember the old tunable radios?) Spinning it a few times lock to lock tends to clear the junk and let it make a better contact.

    I don't know if it will last, but I'll keep an eye on prices and grab a new amp if I find a sale.
     

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