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New to OTA... Question

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#1 OFFLINE   CopyChief



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Posted 28 October 2010 - 07:26 PM

I'm brand-new to OTA with Dish on my 722. Bought an antenna today, getting ready for the probable shutdown of Fox next week. I'm in St. Louis, and am less than 20 miles from all of the network towers, so I figured an indoor model would be fine. Generally, it is. I'm getting a signal strength better than 75 on most channels. Strangely, though, the signal still drops out from time to time. It seems strange to me that the signals would drop out at this level. When it comes back, the level goes right back to 75.

Would a signal amplifier help with this problem? Or is there something else I should try? I have moved the antenna to all convenient locations, save installing one in the attic, which isn't going to happen anytime soon.


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#2 OFFLINE   scooper


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Posted 28 October 2010 - 07:37 PM

Probably the best answer would be an outside antenna.

What you're probably seeing is multipath on your indoor antenna.
You CAN put antennas on your owned and/or controlled property...


#3 OFFLINE   hoophead



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Posted 31 October 2010 - 11:51 PM

Copy Chief stated, "...getting ready for the probable shutdown of Fox next week."


Here's hoping you can take that bad boy back!

Edited by hoophead, 16 December 2010 - 09:49 AM.

#4 OFFLINE   iamru


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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:43 AM

The OTA guide data is missing on a couple of channels in the Birmingham AL area.

shows PBS programming (10-1) in guide
instead of PBS IQ programming.

Shows Digital service in guide instead of programming info.

#5 OFFLINE   kenglish



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Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:02 AM

If your signal level indicator is varying greatly, it's more likely that you are experiencing multipath.

#6 OFFLINE   iamru


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Posted 04 December 2010 - 03:43 PM

What is multipath

#7 OFFLINE   CCarncross


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Posted 04 December 2010 - 11:16 PM

What is multipath

The signal is bouncing off objects between you and the towers and multiple versions of the signal arrive at your location causing poor signal reliability. In the old days of analog, it would have manifested itself primarily in ghosting, if you remember ever seeing that. But digital signals just lock and unlock when it occurs.


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