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how about an OTA subforum in which each DMA could have a thread to discuss problems and work with each other to resolve localized issues? i know AVS already has this, but i think the HR20 is going to have some specific issues since it relies on Tribune provided data to provide you with your "available" OTA channels and guide data.
 

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Donnie Byrd said:
Yes there is plenty of OTA info at AVS, but you are supposed to keep OTA questions in one thread with over 5000 replys. Individual questions can and do get lost.

An OTA sub-forum is needed over there, so maybe you could start the trend here. Besides, over here topics would be limited to D* & E* receivers and posters could get answers that are more relevant to their individual situation.

Is it possible with the forum software to have a sub-forum be listed in two separate places (D* and E* forums) but only actually be one forum?
 

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Herdfan said:
Yes there is plenty of OTA info at AVS, but you are supposed to keep OTA questions in one thread with over 5000 replys. Individual questions can and do get lost.
I'm not quite sure what you mean. There are hundreds of threads in that forum about OTA reception. Here are three for West Virginia, which your profile says is your location:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=286172
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=463793
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=468383

This thread has the index of all the various local threads:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=453241

I have found that most of these localized threads have very helpful people, who answer newbie questions right away, even if they've been answered before.
 

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i think what he was trying to say was that a lot of these problems are specific to the HR20 (or to D* STBs as a whole since we all get our guide data from the same place). those are the types of things where i feel a subforum here would be more useful than the general OTA threads on AVS.
 

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jcloudm said:
I'm not quite sure what you mean. There are hundreds of threads in that forum about OTA reception. Here are three for West Virginia, which your profile says is your location:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=286172
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=463793
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=468383
I was referring to the Official AVS antenna Topic.

Yes the local threads have tons of information about local OTA reception. In fact, I mapped the tower location in my local Charleston/Huntington thread. But most of the DBS users in my area are with E* because E* had our SD locals 9 months before D*. There are probably very few HR20's in my DMA and as far as I know, I am the only poster in my local thread with one.

An example of how a DBS OTA sub-forum could be very helpful: When the HR10 came out many users did not have dedicated OTA lines, so many were diplexed. Some of those were diplexed using a 5x8 power multiswitch. Lots of users were getting no OTA signal. The reason: the HR10 hated power on the OTA port. It needed a DC block. Non-DBS posters unaware of this could have given very good suggestions, but would not have solved the problem.
 
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