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Super Bowl Party Emergency - NO ABC HD in Greenville, SC

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Old 02-05-2006, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default Super Bowl Party Emergency - NO ABC HD in Greenville, SC

I live in Greenville, SC and am trying to pick up 13.1(ABC) out of Ashville. I bought an outdoor antenna off EBay, throughout the box or i could give you more info.

We used http://www.antennaweb.org/ to see where we should point the antenna, and we believe we have pointed right where they tell us.

We have no compass with degrees, so we can't say for sure.

We aren't getting any Signal whatsoever on 13.1

The only digital channels we recieve are 4.1(WYFF-DT out of greenville), 4.2,

Did we get the wrong antenna, and have no hope of getting the game in HD? All suggestions/help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

P.S. Charter Cable stinks for putting us through this and not carrying ABCHD. WHY WOULD YOU NOT CARRY ALL THE NETWORKS!?!
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Old 02-05-2006, 01:29 PM   #2
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Sometimes you need to have your receiver scan for OTA channels before they will pick up the channels.
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Old 02-05-2006, 01:32 PM   #3
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We just found out that the antenna is a Yellow, Light Green Antenna, and we are trying to get a Red channel.

Does this mean we are out of luck?
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Possibly, but before you dispair, try relocating the antenna to a window that faces the transmitters, and then enter the channel number manually into your remote keypad. In your case, try entering 13.1 for WLOS-DT. Remember, if you bought a Silver Sensor-type antenna,they are strictly UHF, and won't pick up a VHF channel, and WLOS-Dt operates on a VHF channel. If you have a a pair of rabbit ears lying around, chances are that they will work better than the Silver Sensor on VHF
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:23 PM   #5
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We just went to Circuit City and bought another Antenna, it is the TREK-TV36. On the box it says that it is made for RED.

Set it up, and still no WLOS 13.1

Any Suggestions?
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:09 PM   #6
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Terk antennas are not very good unless you are next door to the station. You would be better off at Radio Shack. It may be you need an outdoor antenna mounted up high.
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:19 PM   #7
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for a VHF station he might try hooking up the FM loop antenna that came with his audiio receiver to his TV - or running a thin insulated wire along the outsideof his power cord to pick up the VHF signal from his AC wiring and sticking the end in the center of the f connector jack on his TV - as a quick VHF antenna - wouldn't work for analog but may work for digital - with luck
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:22 PM   #8
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WLOS shows up in my log book as being on Ch56,not 13.The SS might work at some location,and a preamp may help some too.A U75R from RS will work better,but it's probably a little late for that.
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:45 PM   #9
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I would have gotten my butt over to lowes...

bought the biggest antenna in the place
the cm 3018 59.91
or the cm 3020 99.97
a 5' mast $7.85
Preamp $50

then haul to radio shack
3' tripod $29.99
50 ft rg6 $25

hook up that sucker in the driveway, deck, front lawn...make a sign "Superbowl HDTV Special antenna... aim it... and connect to the tv...and pray the sucker worked...

Hurry...ya still got time.

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Old 02-05-2006, 04:53 PM   #10
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AHA, that's where I got fouled up: WLOS has an APPLICATION to go to channel 13, but it is presently operating on a low-power signal on channel 56. It's unlikely that they will try to up their power on channel 56, since it is a channnel that is scheduled for elimination after the 2009 analog cut-off. As for today, you would need a really powerful antenna to pick it up in Asheville: sorry, wish I had better news...

As for the Terk 36, it's actually a Winegard PR-7032 antenna, which is not a bad antenna...but to make it work for today, you would need to mount it on the roof and use a preamplifier to pick up WLOS-DT. I couldn't even garantee that WLOS-DT is broadcasting an HDTV signal at the moment, although they do send out a DIGITAL signal.
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i live in Spartanburg. To get WLOS-13 you do need a rooftop antenna with a pre-amp(cm7777). I used the strength meter on my Radioshack Accurian 6000(and a compass) to point the ancient Vhf/uhf antenna that was on the chimney when i bought this 60's ranch house. You get a good bonus for going all out. unc-pbs has 5 channels including dedicated kid's channel that i did not know were there until i went to the roof. I unsuccessfully tried 2indoor,and a Terk55. Don't waste you money on anything else. These fine folks here at this forum do know their stuff. We just need to listen the first time. Harley Electronics on Ashville HWY in Spartanburg carries Channel Master products. Robby C
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