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Old 04-29-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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Anyone had luck getting this to work?

I got my converter box yesterday at HEB, got an antenna {the kind with both a loop and ears}, hooked it up and mostly got static. Lots of lines through the image & snow, and many stations like PBS wouldn't read at all {just said bad signal}

Any tips? I really want to cancel our cable {we get basic basic only with Grande for it's $17 a month and money is tight} but I HAVE to have PBS and at least one news station {prefer NBC} that come in clear.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:15 PM
 
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Anyone had luck getting this to work?

I got my converter box yesterday at HEB, got an antenna {the kind with both a loop and ears}, hooked it up and mostly got static. Lots of lines through the image & snow, and many stations like PBS wouldn't read at all {just said bad signal}

Any tips? I really want to cancel our cable {we get basic basic only with Grande for it's $17 a month and money is tight} but I HAVE to have PBS and at least one news station {prefer NBC} that come in clear.
Right now, KLRN digital is broadcasting at reduced power. They won't be full power until the their analog signal is shut off in June.

You would probably do better with a rooftop antenna, or possibly an attic antenna, if you have enough room up there.

We're really still in a transition stage until June 12.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:20 PM
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I agree with ged_782's advice.

The only other suggestion I would add is to try an amplified antenna if a rooftop or attic antenna isn't feasible. The drawback is that good amplified antennas will cost 2 or 3 times what you pay Grande each month.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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Yes, it's prob your antenna. Besides adjusting your antenna, try moving your tv to different places in the room. Sometimes just a few feet can make a big difference. Good news is, when you get channel nine, you'll get 4 channel 9s

I still can't get channel 35!

Check Walmart for a new antenna too, if it doesnt work better, you can take it back
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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We tried the super expensive antenna from Radio Shack, and it didn't help at all. Our $12 bunny ears received the same type of reception, so we took the expensive set back. We never got PBS with the Converter box..... I assume that'll happen when the change officially takes place in June. Most of the other channels were fuzzy, but two of the channels we picked up great: 29 & 35.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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The HDTV converter Box will pick up a few channels currently, your physical location in San Antonio/Bexar County has a lot to do with it's reception as well as the quality of your antennae. I have always had great success with the ones that are roof mounted, but used them in the attic for better access and less problems with the elements as well as cosmetic appearance. A roof mount antennae is not that expensive, and if you mount it in your attic, once it is positioned correctly, should get you good reception for all stations. The cost should be about 2 or 3 months of grande service, then it will pay for itself.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:09 PM
 
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I've got an antenna in the attic, and can get all the local networks, but signal strength for KLRN fades in and out - I'll get it for about 30 seconds, then it will drop out, back and forth. I hope that when they go full strength that will improve - lots of good HD programming there!
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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It IS true. I have a Wineguard Square Shooter on the roof. I get everything but 9 and 35 -
I cancelled cable and I'm saving a bundle!! And there is great HD programming!
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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Is channel 2 or 26 (Ion) broadcasting in DTV and does anyone get them with an antenna?
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:24 PM
 
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Is channel 2 or 26 (Ion) broadcasting in DTV and does anyone get them with an antenna?
Neither one is broadcasting digital yet. I believe they are both supposed to do what is called a "Flash Cut" to digital on June 12.

I get a snowy picture on those two analog channels with my rooftop antenna (but it isn't aimed at either transmitter). It remains to be seen what the reception will be like when they go digital.
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