Over-the-air TV



  • Over-the-air TV. I have an flat indoor antenna in a hi-rise residential building with concrete walls. I put the antenna against the window facing North. Everything was working fine for a long time. Then a couple of months ago, the picture on CBS station started to breakup a few time/hour. I rescan it with no better results. Today, when I rescan the channels, the CBS channel doesn’t come up at all.

    Is it likely that my neighbor directly above/below me has some new gadget/equipment that is causing this problem in my reception? Or what might be the cause for my lost reception of CBS channel?

    TIA


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    @phat200 said in Over-the-air TV:

    Over-the-air TV. I have an flat indoor antenna in a hi-rise residential building with concrete walls. I put the antenna against the window facing North. Everything was working fine for a long time. Then a couple of months ago, the picture on CBS station started to breakup a few time/hour. I rescan it with no better results. Today, when I rescan the channels, the CBS channel doesn’t come up at all.

    Is it likely that my neighbor directly above/below me has some new gadget/equipment that is causing this problem in my reception? Or what might be the cause for my lost reception of CBS channel?

    TIA

    Maybe a building went up blocking your signal?

    Personally, I’ve never gotten good reception from an antenna, so I cut the cable and just use a fire tv now.



  • I’d go to antennaweb.org and enter your address. It will show a map image of the directions to your broadcasting stations. Not sure why it worked in the past and not now but the breakup and no longer received is probably a lack of signal strength issue. I somewhat doubt the station reduced power or moved antenna but I guess it’s possible.



  • Atmospheric conditions effect signal strength. Moisture in the air will block the signal from passing through. So the more humid the lower the signal. Where I am at, a TV station I like has decent signal in the morning, but by late afternoon as humidity builds I lose the station altogether.



  • First check your connections at the TV & antenna. If the connections are not corroded check https://www.solidsignal.com/ for a better antenna.


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    @redmed said in Over-the-air TV:

    First check your connections at the TV & antenna. If the connections are not corroded check https://www.solidsignal.com/ for a better antenna.

    Yeah, I was thinking it might be a simple case of equipment failure (even if there are no visible signs of corrosion). I’d buy another antenna of equal or greater quality to test that theory, then return it if it doesn’t work either.


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    @shadyj said in Over-the-air TV:

    Atmospheric conditions eaffect signal strength.

    FTFY


 

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