2009-12-19, 09:16 PM
Quite a few people in my area mention that WNYO is a tropo station for them.
Odd because I get them 100% of the time and WNYO is actually one of my strongest signals on a consistent basis.
ION's gone for me now. I doubt there will be any significant tropo events in the short-term future...
Did WNYB upgrade their power or something? Because they too have now begun to come in consistently.
2009-12-25, 09:46 PM
It was about 5AM this morning and I was getting Christmas set up and decided to toss on the antenna's. Surprised to find a little tropo action with channel 2(RF29) coming in at 50% from Utica, NY. I was scanning around to check the Doppler on WSTM out of Syracuse and found the Utica station in, plus a stronger than normal signal out of Watertown. I am also doing some scanning tonight, with that massive storm blowing into the area. The signals this morning probably rode in on the front, coming out of the south. Should be a wild ride tonight.
2009-12-30, 10:05 PM
funny thing,for the first time in 2 years,i had to turn down my amp in order to receive any stations today.i have a Mant510,and it has been very reliable.i never touched the amp before,as it needed to be on full in order to obtain stations,but today when i turned on the tube,couldnt get anything.did a couple scans,changed positions,nothing.so,thinking that it was tuner overload,turned it down,and voila,10 stations (which is normal for me this time of year).anyone else ever experience this? i assume it is because of an approaching warm front from the south that is increasing the signal.anyone have any thoughts? thx
2010-01-02, 01:24 AM
My pre-amp is overloading as well for the past while. First thing I did to confirm this was rotor left and right off axis from Buffalo and then same thing with T.O. ... My signal strength increased before dropping off left and right of T.O. ; I just used the lower gain area of my antenna to reduce the input signal to my pre-amp thus reducing distortion (overload) and increasing signal to noise.... magically bringing back channels. Now pointing away from very weak channels....not so good a trick! I first noticed it affecting my FM reception as my UHF setup feeds a couple receivers.
Ok, they are not reporting tropo, so what has changed in the Tx world... I have been too lazy to investigate... could the forecast be wrong? No never.... hehe! I think I'll unplug the power to my pre-amp tomorrow and check what incredibly strong UHF and FM channels still make it past a dead amp; That should give us a good hint so long as a supposed over powering signal is from one of those bands.
Anyone else with this problem?
2010-01-02, 07:41 PM
Well I bypassed my pre-amp and got all my channels back. Now I will have more headroom to deal with the strong locals during tropo season; we'll see how that affects channel hunting in a few months: I'm sure I was clipping this summer when tropo was present... probably hindering my long range performance on the weak channels. Anyone else with this problem in suburbia?
I'll follow up my pre-amp function test in the "amp" section when I get a chance..... Unless it works perfectly and I have been fooled.....Ya, I probably missed something stupid! :p
Standing on my roof was like a freaken trip to Alert; man it was cold and windy!!
2010-03-06, 01:15 PM
This topic is now being continued in the following thread:
OTA DXing, Tropo, Odd Reception, Weird Weather: 2010 (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=121819)
This present thread is now closed and un-stickied, but will remain in the Reception Results sub-forum due to all the great info it contains.