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Have difficulty receive local TV

Original post made by 123, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Dec 14, 2007

I just watch channel 9, but have problem receiving local channel signal in the Palo Alto area. Is there any way to receive decent signal without subscribe to cable services. Thanks a lot for advice!


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Posted by joe
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:24 am

I used to have an antenna when I lived in Palo Alto a few years ago. The local channels came in fine. I did have an antenna rotator, which you may want to consider. I think I got my antenna and had it installed by Palo Alto Television. They did that a couple of decades ago, so I don't know if they still exist.

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Posted by joe
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:25 am

p.s. I had both uhf and vhf antennas.

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Posted by me
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 15, 2007 at 1:05 pm

About ch 9 reception.How are other channels (2-7)? They are all from the same location and reception should be about the same.
I live near Marsh and 101 and can receive ch 9 using rabbit ears.

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Posted by Lois
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 15, 2007 at 2:12 pm

I live in South Palo Alto and receive Channel 9 KQED with a pair of rabbit ears. I also get Channel 54 and 32 both PBS stations with my rabbit ears. I can also get ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox with my rabbit ears - what's the problem?

In fact, I'm not looking forward to March 2009 when I will be forced to go digital, I may lose the Channels I like the best.

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Posted by janette
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 16, 2007 at 4:34 am

Lois or anyone,

I'm clueless about the digital transition. I know tvs have to change or have some sort of helper box, but what about antennas?

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Posted by Randy Thelen
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 18, 2007 at 12:09 am

With regard to the transition, most of the new televisions sold have built in digital receivers. You can use regular antennas to pick up the new HD stations, like KQED at 9.1 which is the first HD digital station for KQED. (They're shows look -great- in digital HD.) You can get all of this without subscribing to cable.

As to the quality of antennae reception, I'm a little surprised myself. I used to get great reception on an antennae I have in my attic; but lately the quality has been quite poor. I've tried a few times to rectify the situation, but I've failed to isolate the problem.

If you're setting up an antennae for the first time or working with one you've already got, or want to learn more about antennas in general, here's a great URL you can use:

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