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    Thanks, Danny. It is fun to play with, especially after 14 years of DXing DTV from the same location with so-so results. It is definitely spicing up the hobby for me.

    While not paying attend to Es conditions a few hours ago and while away from home for dinner, the IL DX site autoscan logged three DTVs:

    KNOP 2, North Platte, NE 688 miles
    KOTA 2, Rapid City, SD 832 miles
    KYUS 3, Miles City, MT 996 miles (1.03 kW)

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    After fooling around with DTV for nine years, I lost some of my enthusiasm for tropo. It doesn't help that I'm no longer able to
    pull all-nighters very often. I just realized recently that my 8-bay hasn't been connected to a DTV converter, a TV, or a VCR
    since last summer (due to lack of interst)! Therefore, I'm glad to read reports from DXers like you who continue to take advantage of the tropo.

    Nevertheless, I hope to hook the 8-bay back up in the Fall. I've also been thinking about repairing my dish and putting it back
    up before the next round of repacking takes place.
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    What kind of low-band equipment do you have set up at the remote site?
    Daniel KC9HZN
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    Grundig G3 (stock antenna)
    GigaWare HD Radio dongle
    Sony CRT TV, DigitalStream Converter Box, Terk HDTVa antenna
    Car radio (stock, no HD, no RDS)

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    Danny, yes, by all means, please get your dish repaired and up in the air. You do so well with DX from Mexico and I'm sure that DTV should be a very interesting band to follow in your area, too. With more and more Mexican stations going DTV you should be in a great spot to start taking advantage of them. Keep us posted about your progress in getting your UHF going again.

    Daniel, the IL DX site is using the big Antennacraft CS-1100 for all VHF. There's a pic of it in the equipment section of the forum.

    I know some members of the DXing group have problems with DTV, but under the right conditions (location, equipment, etc......look at what Ed has done in KY) even low-power DTVs can get out. Overnight at 3:18 a.m. EDT, the IL autoscan logged K18KG-D 18, Spencer, IA with 6.9 kW @ 426 miles! The opening also brought in Minneapolis/St. Paul at up to 458 miles.

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    Following a number of new DTV logs from this morning, the log total from the new IL DX site is 248. We started DXing from the site on July 20, 2015.

    Some of today's new logs included:

    KAAL 36/6, Austin, MN 331 miles
    K18KG-D 18, Spencer, IA 426 miles (6.9 kW)
    KIMT 42/3, Mason City, IA 331 miles
    KPXM 40/41, St. Cloud, MN 458 miles
    WCCO 32/4, Minneapolis, MN 421 miles
    KARE 11/11, Minneapolis, MN 421 miles
    KSTP 35/5, St. Paul, MN 421 miles
    KTCA 34/2, St. Paul, MN 421 miles
    WXSP-CD 15, Grand Rapids, MI 190 miles
    WNWO 49/24, Toledo, OH 234 miles
    WLMB 5/40, Toledo, OH 203 miles
    WPXD 50/31, Ann Arbor, MI 259 miles
    WBNS 21/10, Columbus, OH 245 miles
    WGTE 29/30, Toledo, OH 230 miles
    KBGU-LD 33, St. Louis, MO 203 miles

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    Danny... the 5 ft parabolic will be a BIG help in DXing UHF DTVs. The 8 bay has good gain but a wide beamwidth. The aiming accuracy (narrow beamwidth) of a parabolic or stacked beams is one of the keys to success. I'd recommend a 4G-LTE low pass filter, at the pre-amp input, when you re-install the parabolic... Remember what I went through with the local cell site. I wish I still had my 5 footer. I loaned it out (translation: I'll never see it again) several years ago.

    Steve... your remote location reminds me of the good ol' days when all of my locals, except WSIL 3, went off at night. I miss the wide open channels...

    73, Ed NN2E
    Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds
    "You Might Be a Redneck If...
    Your TV is on 24/7.
    Your TV has been permanently on for over a decade.
    The only time your TV is off is during a power outage.
    Your TV gets 512 channels, but you go outside to use the bathroom.
    Your new TV is sitting on top of your old TV.
    Your TV costs more than all of your other furniture.
    Your deer-stand has a TV antenna on it.
    Your cable provider has no idea that you exist."
    Jeff Foxworthy

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    Ed, it's not all wide open at the remote location, but much better than many locations. At 85 miles from Chicago, some of those DTVs come in virtually any direction the stacked Yagis are aimed. WPWR 51, WFLD 31, WCIU 27 and WYCC 21 are four of the worst. Really tough to null them OUT!!!

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    It has now been two weeks as of this morning that the new IL remote site was up and running and connected to Rabbitears where the autoscanned stations (from tuner 0) are logged. Some new logs are found via the manually controlled tuner 1 and those are manually added to the log total. After adding 17 new logs from this morning the two week total is now 265. I think the new site is definitely a winner.

    Today's new logs:

    WFQX 32/32, Cadillac, MI 269 miles
    WCMU 26/14, Mt. Pleasant, MI 249 miles
    WBSF 46/46, Bay City, MI 278 miles
    WPBN 47/7, Traverse City, MI 313 miles
    WMKG-CD 49, Muskegon, MI 196 miles
    WJRT 12/12, Flint, MI 258 miles
    WAQP 48/49, Saginaw, MI 258 miles
    WWTV 9/9, Cadillac, MI 267 miles
    WNEM 22/5, Bay City, MI 278 miles
    WXMI-CD 30/17, Kalamazoo, MI 153 miles
    WOBC-CD 14, Battle Creek, MI 171 miles (277 watts)
    WEYI 30/25, Saginaw, MI 270 miles
    WKBD 14/50, Detroit, MI 256 miles
    WTVS 43/56, Detroit, MI 261 miles
    WYYW-CD 15, Evansville, IN 184 miles
    WTSN-CD 20, Evansville, IN 184 miles
    WKOH 30/31, Owensboro, KY 193 miles

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    Thanks, Steve and Ed.

    The dish is definately more directional than the 8-bay. I could tell that the first time I DXed with the 8-bay. Ed, I might have to
    ask you some questions when my son and I do the dish repair in the the Fall.

    Two weeks and 265 logs. Steve, that is amazing.
    Danny
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    Steve...I can see where Chicago is a problem. Even at 100 miles Nashville is a problem, here. You're logging entirely too many stations. I need to put you in touch with my old friend, Lefty, so he can tell you it can't be done. :-)

    Danny... Whatever help you need, I'll try to be of assistance. Your homework assignment, until then, is to read up on parabolic antenna design. You may need to re-shape the dish, a little, as some of them tend to flatten out when stored.

    73, Ed NN2E
    Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds
    "You Might Be a Redneck If...
    Your TV is on 24/7.
    Your TV has been permanently on for over a decade.
    The only time your TV is off is during a power outage.
    Your TV gets 512 channels, but you go outside to use the bathroom.
    Your new TV is sitting on top of your old TV.
    Your TV costs more than all of your other furniture.
    Your deer-stand has a TV antenna on it.
    Your cable provider has no idea that you exist."
    Jeff Foxworthy

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