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    What was the farthest TV station you were able receive on a daily basis during the analog era? How far was it? What kind of set up did you have? Thanks

  • #2
    I could consistently catch WQXI/WXIA-11 Atlanta daily. This was back in the 70s, 45' tower, Channel Master 3617. It was a bit over 200 miles. It was usually very snowy, with audio fading in and out, but the video was almost always in. My location was not conducive to good reception. In fact, we called it "the crack in the earth". But that station was a given. Ah, the good ole days, before digital "all or nothing" reception, and the dreaded HOAs...

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    • #3
      I guess that depends on one's definition of "regular basis" but probably WPSD-6 Paducah at about 150 miles. (large unID all-channel antenna at about 15 feet)

      I did better on FM, until a powerful translator occupied my open channel 94.9. SP9 at eight feet. Sitting on the channel during the summer, Pine Bluff, Arkansas would be in about a third of the time at 320 miles. On hot, calm evenings sitting on that channel would deliver either Kansas City, Des Moines, or the station back home in Madison (Baraboo) within a few minutes. All three on the order of 400 miles. With no propagation whatsoever, Mt. Carmel Illinois would be in at about 150.
      Doug Smith W9WI
      Pleasant View, TN EM66
      http://www.w9wi.com

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      • #4
        In the NTSC era, I always received WTWS-26 (later WHPX) from New London at about 60 miles away. It helps to have a shoreline path from my QTH in Fairfield. I got it in clear as a bell with my Channel Master Crossfire 3679. It's been on my roof for 20 years. Unfortunately, it got whacked in a storm this spring, so I've decided to replace it before winter comes. It was a great antenna.
        TV DXing from Fairfield, Connecticut since 1977.

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        • #5
          Analog WAVE 3 from Louisville KY had phenomenal coverage. I used to pick them up on a portable TV with just a whip antenna with a reliable Grade B signal. (Dozen car miles from Cinci). After the digital switch, not a peep of them at all :-(

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          • #6
            We lived out in the woods... about 25 miles north of Panama City. Cable was a pipe dream. When we first moved up there my father built a humongous antenna mast... we picked up everything from Pensacola, Dothan AL, Tallahassee, and Albany GA. One we could pick up a lot nights... depending on weather... was the ABC station out of New Orleans. This was late 80s early 90s. Soon after my father invested in satellite and the antenna came down.

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            • #7
              WVUE-8, now a Fox station. I suppose your dad invested in one of those 7-foot C-Band dishes back in the day, which was a whole new meaning for television viewing. Rural kids today will never know what it was like to watch a wild feed of a cartoon days before it aired, or watch John Madden and Al Michaels goofing off during commercial breaks on NFL games. Not to mention there was Primetime 24 for the east and the Denver stations for the west, so you could watch TV stations from all over the country - plus CBC/SRC were in the clear (a great tool for E-skip DX years ago...you could figure out if the station was parallel to CBC North East, or CBC North West, or even CBMT which was also on satellite).

              For me? I grew up on cable, and I was really too young to enjoy analog TV DX, so I will say KVOS 12 Bellingham from my old home near the King/Snohomish County line, 68 miles away. Weak video, weak-to-fair audio on rabbit ears on the spare TV in the spare room.
              FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by crainbebo View Post
                WVUE-8, now a Fox station. I suppose your dad invested in one of those 7-foot C-Band dishes back in the day, which was a whole new meaning for television viewing. Rural kids today will never know what it was like to watch a wild feed of a cartoon days before it aired, or watch John Madden and Al Michaels goofing off during commercial breaks on NFL games. Not to mention there was Primetime 24 for the east and the Denver stations for the west, so you could watch TV stations from all over the country - plus CBC/SRC were in the clear (a great tool for E-skip DX years ago...you could figure out if the station was parallel to CBC North East, or CBC North West, or even CBMT which was also on satellite).

                For me? I grew up on cable, and I was really too young to enjoy analog TV DX, so I will say KVOS 12 Bellingham from my old home near the King/Snohomish County line, 68 miles away. Weak video, weak-to-fair audio on rabbit ears on the spare TV in the spare room.
                Thats exactly what he had... we got it in the early 90s before Directv was a thing. It was one that had to move when it switched satellites and I used to love throwing my little bouncy ball on it every time it moved.

                Funny story: one day my dad was doing some landscaping and he was weed eating around the dish...at the exact time my mother wanted to switch from USA Network to one of the movie channels. I saw it start to move and tried to warn my dad but he was laser-focused on the grass at his feet and wasn't paying attention. The butt of the dish nailed him slap the gut and he fell right onto his rear end.

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                • #9
                  I have a couple of Satellite TV Week and OnSat Magazines that I acquired from eBay. It's fascinating to look through them because all of the wild feeds were listed with time and transponder channel. You could watch Jeopardy! several hours before it aired locally and know all the answers before watching it locally in Pensacola. Not to mention, I think they were 1 or 2 days in advance. Some of the Saturday morning cartoons were even fed on Friday or Thursday, often overnight. According to my 1990 issue of Satellite TV Week, ABC's Bugs Bunny & Tweety was fed at 2:45AM on Friday morning, while The Real Ghostbusters was fed at 3:30PM on Friday for the Saturday morning 'Slimer!' broadcast.

                  I know soap fans would tape Y&R or Days off the wild feed early in the morning because it was 12-24 hours ahead of CBS or NBC. Not to mention the 200-some shopping channels and scrambled p*rn. Did your family watch anything on Anik (CBC channels) or Morelos (Mexican channels)?

                  Did you just have one receiver for the dish, or could you watch the dish TV in bedroom(s)? I didn't grow up with them, but with one dish, it was probably cumbersome to have multiple receivers in the home. It's not like Dish or Direct nowadays where you can have three receivers in three rooms and people can watch different things.
                  FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by crainbebo View Post
                    Did your family watch anything on Anik (CBC channels) or Morelos (Mexican channels)?
                    my parents mostly watch USA, WTBS, TNT, and the premiere movie channels like HBO and Cinemax.

                    Did you just have one receiver for the dish, or could you watch the dish TV in bedroom(s)? I didn't grow up with them, but with one dish, it was probably cumbersome to have multiple receivers in the home. It's not like Dish or Direct nowadays where you can have three receivers in three rooms and people can watch different things.
                    it was the early 90s... We literally only had one TV in the entire house. Later on... My dad bought him a TV he put in the den so he can watch his Sunday afternoon football without my mom pitching a fit. But it only had rabbit ears its entire life.

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