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    KDSM Digital Signal

    Is anyone else having trouble getting KDSM's new digital signal? After channel 13 quit transmitting analog, I had to rescan my TV's to get 13-1 again. I noticed the next day that I was no longer getting channel 17-1, so I rescanned one of my TV's again, and it didn't even find 17-1 anymore. The other TV says poor signal quality. I live in SE Ia, so I am a ways away, but have never had trouble before with 17. Just wondering if the signal is weaker now or if they are having trouble.

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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    give me 10 min and I will go check it.


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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    No problem for me in Ames for 17.1, but I can't get 17.2.



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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    Sorry, was using a receiver that I hadn't re-scanned with yet.
    All channels are working for me.



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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    Yeah they are working for me also.


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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    All working for me as well.

    Some stations actually lost signal coverage with their switch to full time digital. You may one of the unlucky few who fell out of the coverage range.



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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    Must just be a weaker signal than. I live in the Ottumwa area and am not having any luck down here. Hope they boost the signal or no more 17 for me. For those not having trouble, how many miles are you from Des Moines? If any of you are in the 70 mile range, than maybe it has something to do with me, but since 13-1 works I doubt it.

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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    We had issues with 17.1 and 13.1. Rescanned Wednesday and that seemed to fix both.

    But, for whatever reason, 13.1 went out for a while Thursday night. It's back, didn't have to rescan.



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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    Quote Originally Posted by d4nim4l View Post

    Some stations actually lost signal coverage with their switch to full time digital. You may one of the unlucky few who fell out of the coverage range.
    I have heard that this could very well happen with the switch to digital.



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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    Seems strange that I had no trouble with 17-1 while they were still transmitting both signals, but now I can't get it. If true this digital conversion is going to stink!!!



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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    KDSM FOX 17 Des Moines

    Go to DTV link on left side; at bottom of page:

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    Q: Why does box work with other channels, not 17.1 and 17.2?

    A: Some boxes need to be tuned to channel 16 first, then they will find 17.1 and 17.2.

    (end paraphrase)

    My guess is if this does not work, then distance is issue. I know that some people in Mason City area were able to get ch 7 from Waterloo on antenna before switch, but not after they switched their signal to digital.



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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    Link: DTV Reception Maps

    1) Type in your zip code

    2) When the station list pops up on the left, click the station of interest

    3) Click on the Gain/Loss Map link to see the expected coverage for the station...

    You can also go to the site below, search on station call letters, and obtain probably more than you want to know. The service contour map shows broadcast coverage.

    http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/audio2?x=tvq.html


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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Link: DTV Reception Maps

    1) Type in your zip code

    2) When the station list pops up on the left, click the station of interest

    3) Click on the Gain/Loss Map link to see the expected coverage for the station...
    good link.

    And my OTA receives the stations exactly like that site shows.


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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    Thanks for the website, that is actually very helpful!



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    Re: KDSM Digital Signal

    I don't know what brand you are using but I know that with some brands of converter boxes, it helps to remove the old channels first. Then rescan. Mine had no issues here in Ames.



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