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Receiving TV From Very Distant City

04/16/2011 12:57 AM

I'm in MN and would like to watch local channels originating in Dallas, TX. Is there any way to do this?

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04/16/2011 4:09 AM

What's hot on Dallas TV? Football cheerleader season, maybe?

Some radio stations have streaming audio accessible anywhere on the Net, but I don't know how much streaming video there is.

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04/16/2011 4:17 AM

How far are you from Dallas,Tx.

With the Digital format the FCC imposed on us. It becomes very hard to get a signal even in the normal coverage zone for the stations.

Before digital when analog ruled the airwaves it was possible with the right weather conditions you could get stations from a few hundred miles to a thousand miles or more.

Good antenna, amp, weather to allow skip or inversion, nothing close to you on the channel your monitoring, a little luck was all that was needed.

With digital your signal level has to be above threshold level. Along the lines FM versus AM radio. Another thing digital does not like any movement in the antenna, or trees, weather, large vehicles moving close by.

DTV Reception Maps here the FCC link for normal coverage.

Last thing, I would see if the stations have streaming links for what your wanting to watch. If its major networks some have web replays after the original showing.

Oh, if you really wanting those stations and you know someone in Tx. there this* get it have them set it up you watch online.

* I have no affiliation with this, and I have not used this product.

Hope this helps.

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04/17/2011 12:49 AM

your link to the Slingbox is just the ticket. I have family in Dallas to site the unit. Thanks for the GA and thanks to CR4!

Oh, I'm in MN, about 1000 miles from Dallas. Short of trying to catch bounce off the moon (which I hear some fellow in England does with a giant dish), the Slingbox looks like the perfect solution.

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04/19/2011 2:57 AM

Glad to help.

As to the moon bounce, you need to cope with Doppler shift.

Thanks for the GA.

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04/16/2011 10:40 PM

If you have internet access, You may be able to tune / receive out of state TV channels via internet or webTV. You will need a fast internet connection for better quality viewing..

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04/17/2011 1:12 AM

If all else fails. have you thought about moving??

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04/17/2011 1:48 AM

It's line of site transmission so you would need a really, really tall tower just for starters.

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04/17/2011 11:35 AM

Rough calculation says 60 mile high tower might do it. I'll just run the antenna up the space elevator and tie wrap it off the side...gonna need a really big amp...hey, wait a minute, I'll need 60 miles of coax, too. This is getting out of hand.

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04/19/2011 3:03 AM

Naw, simple, just two directional antennas one pointing at source other at you. Small amp, batteries and solar cells to keep them charged. Light weight self contained setup.

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04/17/2011 12:52 PM

The ideas that I would use are 1) Internet, 2) Cable or 3) Satellite.

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04/18/2011 1:34 PM

Do you have satellite? Have you asked your provider if this is possible? I doubt it is. But it never hurts asking.

Otherwise, if you can find a satellite subscriber in the Dallas area who has local channel setup, and plans on going on indefinite vacation, you could get them to ship you their receiver and it will work as in Dallas with Dallas local channels... just don't hook a phone line up to it.

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09/23/2019 7:22 AM

Satellite just for the local channel?

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05/10/2011 5:13 AM

The C-band downlink frequency range from 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz.

For direct reception you require

1.Dish Antenna
2.LNB & feed horn assembly and
3.satellite receiver

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