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Anyone watching the new Quest TV channel?

There was quite a few interesting stories today. One show was about logging in a swamp. Another one showed pressure treating wood. Then there was a story about someone making a foundation for a school in New Orleans. The ground there was so wet there they were driving what look like telephone poles all the way into the ground to support a concrete foundation. There was also a story about a guy making wooden wheels for old cars. Part of the story showed that Henry Ford was making so many wooden wheels there was tons of wood scraps so he decided to turn the scrap into charcoal which they were selling and later the charcoal part of the company became Kingsford.
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Well that's certainly an interesting group of programs. I don't have actual TV (Plus you all know what kind of trash I watch) so I don't see many of these shows. What was it called? I'll have to look it up.

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It's the third sub-channel of the ABC network.
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I meant what the individual show talking about this stuff was called. Or is it one of those "Just look up it up until you find it" sort of things. I'll just do that and see what happens.

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The framing for the bodies was wood, so there was plenty of scraps to turn into money. http://www.fordwood.com/


I don't see a good candidate for the show here: http://www.questtv.com/shows Any tips for finding out more?

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I have Dish Satellite - it's not part of our programming
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It's the third sub-channel of the ABC network.
I did not know there was a first or second subchannel. What TV signal source do you use and what is the channel number on that source?

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I did not know there was a first or second subchannel. What TV signal source do you use and what is the channel number on that source?

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I'm in Dallas and the main ABC channel is 8.1 . Then they have a weather forecast channel which is 8.2. Then they have a channel 8.3 which is the Justice Network. The channel 8.4 is the Quest channel I was talking about.

Today it doesn't look like they have as much about woodworking. There is though a show about how wood was used in civilization before steel and plastic. They are running the swamp loggers again. There is another one showing new ways of waterproofing a house to protect very heavy rains or floods.
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With those channel numbers (which would be 6.4 here in southern Maine), it looks like over-the-air broadcasting and not cable or satellite. I have one of those antennas and may give it a try.
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I have Charter cable. I don't have any real good channels as Golf, DIY, American Heroes, RFD, etc., without paying a ton of $$$$ to buy the premium packages. Our Tennessee and Georgia public stations used to have some of the woodworking shows but now they are gone. My SIL has satellite with a lot of channels I can only wish for.

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Many years ago we had satellite tv but they seem to only have about a half dozen shows a month worth watching they re-run over and over so we got rid of it. Ever since then we've just had broadcast television.
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What TV antenna's do you guys use for broadcast - I have one but can barely get 2 channels and they are both snowy no matter what I do
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What TV antenna's do you guys use for broadcast - I have one but can barely get 2 channels and they are both snowy no matter what I do
Your ability to receive and watch over-the-air broadcasts depends so much on the geography of your specific area. Sometimes it is impossible to get good signals because of mountains and other obstructions. Those people resort to cable or satellite. Many small rural cable companies came into existence to provide regular over-the-air broadcasts to those who could not otherwise receive them.

Naming specific antennas is a waste of time without other context. We have a basic Winegard antenna. I have no idea which model number it is, but it looks like the typical home antenna of the 1950s or 1960s, with lots of little metal rods sticking out. I looked on Amazon, and it looks similar to the model HD8200U. It has always worked well for us, whether analog or digital signals.

I run the cable directly to a PCT MA28PN - an RF splitter/amplifier, which sends the antenna signal throughout the house. I have already observed that if I disconnect the power to the box (turn off the signal amplifier), the signal doesn't degrade, so I leave it off and it is just a basic 7-port splitter.

I live in Southern California. Nearly all over-the-air radio and television signals are broadcast from Mt. Wilson, near the observatory. (Bring your induction cookware with you so you can watch eggs fry near the broadcast antennas!) Most people in Southern California have a direct line-of-sight view of Mt. Wilson and get a very strong signal, but there are pockets all over where the hills and mountains block the view. Sometimes you can get a marginal signal and boost it with an amplifier. In my experience, that fails as often as it works. With today's digital broadcasts, most of the time the images are either very clean, or unwatchable.

Because your living situation (geographically) is unknown, it is difficult to recommend a specific remedy. The first thing to do might be to find a neighbor with a good signal, and ask them how they do it.

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What TV antenna's do you guys use for broadcast - I have one but can barely get 2 channels and they are both snowy no matter what I do
I just use a 30 year old antenna I believe I bought at Radio Shack. Since I'm close to 100 miles from the broadcast towers I bought one with a 150 mile range. Since the world has gone digital the thing is pretty tempermental. The antenna has to be aimed at the broadcast towers within a degree or two of accuracy for it to work. I had to map it out and use a compass to get the antenna accurate enough.

According to this there is 9 channels within 63 miles of Panama City. https://nocable.org/availability-rep...panama-city-fl
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What TV antenna's do you guys use for broadcast - I have one but can barely get 2 channels and they are both snowy no matter what I do
In Panama city you should get your 2 local (I think there are 2 local) channels, Dothan and Tallahassee with any decent antennae.

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In Panama city you should get your 2 local (I think there are 2 local) channels, Dothan and Tallahassee with any decent antennae.

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Yah, that's about all I get LOL - which is why I have Satellite - I really abhor paying for TV - there was more on TV when I was kid and we only had what, 7 channels?

Now I have 200+ and only watch 4!
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