KCTS HD Antenna reception

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    We live in the Lincoln Park/Endolyne area and just purchased an HD antenna in the hopes of picking up channel 9-1, KCTS, with no luck. We upgraded to a stronger antenna, but still to no avail. Has anyone succeeded in getting KCTS in our area? Please.

    #950802

    Ponderosa
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    Have you tried locating it in a different area of your home, playing with the distance of it from your windows? Low E glass does affect antennas, depending on the type of window you have. KCTS’s transmitter is also on Capitol Hill and I’m not sure of any repeater locations, which also might be a challenge. I’m not OTA at the moment, but KCTS was a tricky signal for me in Westwood as well. Bremerton’s KCPQ was always the strongest. Seattle can be a tough terrestrial market.

    #950805

    valvashon
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    KCTS broadcasts on VHF channel 9- many “HD” antennas are designed to pick up only UHF channels so your antenna may not be designed to pick up VHF channels. KCTS’s license info has disappeared from the FCC website so I can’t check to see how much power they are running but I seem to remember it was around 25KW or so, which is actually not much power at all. KSTW is also broadcasting from Capitol Hill on VHF channel 11 with 100KW of power- if they don’t come in then you definitely have an antenna problem. For best results, especially in the Lincoln Park area, I would go with an outdoor antenna. Two more things- KCTS does not have any translator stations so no hope there and if you aim your antenna south you might be able to pick up KBTC from Tacoma on RF27 (will show as 28). Their signal might find its way up Puget Sound to your area.

    #950806

    newnative
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    I’m in Admiral District and noticed it sometimes just goes out for hours (at least) at a time. All of the 9.1-9.4 channels.

    #950807

    HelperMonkey
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    I have found that not only moving the antenna works, but honestly the weather and time of year matter too! It’s always a minor miracle when KCTS comes in. I ended up getting the PBS video app on my phone and cast to the TV since antenna reception is so hit and miss.

    #950816

    Ponderosa
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    ValVashon–I think KCTS is even lower around 21.x kW. Ive been on Rabbit Ears all week for projects so my brain might be scrambled at this point :-)

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