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Optimum Online & Dish & FM Reception
Posted 28 February 2003 - 09:49 AM
I live in a fringe area and get all my local channels from dish and don't have an antenna so connecting to the cable line would be the simplest solution for me.
Posted 28 February 2003 - 10:53 AM
Posted 28 February 2003 - 07:40 PM
I should think in Connecticut you would have decent OTA FM reception with a decent antenna on the roof or in the attic. But, of course you could be blocked by hills or something. FM is LOS.
AM, on the other hand, isn't LOS & you ought to get something with a simple shielded loop antenna or, with some interference, a long unshielded wire (esp. at night.)
Posted 01 March 2003 - 04:43 PM
The bandwidth of cable channels 95-97 is too valuable to give to a relatively unimportant use. The cable company didn't need that bandwidth back in the late seventies and early eighties, but it does now. Also, it has been posted by others that there was some kind of retransmission rights issue that may have contributed to FM being taken off cable systems as well.
I have never known of a cable system carrying AM radio, which is too bad, because I get several requests every year for AM radio antenna enhancements for commercial customers, but I have no miracle product that offers more than a whit of AM signal improvement.
Posted 01 March 2003 - 07:58 PM
This cable company offers both FM reception and music choice. I was doing a consulting job and had to move to the area for a year. It was cool because all you had to do was hook a coax from the wall to the receiver and perfect reception. The area was surrounded by mountains and it was a real benefit. Its funny how much you don't appreciate things like this until they are gone.
Posted 01 March 2003 - 08:16 PM
I priced this add-on modestly (about $2,000 for the whole building, which means a one-time cost of about $10 to $20 per unit) yet I get virtualy no interest from the homeowners. I have only installed two such systems. I thought I'd sell a dozen or more.
Posted 02 March 2003 - 09:07 AM
Originally posted by rtt2
This cable company offers both FM reception and music choice
I see that they downconverted FM stations with frequencies from 102Mz to 108Mz to vacant spots between 88 and 102Mz, so as to make channel 97 available for the Inspirational Network.
Nevertheless, a cable TV trap designed to pass Broadband internet but block cable TV would likely block FM as well, since FM is ordinarily located in the 20Mz bandwidth between channel 6 and 98, and in this system, it is in the 14Mz bandwidth between 6 and 97.
It depends really on where the forward internet signal is located. The sub band is ordinarily used for upstream data transmission, and the cable TV set top boxes often get their data from a carrier around 108Mz. I have looked at a spectrum anyalzer display of a system that included broadband digital and seen a broadband waveform in the 4 Mz wide space between channels 4 and 5. Does anyone know if any cable companies are using that bandwidth for forward (downstream ) communication?
Posted 02 March 2003 - 07:18 PM
As much as we trash E*, they are not the ONLY tech guys with glitches.........
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