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the antenna guy was here today

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by Carl Spock, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    For anyone else interested, here's a good read on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSIP
  2. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    I was just curious about that - I'm not too sure I like that method of getting from D*. The scan feature means you're independent of any provider if they are a little late on updating it.
  3. Mocco71

    Mocco71 Godfather

    Jan 13, 2007
    I think Arlin deserves a beer!
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    The only channels being abandoned are the ones from 51 to 69. I've read of a few Great Lakes area stations applying for VHF LO frequencies.
  5. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    * more reading *

    Correct, although they aren't just in the Northeast. Stations have been allocated across the country to VHF-LO. Here is one list. There are many, depending on the date. Few have gone to VHF-LO because of impulse noise problems causing pixelating in the digital picture, even though VHF-LO gives a station the best reach. Stations are going to be moving all over the place in 2009. It will be a mess.

    Here is an excellent article on all of this: HDTVexpert - Hey, Kids, Time For A Game Of Musical Chairs!

    As linked to above, AVS also has a few threads on this, not surprisingly.

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    Drew, initially I had your same concern as you. It's no problem, though. One, as you say, the antenna is very light, less than 20 pounds. Two, it is attached to the mast in two places. It is easier to see in my pictures on the other antenna, the one pointing SE. Besides the main support point, there is an upper one on one of the UHF antenna arms. The north facing antenna is attached to the mast in the same way. Holding the antenna in place is not a problem.
  6. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Thanks for the explanation Carl. I can rest easy, now, not worrying if a bird lighting on the tippy-tip of the antenna would cause the whole thing to topple. ;)
  7. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Cool pictures. :)

    I can actually pick up VHF channel 8 (and FM stations) on my UHF only antenna, of course its really fuzzy. I wonder if I'll be able to get the the digital channel 8 when they switch over?

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