That is right. Analog signals get snowy if the signal level is weak. The
digital signal strength does not mater as to quality of the picture. You
either have enough signal for the receiver to work or you get a blank
screen. Under some fading conditions you may see the picture look like
square blocks and frozen up. That is where the signal totally goes away.
It does not mater if you have 100% 0r 10 % signal, if it is enough for the
circuits to get the information, the quality will be the same.
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IIRC, 70% is enough signal you should get a perfect picture (as good as
10% is low and since these things are inconsistent will likely go too
low at times. You'll get a blocky picture and bup-bup-bup audio
(something I've seen WAY too much).
Do you realize this is making YOU look like a spammer?
I doubt that QS is much if any beter than the foil with the braid over it.
Installing some of the rg59 (the type with just a braid and no foil) is not
a very good idea. It can do two things, let the cable signal out so that it
interfears with other services and lets other services interfear with your
At one house I lived in I was getting some complaints from a house about 200
feet away that I was causing problems with a HBO channel. I was using a
transmitter about 220 mhz and it was only 10 watts. It did not bother my
cable. The cable man came out and found the home owner had used some single
shielded cable and had to replace it.
I had signal problems - pixellation on DTV and slow internet. They
replaced the last of the 60%? sheild with QS and all the problems
dissapeared. The problems showed up when they switched all the TV
channels to digital and boosted my internet speed. They said it's like
trying to run gigabit ethernet on cat 3 cable. Sometimes it almost
works- - - -.
On Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:12:33 -0400, "Ralph Mowery"
foil and braid is what they installed. The installer called it QS
cable. I had just called it full-sheild previously.
I'll go look at the cable and see exactly what it says on it --- Some
if FT4 and some is FT6.The FT6 is QS
On Monday, April 21, 2014 3:48:54 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
For what it's worth my daughter got only internet from time warner. But we
put a splitter on it and she got a random selection of tv channels as well
when we hooked a tv to it. Probably depends on the diligence of your inst
aller to put the filters on the line. Which you can often just remove late
On Monday, April 21, 2014 3:26:16 PM UTC-5, jamesgang wrote:
we put > a splitter on it and she got a random selection of tv channels as
well when we > hooked a tv to it. Probably depends on the diligence of you
r installer to put > the filters on the line. Which you can often just rem
ove later anyway.
Also what I have been suggesting!
There are several types of the rg6 cable. The QS has two braids and 2 foil
coverages. The tri shield has a foil, braid and foil for the outer layers.
Then some just has a foil and a braid over it.
I have not looked but there is probably some around with just a braid like
other cables, but I doubt it is.
Usually you need differant type of connectors for each kind if it is done
There is not much if any differance in the loss of the QS vers the single
foil/braid for quality cables. I doubt there is that much differance in the
True. That's why I mentioned it and its center hole.
Yes, which is at ground potential, but electronics is complicated and
maybe even the array of ground conductors in the average house somehow
makes a decent antenna**.
Me too. But I've got nothing to lose by trying it, when I have time.
They used to advertise a lot, and sell, and I used to have a gizmo that
was flatlead at one end, and screwed the the antenna terminals of a tv,
and at the other end was a plastic box with a two prongs sticking out of
the far end, to be plugged into an outlet (receptacle). I took it apart
and there was a capacitor between one side of the flat lead and the
neutral prong. The other side of the flat lead was not connected to
anything. It worked as an antenna I guess, not great and certainly no
better than rabbit ears (or what I usually used which is just one wire
on one of the two tv screws.) The plastic box was 1/2" thick or so
and 6-sided but not 6 equal sides, so it looked futuristic. That was
most of its appeal to most people.
But if the neutral made a decent antenna, maybe the ground will too. No
capacitor needed according to gf? maybe that's the difference between
ground and neutral. :-) But I did ask about other parts.
On Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:02:32 +0000 (UTC), HerHusband
You pay $5/month for Comcast internet, and that's your whole cost???
Plust the one-time-only $10 No-TV fee?
Did you have to buy a cable modem maybe?
I know you don't have TV anymore, and I don't think Comcast has
When dealing with RF there is not much of a real ground on a wire more than
a few feet long. Depending on the frequency for the length of wire, but
where the TV stations operate it only takes a few inches of wire to put you
above ground, so to speak. It will be a ground at direct current and low
frequencies such as 60 HZ.
If you really want to get some bang for your OTA buck, about $35 at Amazon
gets you one of these.
Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx ATSC Digital TV Converter Box with Media
Player and Recording PVR Function/HDMI Out
I've ordered one for every large screen TV in the house. It receives free
OTA HD TV broadcasts via a *good* HDTV antenna and allows you to store them
to any sort of USB drive (I've tried thumb drives, 500GB WD and 2 TB Seagate
external devices so far). The recordings are in HD as MKS files and I can
take the thumb drive out of the mediasonic unit, plug it into my Sony
BluRay's USB front port and play whatever I just recorded in very nice
looking 1080 resolution. I wish that the unit took the file names it
recorded from the EPG like the Panasonic DVR did (before the digital
conversion - afterwards nada). It instead records the channel name and
number along with the time and date, which is enough to distinguish
In terms of bang for the buck and the number of problems solved for so
little, I think this may be the "Most Useful Purchase" of the year. I've
tried recording HD-TV to PCs and while it can be done, it's nowhere near as
convenient or cheap as using a PVR. The recordings are stunning -
particular compared to my old Panasonic and Polaroid DVRs which had a HQ
mode but nowhere near as sharp as the Mediasonic's HD recordings.
It's got an HDMI, component and composite outputsIt's got an EPG and timed
recording, too. Some people report issues with that which oddly seem to be
caused by local TV stations setting their time signal incorrectly, which the
Mediasonic depends on for timer recordings. Haven't found a way to tell it
to stop recording after an hour, but it might be possible - it's just not
obvious (on the Panny you just hit record again to add another 30 minutes of
Now, when there's four different things on at the same time that I want to
record (it's happened!) I can just set each box to a different OTA channel
and have at it. Allegedly there's a FW upgrade that lets the unit decode
QAM, but I think I've decided that with Netflix, Amazon Prime and OTA in the
DC area, who the fu& needs Comcast CATV? I only subscribe to the basic
package which means local channels (fewer than the new box gets!!!), CSpan,
WGN and the local public access channels.
While there are clearly "settling in" issues with the firmware and the
hardware, I don't think I've ever seen an HDTV recorder for OTA broadcasts
for anywhere remotely as cheap as $40 and I've made enough manual one hour
records to different kinds of media that even if that's all it ever does and
the timer recordings never work, it's still worth the money. Plays all the
files from my other DVRs, too.
I'll post updates as I discover new features (or bugs) but so far, what a
great Easter gift to myself! My wife is not as impressed, I'm afraid,
because she's finally figured out how to use the current setup and fears
that will be changed.
No, my bill "went down" about $5 when I dropped the TV service. I still pay
about $67 a month for internet service.
The no-TV fee is monthly, not one time.
Basically, it was $12 a month to add TV service, or a $10 monthly fee if I
only wanted internet. I always opted for the TV service until they changed
to encrypted digital. That required new boxes that were incompatible with
my TV tuners. So, I now pay the $10 monthly fee, and use an antenna to get
the local TV channels.
I purchased my own cable modem a few years ago to avoid the rental cost
every month. The monthly rental was only $5 or so, but if you plan to have
cable internet for more than a year or so, it's more cost effective to buy
your own modem.
Comcast does offer phone service, but I get phone service a lot cheaper by
going through 1-VOIP:
On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:58:06 AM UTC-7, HerHusband wrote:
Was very interested to read this reference. Went to the Web site, but did not get enough information on blocking these ****ing anonymous robot calls that I get all day.
2. How long have you had these 1-VOIP folks as phone service?
3. Any problems? What kind?
4. Do you have any personal/pecuniary interest in this co?
5. Where is their central office?
6. Are they a public co? I.E. stockholders?
would love to extirpate any vestige of Verizon from my system, but for the moment, after discontinuing cable, I have kept phone and Internet. Would like to get rid of both, but not by trading them in for something worse.
Thanks for any help.
Yes, 1-Voip has anonymous call blocking, white listing, black listing,
and call filtering. I think that's fairly standard for most Voip
However, you may want to register with the National Do Not Call Registry:
I don't use any of the blocking features on 1-Voip and we almost never
get junk mail calls.
I have used 1-Voip since 2007. They were called "Voip Your Life" back
Before that I used another Voip provider (don't recall the name), but
they went out of business.
On a couple of very rare occasions (once every 2-3 years maybe), my home
network acted up and I couldn't receive phone calls. Once I knew about
it, it was easy to power everything down and reboot the network. However,
that's more of a problem with my own network than an issue with the
service they provide.
Last year I had a problem with my home phone wiring, and it appeared as a
phone off the hook to 1-Voip. After a couple days they blocked my service
till I fixed it and contacted them. Again, that was an issue with my own
wiring, not really their fault. These days, I just plug a wireless phone
system into the phone adapter and skip the house wiring completely.
Otherwise, I have been very happy with their service. Back in the 90's we
were paying over $100 for a basic land line through Verizon. That was
bare bones basic with no caller ID or blocking features. Switching to
Voip phone service dropped our bill to $20 a month and we get a lot more
features. As long as you have a broadband internet connection, Voip is
the way to go (We can't get cell reception out here).
Nope, they were just the least expensive phone service I could find at
the time. :)
The contact page on their web site says they're in Oklahoma?
Golly, I have no idea. Doesn't matter to me.
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