When I got my coupons, it was near impossible to even find a DTV
converter in the stores. I finally had to drive a long distance to
buy and Apex converter which was the only one available, and I only
had 2 days left before my coupons expired. I was not impressed by
this converter, at least as far as reception in my rural area. Of
course I live in a fringe area, and I can not get much for stations.
The nearest station is 50 miles, and it gets further for others. I
use a fairly decent rooftop antenna, which is about 24feet from the
ground, and I have a rotor.
What I was getting was one channel (from 50 miles) that worked on and
off, and would fade in and out, and some days did not come in at all.
The only channel that worked all the time was one of the PBS channels
(and their secondary channels). Note: On analog, I get 5 channels
well, and 3 more that are fair to poor.
A elderly relative lives in a large city, and I took my Apex converter
over there and hooked it up. She was satisfied with it, and she needs
something real simple, being elderly. So, I told her to keep that
one, and give me her coupon. Now I want to buy one that will work in
my fringe rural area, and there are piles of them in the stores. I'm
trying to determine which one to get. My biggest concern is getting
one that will get the best reception in a fringe area.
Please post which converter yoiu have and rate it. Are yoiu
satisfied, or dissatisfied? What are it's pros and cons? And in
particular, how well does it perform in a fringe area?
Zenith DTT901. Satisfied; I give it a 7 out of 10.
Functionally it's all I need; remote, menus, user interface in general
is pretty well designed.
Operationally, I'm not sure about picture quality. Could be my old
freebie Panasonic TV, as others have said it actually has superior
picture quality. It does seem a little better than the analog picture,
so it's probably good.
Sorry, not in a fringe area so can't help you there.
Washing one\'s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the
powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
That is the one I picked up to play with. I am a ways off from the stations
and I hooked it up to a ham antenna that is made for 145 Mhz. that is only
up about 20 feet. Picked up 22 stations in the auto tune mode. A much
higher antenna at 60 feet gave me 29 stations. The antennas are not even
made for regular TV reception. I won't talk about the quality as I only had
it hooked up to an old 16 inch TV. Think it was about $ 60 at Circuit City
before the $ 40 discount card.
On Wed, 07 Jan 2009 18:33:09 -0500, Ralph Mowery wrote:
Yet another 901. The consensus on various forums was that 900 (without
the analog pass trough) was the best of the boxes available at stores
within ~25 miles. Since I wanted the pass trough, I waited until the 901
was released to order coupons (mid-summer). Of course the 901s
immediately went out of stock. But did eventually get one, then another.
The 901 gets the one local station (25 miles) that's currently on-air with
digital fine. And, one that's about 75 miles away occasionally. No joy
with the other three stations 75 miles away. I do expect to get the other
local station when it goes digital 2/17 (or whenever they get their act
Imo, fringe reception probably has more to do with location and antenna
than with the converter box. Incidentally, according to antennaweb.org,
there is no TV reception at my location.
A lot of people are having reception problems with digital. The digital
signal is much more "fragile" than the analog signal. All of the
promotions that claim digital provides a better picture are BS. IF you
can get a picture it might be better but getting it is the problem.
Complain about this to your congressman.
Most of the stations are currently broadcasting their digital signals on
temporary UHF frequencies. UHF has poorer performance than VHF. After the
switchover, many stations will use their VHF analog frequencies for their
digital channels, potentially improving their signal coverage.
Bottom line is that you can't judge your converter box performance by what you
Isn't VHF getting reassigned? Actually, there's three bands, 2-6,
7-13, and the "cable" channels between 6 and 7. I don't know if it is
one or all are getting reassigned.
Here in phoenix, the tv stations with VHF assignments are also
broadcasting hidef and a one or two lowdef DTV channels alongside
their analog broadcast on the same VHF channels. For example, channel
12 (NBC) has one hidef and two lowdef ATSC channels on 12.
From several reviews there seems to be 4 catagories from poor to very
good covering several areas, do you believe they are equal or the
present reviews wrong in what you will get. From my take on it online
is where the better box is, and price is a reason, it is a fact
WalMart demands low prices from supliers.
Which reviews and where did you read that actually reviewed anything
that one could relate to such issues as S:N, input sensitivity, noise,
etc., that have direct correlation to signal pickup? All I've seen is
stuff that is peripherally related at best ("slightly fewer pixel
dropouts") while concentrating on peripheral issues like setup and
convenience of program content.
I just looked through our local channels using an outdoor antenna
connected to the built-in tuner(s) in our Sam sung LCD HDTV. In some
cases the analog signal was horrible -- ghosting -- while the digital
version was crystal clear.
Keep in mind that some stations are not yet running their digital
transmissions at full power. Your digital signals may well improve
further after Feb 17.
Digital is either on or off--you have a perfect picture or none.
That's its strength and weakness. It doesn't degrade gracefully.
Stations are in general not going to be licensed to run their digital
signal at the same level as their analog signal. A lot of people are
just plain going to lose reception.
email@example.com (---MIKE---) wrote in
I have a cheapo $300 RCA DTV I got a year ago. I have it on amplified
ears. On analog it gets snowy crap...on a good day. Hit digital
flip-over button and I get like 28-30 stations crystal clear.
So, your general statement is BS. "It all depends" would be more
accurate. Accroding to antennaweb.org, I'm 43 miles from the majority of
transmitters for Raleigh, NC (north of here). I can also get a couple of
stations from the Myrtle Beach SC area which is about 60 miles
(Florence, SC transmitter) in the opposite direction south from here.
You're in White Mountains of New Hampshire. I lived in VT area a little
over a year ago. Yea, I did the cog railway up Mt Washington. They
aren't transmitting much from BTV let alone the Mt Washington area of NH.
If you look on antennaweb.org for zip 03589 (Mt Washington I believe)
there's only like two stinkin' digital stations available now. What do
you expect? Ruralness has some drawbacks.
About what? Where you choose to live?
Type Call Sign Channel Network City, State Compass Heading Miles From
*uhf WLED-DT 48.1 PBS DURHAM, NH 299° 22.3
*uhf WVTB-DT 20.1 PBS BURLINGTON, VT 321° 35.6
I have a Magnavox converter and get excellent digital reception. In
fact I get NBC and FOX which I never got on analog. A friend who lives
about 15 miles away gets only one station with digital even though he
has good analog reception of 5 stations. He has a good outside antenna
and uses RG6 cable. He is not happy.
firstname.lastname@example.org (---MIKE---) wrote in
You don't get ch 3, WCAX (CBS) out of Burlington? They transmit digital
from the top of Mt Mansfield. You're around Mt Washington. You on the wrong
side of the mountain or do you have sequoias outside your door?
Yes, I get ch 3. Their digital signal is on ch 53 right now but will
switch to ch 22 on Feb 17th (maybe). I also get 5 (NBC), 11, 20, 22,
33, and 44 (FOX), They all have good digital signals. I have a roof
antenna and use RG6 cable. I also have an amplifier. My friend only
gets ch 11 (which is actually ch 49 out of Littleton).
I'm surprised it worked at all on a ham antenna. I know the
wavelength affects the reception, and a half wave antenna is half the
length, etc. What is the actual frequency band for DTV, and how does
that compare to the 145Mhz ?
By the way, are there any decent antenna amplifiers for DTV, or does a
person just use the standard UHF VHF amps they always sold? I know I
can not raise my antenna any more or the mast will bend in high winds,
and towers are way beyond my budget.
Sorry, Rob, but that's *TOTALLY* incorrect. One of the primary purposes
of the switch is to open up the VHF bands for other uses. *ALL* digital
transmissions are on UHF now (on channels 14 through 51, between 470 and
698MHz, to be exact) and will remain there after the switch. This
includes the digital signals from stations that are currently
transmitting analog on VHF channels. What will change is that the analog
signals (whether they're currently on VHF or UHF) of all stations will
be switched off, leaving only the digital signals that are on UHF
frequencies. The only other "change" will affect some stations that are
currently transmitting digital at less-than-full-power - They'll bump
their output up to their full licensed power once the switch is
The only exceptions will be what are termed "low power" stations (I
haven't bothered to find out exactly what it is that makes a station
"low power", although the information is certainly out there if someone
cares enough to look for it) which will remain where they are,
transmitting in analog mode as they always have.
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