It is not true that all stations will be increasing power in February.
Here is a response I got from a tech at channel 3 (CBS) in Burlington,
"In fact we will decrease power slightly, need to by law."
I was researching these online a while back and at the time it seemed
that the Zenith was the best coupon eligible box available in stores
BUT a repeated comment was that the included coax to go between the
box and the TV was crrrrrrap. If you're using RCA cables to get your
DTV signals into your TV that could certainly explain what you are
Well, actually, when I was plugging it in for the first test I
overlooked there was a cable in the box and used another instead. So,
if it's that piece of cable, it would be a pretty strong coincidence.
As noted just earlier, I did a search of the FCC site for the particular
stations and it appears that none are at the present broadcasting their
digital signal at much of a power level at all. It appears that the
links to signal "maps" at the popularized websites must be using license
application limits rather than actuals on file w/ the FCC as they all
indicated usable strengths. I've not gone back and done a detailed
comparison of the data; perhaps the other sites are simply using the
analog signal strength w/ the assumption of eventual digital matching
that knowing that the bulk of the population is so near a transmitter it
really doesn't make any difference, anyway, so why worry about the
fraction of a percent to whom the real data might be of some use?
Here are the top rated 5 in 1st tier with best picture near DVD
qailty, from #1, Tivax STB-T9, Lasonic LTA 260, Sansonic FT300,
Access HD DTA 1010D, Microgem MG 2000, Channel Master CM 7000. No
store carries a name brand rated in Best group. Since you will live
with it for years judging HD get the best, Radio Shacks are in 3rd
tier. 2nd tier is your local store, so use that 30 day return policy
How about the blue light on it? That thing will light up a dark room,
or it seems that way when I wake up in the middle of the night.
I am new to over-the-air TV having canceled our cable TV last summer.
I'm using the Zenith and am more than happy with it. Of course, I
watch about 10 minutes of TV a day, so I'm easy to please.
I take it you never turn yours off.
Yeah, that power indicator light is weird. Blue when on, red when off,
both garish and bright. Who designed that? For my money, I'd rather see
*no* light when it's off.
Washing one\'s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the
powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
Hey David -
Yes, I set my box to never turn off. Why? Well, I have 2 of these
boxes, one of which is hooked to a Tivo and the Tivo instructions told
me to set the box to always stay on (otherwise they shut off after a
certain timeframe, which is odd to me). Anyway, I made the change to
both boxes. For what it's worth, the Zenith works great with a Tivo
box driving it.
When it's off, it's in "analog passthrough", so they probably intended it as
blue for digital, red for analog. Of course in our area, there's only one
low power, non-digital station that we can get anyway, and we didn't watch
it before we had the converter box, so I pretty much don't use the analog
I have the exact same boxes, purchased maybe a month or so ago. I
just got 'em because I'm a cheap bastard and didn't see replacing all
my ancient TVs with new ones, as pleasant as that would be. I would
say that the picture is superior to either OTA analog (which is crappy
in my area) or digital cable (I hooked one up downstairs on the old
big screen to try to watch a football game OTA so I could get the
whole picture rather than just 4:3) Also, the Zenith box will pull in
stations that my (admittedly cheap) Viewsonic HDTV/monitor combo
cannot. I also prefer the Zenith's on screen guide to the
Viewsonic's, although for a cheap Craigslist buy it serves its purpose
as a lightweight portable TV and a backup monitor. (my old monitor is
a monstrous Samsung CRT that has probably a superior picture, but it
certainly won't fit on a small desk and you can't carry it around
tucked under one arm.)
I am digging the OTA digital HDTV though. I am considering installing
a roof mount antenna so that I can get all the stations that I should
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