Yeah, I know, I know. Dish was already up there when I bought the place,
and I was doing ten things at once moving in, and didn't have the
presence of mind to think about it at the time, to lean on the installer
to put it elsewhere. I also didn't have an extension ladder yet, to take
it down and make the guy run fresh cable, which I also should have done.
If I was starting from scratch, I'd put it at other end of roof, or even
visible from road on the front of the house down low. Much clearer shot
there. It only goes flakey in high wind or heavy rain, mainly when
leaves are on the trees. Higher really isn't an option- these are mature
trees we are talking about, and it would take a REAL tower to get above
them. Still trying to figure where to put a replacement OTA backup
antenna, that won't be locked in a death match with my apple tree that
was planted way too close to the addition, or the addition was placed
way too close to. (not sure which came first...)
If this was 5-10 acres in the boonies where I planned to stay for 10-20
years, such projects would have a appeal. But this is an entry-level
ranch on a 100x200 semi-rural subdivision lot, that I will need to be
selling in 3-5 years, assuming I can make the retirement $ numbers work
out. The place needs to look 'normal' for painless resale, and any
permanent inprovements need to be within spitting distance of paying for
themselves at sale time.
Why is that sad? If I have sympathy for you will you get better reception?
I have cable because I can't get decent reception with an antenna here. Nor
does broadcast TV have most of the stations I like to watch. TV's have been
made digital capable for a couple of years now so some will not need a
converter. As of March 1, 2007, all television receivers shipped in
interstate commerce or imported into the United States must contain a
This may be of passing interest. Ware are not the first to change
The first country to make a wholesale switch to Digital Over-the-Air
(terrestrial) broadcasting was the Netherlands, in 2006. This was followed
by Finland in 2007.  After February 17, 2009, full-power television
stations in the USA will broadcast in digital only. In Canada, this is
scheduled to happen Aug. 31, 2011. China is scheduled to switch in 2015.
Competition to the cable and sattelite companies? That may be a good thing.
Yes, there is even if it is not law. If they don't they will lose viewers.
None of it makes me unhappy. One of my TVs is HD and I like the improved
Odd, all of my local OTA stations are now broadcasting at least one of
their digital channels in HD. It's nice to watch PBS in HD especially
when they have a nature or travel program. Most of them have one or
two sub-channels as well which you just can't get without digital. So
far, I'm liking it, and I expect after Feb. I'll like it even more as
there are a couple "marginal" stations that I can almost get that I am
hoping will increase their power. If not, I guess I'll just have to
throw up an outdoor antenna. Might even cancel my cable at that
How was that loss defined and measured? Was it that 20% of the local
stations total audience disappeared as measured by Nielson or
similar? Or was it that 20% of the those receiving over-the-air no
longer received via OTA? They are two very different things, because
if it's the latter, many of those 20% could have switched to cable or
sat and still be watching. Also, the timeframe is obviously
important. If the measurement was taken only days after the cutover,
a lot of the 20% could still be coming back, but they just need some
time to get a converter, antenna, etc.
Could be a very long time. Here in the Peoples Republic of NJ, the
Democrats are still blaming Christie Whitman for everything wrong in
this state. And that would include being in the top 3 for total
taxes, high real estate taxes, a sales tax that was recently pushed to
7%, being in the top 3 for auto insurance costs, drowning in over
regulation, being at the bottom of the list for amount of federal aid
received vs the amount we send to feds in taxes, etcc. Whitman
left when Bush was elected in 2000 to head the EPA. Ever since, the
Dems have had not only the governor spot, but also solid control of
both the Assembly and Senate, something Whitman never had. Anybody
remember Jim (I'm just a gay American) McGreevey? And they have both
Senate seats and most of the House seats for NJ. Yet they continue
to somehow blame Whitman for everything.
Robert, wait and see if that's still true on the day. Many stations have
not swapped at all so the ones you are 'missing' are still pumping analog at
full gain. Come the swapover, they start pumping full gain at digital. For
now, most digital arent at full power. Thats what the local news here says.
Mom's getting the same in the papers in her semi-rural area.
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