I worked in the Arctic and noticed that some Inuit use the heat
dissapating grid off the back of old fridges as an antennae to pick up
CBC. Considering that was an analog signal from 100's of miles away,
it was an impressive use of recycling.
CURIOUS - Did you visit Antenna Web before deciding upon an antenna?
If so, I would be interested in what they reported as far as your
antenna requirements and reception probabilities. I am NOT near a big
city and can only get one Public TV station with our roof-mounted
I built a dipole for the FM radio I have, but it didn't improve things
all that much for "distant" stations.
That's one more than we're now getting since the switchover. W/ the
outdoor mast-mounted antenna, their signal is undetectable entirely
during a scan although the analog was reasonably watchable most of the
time. As I've noted previously, I'm not going to spend time trying to
fine-tune antenna position, etc., until the other stations also switch
over so only do it once to at least see what the prospects are.
The one commercial station that did switch is ok and although it is the
closest of the three (~60 mi) the box sensitivity is about 43% most
times. Only dropout every so often. What's really annoying about that
is that the box warmup message comes on again and hangs around for a
while--if it would simply just go out and come back that wouldn't be
nearly such a pita.
I'm sure w/ simply a dipole Lew's close enough to his transmitters there
was no need to look it up.
For us, the FCC maps and the antennaweb.org site both indicate "far
fringe" but claim _should_ be viewable. The current antenna is rated
for far fringe (I don't recall gain figures, etc) and relatively new
having been replaced a couple years ago after big ice storm took
previous one down and broke it up pretty badly.
I've noticed on those coverage maps other regional areas have very
marked directional beam patterns that are leaving large sections of the
formerly covered broadcast areas out entirely. It's clear the folks who
thought all this up never thought a lick about fringe reception areas.
What kind of distance and terrain do you have to deal with? At least
here it's flat which gives better shot. I'm guessing I may have to
raise tower to get it farther from the house than it is at the moment
when the others switch. I've no additional amp at the moment, either, btw.
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