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Old July 12th, 2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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No cable or satellite; just want to pull in the freebies.

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Old July 12th, 2009, 05:00 AM   #2
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I just have rabbit ears in the barn and it works good.
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Old July 12th, 2009, 08:19 AM   #3
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Yup, its all hype that you NEED a HD antenna. You can use whatever you were using before.
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Well, I was using cable before, then when we moved to Howell, it was either get a dish or go without TV. We went without.
We just bought a new TV (for video games and movies) and it has a digital tuner - I bought a RCA amplified indoor antenna and we get about 12-15 stations (three are religious, lol). I'd like to get some of the local stations and what-not and wondered what worked the best.

I wonder if Bluemule knows what is the best indoor antenna since he used to repair these things... wouldn't it be nice if I had a way to PM him and ask?

BTW, glad to see that you've managed to stay one step ahead of that heinous OMC Cobra outdrive.
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I can only pull the local stations out of Lansing, such as 6 and 10. I like those better than the ones out of Detroit for news and weather, as you get the weather alerts before the happen, not after. I just went to Meijer and got a set of rabbit ears that say they work for HDTV.

At the lake house just south of town, we have one of those on-the-roof type, and that thing will pull in all the stations from Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Ann Arbor, and on a clear night, Saginaw.
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I can only pull the local stations out of Lansing, such as 6 and 10. I like those better than the ones out of Detroit for news and weather, as you get the weather alerts before the happen, not after. I just went to Meijer and got a set of rabbit ears that say they work for HDTV.

At the lake house just south of town, we have one of those on-the-roof type, and that thing will pull in all the stations from Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Ann Arbor, and on a clear night, Saginaw.
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I'm using dollar store rabbit ears and the gubbermint sponsored converter box, works ok for the Detroit stations.

Funny side note- I saw a handheld digital TV, like the old watchman, that stated right on the box that while portable, it must be stationary to receive signals. Some improvement, huh?
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I'm using dollar store rabbit ears and the gubbermint sponsored converter box, works ok for the Detroit stations.

Funny side note- I saw a handheld digital TV, like the old watchman, that stated right on the box that while portable, it must be stationary to receive signals. Some improvement, huh?
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Signal transition leaves some rural homes without any reception at all


When Thelma DeVoogd woke up and turned on her television June 12, she was excited

The 76-year-old Applegate resident had done more than merely survive the switch from analog to digital broadcasting; she did so with a crystal-clear picture and crisp sound. A couple of hours later, however, her TV screen went blank.
DeVoogd simply lives too far away from most television stations to pick up the new signal, and there's not much she can do about it.
“I am frustrated,” she said. “We've had television for 50 some years. It wasn't always great, but there was something I could watch. Now, there's nothing.”
DeVoogd is far from alone in her troubles. Despite buying a digital converter box and following instructions issued by the Federal Communications Commission, many people who live in rural areas, such as Michigan's Thumb, were left out in the cold when technology advanced last month.
The problem is quite simple: Digital television signals don't carry as far as analog signals, creating dead spots that didn't exist before the switch. But fixing the problem is an.
Just ask Gerald Weber, 60, of Forestville.
Weber used to use an antenna to tune in to Bay City and Saginaw stations, which he depends on for local news and weather warnings, but after the switch, he's been unable to get those stations.
Weber said he has tried just about every avenue possible, including writing letters to officials such as state Rep. John Espinoza, D-Croswell, and U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township.
“Nobody cares. Politicians don't care. FCC lies about it,” Weber said. “I don't know where else to go. If there was someplace else I could go, I'd go.”
Edie Herman, spokeswoman for the FCC, acknowledged the problem, but said there's nothing the agency can do.
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With analog, if you get weak signal, you get poor reception.
With digital, if you get a weak signal you get no reception.
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With analog, if you get weak signal, you get poor reception.
With digital, if you get a weak signal you get no reception.
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Add in those that sell 'HD Antennas' for a premium and the scams are everywhere.

In a nutshell, an antenna tunes to a frequency, or a range of frequencies in the case of television. The antenna does not care if the signal is analog or digital. However, since a digital signal is bits of information, if enough bits are lost the tuner cannot assemble them into a picture and sound, the first sign is pixelation, which is simply missing bits.

I hooked my old, (and I mean old, 70's vintage) outdoor antenna up to the converter, hooked up to my almost as old 1988 Zenith 35" tv and get a better picture than satellite. You may need to go with an outdoor antenna. I have not tried an amplifier yet, but I have a feeling it won't work well.
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It's not HDTV, it's Digital. HD and Digital are not the same. Just thought I'd clarify.
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It's not HDTV, it's Digital. HD and Digital are not the same. Just thought I'd clarify.
True, but most indoor antennas are advertised as 'HDTV Antennas' adding to the confusion.

If your TV ain't HD, you aren't watching HD.
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