[mythtv] pcHDTV status -- was [PATCH] Restore ability to play
bfoddy at visi.com
Thu Nov 13 14:46:04 EST 2003
On Thu, 13 Nov 2003, John P. Poet wrote:
> They are about 30 miles away and I have line-of-sight.
> I was hoping to get away with a standard Radio Shack UHF antenna (Catalog #:
> 15-2160). Is there something better?
> I have also read that the HDTV spec calls for a frequency spectrum up to 3
> GHz. I have not been able to find any amps or splitter with that kind of
> rating. I assume 2150 MHz splitters are "good enough"?
I've tried 2 antennas, the Terk something-something-55 model was pretty
descent, but I found the Winegard 2000 a little better. Both are
amplified. Its placed in the
attic of my garage, above the Al siding. I'm in MSP about 25-30 miles
from the towers, and before this antenna had pretty poor recption.
Now, most days I can get any of my HD signals. But cold overcast days
can still be a problem. I guess, I have about a 66% chance that I can
watch any given channel in HD on any given day. Not perfect, but I can
live with it. However, I would agree with the suggestion to double
record any critical program in low-res just in case the weather is not
in your favor.
As for splitters, I use a standard unpowered splitter, with 4 foot
cables on the end. My parents had to use a powered splitter, but
they have 20-50 foot cables after the splitter. Also, use UG6??
(something 6) coax cable.
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