Yet another Digital TV Question

cheerful1_gwJune 15, 2009

My FIL's summer place is in the mountains. He set up his converter box, and only got two digital channels.

I was reading on the FCC website that different areas receive different digital TV signals. In his home in the city, he gets a lot of channels.

Would buying a digital TV help, or is he at the mercy of whatever signals are being sent?

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jdbillp

A better antenna could help. I doubt that switching from a DTV tuner on an analog TV to a digital TV would make much difference at all.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 8:33AM
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regus_patoff

How far away is his "home city" from the mountain home ?

What size of antenna is he using (size matters)

indoor ? outdoor ?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 12:27PM
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cheerful1_gw

Distance between the two homes is approximately 100 miles (Brooklyn, NY and Sullivan County, NY)

I don't remember the size of the antenna; it's an indoor one.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 1:14PM
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regus_patoff

100 miles is quite a distance for TV signals ...

You'd need a larger UHF/VHF antenna, either indoor or better yet, outdoor antenna

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 10:07PM
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catherinet

And don't forget to rescan the TV for channels. Go to the converter remote and press menu, then do "auto tuning". We had to do that several times and intermittently to keep all the channels.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2009 at 5:28PM
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albert_135

There was a site out there that had maps of which digital station covers which areas. I thought it was fcc.gov "reception maps" but today the map for my area in blank so I am not so sure of the URL.

In my area one station was on a different mountain from the other three and the map suggested the antenna would need to be rotated to get all four channels which theoretically cover parts of the area.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 11:56AM
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jdbillp

Antennaweb is a good source of information.

Here is a link that might be useful: AntennaWeb

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 4:05PM
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