Vakkotaur (vakkotaur) wrote,

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Digital: 0, Analog: 0.01

With only simple indoor antennas, digital TV is right out. Analog is almost out. Yes, analog. See, the primary TV transmitters (in the USA) have all gone digital now, but the low power translator or relay stations have not. Some are digital, some are analog. For how long is unknown. There is no set schedule I've seen for ending analog transmission for low power and translators.

There are three places that are nearby (in country terms of "near") and they're all about 30 miles away. I have joked that the surrounding areas all serve Fairmont "equally poorly" and it turns out it's not all that much of a joke. It's pretty much true. The tower to the north or northwest is effectively invisible. The tower to the east shows an occasional hint that something might just be there. The tower to the west, with a crude 4-element beam antenna (cut for channel 14), just manages to indicate that there is a channel 16 and 45. A lot of snow, no color, and sound breaks squelch if things are just right. Each tower carries all the networks, so getting reliable reception from any one of them would take care of about everything.

A nice big roof-mounted antenna with a pre-amp would likely turn 16 and 45 into at least reliable reception and might turn a few other stations into possibles. Given the state of broadcast television content this is more a technical challenge than a great desire to view the programming. I don't foresee installing an outdoor antenna anytime soon. I am considering trying a good antenna in the attic and then someday it could be mounted outside. But even an attic antenna is a pretty low priority.

I did watch some TV today yesterday, but that was on DVD.

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