[opendtv] Re: 20040722 Thundering Thursday Thanks (Mark's Monday Memo)

  • From: Mark Aitken <maitken@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 14:26:36 -0400

I believe that the receiver was a "non-standard" LG LST-3100A with the 
new 5th GEN chip. The "standard" 3100A is a 4th GEN box that most likely 
would not have worked. This is an "I THINK" statement, but needs to be 

Mark Schubin wrote:

>SPECIAL!  DTT in the U.S. Works!
>Count me among the believers in the 5th-generation LG/Zenith ATSC receiver!
>We just did a test, this morning, in my apartment, and I thought the 
>news was too important not to release immediately.  Present were two 
>senior research engineers from LG Electronics in Korea, Bob Miller and 
>an associate from Viacel, and Richard Bogner and an associate.  Miller 
>had arranged for the test in my apartment.  The receiver was the LG 
>With a simple loop antenna, with NO care in the positioning, we were 
>able to pull in seven DTT stations reliably.  When I say "reliably," I 
>mean not only that the pictures and sound were okay but that people 
>could move around the room and I could move the antenna around without 
>causing any breakup.  It WAS possible for me to find an orientation 
>where I could make it fail, but I really had to try, even on WNYW-DT, 
>which could previously be received only with the antenna on the floor. 
> That's a big jump from previously trying to find an orientation (and 
>position) where I could make it work.  For the first time, I could 
>receive signals (six channels) from an antenna atop my TV, where I 
>normally get analog channels.  I received three channels reliably from 
>New Jersey.  We got the same results with the classic Radio Shack dual 
>bow-tie with reflector, but other (fancier) antennas did not work as well.
>The only channel I have previously received that I could not get this 
>morning was (which we confirmed with a spectrum analyzer) off the air. 
> Two of the other channels I could not receive are operating at very low 
>power, and one has its transmissions beamed away from me.
>I now believe that any shmo with reception conditions similar to mine 
>can simply take the receiver out of the box, connect a cheap loop 
>antenna, stick it wherever it looks good, and start to receive ATSC 
>signals from all full-power, full-pattern stations.
>There has been a breakthrough!  YAY!  Congratulations to LG/Zenith!  Let 
>the transition move forward!
>For the record, the channels I received were: WCBS-DT, WNBC-DT, WNYW-DT 
>(which carries WWOR as a subchannel), WABC-DT, WPXN-DT, WNJN-DT, and 
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