Grainy analog means low signal levels for that. One can buy a 19db amplifier from Wal-Mart for about $20 bucks. MOST dtv reception problems are too much signal. This sounds like a different sort. Him moving to Australia might have the same issues. Me, I tend to know the general reception conditions before I move. Learned that decades back, when the parent's home could only get two local tv stations, but people 600 feet away up a hill, got dozens, as far away as Santa Barbara. John Willkie -----Original Message----- >From: John Shutt <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx> >Sent: Oct 30, 2006 12:30 PM >To: OpenDTV <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> >Subject: [opendtv] Easier Said Than Done > >I wonder if Jeff's experience would have been any different in say, Sydney? > >Cheers, > >John > >Via Television Broadcast Magazine, October 2006 > >http://televisionbroadcast.com/articles/article_1466.shtml > >Easier Said Than Done > >By Jeffrey Ulrich > >I recently moved from New York to Georgia. Yes, we've all moved at one time >or another in our lives, but I'll share this one with you while it's still >fresh in my mind. > >The experience reminded me of just where television stands in life's grand >pecking order. Before the move, I was fixated on how the moving crew would >be protecting my precious 65-inch Mitsubishi HDTV. Will it be crated? >Wrapped how many times? How many men will carry it? Don't screw up my ISF >calibration! > >Once in Atlanta, my priorities changed. WHERE'S A DAMN CAN OPENER! All of a >sudden, my focus was elsewhere. Even the most organized of moves can leave >you frustrated as you seek to reconnect with all that was once familiar. New >house, new city, new schools and new job all took precedent over TV. > >Among the items temporarily lost in the shuffle was a simple set of rabbit >ears. I did find my rooftop UHF antenna and rotor, and that 7-foot >shimmering swath of metal had a temporary home in my living room...until my >wife walked in. Ultimately, I found the rabbit ears, and watched a grainy, >static-filled signal from the local broadcast stations for two weeks. > >Digital reception? I tried-and I know what I'm doing! Locking in on a >digital signal was nearly impossible with my rabbit ears. I'm looking >forward to the day when I can install that aforementioned rooftop antenna, >as I'm sure a treasure trove of HD and multicast signals awaits me here in >the nation's 9th largest market. Absent that, I found myself stuck at home >on a Saturday afternoon from 2 'til 5, waiting for the cable guy to arrive. > >And arrive he did. Now I've got VOD, HDTV, PPV and hundreds of channels to >choose from. My broadband connection is speedy, and it'll take me months to >figure out all the bells & whistles that accompany my VOIP-based digital >phone service. > >My point to the broadcast station community is this: Most people do not have >the patience, the equipment or the knowledge in order to watch your free >over-the-air signal anymore. It's easier to buy a bundled package from a >satellite, cable or even a telecom provider these days. > >Do you disagree? Just wait until analog signals disappear in February 2009. >How many kitchen and bedroom TVs will be rendered signal-less just over two >years from now? > >It's all about your content, folks. I used to think that broadcasters had an >innate signal distribution advantage, but my recent efforts to secure a >"watchable" signal have me reconsidering that position. Your station's >promotion manager is more important now than ever before. > >Jeffrey Ulrich is the new business and convergence sales manager at WGCL, >Atlanta, GA. His opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect the >position of Meredith Corporation. He can be reached through his website, >www.hidefjeff.com, or at HiDefJeff@xxxxxxxxxx > > > > >---------------------------------------------------------------------- >You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: > >- Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at >FreeLists.org > >- By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word >unsubscribe in the subject line. > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.