[opendtv] Re: New transition web site

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 11:13:10 -0400

Cliff Benham wrote:

> The complaints I have made so far will be nothing compared to
> what the FCC and the broadcasters will get when the world
> discovers the sham that is ATSC. Mark well my words. I'll be
> there to remind you.

Compared to what?

That's the point. You mean, compared with the guy in Sydney whose
experiences I posted on here recently? Compared with the UK DTT
transmissions from Crystal Palace that don't actually match the coverage
area of the analog signals?

I don't doubt that some folks will have problems, and I don't doubt that
lots of people will be pleasently surprised. In your specific case, have
you tried pointing the antenna to Baltimore yet, rather than trying to
receive Baltimore from behind the parabolic reflector? If Phildelphia,
behind the hill, doesn't come in well, do what the Europeans do: go for
the best signal source in your location. In your case, 8-VSB should be
at least as good as COFDM. You're far from every transmitter, and not
even in a congested location.

I think that the fundamental problem with digital radio in general is
going to be in those weird days when atmospheric conditions screw up the
signal. Those bad analog days, when usually good stations come in all
grainy, will now show a dark screen. Very unsettling. The only way to
beat that is for broadcasters to plan for plenty of signal margin. Not
the bare minimum.

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