[opendtv] UHF reception

  • From: Albert Manfredi <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 18:22:49 -0500

Dale Kelly wrote:
> Many OTA viewers in the older traditional VHF markets
> made little or no attempt to receive analog UHF signals;
> VHF fulfilled their needs.
> DTV reception will be a problem for this group and most
> often, not because of inadequate DTV signals. This but
> one of the reasons that many VHF stations chose to
> remain in the VHF band for DTV.

It would be really helpful if this sort of information were mentioned, in 
articles about problems cropping up during these analog shutoffs. How hard can 
it be, for example, to mention this EXPLICITLY in the PSAs about 18 Feb 2009? 
"Make sure you get good UHF reception! The main networks stations will no 
longer be exclusively VHF!" There. Two simple sentences.
If you remember that audio clip from the IEEE on the "problems" with DTT 
conversion, the situation there was exactly what you describe. And yet, instead 
of being mentioned as a simple problem to solve, or an obvious problem that 
should have been anticipated, it was hyped up into some almost insurmountable 
problem, likely to force the "victim" onto cable. And the audio piece was 
accompanied by a lot of extraneous "scary sounding" details about the effect of 
ghost on digital reception.
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