Got the card (F5G) today, and I've been playing with it for the past few hours. I'm in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, on the 3rd (top) floor of a brownstone. I've had TERRIBLE, if any, reception with the various cards I've had in the past (AccessDTV, F3Q). Analog channels are usually a mess of mutipath, interference, and just generally crummy reception. Since I rent, I don't have the option of erecting an antenna external to the apartment. I have a Silver Sensor, as well as a few other cheapie, generic antennas.
I first setup the Silver Sensor on top of the shelf I have my PC on, and plugged it into the older Fusion 3 card I own. Nothing doing... I was getting 3-10db (11%-38%) depending on the channel, with the exception of a 19db/70% on channel 25 - though not even close to a usable signal. So I pulled the Fusion 3 and replaced it with the Fusion 5 Gold, and replaced the drivers with the 3.0b2 set shipped with the card. Using the same antenna in the same position... nothing doing. Signals were maybe 10% better than the F3, but again, nothing usable. Note that I wasn't aiming the Silver Sensor. So, I replaced the antenna with one of the cheapies. Still, no good. Maybe my impression that the 5th gen LG chip could use a paperclip for an antenna was a little far fetched.
So, I have some RG6/U (about 50ft) leading out to the fire escape. I setup the cheapie antenna out there and tried again. It was a little better, with signal strengths between 10% and 70%, but still NO video was being displayed. I was finally able to pick up ch. 28 (NBC) intermittently, but video was choppy. I then hooked up the Silver Sensor and pointed it in the rough direction of ESB. Finally, some video! But still choppy and not really watchable. But, as the night progressed, the signals became more and more usable. Signals in the 60-70% range were normal, and around 1:15am I started to get solid picture with very few dropouts on many channels. This is by far the best I've ever been able to accomplish on ANY HD tuner, but I wonder how much of this has to do with favorable propagation (I've always had better luck tuning HD at night).
I'm exhausted and really want to go to bed, but let's cut to the chase: the F5 does provide some better results, but it doesn't seem to me to be the miracle worker I had hoped for. At this point, I'm able to tune about six digital stations with the Silver Sensor outside the building, pointing at ESB. But let's wait until 8pm tomorrow when I try to record something.
UPDATE: As of around 9:30AM, I'm getting a number of channels at surprisingly strong levels. NBC at 85-99% (23.7-26.9db), FOX at 97% (26.3db), WOR @ 70%/18.8db, WPIX @ 86%/22.9db... and all with watchable pictures (no significant stuttering/jumping). I've never been able to getnything close to this with the F3 card. But others are still just not coming in at all. Can't get CBS, for example, at more than 26%/7.2db, and they've got what I'm told is a very strong signal.
Question: Is there any way to access the recording scheduler without launching the Fusion app? I'm often remote desktoped into my PC, and if I launch the Fusion app, it freaks out because of the weird display.
Question: People have mentioned RC3. Who did you email to get into this beta? I'm having issues with ABC causing the Fusion app to crash (well, more like an instant stop).