Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, about 40 miles north of "New York"
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The split of channels is a historical oddity. The first set, VHF lo and high, were pretty much at the limits of consumer electronics. Recall how expensive a TV set was...it was a big deal. I recall my grandparents had COLOR....that was a big, fat hairy deal.... 56- 200 mhz....
UHF was relegated to novelty because a UHF tuner wasn't very stable at the time, and the frequencies, again, were at the leading edge of stability for consumer electronics. It is also a lot more expensive to broadcast at UHF, you need way more power, and the frequencies are more line of sight (which is your current problem). The VHF channels were a bit better with hilly terrain, and the VHF low better still. This is why the networks wanted the low channels, in the beginning. UHF was trash with the tech of the 50's to 70's-pretty much until the microchip showed up and TV went from 'cranky, call the TV shop again to peak the circuits" to mostly indestructible.
I'm a ham, and recall one hill on a particular highway, about 60 miles from NYC. I could get the FM sound channels from 2, 4 5 and 7, but interestingly, at different points as I went down the hill-clearly the frequencies bent differently over the hills between my car and the NYC transmitters. I recall channel 4/5 was the winner, by a large margin, for coverage. Likewise, 6 from Albany could be heard before any of the other Albany stations, when going north. (sadly, this too was lost in digital transition)
I'm sorry to hear that you can't do much with the antenna. The QAM scam is "sell them a signal, then force rent them a box to descramble it". We had that in my area, they went fully digital, then scrambled everything. The reason was to monetize all those bedroom and kitchen TV sets. Oh, there was discussion about how it was about piracy, but not really....Interestingly, in my area broadcast channels are still in the clear....although I understand that in NYC that is not the case. (Cable co's fought the FCC on this one, and this was the accommodation)
They gave you a box "free" for a year, then it became a perpetual $8 per month/$96.00 per year fee. Between scrambling everything to make me rent a box, being hiked to "full price" with no break unless I actually ported (not just threatened to) my phone numbers to fios, and finally, charging a $5 per month "sports fee" for a non sports household, I cut the cord.....the cable co still charged me "more" for internet than if a "triple play", but at the end, phone is way cheaper still, and even paying for Hulu and Netflix, I'm very much ahead.
Nope, we don't miss cable.... at all...but I don't watch sports, and my kids migrated to on demand streaming years ago. Everything you might want is covered by streaming, mostly legally, and if you don't care, then everything is out there somewhere.
In Vienna we sit, in late night cafe. Straight Connection, on T.E.E.
Last edited by speedlaw; 02-16-2015 at 08:01 PM.