Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Boynton Beach, FL
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After hearing Robert's success in Boynton, I decided I had to see some HD on my Panasonic 34WX50 34" widescreen.
After searching ebay, vanns.com and talking to "Let's go digital" (maddening), I found two SIR-T150 Samsung OTA HD receivers at the West Palm BestBuy yesterday and with the "Preferred Customer" 10% off coupon, and $540+tax, I headed to RadioShack to complete the toy shopping. (First salesman at BestBuy said they did not have any, but another overheard conversation and pointed to the two boxes above our heads not five feet away. BTW, Brandsmart does not carry them.)
At my local RS, I picked up the VU-90XR antenna (on sale at $34), the 30db preamp ($70!), a five foot mast, and a couple mounting brackets and raced home.
I shorten the documentary here - with the antenna mounted on a tripod in my livingroom (Concrete block house with metal stud walls), I get WFOR-CBS 22 which auto mapped to 4-1 very solid, but the unit does not find it when "memorizing stations". The reception meter puts up 6 bars which is about 50% of full scale.
For a brief period around six or seven pm, I recieved 18-1 PBS SDTV and 18-3 the PBS HD station, but the signal was borderline so the picture froze alot. Later and this morning, I can't lock on either. Hopefully moving to the attic will enable this station. When it was able to lock, the HD image was astounding.
I searched for the other Miami DTV stations but couldn't even get a blinking red light or a single bar on the reception guage.
As for WFOR - the signal is crystal clear. The SIR-T150 indicates the signal is "HD" but the image is 4:3 so there are bars on my 16:9 and at 1080i the TV will not stretch the image. (We watch all 4:3 from Adelphia cable in edge stretch mode) The wife already thinks the TV is too small and the bars just prove it. The picture is much sharper than the cable image (non-stretched for comparison).
Interestingly, WFOR- 4.1 almost comes in without the amp. Perhaps in the attic it will. RS had an amplified stealth "bar" antenna for $79 that might work nice, and a real nice amplified set top antenna for when West Palm stations finally get active .
Now I just need to find an electrician to pull some cable up the wall and mount the stuff in the attic.