I just moved back to my home in Hillsboro (Helvetia - map
) after a 12 year absense. The place is trashed, but priorities are priorities. Due to trees, I have no hope of satellite and there is no cable here.
So I replaced the ancient VHF/UHF antenna with a Channel Master 4248 - $41 delivered from Consumer Direct URL
- and raised the mast a couple of feet (there is a low hillside I need to get above and I am just doing so - any higher and I need to rethink the mount). I need to remove a fair amount of deciduous growth in front of the antenna and there are a fair number of Doug Firs. But for now, here is what I am getting through my RCA DTC 100 (viewed through an EVGA Personal Cinema on my PC till I get my Sony 10-HT going):
Channel Signal Strength
27 65-70 stable reception
30 82 stable reception
40 53-63 not stable
43 65-70 not quite stable
46 80-88 stable reception
48 no signal
Given what I am hearing about KOIN, I am not holding my breath for stable reception on 40. I hope that clearing out the nearby decidous growth will make ABC stable on 43. As to UPN on 48, it would be real nice to get it, but I see little hope as I am getting nada (though 49 comes in pretty well).
There seems to be a more multicasting here than in San Francisco, and I don't recall three subchannels in SFO. The traffic cam is a wonderful use of bandwidth :>) I also don't quite understand multicasting the same 4:3 program in both 4:3 and 16:9 (I don't quite buy the screen burn argument. How many receivers can't handle it?). And I wish that PBS transmitted 4:3 material as 4:3. Other than that, I will cope with commercial TV.
I was spoiled in SFO with satellite and a 12 mile straight shot to Sutro Tower.