Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Center City Philadelphia, PA
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Thanks for telling us all about the aftermath of your unfortunate power failure. What a nightmare! I shudder to think of all the different pieces of equipment that must be checked and reconfigured after a power disruption in your facility. I grumble even though I only have to reset the alarm clock and those infernal digital clocks in the kitchen appliances after a power outage (my VCR sets its own time automatically from the PBS time signal, thank God!).
It never occurred to me that these problems could have all been the result of one problem. It's great to have this forum so that we can be enlightened and more understanding consumers.
Around the same time as the PSIP and aspect ratio problems, I also had noticed that the volume level output from 3-1 was noticeably higher than before. In fact it was much louder than the other digital channels, which all seem to output approximately the same volume levels (except ABC 6-1, which seems to my ear noticeably lower in volume than the other digital broadcasts). Perhaps 3-1's louder volume was also an aftereffect of the power outage: did your digital equipment revert to some default volume level, which happens to be louder than the level that you would normally choose to send out? I've noticed that since then, 3-1's volume has dropped back to the norm and is sounding good.
I'm glad you are still monitoring this thread, Jim. We'll be sure to keep you on your toes!
If you are getting useable signals using rabbit ears, it would seem to me that you are in good position to receive all of the local channels using either of those antennas. If you don't get NBC WCAU (10-1), you may have noticed elsewhere on this thread that they are moving soon to a new tower and will be broadcasting at higher power, possibly as soon as the end of January. I can't get 10-1 either (in Center City Philadelphia). WHYY 12-1's signal comes in here, but there is noticeable pixellization (if that's how it's spelled) in some of the HD broadcasts. I don't know if there are any planned changes to WHYY's broadcast specificiations. (They DO split their digital bandwidth into 12-1 and 12-4, so I would speculate that the 12-4 subchannel would affect the amount of available data in the 12-1 broadcast stream, which may affect reception.)
If it were me, I'd go ahead and install the UHF antenna in the attic (and, if there is room, include a rotor so that the antenna can be repositioned remotely in case you ever want to pick up a New Jersey station or point north toward Allentown for any reason). That way, in times of inclement weather, you would have the best chance of keeping a strong signal through all of the interference. Also, a hidden-away antenna is generally better for the home decor, I would think. A UHF amp could always be added later to either antenna if needed.
Welcome to the Philly thread and congratulations on your new TV!!