Originally Posted by randy52644
I recently picked up a Hisense HDTV converter for my first taste of OTA digital.
I've been doing antennas, tower and MATV for years so I thought it time to get my feet wet.
Wednesday evening we had some blowing snow and severe drop outs on 4-1 and 4-2. Even 6-1 and 6-2 were pixilating with frequent audio drop outs. All other channels were rock solid. I finally switched back to analog just to watch Leno. 4 and 6 analog were full quieting.
Prior to Wednesday night and now tonight, everything is back to normal. Is weather really effecting DTV that much? I noticed the signal strength on 4-1 and 6-1 were somewhat reduced Wednesday night too.
I have a 50' tower with a large VHF/UHF Winegard antenna and high gain mast mounted pre-amp. All of the QC analog channels are generally crystal clear.
Is this what we're going to expect from digital? I know there will be some improvement on S/N when the move from the temp UHF channels get moved back to VHF but how much?
After we chew on this one, I have some questions regarding aspect ratio.
Don't let my location put you off. In tropo, I can lock the QC stations, even behind a ridge and in a river valley some 90 miles east of you! And, I, too, am an antenna installer on the side, but I've just been doing it for 5 years. Been an over-the-air TV fan for many years.
A few things. The HiSense is a 4th generation tuner. Many of those and pretty much all of the earlier tuners are below par in terms of sensitivity. Much worse than that, however, is that they can't handle multipath virtually at all. And blowing snow creates just enough of it to knock out these models. 5th and the few 6th gen tuners out by LG and Mitsubishi right now blow them out of the water. The 6th generation tuners by the above manufacturers have amazing sensitivity and excellent handling of multipath. If you have the DB 2010, you have a 5th generation version of it, so I would be perplexed if you have that and are having the problems you speak of.
Also, as 'Great to be a Blackhawks fan again, isn't it' "Bierboy" mentioned, with WHBF going back to channel 4
in 2009, it's NOT going to be pretty. Head over to my home and see page after page after page of complaints about WBBM-DT, our CBS affiliate, with 4.4 kilowatts on channel 3.
They won't even get that. Impulse noise, anything electronic generating interference, skywave skipping of signal known as "E-skip" during summer, impossible reception in and fairly close to thunderstorms...WHBF had the opportunity to change, but blew it (and I'm guessing it was a corporate decision to save money from higher up, not local management). With a large Winegard antenna (7084P? HD8200P, the mother of all combo antennas?), even 60 miles out at your location, you should get them fine on a 50' tower with a strong preamp no less. Heck, I'm very impressed you get channel 4 with full noise quiet 60 miles out!
And as for aspect ratio...I hate "stretch-o-vision". I know some stations do it. Their audiences supposedly told them they like it like that. As for me, I absolutely hate it. Keep the aspect ratio the same as the original and let the foolish ones destroy their picture any way they want.