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Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-24-2017, 04:51 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
A quality amp/pre-amp pair should help, but note...

A quality amp/pre-amp pair should help, but note it will amplify noise as well as signal. If you are borderline on adequate signal using only one tuner, as soon as you add a second tuner, e.g....
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-24-2017, 04:15 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
Absent video blocking or freezes you shouldn't...

Absent video blocking or freezes you shouldn't get any audio drops. Audio is a small fraction of the entire signal.

According to TVFool your location is expecting too much from a "40 mile"...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-24-2017, 10:26 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
He says that to everybody. I assisted in...

He says that to everybody. I assisted in installing one for a friend once. It's more complicated to install than other deep fringe antennas, being made from separate VHF and UHF antennas.
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-23-2017, 05:50 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
Can you think of any reason a 21' fence rail...

Can you think of any reason a 21' fence rail wouldn't be a perfect replacement to hold a larger antenna there? I don't see anything in your picture indicating otherwise.

Where you are you should...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-23-2017, 04:48 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
How high off the ground is your current antenna?

How high off the ground is your current antenna?
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-23-2017, 03:58 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
Range of more than 60-80 miles is marketing hype....

Range of more than 60-80 miles is marketing hype. Signals from farther away are possible, but not with reasonable reliability. This model RCA (http://www.rcaantennas.net/outdoor/?sku=ANT751Z) is what...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-23-2017, 02:46 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
If you're going to try to deal with this yourself...

If you're going to try to deal with this yourself instead of paying a professional, next step after quality cable and absence of junk obstructing the signal path between antenna and TV, requires a...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-23-2017, 10:44 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
Your antenna looks too small to me for 43 miles...

Your antenna looks too small to me for 43 miles out, but from your description I don't believe height is an issue at all. I'm about 30 miles straight north of you and get more than 30, most of which...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-23-2017, 08:55 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
Try harder. It's a low inventory turnover product...

Try harder. It's a low inventory turnover product for sure, but they are out there. Try WalMart...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   03-09-2017, 06:36 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
What model and capacity APC? How old is it? ...

What model and capacity APC?
How old is it?
How old is its battery?
What else is plugged into the APC?
If you unplug the APC from the wall or turn off that circuit's breaker, does everything stay...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   02-21-2017, 05:56 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
FAT32 doesn't work. Use the proprietary setup...

FAT32 doesn't work. Use the proprietary setup procedure....
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   02-03-2017, 05:52 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
I have a 4-high stack with no apparent heating...

I have a 4-high stack with no apparent heating issues. I do have added feet about 1/8" thick to add a little more air space in between. I block the extra IR ports with thin cardboard painted black...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   01-29-2017, 04:57 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
It could be broken. You can flip the door down...

It could be broken. You can flip the door down with a flosspick or other plastic tool without damaging anything. Once flipped down you should be able to pull the tray out with subtle force. If you...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   01-18-2017, 09:27 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
The risk is different, but without knowing how...

The risk is different, but without knowing how you found that shop or anything about its reputation, I don't believe there's any less risk. HD replacement really is a simple process. Several screws,...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   01-11-2017, 10:32 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
I was speaking on behalf of all users here. I...

I was speaking on behalf of all users here. I don't own a 557, only 2160A, 513 and 515. Nevertheless, for your purpose there is probably no difference, and I'll provide best effort.
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   12-10-2016, 09:03 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
For 2160A, 513 & 515, since I don't know how some...

For 2160A, 513 & 515, since I don't know how some newer models differ and these three are what I own, it's easier to rewrite than locate among Wajo's index:
Start into the record buffer with |<< or...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   12-06-2016, 12:59 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
It if was me and here, instead of transferring to...

It if was me and here, instead of transferring to DVD directly I'd play the recording through a "video stabilizer" to a blank DVD in another recorder. I'm not sure if there could be any other way.
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   12-06-2016, 12:31 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
Whether really cheaper depends on shipping rates....

Whether really cheaper depends on shipping rates. It would only be cheaper if rates match within $2. The better buy might be the one physically closer so to be cheaper to return if necessary.

...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   12-05-2016, 07:01 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
I'm pretty sure it's only the label that's...

I'm pretty sure it's only the label that's different, not the code sent. Magnavox and Sylvania are apparently both aliases for Funai. IOW, "top menu" = "title" and "menu/list" = "disc menu". Anyway,...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   12-05-2016, 01:53 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
http://www.sylvania.newremotecontrol.com/catalog_i...

http://www.sylvania.newremotecontrol.com/catalog_item.php?catnum=NB345UD looks like only has one button differently labeled, and claims interchangeable. If I hadn't already bought an extra NB820UD...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   11-29-2016, 03:15 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
Before the digital age took over satellite TV, it...

Before the digital age took over satellite TV, it was routinely recommended to unplug everything when leaving home. Now I turn off 5 of my 7 SD recorders only when I expect a power outage to outlast...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   11-29-2016, 01:20 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
This is why some people use a UPS instead of a...

This is why some people use a UPS instead of a surge suppressor or no power protection at all. To us it is not worth the risk of losing equipment we couldn't replace with directly comparable...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   11-08-2016, 09:48 AM
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Posted By mrmazda
At 8 years of age it's probably time to take the...

At 8 years of age it's probably time to take the HD out, clone it to a new HD using ddrescue or dd_rescue (http://forensicswiki.org/wiki/Dd_rescue), and install the new. HDs do not last forever....
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   10-28-2016, 12:43 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
SATA generation is irrelevant to this...

SATA generation is irrelevant to this application. Later generations are mostly about higher throughput, which these machines cannot use. I would expect more life and less heat from a lower RPM model...
Forum: DVD Recorders (Standard Def)   10-24-2016, 04:44 PM
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Posted By mrmazda
Depends on your PC's OS. LMGTFY...

Depends on your PC's OS. LMGTFY (http://bfy.tw/8MLZ) would be a start. On the PC I'm writing this with, I'd type zypper in dd_rescue at a command prompt, wait a few seconds, and it would be ready to...
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