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Our breakfast TV is finally DTV ready!

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My wife uses a 5" TV/radio combo to watch the news (actually mostly listen to it) while she's getting ready for work during the school year. It has a single rabbit-ear antenna, which could pick up a recognizable but very "snowy" image on only one analog VHF station, about 50 miles away, and nothing usable on UHF.

A few months ago I briefly experimented with an external UHF loop antenna and a CECB, but couldn't get a stable signal on even the nearest UHF station, about 26 miles away. It doesn't help that the kitchen is on the side of the house that faces away from the transmitters.

Last week I tried again, and this time I found a "sweet spot" for the antenna that enabled consistent reception of that station. During the past week it's gotten flaky only once, when the whole area was covered with thunderstorms and reception on our main TV via the roof antenna varied wildly from one direction to another. Otherwise the Zenith DTT901's signal meter has been pretty steady at around the 70% mark, a bit inside the rightmost third of the indicator bar.

This will mean a slight change in her viewing habits, because the analog station was CBS ("The Early Show") but the digital one is ABC ("Good Morning America"). It's actually an SD subchannel of a MyNetworkTV affiliate, which simulcasts an ABC affiliate owned by the same company. I normally hate SD simulcast subchannels because they steal bandwidth from the HD subchannel, but now I'm making an exception for this one!

The antenna location even satisfies the WAF. The antenna looks like just another knicknack on the shelf.

(The second TV in the picture is actually used as a radio, tuned to NPR.)
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Originally Posted by jtbell View Post

Our breakfast TV is finally DTV ready!

I'll take 3 eggs sunny side up, Bob Evans patties, hash browns, wheat toast, large low fat milk, large orange juice.
post #3 of 10
I figured you had one of those photoframe antennas. Congrats on your setup and keeping your kitchen happy!
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Was it impractical to hook up this TV to your main antennas?

I wonder how many of these "kitchen TV's" are actually ready throughout the country.
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

I'll take 3 eggs sunny side up, Bob Evans patties, hash browns, wheat toast, large low fat milk, large orange juice.

Don't forget the grits!!
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Originally Posted by Digital Rules View Post

Don't forget the grits!!

Had 'em, not my cup of tea.
post #7 of 10
Old, George Carlin bit from his very first album way back in 1967:

"I'll never forget the first time I was in a restaurant down south":

"Um......what's that white stuff, man?"

"HELL, THEM'S GRITS!!"

"Um......they're moving, man."
post #8 of 10
I once asked a Southerner how anyone could take a perfectly good ear of corn and make grits out of it.  She explained that grits isn't [I'd previously been informed by another that "grits" is a singular and that it is improper to say "grits aren't"] made from perfectly good ears of corn.
post #9 of 10
Oh! A breakfast TV huh?

Life Styles of the rich and famous. I bet your car has heated seats too.

LOL

Good luck with your antenna.
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

I'll take 3 eggs sunny side up, Bob Evans patties, hash browns, wheat toast, large low fat milk, large orange juice.

Sorry, around here it's either oatmeal or cold cereal, e.g. Cheerios clone from Aldi, thanks to WAF.

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Don't forget the grits!!

And we're transplanted Yankees, so we wouldn't touch grits with a ten-foot pole.

Actually, I do eat grits once in a while. When I do a day trip to Charlotte or Atlanta, I usually start early, stop at a Waffle House for breakfast, and have an omelet with grits. That's the only place I do it!

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Originally Posted by Falcon_77 View Post

Was it impractical to hook up this TV to your main antennas?

The antenna cable comes into the crawl space just below the living room, then up through a hole in the floor near the TV. It wouldn't be too hard to split it in the crawl space, and drill another hole in the breakfast area, or better, install an antenna jack there. I might end up doing it anyway, and run another branch to my home office to feed my computer.

But the current setup is fine for now. All she wants is one channel that has news on it.
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