Originally Posted by OldRelayer
Henry, thanks for the explanation. I have a mast which brings the antenna, I would guess about 10 feet above the roof. I still have to find someone to put it up before the roof gets icy a 15 foot extension, I think this will help the reception some, what do you think?
Yes, if you are using Rabbit Ears or some such indoor antenna, adding an external aerial should help a lot. I have my original full analog TV spectrum aerial, which works quite well, but you can use a UHF only, or DTV aerial now a days. The TV broadcasters are only allowed to use the VHF spectrum if they use very low power, so it probably isn't as important. Which, by the way, is another reason that rain impacts the DTV signal more than it did the analog signal. Using a digital signal and having more channels in the UHF band, I believe they now broadcast a weaker signal.
I only just hooked up my DTV converter last night to see how it works, so I don't know how it works in the rain, but I was very impressed overall with how good the picture looks (I have cable for my normal TV reception). I guess I'll have to check it again when it's raining, but maybe others can comment on how well their reception is using an outside aerial works in the rain. You've probably seen commercials for how poorly Satellite reception is in the rain (which uses a much higher frequency), but one would hope that you should still be able to get reasonable TV reception in the rain. At least with digital signal, signal strength isn't as much of an issue as it was for analog signal, since it is pretty much all or nothing.
Obviously others have gotten their Replays and ShowStoppers to work with the converter boxes, so I think you should be able to get yours to work eventually. Using a camera to make sure that the IR blaster is working is a good start. People have also reported that placement of the IR blaster can often be critical. I setup my DTV converter specifically to make it work with a 3060 that doesn't have the appropriate IR blaster codes, so we'll see how that goes. Since I use 5Ks for my recordings, it is more an experiment than anything else. But, the step-by-step instructions are spot on. However, I am going to have to go through the process of adding IR blaster codes to my 3060. Since you should be able to use existing codes, then you should just be setting it up using the normal instructions in the user's guide. Hopefully it will just turn out to be the IR blaster, the blaster placement, or maybe using the IR blaster fine tuning...