Is the power plant still smoking? Maybe it is, and I just dont notice it. I was under the impression that they had to reduce the smoke.
Just FYI ... I have heard of the "channel 44 guideline" which probably is a good indicator, but I actually get a horrible picture on channel 44 with my current indoor antenna setup, and I still get a pretty reliable picture on CBS and ABC (sometimes reliable on NBC, and not too reliable on FOX).
My suggestion as to whether or not to "make the plunge into HDTV" is:
1.) Be sure to educate yourself on the Firewire / Copywrite Protection / 5C issues (personally, I'm not that educated on the issues, but since I had already bought my equipment before it was an issue, I couldnt do much about it anyway).
2.) Try to assume that you CAN get OTA HDTV from the high power networks (CBS and ABC), and buy your equipment locally from a store who allows you to return the equipment for a full refund. You are close enough to get the major networks, so just bite the bullet and get the best antenna setup in the beginning (use all RG6 quad shield cable, get a high db gain adjustable signal amplifier, get a high quality outdoor antenna properly installed, and consider a rotor). You will never know without trying.
3.) Because of the slight chance that for whatever reason you might NOT be able to get OTA, try not to get too excited until you see it does work. Even if it didnt, you would potentially be able to get satellite HDTV from DirecTV (HBO & HDnet / PPV) and/or DishNetwork (HBO, Showtime, PPV, and maybe CBS).
At the time I bought my equipment, I was temporarily living in my parents basement while my new house was being worked on. I knew I might not be able to get satellite HDTV because my house is surrounded by trees, but I figured that since I could get OTA with an indoor antenna in a basement, that I could get it anywhere. Now, I just want to get it more reliably (ie: not having to manually move the antenna) so I want it outdoors.
Ghosting is something I know little about. I dont think I've ever seen it (we got cable when I was real young, so my only antenna experience has been with a digital signal). Is ghosting as much of an issue with a digital signal? Is there a way to fix it if it is a problem? I've heard that high end JVC VCR's (the 9600 thru 9900 series) help ghosting, but how could you put one in the loop of a HDTV setup?
If at some point you are looking for an installer of an antenna and/or an HDTV capable satellite setup, I can recommend, "The Antenna Man" in Beverly, who did my DirecTV installation, and will probably be doing my antenna installation. He recommended that I have him intall a "Channel Master 4-bay UHF antenna with a rectangular mesh that is about 2-feet by 3-feet" ... does anyone have any comments on this antenna (I dont have the model number for it).
Rick W. Scogland
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[This message has been edited by RScogland (edited 09-14-2001).]