Originally Posted by Runch Machine
What are you using for an antenna? What do you think of the Digital Stream 9950 as far as being good for DXing? Since the end of analog I have never gotten any DX stations. I live near 394 and 169 in Minnetonka. Any recommendations? Any thoughts on what I might be able to pickup?
I am on the west side of Rochester, out of the bowl.
Bit of an extreme setup in an attempt to pick up analog WLAX for the Packers. As all NFL C Band satellite feeds were soon to be scrambled (CBS backhauls already were with Videocipher I). (I made sure I could pick up WKBT 8 before I bought the house, then a year later Fox wins the NFC contract. Grrr). But now that WLAX is digital transmitting on this side of the river, it bombs in. The analog was always snowy. So in that respect digital is better than analog reception-wide.
Delhi 68 foot tower (was a takedown from an antenna/satellite guy I knew). Delhi VU-936SR antenna. Added the VU-8PZ power zoom last fall when I was up there replacing the rotor.
I haven't noticed any difference in sensitivity between the 901 and 9950. When the 9950 does an update scan it will find all new (DX) stations. The 901 will not replace RF duplicates during EZ-Add (e.g. KCAU vs KMSP). It is easier to manually tune RF stations up/down with the 901. The 9950 tunes RF one at a time using the . button first. Which will also add any new subchannels to the map. This how I added 19-3 and 18-3 (This) when they came online. I will do the same for the 23-2 and 45-2 changes when I hear they are active.
Trouble with DX'ing is the new channels are soon gone, but are still in the channel map. One can remove them from up/down surfing in the channel map, but they still factor in if tuning a channel directly. For the 9950, the lower RF channel wins. WOI Des Moines came in recently but is now gone. It is Virtual 5, RF 5. If I try to tune directly to 5 I will pick up WOI first instead of KSTP which is RF 35. I am forced to channel up to get to KSTP. Have to do a reset scan to clear them and start over. If the 9950 had the ability to delete channels from the channel map, it wouldn't be an issue.
The 9950 is the easiest to use for DX'ing as an update scan will find the channels, if you can deal with the cluttered channel map.
I use the 9950 for normal surfing as it as a full guide of each channel versus the current/next simple guide of the 901. I use the guides a lot. I do not DX with it to keep the channel map clean. Although I keep Wausau/Wittenberg stations in the map so I can check on them occasionally to see if they are skipping in. They don't conflict with anyone else.
I can use the 901 for DX'ing primarily because the remotes don't clash. I got the 901 to see if it would be more sensitive than the 9950. I did not consider other converters available locally (e.g. RCA) as they had various issues according to online reviews.
I can't say what you can pick up with an antenna inside the attic in your neck of the woods. But the roof doesn't help. Others who are up there and follow the Minneapolis OTA forum will have better advice.