Originally Posted by satkinsn
After a week of wading through assorted problems - and getting ahead of some of them - we started retesting Thursday.
We went to reported trouble spots in Henderson/Sackets Harbor and got 7.1/7.2 fine.
We're headed to St. Lawrence County either today or early next week. We're expecting to find problems in the Fowler/Gouverneur/Macomb area.
Here's a few brief notes on what we've learned:
- Many of the dTV/dishnet problems last week were apparently the result of us changing frequency and the information taking a while to get pushed out to the boxes.
For the technically minded, dTV uses Tribune Media Services to provide initial information about channel location. After that, the box use the station's PSIP - though not for specific program information.
- We cleaned up errors the new transmitter was throwing. It's now putting out a perfect digital signal.
We're not sure the change will make much of a difference, but it's done.
- Antennas are the most important factor. Much of what's being sold as 'universal' is not particularly good in the high band vhf range. I've gotten reception for several people by having them hook up old rabbit ears and rescan.
In marginal areas, outdoor antennas are a must.
- There are vast differences in converter boxes. We've tested, keeping all other elements the same, and have seen one box utterly fail, the next one get some channels and a third get all.
HOWEVER, it's not clear to us that you can go by brand. This may be a quality control issue across brands.
So that's the state of our art as of Thursday, Feb. 27. No doubt we'll learn more.