Originally Posted by ivorygate
Remember the very first cell phones, milk-carton sized beasts with pool cues sticking out the top, so that if you were outside, on a hill, it would maybe get reception. I wonder why that style never changed, why aren't we all still using such powerful demonstrations of technical prowess? I wonder why phones are the size of credit card now and I've never seen anyone have to extend the antenna to get a signal.
Technology is great, when things actually progress, but I fail to see how after having no problems for 4 years getting in OTA DTV with a small UHF loop antenna in my house that LOSING channels with that simple configuration is actually "progress".
It's funny you mention the "bag phones". I actually miss those, since the analog phones had greater range than the the new "Barbie phones". If you live out in the boonies, analog bagphones were the only way to go. There's a reason GM used analog phones for their first version of OnStar, because when you slam your Escalade into an oak tree in Lansing, IA, you are much more likely to get a signal with analog because Verizon isn't building towers to serve a town of 5,000 people.
Radio waves will always behave like radio waves, there is no way to change that. So, if it's cellphones or TV, you still will dominate with bigger, higher and outside. And you will lose radio waves when you go inside, downstairs and a smaller antenna. Sure, there's all kinds of tricks like preamps and stuff, but GIGO also applies, if it's garbage in, you still have garbage to work with.
Last night I hooked up my Apex DTV box to our spare TV up in our guest bedroom using a small UHF loop antenna. It had twin lead coming off it, and it's the cheap ones that used to come free with a TV, the insulation is all cracked. Guess what? I was able to pick up KCRG, KWKB, KFXA, KRIN and ION which if you count the different subchannels, is 11 unique channels. Obviously KWWL didn't show since it's a UHF only antenna, but I call that progress. 11 channels crystal clear with a loop antenna in the middle of an old plaster walled house?
I know it's frustrating when things change, but with all the resources here at the AVSforum, I've been able to stay ahead of the game, learn some things, and benefit from it. I know most people don't want to deal with anything technical, that's why there's copious amounts of money dumped every month to dish TV, cable companies and satellite radio.
Hang in there, it's worth it!