Originally Posted by imprompturob
This forum is insanely awesome. I live right on the corner of 21st St. W & Barrett. Do we think that antenna will do the trick? I can't post it, but if you go to monoprice and search for antenna, it's the first one that comes up.
I love the idea of an non-subscription tivo thing. Does that also do the Tuner work as well? Will I have to get a Tuner and a Tivo(esque) appliance?
I'm sorry my questions are so rudimentary. I can work with some of the most elaborate computer setups available, but I really have no basic understanding of what the signal from the coax is and how it translates to something understandable by the projector.
So, you live down by the tracks ?!
I grew up near the Ballard Bridge, a few blocks from 15th and Dravus. Know the area too well!
Most of the main chanels will come in, except ch13, from Bremerton location. The hill behind you is in the way. You will get standard def ch13 from the tower on Capital Hill for ch22. Ch13 comes in as 22.2.
It doesn't take much to get good reception, obviously, since you can see the towers. Thing is, it's so strong there that cheapy rabbit ears or indoor types can drive you nuts. Signal is splattering off everything. A small outdoor type will work better, as it will reject most stuff and only look in the basic direction it's pointed.
For your place, try the Winegard HD1080http://www.amazon.com/Winegard-HD-10.../dp/B001DFTGQU
It's small, and can be mounted on the side of the house if you want, or in a window looking towards the Space Needle. I have tried it in close in locations, works pretty good, can be mounted almost anywhere it has a clear look Down Town.
The CM7000 DVR is a complete package, tuner and DVR. All you need is something for sound, like an amplifier and speakers. It can also handle the strong signals, better than most others. Very easy to set up and use.
If you have a spare PC, then there are tuner cards and software options to use it for the same purpose, with the benefit of being a huge PC monitor. I admit to being biased against the PC route, and not a big fan of leaving it on all the time just for recording TV. (12 years of PC and network support kinda soured me for doing things the tech way. I like off the shelf, pre tested, no bugs simple now!)
I'm not up on what cards are good for over air tuners. Shouldn't take much, though. You're in a strong signal area. Maybe hit up some of your geek buddies at Microsquish in the Media lab and see what they're using. Before you jump, though, take the time to check out the CM7000 DVR. Fry's has them on display. If it's not your thing, they also have lots of cheap parts to build a PC DVR.
Don't sweat the questions. The only dumb question is the one you already know the answer to.
BTW, you have my admiration for having the patience to work with PC's for a living !!
Let us know what happens.