Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, about 40 miles north of "New York"
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Exactly. Folks get all concerned about antennas, but I've had two at this point, a large RS VU 120 back in analog days...and now a CM 4228. The RS lasted a LONG time...and the eventual point of failure wasn't the channel 2 and 3 elements that got bent due to birds landing on them, but the plastic balun eventually gave up after 15 or so summers and water got in.... NTSC was always 100 % at my location with Philly adding the skip channels when conditions were good. The RS antenna lasted me well into HDTV time, from experimental HDTV transmissions, to full transition... it had a large array at the front for UHF....but when it died, I was able to go smaller and a bit higher with the CM 4228, and my only loss was RF 3, which I knew was going anyway-I would be putting up another large array for one minor channel. Spray painted the poles battleship grey and I went from an aluminum tree growing off the house to something you don't really see unless you look for it.
Two antennas, a few poles, and replacing a balun and a few splitters is still vastly cheaper than cable. I think too many people don't get that some experimentation and adjustment is part of the thing...they expect to toss a switch and get streaming like on a cell phone.
Based on experience, signals are definitely down and definitely less consistent than they used to be. I'm at the end of "green zone" so while not fringe, I'm at the end of easy....but NTSC was rock solid, as was the first HDTV signals, and after transition, HDTV was also rock solid compared to today. PQ was also way better in the beginning, but that's another rant for another time.
Getting WLIW has been a bonus so no complaints overall, and eventually Durst will figure out that newfangled radio thing,
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