I spent just shy of $100 so that I can regain WGBH/WGBX in HD.
On the antenna thread I was advised to use rabbit ears (that I already have) with this HLSJ combiner/joiner :
but my reception wasn't great.
Then I bought this combiner/joiner:
with this $43 VHF antenna :
Oddly both of the two combiners/joiners seem to have been defective or something. Admittedly I know nothing about antenna science.
I then bought this combiner/joiner :
and now that with my new Wingard HD7000R antenna and my existing Channel Master UltraAntenna 60 for UHF
and I'm back to where I was.
I didn't try the 3rd combiner/joiner with the rabbit ears- I've got both the Channel Master and Winegard antennas set up, everything has worked well for the last week and at least for now I don't wish to spend any more time dinking around with it.
I suspect < .01% of 'GBH's OTA viewing population will be willing to go through what I just did. Realistically they might as well just shut down the VHF channel. I suspect though in order to qualify for retransmission on the area cable systems, they must broadcast. That is likely the only reason they are broadcasting OTA at this point- it sure isn't for OTA viewers!
I guess some of the Providence channels are transitioning to VHF after their repack timeslot in the next several months. I'll be interested to see if I continue to get them, even though VHF is more directional and I've got my new VHF antenna pointed at WGBH. I hardly watch the Providence channels anyway.
I am on AT&T TV Now and they don't carry PBS, so OTA PBS in HD is important to me. I also don't pay for PBS Passport (and want to even less after this experience.) I have a HDHomeRun along with a Plex Server to act as a DVR.
Thanks WGBH for making me $100 poorer!
(fyi, all of this is in my attic)