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Just a note to everyone as to what I found out last night. I have a

Hitachi 65S700 which has a built in HDTV tuner. I installed a

Channel Master 4228 with a Winegard 8275 pre-amp 25 feet off the

ground. My local NBC station has been "marginal" for a signal due to

my location. Some days I would get a 25-30 on my signal strength on

my Hitachi and some days it would drop to 20 or below. Since my

Hitachi has the built in tuner I never hooked up my antenna to my

VOOM STB due to the channel mapping problem.

Last night right before "Las Vegas" came on I switched to NBC on my

Hitachi. I was disappointed to see that the signal had dropped to

almost 16-18 and the picture would pixelate every few seconds and

sometimes even loose the picture completely. Since my NBC station is

mapped in my VOOM STB I had an idea to try and hook my antenna to it

and see how it would handle the low signal. Swtiching to the channel

on my VOOM unit the picture immediately came on and to my surprise I

watched the whole hour long show WITHOUT a picture drop or stutter.

To say the least I was impressed! Apparently the VOOM box's tuner is

going to work better, at least for me, than my built in one in my

TV. After the show went off I grabbed the remote to see what else

the VOOM box would happen to bring in and low and behold there was

my local UPN channel that my Hitachi NEVER would bring in due to a

low signal.

I was contacted by VOOM last week by email and I told them about the

channels that was missing from my mapped channels and they said they

would be adding them for me but am still waiting on that to happen.

Once they add the channels then I will be able to leave my antenna

connected to the VOOM box permanently.

Do any of you have two OTA tuners on hand like myself that have been

able to compare the two side by side? What were your results?

I am anxiously awaiting the channel scanning feature to be added to

the VOOM STB. This will give me the ability to scan for more

channels and also experiment come spring when the weather warms up

and try moving my antenna position around.

I am hanging in along with everyone else here and wishing a great

success for VOOM in the upcoming months..

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