[mythtv] pcHDTV status -- was [PATCH] Restore ability to play MPEG-TS streams

Brian Foddy bfoddy at visi.com
Thu Nov 13 14:46:04 EST 2003

On Thu, 13 Nov 2003, John P. Poet wrote:

> They are about 30 miles away and I have line-of-sight.
> I was hoping to get away with a standard Radio Shack UHF antenna (Catalog #:
> 15-2160).  Is there something better?
> I have also read that the HDTV spec calls for a frequency spectrum up to 3
> GHz.  I have not been able to find any amps or splitter with that kind of
> rating.  I assume 2150 MHz splitters are "good enough"?

I've tried 2 antennas, the Terk something-something-55 model was pretty 
descent, but I found the Winegard 2000 a little better.  Both are 
amplified.  Its placed in the
attic of my garage, above the Al siding.  I'm in MSP about 25-30 miles
from the towers, and before this antenna had pretty poor recption.
Now, most days I can get any of my HD signals.  But cold overcast days
can still be a problem.  I guess, I have about a 66% chance that I can
watch any given channel in HD on any given day.  Not perfect, but I can
live with it.  However, I would agree with the suggestion to double
record any critical program in low-res just in case the weather is not
in your favor.

As for splitters, I use a standard unpowered splitter, with 4 foot 
cables on the end.  My parents had to use a powered splitter, but
they have 20-50 foot cables after the splitter.  Also, use UG6??
(something 6) coax cable.


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