[mythtv-users] Coax splitters - how painful are they?

R. G. Newbury newbury at mandamus.org
Sun Sep 30 21:05:05 UTC 2007

Todd wrote:
> RF is a surprising beast--best not to underestimate it.  As the joke
> goes from an RF guy I worked with once, "FM doesn't stand for
> frequency modulation.  It actually stands for 'f#$@in magic.'  Even we
> folks with our EE degrees have to admit we dont' fully understand how
> it works all the time."
> So, let me gently add to the others who've suggested please please
> dont' screw with the safety of aviation in your area for want of
> another $100 worth of capture card and a passive co-ax switch box. 
> Passive co-ax switch which even has a remote control for $50 
> http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2049643&cp=2032057.2032187.2032188.2032200&allCount=14&fbn=Price%2F%2410.00+-+%2449.99&fbc=1&fr=StorePrice%2FRSK%2F00001000%2F00004999&parentPage=family
> $15 passive high isolation co-ax switch:
> http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2049619&cp=2032057.2032187.2032188.2032200&allCount=14&fbn=Price%2F%2410.00+-+%2449.99&fbc=1&fr=StorePrice%2FRSK%2F00001000%2F00004999&parentPage=family
> Please do not combine CATV and OTA signals in any way shape or form.
> The results won't be what you want, and you will be spewing RF noise
> into the area that'll at the very least cause interference with TV
> reception among your neighbors, and at worst, will interfere with the
> safety of aircraft.

Thanks for the links. I already have something like in the second link. 
I have never seen a remotely controlled switch up here in the boonies. I 
suspect that the radio shack franchises up here were a pale imitation of 
the US stores, even before the franchise was yanked from InterTan (which 
now trades as 'The Source'),

I will look for the remote one.


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