[mythtv-users] Hauppauge WinTV-quadHD TV Tuner Card 1609 and Pixelation

Allen Edwards allen.p.edwards at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 20:52:48 UTC 2019

On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 12:37 PM Barry Martin <barry3martin at gmail.com>

> Hi Allen!
> If you look at the one star reviews on the Winegard that I linked most seem
> to me to be people could not figure out how to assemble them.  Then if you
> look at the antennas they push in their ads, they come assembled with built
> in antennas.  They can drive splitters without doing anything. Give up some
> theoretical performance for a antenna for dummies approach.  I read a post
> on Twitter recently that suggested we should just accept the fact that half
> the country is stupid. It think lacking education is a better description
> but with a majority of one party saying that education is detrimental to
> the country I fear for the future https://pewrsr.ch/2T1JwvC
> I have also read reviews where us common-folk have had difficulty
> assembling. I will admit to occasionally being in that group but can
> sometimes blame on ‘cartoon instructions’: drawings instead of written
> words. ...It would be funny-ha-ha if my reception problems were do to
> improper antenna assembly! (I have done some testing which by-passed or or
> would other wise verify is correct.)
> In the theoretical world there is no signal deterioration; in the real
> world all sorts of signal loss. I was reminded of and learned a lot more
> about it when researching on-line not so much why I was having reception
> problems but how to correct or at least work-around.
> I tend to agree with your statement of “it’s not half the country is
> stupid but lacking education”. I’ll admit to barely having a clue as to
> what’s going on under the hood of my car but I do know basic
> electricity/electronics. I do call on someone else to diagnose and repair
> my car.
> Barry

I recall being at a friends house to watch a game and the reception was
terrible. He had the antenna pointed in the exact wrong direction, 180
degrees wrong. He thought the swept forward reflectors were the arrow
pointing at the front.  Sometimes manufacturers just don't realize that if
you don't know a little antenna theory, you might not know which end is
up.  We all have made those mistakes and hopefully learned from them.

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