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

Barry Martin barry3martin at gmail.com
Sun Feb 17 17:54:15 UTC 2019

Hi Jim!

> I have just installed that card you're considering. I had all kinds of
> issues with my HDHR Quatro and replaced it with the 1609. Like you I'm
> in the US with ATSC OTA only. Since all of my local channels but one
> give me 100% on both the HDHR Quatro and the 1609 it's hard to say which
> is better at picking up stations. The one station I watched on the HDHR
> that was 53% is now 82% on the 1609. It also doesn't seem to overload
> as I'm 10 miles from the tower farms for the local CBS, NBC, ABC, and
> Fox stations. Even though I was using TCP/IP method of connection on
> the HDHR I still had minor signal issues. It's only been a few days on
> the 1609, but I have not seen any issues with the signal and picture
> that was recorded.

Thanks for the reply – you were actually the precipitate of my post as 
you had recently posted of your switch from the HDHomeRun to the 
Hauppauge 1609. I have a similar reception location as all of the local 
stations except one are at an antenna farm 15 miles from the house, all 
UHF; the one is at an antenna farm about 3 miles from the house and is 
VHF. (Actual transmitting frequencies, not the virtual/PSIP.)

I remember testing some time back with the Signal Monitor option and 
‘only’ getting in the upper 80’s for the three 1000KW ERP stations and 
50-60% for the lesser-power stations. Amplification made reception 
issues worse. So did an attenuator. (Too much signal is as bad as not 
enough.) It sounds like the 1609 may be my answer!

Thanks for the ‘review’!


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