Arthur Mometer wrote:MANY MORE OTA TV stations, especially Channels 2-6, and even 7-13, and even UHF where you had just a near line of sight, were available off air with a modest outdoor antenna, to a distance 10 miles or so beyond the Grade B outer contour on Channels 2-13. We're not just talking DX, but REGULAR SERVICE reliable 90-100 percent of the time.
That's probably the one thing I miss most about analog broadcasts. I still think it was better that a picture with a less-than-excellent signal had snow and "sparks", and the audio full of static, than to have the picture break up repeatedly and the sound "stutter".
mtburb wrote:If WTVG's eventual owners in the late 80's/early 90's didn't modify their transmitter so that it was able to provide usable signals in all directions, I presume Mickey Mouse did the job when he owned it until 2010 because currently I am able to receive WTVG with a second-story indoor antenna placed in a closet.
I remember being a kid in the mid-to-late 1990s, that I would often go through the channels on living room TV after a thunderstorm, and often would get Channel 11 out of Toledo (WTOL) and the channel 13 out of Grand Rapids (WZZM) among various others that my mom and I couldn't normally get with our rooftop antenna (65 miles north of Detroit). Eventually, I started getting WTVG out of Toledo thinking it was WZZM out of GR (since 'TVG was also an ABC station), but noted that the logo was completely different. Keep in mind that all this time our antenna was pointed towards Detroit all this time. Now I know why I got one Channel 13 via DX at one point only to get a completely different 13 some years later under similar conditions.
MWmetalhead wrote:What I remember most during the analog TV days were annoying diagonal silver or yellow lines dancing across my TV screen when tuned to WWMT, channel 3, in the Grand Rapids area. If I turned the rabbit areas in the direction needed to null out these lines, the signal of the intended station became snowy.
Piggybacking what I said above, I would've tolerated those diagonal lines on a low-band VHF channel than trying to get anything in digital 8VSB on that same band (RF 2-6). Just ask viewers in the Philadelphia area with antennas that have had trouble getting WPVI-TV 6, which leads me to...
SolarMax wrote: Also to blame for reception problems is the 8-VSB modulation scheme, picked over far more robust COFDM (a variant of which will be used when ATSC 3.0 is finally rolled out).
I can only hope that ATSC 3.0 signals will be at least somewhat more reliable than existing 1.0 signals (though I do remember reading somewhere on here (probably since pruned) that DVB-T in Europe and Australia, which uses COFDM, is quite the power hog compared to what we have in America with 8VSB-based ATSC.), but, to be fair, things might be much more complicated now that the UHF band is being cut down to RF 36 due to the BS spectrum auction that promotes how much better data-capped mobile broadband will be over broadcast TV or even high-data-allowance fixed-line (wired) connections.
Isn't it nice how deregulation has brought us such oversized and dangerously overleveraged broadcast owners? (Yes, I'm looking at YOU, Sinclair, Nexstar, Cume-U-Less, and iFart!)