[kwlug-disc] What's needed for OTA on a TV cart?

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Tue Apr 2 03:15:43 EDT 2013


Demo for the LUG?

From your description, it sounds like you're still pulling in an
analogue signal. Why else would you be seeing garbled closed
captioning?  I thought with digital broadcast it was all or nothing.

And I expect you've already searched for something like this:
https://ixquick.com/do/metasearch.pl?query=digital+reception+rabbit+ears

--Bob.


On 13-04-02 01:20 AM, unsolicited wrote:
> Ended up purchasing the Zinwell, $70, at
> http://www.researchelectronic.com/fta.php?sub=5&a=23
>
> - apparently they have even cheaper ones, and Canada Computer still
> has the Homeworx for $40. If I did it again, I'd go as cheap as
> possible (now knowing what's what). I went with this one as it has a
> better (separate signal strength and quality) meter, and this all
> being new to me / the TV not being stationary, separate meters seemed
> useful.
>
> [We already had 'rabbit ears', much like
> http://www.thesource.ca/estore/Product.aspx?language=en-CA&catalog=Online&category=Indoor+Antennas&product=1501857]
>
> The TV being on wheels / a cart, means no internal/external/fixed
> antenna is possible - it has to fit and sit on the cart.
>
> Only CKCO comes in - it does see that TVO and CITS are out there, but
> can't bring them in.
>
> Apparently with a better / directional internal antenna, Global, TVO
> and City should also be possible, and perhaps even CBC and CFTO
> (Channel 9, CTV2).
>
> Even if we replaced the TV with a widescreen LCD and built in tuner,
> an antenna would still be needed. Even just putting your finger on the
> connector is sufficient, but I have yet to find anyone willing to
> stand still long enough, without bathroom breaks, to be useful.
>
> (If closed captioning is required - forget it, it's all garbled.)
>
> On 13-03-24 03:12 AM, unsolicited wrote:
>> Thanks.
>>
>>> Minimal non-high def tuner boxes are around the 40 dollar range
>>
>> I'm guessing you're talking about an ATSC tuner?
>>
>> Got a link to the sort of beastie you're talking about? Canada
>> computer, factory direct, Orion, K-W Surplus?
>>
>>> A decent VHF rabbit ear can often do it.
>>
>> There's a set of rabbit ears there, but it's never been able to pick
>> up anything, AFAIK. Even CKCO was full of snow. Now that they're
>> digital ... I'm not sure anyone's tried. We just assumed the analogue
>> rabbit ears / TV wasn't going to get anything.
>>
>> Not knowing what 'decent' is, any links?
>>
>>> failing that an antenna costing sub 40 dollars could be stuck in a
>>> window to pick up it and possibly Global as well.
>>
>> No window anywhere near where it's normally used. This would have to
>> be entirely mobile / plug and play - and the plug would be of a
>> single extension cord into a power outlet. (-:
>>
>> Come check us out any Friday night, we serve the best Sloppy Joe's in
>>  town! Free! For you, I'll throw in a cup of coffee!
>>
>> On 13-03-24 02:24 AM, R. Brent Clements wrote:
>>> Minimal non-high def tuner boxes are around the 40 dollar range
>>> (maybe less now).  CKCO doesn't really require much in terms of an
>>> antenna. A decent VHF rabbit ear can often do it.  failing that an
>>> antenna costing sub 40 dollars could be stuck in a window to pick
>>> up it and possibly Global as well.
>>>
>>> On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 1:25 AM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
>>> wrote:
>>>> For the TV gurus out there ...
>>>>
>>>> At kwootcfri, K-W Out Of The Cold (kwootc.ca), Friday, we have a
>>>> (analogue tube) TV on a cart. No cable. We play DVD's for the
>>>> guests each Friday night. Corner of King & William, in Waterloo.
>>>>
>>>> What might we need to be able to watch CKCO / news / whatever?
>>>>
>>>> I'm guessing some sort of internal antenna (being on a wheeled
>>>> cart, nothing could be mounted anywhere), and an ATSC tuner.
>>>>
>>>> Being donation and volunteer based, any recommendations for the
>>>> cheapest / cost reasonable / value for reception ability /
>>>> <stuff> needed?
>>>>
>>>> Although we have wi-fi, I don't believe it would be practical to
>>>> strap a PC to the cart and get content via the internet, but the
>>>> idea is intriguing. Is there <stuff> to be had, out there? (It
>>>> would have to be fire and forget, there's nobody around minding
>>>> the channel / remote / whatever.)
>>>>
>>>> (If you guess I know little about this topic, you'd be right.)
>>>>
>>>> TIA
>>
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