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

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Sun Mar 24 03:12:30 EDT 2013


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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