Super Bowl on HDTV
Sun Feb 1 00:37:41 EST 2004
Dan Billings wrote (in part):
>Is a big antenna required to get HD signals?
Big is, of course, a relative term. But the size and gain of the
required antenna would depend mostly on the receiver's proximity to the
transmitter and the terrain between the two. This is more critical with
the UHF (digital or analog) signals than VHF signals. You don't need as
large an antenna to have high gain at UHF. The other component that many
people fail to recognize is cable line loss between to antenna and the
receiver is much more significant at UHF than VHF, and UHF is less
forgiving of poor quality components and connections in the antenna system.
But with HDTV it's all or nothing, so most people will know quickly if
they can find a "hot spot" for the HDTV signal. I suspect for most
people in Cumberland County, it shouldn't be much of a problem with a
moderately capable antenna or even a good old bow tie on the rabbit
ears. Beyond that something more substantial probably will be required.
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