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Old 02-21-2007, 07:23 PM   #15
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I have a freq chart at work that shows both the old (anolog) and new (HD) bands at work (they are right next to each other). I'll try to see if I can post some it here tomeorrow (if I have time). There really should be no need to puchase a new antenna to watch HDTV. It's mostly sales hype from marketing companies. Receivers are a completely different story.

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Old 02-21-2007, 07:43 PM   #16
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David,
The winguard batwing antenna (currnetly installed on AS) works just fine for both Analog and digital. They are in the same frequency spectrum.

If you by a new HDTV make sure it has among other things a ATSC and NTSC tuners.
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Old 02-21-2007, 09:44 PM   #17
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Thanks, John. I have been religiously opposed to amping up a basic dipole since I've gotten the Airstream, so I regard the batwing with some disdain. The old style, sort of complicated, Skyliner on my Argosy is such a better antenna. I just ordered the HDRV antenna to cram down on the batwing pole.

I have one of the cheap "Enhanced resolution" Sanyos mounted on the wall next to the fridge. With this antenna and a (hopefully) cheap converter, I hope to pick up some of the Atlanta stations that have been a STRUGGLE for the batwing.

Oddly enough, at home I don't have cable or a satellite, but I do have DSL. Most of what I watch is online, from iTunes, from Blockbuster (online ordering AND in store), and from my small DVD collection. Recently I've started watching scififreetv.com online, too. I only takes about 30 kbs of the DSL connection, and it's fine in a small window of my PC.

I also have a Media Center PC that I'm using as a work computer, and it's not hooked up to cable OR an antenna now. I'm using it to play my XM Roady II through.

I'll let y'all know if installing the HDRV antenna on the Winegard's mast is any great trouble. (Just have to add it into the list of OTHER repairs and upgrades I need to do to get it ready to hit the road this spring.)

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Old 02-21-2007, 10:31 PM   #18
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Ok - I use a laptop computer with a tv tuner card to get tv in the rv. I just looked and the card is for ntsc. Sometime I will have to get a tuner card for atsc and I'll be all set. I thought I got a very good deal on the tuner card when I bought it. Gotta be careful when buying tv stuff for the next couple years.
Hey David,
Never heard of a tv tuner card for my laptop. Does it just pick up what you would get with an antanne in a local area or do you have to subscribe to a service? Was it spendy?
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Old 02-22-2007, 02:35 AM   #19
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Hey David,
Never heard of a tv tuner card for my laptop. Does it just pick up what you would get with an antanne in a local area or do you have to subscribe to a service? Was it spendy?
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Hi Tammy - Do a google search on TV tuner card and you will see what it is. They are just small external tv tuners that plug into a USB slot. Most come with a remote control. The one that just get analog signals are pretty cheap now($40 - $50 ) and the ones that get both NTSC and ATSC are more pricey ($100 - $200 ). I'm certainly no expert in this area and you should see more posts with better information. You can get them at places like Circuit City. Welcome to the forum.
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Hi Tammy - Do a google search on TV tuner card and you will see what it is. They are just small external tv tuners that plug into a USB slot. Most come with a remote control. The one that just get analog signals are pretty cheap now($40 - $50 ) and the ones that get both NTSC and ATSC are more pricey ($100 - $200 ). I'm certainly no expert in this area and you should see more posts with better information. You can get them at places like Circuit City. Welcome to the forum.
Thanks for the information David. Looks like a good option since the laptop already goes everywhere I do.
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