[MacDV] January 1, 2009 Doomsday Plan

Kunga Kunga at FutureMedia.org
Tue Jul 19 19:26:54 PDT 2005

My place faces south. The signals are coming from the east and north.  
NO antennas would receive a signal until I tried the acclaimed Terk  
TV5 which does. But the slightest rotation/move of that antennae or a  
car parked against the wall where I rely on a reflection to get the  
signal yields no signal at all. That is what I mean by "fragile". The  
signal is easily lost unlike analog signals which are simply better  
or worse but not GONE like digital signals go.


On Jul 19, 2005, at 11:19 AM, Michael Winter wrote:

> On Jul 19, 2005, at 12:44 PM, Kunga wrote:
>> I already have a off air digital tuner in my EyeTV 500. The point  
>> is that digital transmissions are much more fragile than analog  
>> transmissions and breakdown completely if you have no line of  
>> sight to the transmitter.
> I really don't know how much more fragile they are (would depend on  
> how things are handled), but why would you need a line of sight to  
> the transmitter any more with digital than with analog? I thought  
> part of the reason for going digital is that each station can  
> broadcast in a narrower band, allowing transmission power to be  
> increased without interfering with other signals.
> As I said, I really don't know, so if you have any good references  
> handy, I'd be happy to "get educated".

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