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Old 02-02-2009, 02:55 AM   #11
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Copy that, Whiskeyecho.
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:46 AM   #12
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Hey Mike.
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I wound up going to a place called Nutech Electronics
in St. Catharines, where I also got my LED bulbs for the interior lights. They actually monitor
their email address, which sold me on them.
Saw the Artec at Nutech for $99, but was working in Fonthill at a job site and found Pro Hardware there that had them for $69. Tiny unit works great but only has Composite and Coaxial outputs. Hooking up to a HD TV without an ATSC tuner would be a waste, as it converts HD and SD channels to only SD analog. Still I get more channels than before, even Canadian channels. Can't recall if there are any analog stations left that don't transmit in digital also.

Like analog TV, this new digital OTA transmissions are directional, so you need a turn able antenna. My new trailer's Winegard Antenna is perfect for this, but at home you would still need a rotatory antenna. For the trailer 19" and 22" HDTV are running $250 - $350 and should have ATSC Tuners
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:33 AM   #13
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Pro Hardware in Fonthill?????? I pass thru there about once a month, on my way to the Falls.
Wish I'd known. Is it on Hwy 20 or a side street? Canboro maybe?
Did they have any 1156-1157 replacement LED bulbs too by any chance? I got them
too at Nutech. Not cheap, but I'm guessing they'll outlast the van. Replaced all my
interior lights, the range light, and the porch light. When the weather gets better,
I'm going to do the door/step wells lights.
I couldn't find out much about ATSC tuners 6 months ago when I started looking
into it, and when I found the Artec T3A Pro at Nutech, I just bought it.
I've used it on our last 2 trips south of the border, and it's performed pretty well,
the pic quality is great, although it does tend to pixillate if the digital signal is weak.
It doesn't have an analog passthru so I had to add a couple of extra switches and cables
in case I'm in an area where analog is the only signal around (in spite of the US cutover
to digital, there will still be analog available in some small audience areas as far as I know).
I have a 2002 RT 190 P with a built in antenna. I think it's actually built into the roof,
so I don't have any control over the direction, other than to move the van around.
If you're thinking about getting a digital converter, see the consumer report link from
markopolo back farther in this thread. It covers a lot of models and manufacturers.
I was considering installing an HDTV with ATSC built in, but I don't have a built in inverter, so
dual power source is a must for me, if I'm not hooked up to shore power. It's gotta have
12V DC power input or it won't work for me. I looked into Jensen, but they seem to supply
RV manufacturers, and don't seem to retail their stuff, so that didn't help much.
I'm still looking. Maybe in the States in March I'll find something larger that will replace the
Panasonic that came with the Roadtrek. I would like a larger screen and maybe LCD.

Thanks for the info though. It all helps.
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Default Re: USA delays cutover to digital only OTA transmissions

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wull, for those of us that are already "set-up", both at home and in the Van, it doesn't really matter
It does matter a little. The broadcasts at my home that have already switched over to digital especially high definition are vastly superior to analog. So those lazy whiny unprepared laggards who convinced our government to delay are delaying my enjoyment of superior broadcasts for four more months.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:07 PM   #15
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It's called Beamer's Hardware and TV on Pelham RD. Just turn at the light in Fonthill and it's up about a half a block. 1156 & 1157 LED should be available at Canadian Tire (maybe in the Hot Rod section), also at Automotive Warehouse, again in the Hot Rod section. Of course they're not cheap.

It appears in the St. Catharines, Falls area, we get Buffalo, Toronto and Hamilton all in digital broadcast, plus some channels both as HD and SD. Can't remember if ch 5 Toronto came in, didn't get it at the campground, but I think I got it at home. Last summer I used 4 element UHF ant. on a couple of old but heavy 1" dinning tent poles. I tie wrapped it to the camper so I could turn it for best reception. This year the new trailer has a built-in Winegard Antenna with amp, and this seems to work very well. May be worth adding to the camper as the UHF is big and a pain.

Not sure when Canada is forcing the changeover, but I noticed the US stations were running EPG (guides) but the Canadian stations weren't.

A little fun to play with , but the DVD doesn't have commercials.
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:14 PM   #16
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Thanks, I know where that is, for future reference.
CTC only had colored LEDs when I started looking last summer. I paid about
$12 each for 8 of them, but if they last like they're supposed to, they'll outlive the van.
I've gotten quite a few channels in the area just west of St. Catharines where we live.
Sometimes it changes if I'm on top of or below the escarpment. I wish I could get some
of the specialty channels OTA. That would be a real bonus, but not likely. Oh well.
davydd, I feel for you. The digital signals are pretty spectacular compared to analog.
Not my idea to wait, I just noticed the headline and report the news.
And, I'm digital ready too!!!!!!
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The local station in Fort Myers, NBC-2, announced last night that it will go digital next week, despite what Washington decides.

Apparently stations can decide to switch early, apparently some have switched already!
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I think it got re-delayed, but not certain.
I think a lot of stations have already cut over, and we were able to
get a few near the major cities last year in October and November.
Hope to be watching more US digital TV soon.
Maybe in a week or two, I sincerely hope, as I'm sick of the relentless snow and cold of this
winter season. We still have 2 month old snow on the ground here!!! I'm sure it was freeze,
snow, thaw, freeze, snow, thaw, last year.
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