Original post made by TV101 on Jan 23, 2007
on Jan 23, 2007 at 1:55 pm
oftenSorry, but unless you have cable service or a satlite dish, you will often poor reception when watching most channels, including PBS.
on Jan 23, 2007 at 2:45 pm
It's simply not true that your only choice is cable or bad service.
Generally speaking, poor reception is a function of having the wrong kind of antenna, a badly installed antenna, or incorrect cabling.
First, start with www.antennaweb.org to find the correct type of antenna for the stations that you wish to receive. Most likely for Palo Alto you are going to need a medium sized directional VHF antenna, but if you have buildings or trees around you, you will want to have an antenna pre-amp. If you are splitting the signal to multiple TV's, you should make sure that you are appropriately using an amp prior to the splitter.
Then go shopping at www.solidsignal.com for high quality cable, proper grounding, and a high quality antenna. Mount correctly and enjoy clear service.
The other choice would be to get an FTA (free to air) satellite receiver. Multiple PBS channels are available for free with an mpeg2 fta sat receiver. You can set up a rig for a couple of hundred dollars and get excellent PBS reception plus a bevy of free international content and (legally) never have to pay a dime. Google "free to air" for details.
on Jan 23, 2007 at 5:38 pm
I get pretty goo reception, but it did require me to point my antenna towards South San Francisco, where I was told the majority of transmission towers are.