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Posted: 04/02/10 06:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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just wondered if anyone knows if they make a 12 volt digital tv?..I camp out in the woods at times and still would like to catch the news, weather etc without the noise of a gen set.

Good luck, digital reception distances are not as far as analog, and that's with a good-sized antenna.


Here is what I posted about our first experience with digital OTA broadcasts.

    In November, 2008, we spend a week at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina. Analog reception gave us 1 clear channel and 6 snowy ones. (That was without turning the antenna.) Switching to digital, we received 14 clear pictures and one that was breaking up. (Again without turning the antenna.) Turning the standard batwing antenna gave us 3 good analog signals and 15 good digital signals.

    Several of the channels were from Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington is a test market for the FCC; they have gone completly digital, already, and are broadcasting at full power.

    As the crow flies, Wilmington is 85 miles form where we were camped. Of course, this was all costal.


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In my experience, either works great, or not at all. There is no watching fuzzy channels with digital. It is also much better at night. When I was in Riverside, CA, about 50 miles from Mt Wilson, I got zero daytime reception, well, maybe one channel, that would cut in and out. At night I got 7-8 channels with my batwing.


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hotrod4x5 wrote:

In my experience, either works great, or not at all. There is no watching fuzzy channels with digital. It is also much better at night. When I was in Riverside, CA, about 50 miles from Mt Wilson, I got zero daytime reception, well, maybe one channel, that would cut in and out. At night I got 7-8 channels with my batwing.
No surprise out there. There are places in Riverside shadowed from Wilson either by local foothills, or blockage from the San Gabriel ridge in the northern parts. AND some of the station antenna patterns don't tend to have a lot of gain in that direction, more favoring the OC. [emoticon]


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tazmangk wrote:

just wondered if anyone knows if they make a 12 volt digital tv?..I camp out in the woods at times and still would like to catch the news, weather etc without the noise of a gen set.


We have two Jensen 12 volt tv's. They work great but are quite pricey and reception is still a problem.


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Rather then try to find a digital 12 volt unit I suggest you buy an inverter with the correct amount of watts for a small flat pannel digital tv and power it with a battery that is charged during the day using a solar pannel. This works very well and is not very expensive. Especially if you already have the tv. BTW some people are not aware that you can use a computer flat screen (you can buy used ones cheap) and a converter that will allow tv signals or other video to be sent to it. Last one I bought was about $120 and had a remote control.

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Even though these TV's are $400, I bought them for $80 on ebay. They were take outs from someone else's RV. Got a good deal and a great TV. Problem with these is they don't work on them. Throw away TV's. If something goes wrong they don't fix them when out of warranty. So I'll have to look for another then.

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This article has good info & http://allabouthomeelectronics.com/over-the-air-ota.htmlHow to Videos for RVers on How to hook-up the roof antenna, digital to analog, find the broadcasters before you go on the road...... how to point the antenna for maximum picture quality and program etc http://allabouthomeelectronics.com/over-the-air-ota.html

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It is new information that digital and high definition is not equivalent terms. All high definition signals are digital but not all digital signals are high definition. You can see a digitizing technology in HD broadcasting.


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yes .. many sub-channels are broadcast is SD format and at LOW data bit transmission rates
causing blocking artifacts and pixelation


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ok, another question. can I record satellite tv from the satellite receiver after it goes thru the box of many buttons into my analog tuner recorder


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