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Cutting the Cable (or Dish) with Antenna TV

By Tom McMorris (mcmorrisphoto.com)

         

In today’s world it seems that the cost of everything keeps climbing and climbing including the price of cable or satellite TV. 

My wife and I realized that most of the time we were watching Network TV (NBC, ABC, CBS) programming. So why should we pay for something that we can get for FREE!  Over the past year we experimented with alternatives to cable or satellite TV and here is our journey.

Antenna TV first got our interest when we constructed a home-made TV antenna.   I was amazed that we could actually receive some watchable channels.

The problem with this simple antenna is that it only received about three channels, not much of a replacement for our satellite TV.

We then investigated what off-air antennas were recommended for our area.  One thing you need to pay attention to is what channels you want your antenna will receive.  Many antennas only receive channels 7 and up so be careful if you want channels below 7 in your area.

I checked various websites and they showed we would only be able to receive three channels!!   Other sites indicated we would not be able to receive any signals in our area.  So don’t automatically believe the information on the web sites.

In spite of the possibility of only receiving 3 channels (or none at all), we decided to purchase an antenna along with a mast pole and mounted it on top of a pole near our house. 

The reception with our new antenna was ok, but sporadic.  With a digital TV signal it is all or nothing.  You either get a signal or it is unwatchable unlike the old analog broadcast system. 

At this point we were receiving channel 6 signals and it seems channels 10 and 13 signals would alternate at as to reception.  Note that most of the off-air channels have multiple channels.  Channel 6 has 6.1 and 6.2- channel 10 has 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3.  Channel 13 has 13.1, 13,2 and 13.3 etc.

We next added a bidirectional amplifier to our system where our coax TV cable comes into the house.

This type of amplifier is relatively inexpensive and easy to put on your system.  The amplifier helped to stabilize our signals and definitely helped make our channels more viewable, but it was still not great and not to the level where we would consider cutting our satellite TV. 

After conducting more research I found out that, with digital TV, almost every off-air TV antenna setup needs a pre-amp to receive signals properly. 

The pre-amp on our antenna system made all the difference.  We now receive 22 to 24 channels off-air at no cost and the signal is in High Definition (for the programs that are broadcasting in HD). 

Reception on some channels can still be broken up from time to time depending on the weather and sun spots.

Our neighbor, that still has both a satellite dish and an antenna, was watching a program on satellite when a storm came through.  He lost the signal from the satellite so he switched to the “Free” antenna signal to watch it.   

After a year of experimenting we finally “Cut the Cable” or in our case satellite TV and now use FREE- Antenna TV in HD.  We were spending $80 a month on satellite TV and we now spend zero saving us hundreds of dollars a year.

You Too can begin Saving Hundreds of Dollars a year!!

Click Here For Your Complete Guide to "Cutting the Cable" and Start Saving TODAY!  

 

Jan. 26, 2011

Nature’s Treat

Sugar-On Snow/Snow Cream

Article and pictures by Jean McMorris

Not sure what to do with all this snow?

Grab a bucket and a spoon and fix yourself a sweet treat!

As children in New York and Vermont we took a scoop of fresh clean snow and poured warm maple syrup over the top to create “Sugar on Snow”.

Some Vermonters told us they served it with pickles.

 

In Georgia a friend told us her Granny made them “Snow Cream.”  It consisted of fresh clean snow, milk, sugar & vanilla.

We have conducted a taste test (without pickles) and it was a toss up.

Half liked “Sugar on Snow” and half preferred “Snow Cream.”

The natural resources are plentiful so next snow day treat your kids and yourself to what nature has to offer.

 

 

 

 

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