USB TV Tuner
My USB tuner, as seen in the previous post, arrived. Works okay, one surprise (because I didn’t read the product description carefully): it is an ATSC tuner ONLY, which means it won’t pick up NTSC. This will be irrelevant after 2009 anyway. I was impressed with how good the images were with a little tiny antenna. It’s UHF frequencies, which means the antennas are going to be small for the equivalent wavelength, but which also means the signal is very directional. The TV stations (at least 2 of them) are putting a strong signal into Prattville. The adapter uses a standard 75 ohm antenna connector, so I could put a better antenna outside or in my attic and get better results. Should serve the purpose of allowing us to see some TV (especially the weather and news) if cable and/or power go out (at least for an hour or so on the laptop).
Here’s a screenshot I captured with it – of Dan Atkins with WSFA (from their 12.2 weather sub-channel) – click on the picture for a larger image.