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What's the Scoop on Those New Digital TV Converter Boxes? 

High Tech Handyman has tested the Digital Stream model DTX9950 analog to
digital converter box. Below is the results of that testing as well as the 
performance of the old analog TV system for comparison. Long story short,
you can indeed have FREE TV with crystal clear reception!  ---pete---

 

DIGITAL CONVERTER BOX TV RECEPTION - DIGITAL STREAM DXT9950 

Using a large outdoor VHF/UHF antenna with a mast mounted antenna booster of 20 db gain. 
Antenna is located in Fieldsboro, NJ and pointed at NY where the Twin Towers used to be.
Antenna is 25 miles from Philadelphia, PA and 60 miles from New York City, NY (transmitters).

TV CHANNEL COUNT

FREQUENCY COUNT

TV CHANNEL

ANTENNA BAND

TRANSMITTER LOCATION

CALL SIGN

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

x

1

1

3-1

VHF

PA

KYW-DT

Network CBS

x

2

2

6-1

VHF

PA

WPVI-HD

Network ABC

x

3

2

6-2

VHF

PA

WPVI-SD

Network ABC + OTHER

 

4

2

6-3

VHF

PA

WPVI-WX

ABC Weather

x

5

3

10-1

VHF

PA

WCAU-DT

Network NBC

 

6

3

10-2

VHF

PA

NBC-WX

NBC Weather

x

7

4

17-1

UHF

PA

WPHL-DT

Phili 17

 

8

4

17-2

UHF

PA

WPHL-DT2

Phili 17 (blank)

x

9

5

29-1

UHF

PA

WTXF-DT

Network FOX 29

x

10

6

35-1

UHF

PA

WYBE-DT

BBC/EURO

 

11

7

47-1

UHF

NJ

WNJU-DT

CH47 (spanish)

 

12

7

48-1

UHF

NJ

WGTW-D1

CH48 (religous)

 

13

7

48-2

UHF

NJ

WGTW-D2

CH48 (religous)

 

14

7

48-3

UHF

NJ

WGTW-D3

CH48 (religous music)

 

15

7

48-4

UHF

NJ

WGTW-D4

CH48 (spanish)

 

16

7

48-5

UHF

NJ

WGTW-D5

CH48 (religous-kids)

x

17

8

52-1

UHF

NJ

WNJT-DT

NJ 52

x

18

8

52-3

UHF

NJ

NJN-3

NJ 52

x

19

8

52-4

UHF

NJ

NJN-4

NJ 52

x

20

9

57-1

UHF

NJ

WPSG-DT

CW CH57

x

21

10

58-1

UHF

NJ

WNJB-DT

NJN CH58

x

22

10

58-3

UHF

NJ

NJN-3

NJN CH58

x

23

10

58-4

UHF

NJ

NJN-4

NJN CH58

 

24

11

65-1

UHF

NJ

WUVP-DT

CH65 (spanish)

 

25

11

65-2

UHF

NJ

WFPA

CH65 (spanish)

x's above indicate favorite programs I'll watch often.

Summary of the new Digital Reception

I'm getting 25 TV Channels on 11 different frequencies in both the VHF and UHF bands.
15 TV Channels are ones I'll actually watch which require both VHF and UHF Antennas
All channels are coming in with a crystal clear picture and good sound.
The  DIGITAL STREAM DXT9950 converter box was simple to setup. After initially hooking
up the cables and turning the unit on, a setup wizard took me through the setup procedure
and in about 3 minutes it was done scanning and detecting all the channels.
Operation of the converter box is all done via the remote. There are no front panel controls
or displays other than the power LED. Everything is displayed on the TV screen. The most
useful features on the remote are the METER (shows current CH signal strength), 
EPG (shows current CH TV schedule), Vol+/Vol- (adjusts volume level), MUTE 
(toggle sound ON/OFF), and  A/D (toggle between Digital TV and the old Analog TV)
The remote also had a FAV button. In the MENU system it allows you to EDIT the channels
 to select any channels to be on the Favorites list. The FAV button will then cycle through
all your favoite channels. Very nice feature.
Overall, the DIGITAL STREAM DTX9950 is a very good product and works well. 
Old Analog TV Versus New Digital TV
The difference between the old analog system and then new digital system is dramatic.
I'm now getting 8 more channels than before and all are crystal clear instead of most being
snowy with other interference and ghosting.. Of my favorite channels that I watch frequently,
 I now have 14 Channels which is 4 more than I had before. 
For details on the old Analog system, see the section below.
---pete---
 

 
ANALOG SIGNAL TV RECEPTION (Old technology using Antenna only)

Using a large outdoor VHF/UHF antenna with a mast mounted antenna booster of 20 db gain.
Antenna is located in Fieldsboro, NJ and pointed at NY where the Twin Towers used to be.
Antenna is 25 miles from Philadelphia, PA and 60 miles from New York City, NY (transmitters).

CHANNEL COUNT

TV CHANNEL

PICTURE QUALITY

OTHER QUALITY ISSUES

ANTENNA BAND

TRANSMITTER LOCATION

CALL SIGN

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

1

3

x

Interference

VHF

PA

KYW

Network CBS PA

x

2

4

xxxx

Interference

VHF

NY

WNBC

Network NBC NY

x

3

5

xxx

Interference

VHF

NY

WNYW

Network FOX NY

x

4

6

xxx

Interference

VHF

PA

WPVI

Network ABC PA

 

5

7

xx

 

VHF

NY

WABC

Network ABC NY

x

6

9

xxx

 

VHF

NJ

WWOR

Network WOR NJ

 

7

10

xxx

 

VHF

PA

WCAU

Network NBC PA

x

8

12

xxxxx

 

VHF

DE

WHYY

Network PBS

x

9

17

xxxx

Ghosting

UHF

PA

WPHL

Phili17

x

10

25

xxxx

 

UHF

NJ

WZBN

NJ Mercer Co.

 

11

35

xxx

Ghosting

UHF

PA

WYBE

PA CH35

 

12

48

xxx

Ghosting

UHF

NJ

WGTW

NJ CH48

x

13

52

xxxxx

 

UHF

NJ

WNJT

NJ CH52

x

14

57

xxxx

Ghosting

UHF

PA

WPSG

PA CH57

x

15

58

xxxx

 

UHF

NJ

WNJB

NJ CH58

 

16

61

xx

 

UHF

DE

WPPX

DE CH61 (spanish)

 

17

65

xxx

 

UHF

NJ

WUVP

NJ CH65 (spanish)

 x's above indicate favorite programs I'll watch often.

PICTURE QUALITY LEGEND

xxxxx

Clear

xxxx

Slightly snowy

xxx

Snowy

xx

Very snowy - watchable

x

Very Snowy- unwatchable

Summary of Old Analog TV Reception
With the old analog TV and Antenna setup I was getting 17 TV Channels from both the VHF and UHF bands.
Only a couple of TV Channels were coming in clear with no other quality issues. The majority of TV channels
were snowy and had other quality issues such as lines running through the picture or ghosting. 

Happy & Safe Computing!
Any questions? 
---pete---

   
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