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Max The Magnificent
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re: VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
Max The Magnificent   3/1/2013 3:12:04 PM
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I agree -- I hate when the digital signal freezes

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ost0   3/1/2013 8:59:36 AM
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Remember the Commodore VIC20? It had external RF modulator, but most RF modulators do UHF band only. I remember having this old B/W (1959 model) TV with VHF input only. With the help from some grown-ups, I managed to get my hands on this modulator for VHF range, so I could get my Commodore VIC20 and 64 to run on it, but Im afraid they're all buried now (except for the TV wich is stacked up on some attic). That was desperate times for a young geek.

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re: VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
David Ashton   2/28/2013 8:58:54 PM
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And any VHS player produced since Noah was in the ark does auto-rewind at the end of the tape anyway (and it's a good opportunity to make a cup of tea / fetch another beer :-)

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re: VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
Greg1975   2/28/2013 7:45:46 PM
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"I don’t want to spend my days waiting for VHS tapes to rewind (I've spent enough of my life doing that" I'll take rewinding VHS after my movies over the modern-day unskipable logos/warnings/ads jammed in the beginning of DVDs & BluRays. The optical disc authors have become either obnoxious or lazy (unsure which).

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re: VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
Steve5678   2/28/2013 7:38:45 PM
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FWIW, I use a DTV to VHF converter box at my house in the mountains with my 15 year old Panasonic 32" tube set. Works fine for the 3 or 4 channels I can get, though, since I am in a fringe area, the reception gets "blocky" at times. This is a lot more annoying than the analog snow I used to have before the conversion to digital.

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   2/28/2013 5:45:16 PM
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Ah, but I'm based in Huntsville, Alabama, which is a high-technology nexus in a flat area -- as far as I know we are squeaky-clean digital these days...

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   2/28/2013 5:44:10 PM
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Thanks for the info -- it's good to know what it is...

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mike_m   2/27/2013 11:48:52 PM
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Another thing, that's a early 1970's vintage Panasonic TV which was actually nicknamed the FLYING SAUCER. It was not fun to work on repairs with that TV set either due to the way it comes apart.

mike_m
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re: VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
mike_m   2/27/2013 11:33:34 PM
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That TV may still be useable depending on where you live. If you live in an area where standard digital Television does not cover due to terrain or distance then translator stations, which are typically run by private individuals or community groups, are allowed to provide television service by the use of translator stations which are not yet required to use digital modulation. For instance mountainous regions of the Western US still have some VHF translators broadcasting over the air using NTSC video.

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David Ashton   2/27/2013 10:40:13 PM
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I didn't realise that anything-to-VHF converters were still so readily available. I'd probably get more fun out of taking one out of a dead VCR, but then I'm a masochist... :-)

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