Experiments with DTV

I got my box from a friend to blog about my experience with DTV.    I had trouble the first day with trying to get good reception, because my apartment didn’t have an antennae connection.  I used a homemade antennae that was provided to me.  It took me a while to find a place for the anntennae that would get the best reception.  If the anntannae wasn’t just right, the t.v. would occassionally freeze, and you could see the picture pixels. 

I changed the channels and noticed that each channel would have different subchannels.  For instance, there would be 4 different channel 9s.   Some channels were clearer than others.  The spanish channels were very clear, as were the regular channels below channel 9.   KQED, the PBS station, didn’t have DTV until after 5 p.m. when I tried it at 4:30 p.m.  Yesterday I watched Judge Judy for the first time in many years and she turned out to be pretty good and fair at judging a case.  Last night I watched two programs clearly:  a program on global warming and its effects on Africa and Asia; and a program about a wealthy family who found out, to their chagrin, that their family wealth was based on an ancestor who profited from the slave trade. 

A few more observations.  In most of the channels, I notice that many of the t.v. programs didn’t fill the whole t.v. screen.  The shows would either be more of a square with black borders around it, or it would be like a featured movie and be more elongated, with black borders at the top and the bottom of the picture.  The quality, as far as I could see, seems to be clear.  I have an older t.v., so I can’t say how others quality would be if they used DTV.  My big gripe with this DTV experiment would be that some channels didn’t come out clearly, but I’m wondering if the primitive anntennae that I used was part of the problem.  Other channels were fine however. 

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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