Re: Toe in (the squirrels eat our A/B cables)
- "jimtrestoo" wrote:
> I think you're overstating the capacity of the two cable system inof
> San Jose. This system does not have "twice the capacity of other
> cable systems", it actually has less than other systems. The reason
> there are two cables is to double the capacity, since when this
> system was built in the '60s, the bandwidth capability of the
> amplifiers was much, much less than now. In fact, IIRC, when the
> system was first turned on, each of the two cables had a capacity
> 12 channels, a bandwidth of about 210 MHz [...]Good memory, we saw this cable run to our house.
However, the squirrels eat those A/B cables! :o)
It's the truth, all the way down the street. The critters would
nibble the tops off the wires and laugh at the feeble attempts made
by our trusted repair team trying to keep up with them. It was never
After 30+ years of predictably deteriorating viewing pleasure, we
finally were granted an upgrade to the abandoned ol' PacBell line.
Of coarse, no one checked with the squirrels to see if that cable was
ever activated. So for a few days, we watched squirrels play.
When the ol' PacBell line did connect at both ends, it was badly over-
driven. A month of team efforts finally got us a somewhat better
picture, but with a low level hum bar. I fixed that with a #12
ground wire where the cable connects to the back of the VCR. BTW, we
were told that this "new" cable has a jacket that the squirrels don't
like, well ... much.
All this to say, OTA HD rocks!
--Mark in West San Jose
Ps: Anyone know how to keep squirrels from chewing on our antenna
guide wires. ;o)
--- In HDTV-in-SFbay@yahoogroups.com, "bobby6048" <bobcapl@p...>That is the correct orientation. Don't think of it pointing as an arrow, but rather a scoop or net to catch the air waves.
> I love success stories. Congrats, you have much enjoyment ahead of
> you. I _am_ a little confused, you say that the orientation of the
> antenna is 180 degrees out with the UHF side pointing toward
> The UHF side _should_ face Sutro, that's the front of the antenna,
> believe. At any rate, all is well and you are a happy camper.
It's one of those arrow shaped things
top view --->>>>
side view ->-----
I assumed the "front" bit was on the right (ie, you point it like an
arrow towards the tower) - but in fact it points away from the tower.
Whatever, it works :)
Chris aka the antenna doctor.
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