Pluggers by Gary Brookins


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, almost 4 years ago

    Ours is on the roof.

  2. firedome

    firedome said, almost 4 years ago

    however, now, with digital tv, the signal carries a far shorter distance and is far more line-of-sight. true, the picture you DO get is absolutely crystal clear, but if the antenna was to deviate, even slightly, from the direction from where the signal was coming, the picture would pixilate, stop or go blank altogether.
    i’d rather have ghosts and snow.

  3. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, almost 4 years ago


    Agreed, I don’t watch much, so I don’t have cable, but when they “Changed” I lost 5 stations. Even WITH that stupid $30.00 box I had to get.

    When I “broke down” and got a new set a few months ago I STILL didn’t get them back!

  4. Jonni

    Jonni said, almost 4 years ago

    Definitely an interactive, immersive, and participatory experience.

  5. Chris Maple

    Chris Maple said, almost 4 years ago

    @Leo Autodidact

    You’re not getting a strong enough signal; a superior TV set can only make up part of the higher signal requirements of digital TV. To stand a chance of recovering your lost stations you need to improve the part between the airwaves and the TV: much better antenna properly aimed (and raised above obstructing landscape, if possible), high quality leadin wire from antenna to TV, and possibly an amplifier at the antenna.

  6. LuvThemPluggers

    LuvThemPluggers said, almost 4 years ago

    ..and who can forget yelling out the window at a person adjusting the antenna on the roof, “Better……… Worse!…… WORSE!”

  7. KasparV

    KasparV said, almost 4 years ago


    We had an electric rotor on our TV antenna with the controller on top of the TV. You could adjust it while watching the picture yourself.

  8. LuvThemPluggers

    LuvThemPluggers said, almost 4 years ago


    Yeah, the electric rotors came later, for those that could afford them. No more risking life and limb on the roof! My dad thought TV was a passing fad, loved his AM radio all his life.

  9. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, almost 4 years ago

    Yeah, what Chris Maple said;
    An outside UHF antenna, (not deep fringe) and a booster usually does the trick.. When they ‘went over,’ with a good box from BestBuy, instead of the usual static and ghostly 5 channels ‘off-air,’ I suddenly wound up with 23 digital channels. Admittedly, 4 were bible-thumpers, 4 shopping channels, and another 4 were PBS 1930’s b/w (hah!) ‘classics’.clunky, jumpy, gargly sound, patched-together video, But no more static and ‘ghosts’..

  10. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, almost 4 years ago

    Free tv is great. You don’t feel compelled to watch it because you’ve paid too much for cable. And the channels are less, just the basic stuff.

  11. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, almost 4 years ago


    Ohhhh, yes! Built my first TV in 1954, so I’m pretty much up on the technology, but boy you oughta see the fun I have with geezers my age that haven’t the foggiest !

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