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Honestly, I cannot believe how many gizmos and gadgets have died in my house after just a few years of use. No, they aren't left ON most of the time (OK, I shouldn't lie---they are on---I am so ashamed to sometimes be so not "green"). Recently, the kiss of death... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Inglett's blog
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No, not the "Daily Double" or the Game Show Network (GSN). Today, WLAX in the La Crosse area did indeed drop WEAU from their 25.2 sub-channel---exactly when I don't know, but I was watching NBC's Today morning show around 8:00am (presumably still Eau Claire). Tuning in this evening, I was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Inglett's blog
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Enjoying football this weekend---great fun with wildcard teams facing off---even I couldn't help but notice the following message ticker occasionally crawling across the screen: We're back on 13.1 - rescan and find us today. WEAU 13 News will discontinue broadcasting on 18.3 and 25.2 on Thursday. Antenna viewers will need... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Inglett's blog
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Ever had the urge to climb onto your roof in January? Neither have I, until now. For Wisconsin, 30 degree temperatures and sunny days are unusual at this time of year and, aside from a few handfuls of snow here and there, the lawn and house roof are clear. Trouble... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Inglett's blog
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Mother nature is done with the severe weather, right? I certainly hope so because I've decided I'm not crawling on the roof again, as temperatures steadily drop with the falling leaves. The winds several weeks ago hit my wallet pretty hard---granted, only a fraction of the yearly cost of cable... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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I know what you're thinking. "Darn fool, you should have used guy wires." Well, maybe so, but I think lowering the top telescoping section a bit down below the supporting U-bolt at the roof peek---one mast inside another providing added rigidity---might have helped. Might. Fact is, there was a lot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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A decent antenna array makes all the difference, now fully installed. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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Those who have followed my rooftop adventures, uninspiring as they may be, are perhaps wondering what has happened to all the TV antennas and related gear that I have erected then displaced with the next great thing, all in search of a solid signal. Fear not, environmentally conscious defenders of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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I've been asking myself that question for years, at least as far as my TV reception goes. Every time I start to grumble about signal dropouts with my free over-the-air television viewing, my first inclination is to get the antennas higher. Which is how I wound up buying a 30... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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"And another one gone...another one bites the dust!" I like the rock group Queen as much as the next guy...my musical roots are firmly planted in the 1980's after all...but this is getting ridiculous. The DTV converter boxes in our house, like this RCA DTA800, are dropping like dead flies... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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"Did you do something different with your hair?" Men know it's better to notice--even late---than not at all. I had a similar moment early yesterday while waking up with my coffee and morning news on WKBT (channel 8) in La Crosse. OK, it was the radar map during the weather... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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Just when not much more needed to be said about changes to local "over the air" digital television, along comes a mid-March winter ice and snow storm strong enough to blow over the incredibly tall broadcast tower for WEAU channel 13 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. You'll find lots of stories... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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Is anything built to last anymore? I admit, I'm getting older and my wife will tell you getting a little more cranky every day, but I don't think it's just old fogies complaining about the quality of consumer electronics. Yes, I'm cheap, too. Now, don't misunderstand---I like spending money, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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Last summer, I mounted the Italian-made Fracarro BLV6F VHF(7-13) on my garage roof antenna mast, with the goal of improving reception on one channel: WKBT channel 8 in La Crosse. "How's dat been workin' for ya?" Well, to answer the Norwegian bachelor farmers in the area, "purdy good". Not perfect... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Inglett's blog
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OK, so not too long ago I decided more altitude was needed to improve our DTV reception. I purchased a rather flimsy looking mast from an area farm supply store and put the Winegard PR-8800 at the top of its 10 foot height. Needless to say, the first major thunderstorm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2010 at Inglett's blog
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1st Snow and 1st Digital FOX Ronnie - First Day of Snow Autumn's bright yellow and orange have been steadily sliding into deep red and brown on the trees lining our valley. Strong blustery winds pulled many of the leaves off today, as the first wet snows of the season... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2010 at Inglett's blog
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