My boat is tucked into a hideaway marina near Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake. With the hills on each side except the east I have a lot of terrain between me and the nearest tv stations in Washington
, DC. Baltimore
is a little clearer shot but twice the distance up the bay. A moderate distance to the ENE across the bay are Salisbury and Ocean City. Not close, but not much terrain elevation between me and their two stations.
Using an old Boatenna and analog TV, I could not pick up any DC stations. The low Baltimore
channels were not resolvable, while the middle channels (11,13, etc) came in, varying from somewhat acceptably to almost ok. Some higher UHF channels came through moderately ok. The PBS station channels out of Annapolis
and Owings Mill came through pretty good (depending on conditions one would be better than the other). Best reception was the CBS staion (16) and ABC (47) over on the eastern shore in Salisbury and OC.
So I was not expecting much when I hauled the antenna up tonight and plugged in the 12v DTV convertor box I just got, connected to my old tv. Given the terrain shadowing and distances I expected only a few DTV channels, and those breaking up often.
Was I ever wrong!
The convertor scanned and located 23 digital channels, and every one came in crystal clear, sharp, and no breakups or mosaic effects at all! I still don't see DC but every Baltimore station came through with strong hi quality signals. All the Maryland
Public TV stations came through. As well as the eastern shore stations. Not one exibited any artifacting at all.
I was drop jawed stunned. I would have been very happy with a third of those stations. But fact is, still tucked into that little cove, I receive more DTV channels than I ever did in analog! And every one is a clean and clear as can be. Given distance alone, I did not expect to see much, if anything, from Baltimore.
And again, this is not with any special antenna, just an old Boatenna hauled up by main halyard
about 30ft above the water