The Antenna?I don't have cable. I don't have a satellite receiver. Until now, I used rabbit ears to pick up WABC (ch.7) or WNET (ch.13) from the World Trade Center.
THE SET deserves better. So with Frank the super's assistance and cooperation, last Saturday (10 July 99) I installed a rooftop antenna and pointed it straight toward New York City about 35 miles away, mostly over the atlantic coastline and ocean.
Thanks to my local Radio Shack who had a new but discontinued bottom-of-the-line VHF/UHF model for ten bucks, plus some old but servicable foam coax from master-antenna distribution days, and one new F connector, my over-the-air reception is great.
There are seven VHF channels broadcast from Manhattan: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. My regular set, yes, an RCA, or more correctly a PROSCAN, lost the snow and ghosts from the two stations I could regularly watch using rabbit ear signals. It now has a rock-solid snow-free picture. When THE SET is ready for a clean signal, it's there.
And I must say, it's also a pleasure watching a clear picture now with ProLogic sound. But that's another hobby... [Notice I didn't say "Dolby" ProLogic? You always see a registered trademark around the term. That's because, of course, somebody (Ray, no doubt) pays lawyers to write letters to people. Ray senior (isn't his kid's first name the same?) is an aloof kind of guy. I remember once in the mid '70s we wanted to publish a short piece about him in the hi-fi magazine I audio-edited. There's little about his personal life to be had. So we wrote and published something anyway. Got a letter from his mother saying how much she enjoyed the article!]