Thursday, April 10, 2008

If wishes were horses ...

Yes, of course. There is a bug which affects our digital television changeover in 2009. There would have to be one, wouldn't there? I was feeling rather complacent about ignoring the changeover to a digital-only platform. As digital cable customers, we don't have any analog sets running and so the changeover shouldn't affect us.

But no. We actually do have an analog set that has a built in antenna. It is D-cell battery powered and we use it during power failures after hurricanes. It's a cheap little black and white gem that sits in its box from one summer to the next unless it is needed.

I did some googling to see if there is a solution to our problem and did not discover one. "Get a radio" seems to be a common answer to getting storm information. Duuh, we have several battery powered radios. Watching a radio is cold comfort.

I want to watch the weather person endure it with us when the storm gets nasty. I want to see the maps so I can tell if our neighborhood will be on the strong or weak side of the storm. I want to see where the eyewall will strike.

I want my Mommie ...

5 comments:

ol Doc said...

Would a converter box help view the battery operated antennaed TV? If so, go to http://www.ntia.doc.gov.dtvcoupon/ and they'll send you a coupon or 2 for about the cost of the converter box itself.

RANGER said...

The only problem is that the converter box requires electricity to do its thing. And the only time we use the little TV is when there isn't any power. Catch 22 ...

Zeta said...

Hum, S. has an hour back-up battery on his flat screen TV. We could all go to his place and watch TV for an hour and then go home. We could also bring ice for the exchange of TV viewing.

Big Ed said...

This is terrible, I wonder if we need another generator just to watch TV. We had one, used it once, and then let it rot. I guess 800dollars is too much for one time use nowadays. I'm sure J and I would not keep up with turning it on every month just for hurricanes.

ol Doc said...

Es possible that there may be a battery digital TV available around the time of the switchover? Or, freecycle a used generator and plug in the current TV and a converter box. Lot'a noise but at least you'd have weather viewing again.