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jimh posted 02-09-2009 09:17 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Following the marketing coup d'etat that occurred when a company seized the name "digital" for their VHF Marine Band radio antennas, my speculation is the next buzz word to be exploited will be "high-definition." We should see some high-definition VHF marine antennas coming to market, soon. This should be interesting if the abbreviation "HD" is used.

I also suspect some thought has been give to using the hot new term "broad band" with VHF marine antennas. Ironically, "broad band" will probably not be used, as it would make too much sense, and it would also be hindered greatly by the fact that these antennas are generally not very broad band.

Will any manufacturer be able to combine all three buzz words into one antenna? A "broad-band digital high-definition" VHF Marine Band radio antenna would be a hot seller. As for me, give me a good half-wavelength dipole.

jimh posted 02-09-2009 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The only logical extension to the "high-definition digital broadband" antenna will be the heavy-duty version.
Chuck Tribolet posted 02-09-2009 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     

I put a TV antenna in Adm. Linda's attic last week. She'd
been using rabbit ears with lousy results on analog, and
zero results on digital (she has a recent Sony flat-screen).
I put a Winegard VHF high band + UHF in the attic. The box
said digital and high definition all over it. What had they
done? Their previous VHF low and high band + UHF antenna had
a removable VHF low band section (to make it small enough to
ship UPS I suspect). They just stopped shipping the low
band section. So, since the low band section is now longer
there, the antenna doesn't mount at its CG or at its
rotational center. I'll fix that when the back-ordered
rotor shows up.

Don'tcha just love marketing hype?

But it does work just fine, in spite of having to look through
8 other attics to see her favorite station.

BTW, saw in the paper today that her favorite station is
going all-digital this month. They don't want to pay the
$15K/month electrical bill till July (I suspect it has to do
with the fact that the viewers they'd add are pretty low
hdemographic viewers.


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