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Remember the "remote controls" for those early VCRs?

They didn't even require "line of sight" like today's infrared remotes! Ahead of its time! ;)


 
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I miss my Pronto. Was the coolest thing ever. Could select all 300 CD's by name, way before we knew what an iPod was.

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first off @garsh I am jealous of the attic you can enter and walk about in, my attic is all trusses and annoyance.

your antenna - it is a new design to me, no Hovermann-Gray or whatever my cookie sheet thing is called. got a link to a design?
 

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first off @garsh I am jealous of the attic you can enter and walk about in, my attic is all trusses and annoyance.
One of the first things I did when I moved into this house was to add a floor to the attic. :)
The floor just goes down the middle where there's enough headroom to store things.
 
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your antenna - it is a new design to me, no Hovermann-Gray or whatever my cookie sheet thing is called. got a link to a design?
I went through a phase where I was making all kinds of DIY antennas to try out this new "broadcast HDTV" thing. :)
I can't find plans for this one anymore, but it might have just been me trying to extend the double-loop UHF antenna to have four loops.

 

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That is nice. I'm using one too with a HDHomerun plugged into my network for TV. Works very nicely with the Channels app on AppleTV and other devices. I have a 2011 Mac Mini to use as a server for recording shows and tuning.

I set up my parents with the same setup using their PC for recorded shows.
 

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Antennas for TVs make me think back to a children’s book from 1965, popular through multi generations in our family, of Kermit the Hermit: “That poor people lived there was easy to see, for it was the one house without a TV.”
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I remember when neighborhoods looked like that. As for us, we have been OTA and cable free for 24 years now, relying on an antenna that looks very much like in this drawing, only hidden away inside the attic. I figure the savings over the years pretty much paid for our model 3. Not really, but the savings were substantial.
 
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and to make it fully monti python... Here in the UK we only had 3 channels up until the 80s then it went to 4. Then towards the end of the 90s it jumped to 5! what is this madness....5 channels. Nobody watched channel 5 because it was thought to be excessive. But back then I could turn the telly on, flip down the 4 buttons on the front and shout 'there's nothing on the box', then get on with something interesting. Nowadays it'll take you all evening to do just that.
When satellite TV appeared in the UK, (sky), that was designed for people who had no life and sat indoors all day, which seems to be the norm now.
Still not a fan of staring at the box, I have a workshop and a ton of projects lined up. People always say, where do you find the time to play in 2 bands, renovate a classic car, do up motorbikes, make tons of strange projects. Then they start telling me about a box set they watched over the weekend.
 

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You're forgetting about the rotary knob to turn the directional antenna on a tower above the house.... KWCH was one direction, KAKE was slightly a different (but noticeable) direction, and so on...
older than 46 but waaay younger than 106....

OMG My grandfather had one of those things. I thought it was the COOLEST thing ever.
 

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Oh, and I have like 220 channels on cable and yet still can't find anything to watch and have at least 3 subscription services to streaming.

SMDH we are ridiculous. My kids are so spoiled. They get mad when there's a problem with Netflix or they can't rewind a show on the DVR. Sheesh. Try having to fiddle with the rabbit ears because the reception is bad because of the weather when you're trying to watch GI Joe.
 
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OK, so here's some further trip down memory lane.

We had cable for as long as I could remember (on one TV only, the others had the rabbit ears). First box I remember was one like this:



It was wired, and had a range selector on the right.

My cousins had the more modern version, like this:



I then remember these, wood grain and everything. We had these for the longest time.



These were good because you could buy the bootleg versions out of the back of magazines and get free HBO.
 
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These were good because you could buy the bootleg versions out of the back of magazines and get free HBO.
And that brings up another memory.

The cable company somehow messed up and gave my grandmother HBO even though she didn't pay for it. Then one day a cable technician came by her house, messed around outside a little bit, and HBO stopped working.

She told my dad. He took a look at where the cable entered the house, removed whatever filter they had installed, and she had HBO again. :D

EDIT: this was in the early cable days - there was no "scrambling" of the pay stations back then - only filtering.
 
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I do miss stealing cable, although it was tough seeing the naked girls between the scramble lines. I don’t have that many channels but at least mine runs off the space lasers.

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I remember we had one of those late 60's or very early 70's TV built in with a record player on one side and a radio tuner on the other side. I still remember the sound and feel of that old knob scrolling up and down to find a radio station. I think the TV had only a few channels that worked with those silly rabbit ears. But that huge heavy media cabinet had the largest tv tube I've ever seen. That was some solid wood work and technology for that time and it lasted for a few decades.

Imagine now telling people that what ever tech they bought needed to last at least 10 years. Things cost a lot back then because it was made locally so people kept it longer. Today is a different story with throw away electronics.
I loved that entertainment center. my folks had the same, a little pocket in it for LPs, you could stack them, or 45s with the insert. Friggin magic! God I'm old... Sigh...
 
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