Saturday, February 13, 2010

I Can See (the Olympics)!!

I haven't been able to get NBC on my TV since the changeover to digital. I missed being able to watch Jeopardy, but since I work evenings and wouldn't be able to see it most of the time anyway, I wasn't too distressed by this. But I wanted to see some of the Olympics, so I emailed the Chief Engineer of our NBC affiliate and asked for his advice.

He sent back a lengthy email, of which I understood almost nothing. It was all highly technical, and included a long list of what he called "extra information." He wanted to know precisely where I lived, in case a cable line or radio station might be interfering with my reception.

Before responding, I forwarded the email to my son. Within minutes, I received an email back. Joey said, "They moved their operating frequency from Channel 28 to 11, or down about 350MHz, which tripled the wavelength of the signal being transmitted."

The part I understood was ".....from Channel 28 to 11." I picked up the remote, pressed the number 1 button twice, and was delighted to see NBC come in perfectly clear. As they probably say at the U.N., there's nothing like a good translation.

7 comments:

Amanda said...

Did you watch the opening ceremonies? Breathtaking!

crystal said...

I miss tv! Maybe I can find the Olympics online somewhere. I used to watch Jeopardy with my mom - I so liked Alex.

Susan said...

No, I missed the opening ceremonies. I think I was working. I work evenings, so I'll miss most of it. But last night I got to watch some speed skating and one luge run (one was enough, actually).

Crystal, I'm told Alex is still lookin' good.

Eulalia (Lali) said...

Now why couldn't the NBC guy give you the simple answer?

Indigo Bunting said...

Woo hoo!

And yes, why can't people just try the most basic thing first?

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