Wish it was easier to get to my LG brick but it's really buried. I run it 2 or 3 points off of its normal mode and it's perfectly usable depending on room lighting. I don't like the IR mostly because it's not predictable.
Very nice Niner, we can put that TV on the low power "list".
Hard to tell for sure, but it's a far cry from the 40 watts from the last unit. I am sure that the heat from the brick and the heat from the inverter, if I cut out the conversion from 12V to 120V then back to 14 or 12, what ever the out put of the brick... pretty sure I can do better with less load on the battery if I do a 12V direct battery to the TV and bypass the brick/converter.Does your fancy supply have enough range to bench test that?
Displays are a whole different problem. I recall that there weren't even 1080 monitors for sale at the time, and marquis displays were a million $$ for a 20x30' monitor.. We priced one.. :(
They built the entire network out as 720, not just the sports trucks. Running an up-converter isn't a big deal, but nothing of the day could deal with the data, even if the Skycam could have been carried. Nobody in their right mind would base that kind if an investment on one Skycam. For what they do, it just made sense at the time.
You're right about 1080p, but there is not sufficient OTA bandwidth to transmit that format. Its now obsolete anyway as everyone is now pushing 4K, and as soon as they saturate the market, 8K is coming right behind it, but with current technology you owned see either over the air.. It may come, but current gen encoders simply cannot compress that far... This week
It's a good thing CBS had the 2004 Super Bowl. Us TV guys would have had a much harder time making full zoomed in Janet Jackson posters out of a 720 frame.. :)
For a little Samsung 24" class TV, it's a very, very nice picture. Whether it's money well spent to save amp hours is kind of a moot point... it makes the travel trailer feel more like home with the quality... I am actually kind of looking forward to going out to the ManCave trailer for some beer, chips and dip and football this weekend. Kind of wish I was there tonight to see Peyton Manning and Denver play San Diego on the little unit... :-(is that the man cave down the street from mine?
Not the OTA channels here. They may not be 1080p all the time but the major networks are especially for sports.
Major league teams in all the big cities get the 1080p camera's and 60 frames per second, me thinks. SCVjeff is the guru on that stuff, he would know for certain, he's the guy that puts the airwaves in the air.Depends on the network...
ABC (and all of their sports holdings) & Fox went 720 vs. 1080 because they were very early adopters, and at the time the gear of the day couldn't build a picture fast enough to chase a NASCAR driver or flying football across the field without the picture completely breaking down. It's not the problem it once used to be as processors have gotten faster and faster, and the new encoders are simply magic. But off-air you can often see the difference the reduction in data has by looking at maybe a CBS station (1080) up against Fox or any of the ABC stations (both 720). If you can see them on the same band, in the same location (Apples to Apples), AND get out to where both are equally weak, the 720 transmitter will always outperform the higher data (CBS) simply because the TV is having to deal with 1/2 the data payload to create a picture. It's very easy to demo this in Los Angeles where everyone is grouped together on the same mountain. Back to motion.. On a smaller monitor it's very difficult to see the difference of the two formats with moving video, and impossible on most non-fast motion programs. Watching any reasonably strong station not sitting at threshold is getting more and more difficult to pick between what's 720 or 1080.
Back to the previously scheduled thread...
NB- It's entirely possible that plugging the Samsung into a 12V source vs. the 14v brick on AC could yield either the same or more current over running it on AC because the current draw of the TV could increase as the voltage goes down, depending on what voltage the internal regulator is providing. Only one way to tell...
Thanks Mena, for opening up our eyes about energy conserving LCD TV's. That's one of my bigger amp draws on my battery... Now, how about low amp consumption water pumps and air fans??? ;-) We are getting more efficient, bit by bit.Do you own a Kill-o-watt? If so, take it with you to Costco.. :)
I can bring my Amp Clamp over and crawl around with u if you don't have one.
LED is cool because there is almost zero inrush on them
Since by the time they add the ups and extras Sat Tv can cost you more per month than site rental.. I do not use it.
But the question I think is more what can a reasonable RV see by the way of OTA... Of all the parks I stay at only two offer cable.. Most RV's do not receive much TV here OTA (I have a full blown Winegard system, Batwing, Wingman, Sensar Pro, and thus I can watch OTA but many (Me last time I was here for example) not so much.
The park offers cable and my DVR's are smart enough to choose cable or OTA as needed to get all the shows (Yup tier 2's not always on the cable, Tier 2's often best programs, watching a Tier 2 as I type)
OF the other parks, as I said, only one offers cable, They charge an extra dollar a day.. I refuse to pay it since I get more than I can watch,, Over the air, and again the tier two I watch the most... not on the cable.
(What is a tier 2.. Channel 3.1 or 3-1 is read as Channel 3, Tier 1.. Change the 1 to a Two and it's Channel 3, Tier 2.
Tier 2 stations are the -2, or -3 or -any number higher than 1 channels)Those are not "Tiers" or classes of service. They are added and are known as 'Dots' as the station signs them on, expanding to the next available slot as the contract is signed. It has nothing to do with anything other than availability
I would absolutely run the cable to the pedistals whether I used it or not. You're already in the ground, so why not?
As to real CATV service, as mentioned above it can get really pricy if you either need to provide boxes to the campers, or build your own head-end and remodulate (x) channels to the park. Where exactly is the site in relation to TV hill? Austin can be a little hilly depending on where you are, and the folage is thick anywhere there isn't a ranch or city as you're obviously well aware. If you dont have reasonable line of site from 10' off the ground over the folage, personally I would install an MATV system in the CG. At least the campers will have good signal for the OTA.
I know lots of the TV engineers and the owner of a studio integrator in Austin, and built a station there myself. If you need someone to consult and properly lay out the distribution system, PM me direct.
Off the the LA RV Show....
I agree.. Day one is going to be brutal. Considering you have metropolis's on both ends you could hit serious traffic.
I think I would look at something like SJU to maybe Bakersfield or Victorville area.
Day 2 Quartzsite to Tucson (unless you have to hit PHX) only because it's an easy run into PHX or Tucson.
Not sure about day 3, but I can assure you that El Paso to Austin is going to be even more brutal. It's as far from Los Angeles to El Paso as it is from El Paso to San Antonio, and you're still 100 miles short of Austin at that point (and that traffic can suck the entire way between the two at times). Even though the speed limit is 80, it's a L O N G way. IMO I would find something maybe 1/2 way from El Paso to SAT, stay there and do a final banzai run up to Austin.
I've done this run in 3 days, but not with kids on board.
PS- I don't know anything about this, but the SIL who was stationed in El Paso for several years says to keep off the border when camping or even hotels. Always trust a local..
Be sure to repost your comment in the forum dedicated to Marcus Inc.
I'm sure they could use some relief from the myriad complaints they receive.Since his name was mentioned here he will likely see this thread.
And another model has a clip release located in the center of the blind. Once the screws come out on either end, you need to reach into the center clip and it will drop nicely into your hand. Sometime getting it back up is a HUGE PITA, I had one that took almost 45min., and once things were just right, it gently went 'click'.. Grrrrr
There are AT LEAST 3 stores in town. One is on W. Main, west of the 95 on the south side, and the other two are on E. Main, east of the 95 on the north side. And there are a pile of dry goods places around, several just outside the big tent. Granted the one on the west side is a wreck, it's still a store with real live produce, cold stuff, etc.
Angeles may be close in milage but time wise it is hours. There are a few USFS CG's up by lake Castiac and north, and the only open CG's I'm aware of above Pasadena are on Angeles Crest at least 10 miles in a very winding road that empties out close to 60 freeway miles from Santa Monica. Better plan on a commercial CG