Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Get Your Digital Portable TV and Power Antenna NOW
During my week without Internet in my east side Seabrook office, I felt like I was on the moon without a radio. So after finding out the digital TV wasn't receiving signals I went to Radio Shack and bought the antenna pictured here ($59 bucks!). When the TV did a new search, with the antenna plugged in, I finally got a working portable TV.
But what if you don't have electricity? When I unplugged the high priced radio shack antenna, the digital portable TV did not get a signal. Maybe that is because places like Seabrook and Kingwood are at least 50 miles from the TV transmitters in Missouri City on SW Houston. If you live there, you might not need the powered antenna to get a signal.
A friend suggested that the TV and antenna be part of the system powered by the back up generator (if you have one. I don't). That's a great idea. If you don't have a generator or solar panels then a lot of folks like us will be not watching TV updates when the next storm takes out our power grid.
Another thing, without power, the digital portable TV battery doesn't last a long time either. After IKE, I would plug the Cell phone and TV into the car battery so it would charge them while it sat quietly in the garage. When I went out on an errand, the car battery could recharge itself. I don't think that system will work next time for the new digital TV's.
The County Judge Ed Emmett says that in the next storm either evacuate or 'hunker down.' Don't hunker down without security window film protecting your glass from breach, a generator and a back up portable radio and digital TV.