We have become officially retro!

Catherine Mills

· August 21, 2016 ·

Yes, we here at the Purple Gate Herb Farm are about back to nature, sustainable agriculture, alternative building, solar, rainwater collection, and now we have officially entered the previous century.

We quit satellite TV a while back, due to having to pay outrageously for the 3 channels we watched, and the endlessly repeating, echoing news and Law & Order shows. We have been trying to use the internet to fill the void, but there is no equivalent to such things as local weather on TV. We looked into Netflix but we are not into that level of entertainment. Plus it costs, which is another reason we quit satellite TV. Mom has been casting about for alternatives.

She finally hit on an oldie but goody — broadcast television. You buy an antenna once and get free TV thereafter. Granted you get maybe 3 PBS channels and 4 KVUE channels but they often are playing different content, so that’s OK, we don’t watch a lot of TV anyway. But sometimes there is no substitute for sitting back, suppressing disbelief and vegetating in front of the tube.

We live in hilly terrain surrounded by lots of trees (The Lost Pines), and we are 45 miles from large metropolitan areas where broadcast TV works best. We checked it out, and found out that your best bet is to get an antenna that is amplified (to help with hills and trees) and rated for a little above the distance stated on the box. We were told that Leaf antennas and Clear TV antennas are best. We jumped in with one foot, and bought a small antenna from Walmart. Long and short, it didn’t work so we returned it.

We went and asked around a bit more, and bought a digital amplified Leaf antenna rated for 60 miles for the one time cost of $60. We get clear reception and several channels. Of course we set it up just prior to a rainstorm so it pixelated somewhat and blanked other times, and the several channels are repeats. Last but not least, one of the first shows we watched on this new free service was, you guessed it, a Law and Order marathon. At least we don’t have to pay satellite TV prices to watch it.

(from MOM) Catherine is right, we have gone “back to the future” in every way and we are joined by many others who grow food, conserve energy and recycle in sustainable living. All these things were a way of life before the “just throw it away and buy more” culture took over. Imagine . . . here is How-to do what we forgot and didn’t know was still available. The air contains TV programming that we could capture just like we did with a “rabbit ear” antenna over 50 years ago! We get local weather on 3 local channels, and the 4 PBS channels sometimes have programs like NOVA, Nature and other worthwhile documentaries. All free after we paid for the antenna! (we had an old TV already)

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