A while back I shared a short story about FM reception from commercial jetliners. I do that regularly on my flights but I also gave “Airborne TV DX” a try.
My equipment is as follows:
- Windows laptop
- Hauppauge USB dongle receiver WinTV-HVR-955Q
- 3-inch stick antenna
The receiver comes with its own WinTV software for tuning, scanning, watching and recording TV programs. It is one of the few USB dongle size receivers for North America’s ATSC digital TV standard. A have posted a video of my reception recordings from a roundtrip flight Miami to St Louis.
The video is located here:
My notes regarding this activity:
Reception from commercial airplanes is possible as far as 400 miles with the simple unobtrusive “stick” antenna.
Channel scanning is pretty slow and it is possible that by the time you detect a signal, save it, and tune to it you are 50 miles away from the point where you detected it.
Many times signals are detected but no video can be shown due to weak signal. Users in Europe may have a different experience as the availability of DVB-T USB dongles and software is much wider.
TV DX can make a coast to coast flight a much more interesting experience!
No doubt, Ivan! Thanks so much for sharing.
Ivan is quiet adept at logging and recording FM and TV DX while in the air and at sea. Click here to view his previous posts.