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Power Out Today. Alternatives ? TV? Internet?

Where we live the power goes out a lot. Last winter it seemed to happen during every storm. Today it was out for about 10 hours but came on right before the NFL play off game.

We get along okay. have a wood stove for heat and cooking. gas water heater for showers and furnace. And a generator for the freezer , lights, dvd and vhs player to watch movies.

what we lack is cable and internet. i guess if we had a smart phone that would cover the internet? that is one question .

what about TV? with cable out? does anyone here have any luck with those antennas that you can use to get some channels like in the old days?

just trying to be prepared in case of an extended power outage.

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Last outage here was about a day and a half. My smartphone came in handy. Both to generally keep up with what's going on (ie- normal usage), but also because I realized I could install the apps from the local news stations, and watch their live video streams, to watch the news. We lost our cable TV service. I could have also listened to the radio, of course

Our internet stayed up, however. We have DSL, and the generator had our modem and router running, so I had internet access without burning through a limited amount of cellular data.

I think the phone signal is more resilient during an outage, vs the cable signal. Even with the generator powering the necessary equipment in the house, our cable TV service went down. I assume because the cable provider's equipment getting the signal to the house lost power.

If you're close enough, yes, you can definitely use an antenna to get digital broadcast HD TV, for free. This is one resource for looking up where TV stations near you have their broadcast antennas, to get a sense of how practical it would be to get antenna reception (also know as OTA TV):

https://www.antennaweb.org/

For extended outages, being able to do this stuff without tearing through your gas supply becomes more of an issue. I have a small 2000W inverter generator, so the gas usage scales pretty well based on the load (up to 10 hours on a gallon, based on a small 400W load). So I don't feel bad running it to power just a few lights, the internet and TV, etc.

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I found that I needed to power up the modem, router, etc. and the internet/cable worked during a long power outage. It took the cable company a little while to get back up, but they came on much faster than the power did. I have a little 2000W generator to power the fridge, t.v. and in the winter, a propane blower. We have a gas stove and hot water is gas with a little bit of electricity needed. I got an extra big auxiliary gas tank from Northern Tool & equipment company that connects to the generator and it will last for three days.
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every time our power goes out the cable is out so they must be connected somehow.

looking for alternatives anyway to get away from cable. if we can generate our own power i want to be able to have TV and internet too.

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My new 4K TV has the ability to unscramble the new TV signals. I'm using the same directional antenna on the roof and I am getting good reception. I wonder if I got one of the antennas designed for digital if I would get more channels.
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do what people did back in the day when electricity was a luxury, not a necessity......you know.....when people had 10-12 kids.

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My new 4K TV has the ability to unscramble the new TV signals. I'm using the same directional antenna on the roof and I am getting good reception. I wonder if I got one of the antennas designed for digital if I would get more channels.
I doubt if you'd do any better. I found my 1970s antenna gives the best reception. But, you can always "rent" one from WalMart to give it a test-drive, and return it if you are unhappy. Not that I have ever done that !
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This... Start up some good stew on that woodstove and park yourself next to it to read and stir.

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Quiet is something people are forgetting how to enjoy...
Enjoying a quiet generator, while watching TV, and browsing the internet, does that count?

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