First of all, glad I found this forum, I've been an over the air television viewer for years
Now, I live in a first floor apartment, and I have the magnavox DTV box, and, after several antenna experiments, with amplified rabbit ears, to regular rabbit ears, I've had lots of problems with reception.
With analog, I was able to get alot of channels even though they were snowy, with digital, I can only get 1 channel and when it rains out the signal knocks out.
According to antennaweb I live approximately 38 miles from the major city (Boston, Mass), where all the local TV stations are. (Although there transmitters are located in Needham).
Looking at Wikipedia, I've noticed that on most stations, their analog towers had a very very high transmit power (mostly up in the 2,000 kw's), while their digital channels were low low low in the hundred's.
Once the full shutoff happens, and the analog channels are gone, will they start broadcasting the digital channels at FULL power?
So that us folks out in the middle of nowhere with no option for an outdoor aerial can pick up more stations? This seems reasonable, as digital will be the only format.