COVID-19 Information while conserving your data

With the recent world wide outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, the use of wireless data has skyrocketed. Even though most IPS’s have allowed their subscribers increased data, checking the latest news is coming at a cost. The following article might help you learn some tech and save some money.

If you live in a rural location as I do, you may be finding out what an "Unlimited Data Plan" looks like when checking the news, or just browsing You Tube. The term unlimited data is a bit misleading.  The ISP’s advertise unlimited data plans with a little asterisk. The result of the little asterisk, is a speed reduction to unusable speeds if you exceed the “unlimited” cap.

 

What are your options:
If your data overages are caused by streaming your information, perhaps over-the-air legacy broadcast is an option. The loose definition of the word Broadcast means: Transmission of an over-the-air signal to numerous receivers simultaneously.

Some background on Broadcasting:
Many legacy broadcast stations have an advantage over Cellular/ISP’s. Their geographic coverage and allotted bandwidth allows them to provide programming to an unlimited amount of viewers within their predicted, often mammoth coverage areas in near real-time without network traffic issues, buffering, spinning wheels or data overages associated with the ISP’s or cable providers.

Try an antenna for your TV:
Usually a small inexpensive antenna connected to your TV will provide you with numerous FREE HD channels and several networks with programming that may or may not be all that you’re looking for, but will save you a ton on monthly data plans and overages. Better yet, it can be shared on as many TV’s as you want! The first thing to do is find out if you have a broadcast signal in your area. The following explains how to do just that!

1) Visit the following website: https://antennaweb.org

2) Enter your address and zip code and click Go. (Better to use your actual address and zip)

3) Your Search Results will show different TV channels available in your area.

4) Scroll down and look at the Station Results chart.

5) In the chart, you’ll see Stations, Antenna and in some cases a field called Re-pack.*

6) Below that chart, you’ll see a Stations Map. This shows a map where the transmission towers are located. (You may need to aim your antenna to get a distant tower.)

7) On the same Search Results page, a chart that shows “Antenna Type Color Codes”

8) This color codes chart will help you decide which antenna will work best.

Note: I'll be adding more information to this article for an emergency antenna you can make yourself: Without leaving your home! 

*Repack indicates a station is in the process of moving to a different channel or tower location.