I know many readers have expressed an interest in a low cost portable ATSC receiver. I saw an announcement this week for one offered by “QualiR” at www.autodvdgps.com.
The 7-inch “ATSC Digital TV for USA” has a list price on the Web site of $109.99 for two units, with quantity discounts available. It indicated 125 units were in stock.
Limited information is available on the device. While it appears to have a 16:9 screen, the resolution is only 480x234 pixels. It requires 12 VDC at 800 mA or less.
There are a lot of missing pages on the QualiR Web site, but if any readers decide to order this receiver, let me know how it performs. If you are brave, open it up and see what chips are used. Send photos! I hope it works better than the first generation Insignia 7inch hand-held DTV!.
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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.