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Help with HDTV Antenna hardware selection in SW Lower Michigan

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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Dean_L



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Posted January 05 2005 - 07:41 AM

I am in DIRE STRAITS! Posted Image

I consider myself an above-average amateur when it comes to HT and HDTV. I live approximately between 25-35 miles from most of my HDTV broadcasting antenna sites. All HD channels are in the Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo area (for info, go to http://www.hdtvpub.com and enter 49424 for the ZIP code in the 'Find Local HDTV' box).

It seems that no matter what I try, I am only able to pull in my FOX station.

My current equipment

Samsung SIR-TS160 DirecTV Satellite Receiver
RCA Amplified indoor antenna ANT1250
--- have also tried---
Terk antenna that goes around outside of DirecTV dish


1. I live on the first-floor of a west-facing two-story apartment w/8 units built in 1979. (year may/may not matter here)
2. I am surrounded by trees that average twenty feet tall.
3. Radio interference may be a little high as I run a computer 24/7.
4. I am unable to get a clear line-of-sight out to a window.
5. I have little funds to upgrade this equipment.

Can anyone review this along with the information from the website I provided above and give me some suggestions? I'd sure appreciate it. I'd love to be able to watch '24' and the NFL playoffs in HD again.

Thank you in advance!


#2 of 4 OFFLINE   DougR


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Posted January 05 2005 - 09:36 AM

The only thing I can tell you, is that the "Indoor Antenna's" will have to go!!

#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Charlie Campisi

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Posted January 05 2005 - 10:49 AM

I plugged your zip code into www.antennaweb.org. That site gives you a little more information than the one you posted. According to antennaweb, you need a rooftop antenna, either a large multi-directional or smaller directional with pre-amp. Good luck.

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Dean_L



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Posted January 05 2005 - 11:16 AM

I neglected to mention that I've been to this site as well. A rooftop, outdoor antenna is out of the question (live in apt - nothing mounted to bldg.). Because I face to the west, isn't that going to complicate my situation further?

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