HD Antenna

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  1. Omard.

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    This is the results I get from Antennaweb.com

    * yellow - uhf WPWR-DT 50.1 UPN GARY IN 73? 8.8 51
    * yellow - uhf WSNS-DT 44.1 TEL CHICAGO IL 73? 8.8 45
    * yellow - uhf WYCC-DT 20.1 PBS Chicago IL 66? 10.0 21
    * yellow - uhf WTTW-DT 11.1 PBS Chicago IL 73? 8.8 47
    * yellow - uhf WLS-DT 7.1 ABC Chicago IL 73? 8.8 52
    * yellow - uhf WMAQ-DT 5.1 NBC Chicago IL 73? 8.8 29
    * yellow - uhf WJYS-DT 36.1 REL HAMMOND IN 73? 8.8 36
    * yellow - uhf WGBO-DT 66.1 UNI JOLIET IL 66? 10.0 53
    * yellow - uhf WXFT-DT 60.1 TFA AURORA IL 73? 8.9 59
    * yellow - uhf WFLD-DT 32.1 FOX Chicago IL 73? 8.8 31
    * yellow - uhf WCIU-DT 26.1 IND Chicago IL 73? 8.8 27
    * yellow - uhf WCPX-DT 38.1 PAX Chicago IL 73? 8.9 43
    * yellow - uhf WGN-DT 9.1 WB CHICAGO IL 73? 8.8 19
    * yellow - vhf WBBM-DT 2.1 CBS Chicago IL 66? 10.0 3
    * blue - uhf WYIN-DT 17 PBS Gary IN FCC Ext 151? 39.4 17

    yellow means small multi-directional antenna

    What would be the best Antenna fro me to get?
     
  2. John S

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    Indoor or outdoor???


    Indoor, I am having great luck with standard powered indoor antennas that do both VHF and UHF....
     
  3. Robert_J

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    Just stay away from Terk. Radio Shack, Wingard and Channel Master make quality products.

    -Robert
     
  4. Eric_Connelly

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    Robert,

    Whats wrong with Terk?

    I have one, and its performance is so-so, I'm just wondering what switching to another brand will do for me.

    I live about 35-40 miles from the transmitters for the Metro Detroit stations. After some playing around with the Terk Boom antenna I was able to get all channels except 1 and that is just religious programming so no loss there.

    However after getting this setup properly within 2 weeks as the weather changed I lost 1 channel completely and another 2 are flaky with my Samsung reciever.

    I bought it based on the recommendation of the guy at CC who sold me the TV and reciever. I originally tried the set top antenna wiht power and hardly got anything at all.

    I'd like to get something fixed up soon, the wife is tired of the wire running through the house. I have it up above the garage and while I've been playing with it haven't run the wires in the walls yet, waiting to see if it will work up in the garage or I need to move it to the chimney.

    Thanks
     
  5. Omard.

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    Indoor is my preferred choice. Are there any one you can specifically recommend?
     
  6. Robert_J

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    I use a Radio Shack Double Bow Tie sitting on my TV. OK performance at 25 miles from the towers. Before the Super Bowl I'm upgrading to a Channel Master 4228 mounted on the roof. It's a 40+ mile fringe antenna but I want to eliminate all signal drop-outs.

    -Robert
     
  7. Jim-L

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    I noticed you are in Berwyn. I live up in the North Suburbs and am using a Winegard Perfect Vision. It is a roof-top antenna, but it is small compared to the others. In addition to Chicago, I am picking up Wisconsin as well. I didn't get much with an indoor antenna and had to use the roof-top.

    By the way, CBS will give you the most problems with reception. Once you pick that one up, the rest are no problem.
     
  8. Patrick Sun

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    I have the same situation where 1 of the HDTV channels is VHF (NBC is on 10-3) while the rest were UHF, and I wound up using a UFH (Radio Shack Double Bowtie antenna), and an old VHF (telescopic antennae) connected via a splitter/combiner and fed into a small antenna amplifier to get all of the available HDTV channels in my area.
     
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    Is your Channel Master 4228 the 8-Bay Bowtie UHF Antenna or the Channel Master CM4248 UHF Quantum YAGI Antenna?
     
  10. SeanA

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    Robert or Patrick,

    What is the model # of the Radio Shack double bow-tie antenna you both mention ???
     
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    This is the one I'm getting. I'll try an attic mount first. If that doesn't work, it will be a roof mount with a pre-amp.

    -Robert
     
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    Where I bought my HD Mitsubishi, they are recommending one called the Xium Air antenna. The manager of the store used one in his house and its the best one he has ever used. I ordered mine and hope to God I can get this thing in before the SuperBowl....[​IMG]
     
  14. John S

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    I wish you luck on getting it all going by the Super Bowl.

    You will be rewarded for your efforts though. HD NFL is really great.
     
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    Thanks I do hope its running by then too
     
  16. Hank_P

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    Quick story about the RS Double bowtie and the Channel Master 4228 I tried. I had the RS and thought "hey, bigger is better", I have a chance to go to the Channel Master and purchased it hoping to pick up a distance channel that I could get so-so but wasn't really concerned about (just needed a good excuse).

    Long story short after climbing into the attic many times... the RS blew away the Channel Master (and a Silver Sensor). Not only could I not get the channel I was shooting for, but I lost a couple close ones. I have two OTA STB for HD, and the second RS bowtie has been ordered (suppose to ship 1/26). I couldn't believe the big guy couldn't hang with the little RS.
     
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    That's one of the Radio Shack antennas that probably won't work. You want an antenna to look like an antenna. Like this.

    I use this one sitting on top of my TV. It works OK since I'm 25 miles from the broadcast antennas. The 4228 I mentioned earlier is just larger version of the RS model.

    -Robert
     
  19. Norris

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    OK I went to antennaweb.org like Omard did and got a listing similar to his for my area. I then clicked on "View Street Level Map" and opened up another screen showing the local streets. What I don't understand are all the black lines pointing to different channel numbers. What do they mean? How do I know how far I am from the broadcasting stations to help me with selecting an antenna? Also, if all my stations of interest fall in the yellow group, then all I need is a "small multi directional" antenna right?
     
  20. John S

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    Hmm, that RS antenna might work well. I do use one of their older nicer indoor powered indoor UHF/VHF antennea.
     

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