recoomend an HDTV outdoor antenna?

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  1. Eric Samonte

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    I need one for HD OTA reception since my old indoor is iffy these days. I presently am with Dish with 2 HD receivers, the 811 and a 942 both of which I'd like to stick in their individual OTA source. I tried the Terk clip-ons which gave me worse reception than my old rabbit ears. An outdoor one to be mounted with the Dish sat on the roof would be my best bet. There, I can easily combine the sat and OTA cables with a diplexer and split them out to the receivers inside. A medium sized one would be best preferably not bigger than the Sat dish as well as costing below $100....
    oh BTW, I'm needing antennas in the "yellow" range.
     
  2. Phil A

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    Did you try www.antennaweb.org for starters? Once you get past that point you can go to the manuf. sites like Channel Master or Winegard and the various others.
     
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    I'm using a Channel Master CM4221A and it works great for me.
     
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    I'm using a DB4, in the attic, from Antennas Direct with a Dish 811 and have been very happy.

    Antennas Direct DB4
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    Wow that DB4 is three times the price of the CM4221A from Warren Electronics and it looks to be the same size.
     
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    Looks to be true Philip. To be honest, by the time I got to the antenna purchase I had dropped thousands of dollars into the HT, I knew from neighbors/forums that they had good luck with the DB4, and the distributor was local (no shipping cost or wait time!). The extra $20 wasn’t a deal breaker. I just wanted my HDTV!!! [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I went over to Antennaweb.org again and found some of my channels r in VHF, analog & digital. My question is will the Channel Master CM4221A do for me?
     
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    The Channel Master CM4221A will not pick up VHF or FM. You need a combo antenna. Are you sure that your local DIGITAL stations are broadcasting in VHF? That's very unusual. Or are you looking to pick up analog OTA signals also?

    I went with a Channel Master CM4221A from Warren Electronics a couple years ago when I bought an Infocus X1 projector. I wanted just the local digital signals. I got such great reception that I decided to ditch the second Dish Network receiver I was using for the basement and guest bedroom and run just OTA for analog locals instead of paying for almost never used dish in those places.

    I went back to Warren Electronics and got an Antennacraft CS600 VHF/FM antenna in their closeout section. I also got a UHF/VHF joiner there, and a powered distribution system so I can send the signal all over the house. Instead of on top of the house, I've got my antennas in my attic so no messing with going on the roof and no unsightly antenna on top of the house. The reception on everything is great, the only thing that comes in poorly is my local MHz station, which I don't really care about.

    Whether an attic install will work for you I can't tell. All I can say is that it works sensational for me. I use the antenna for TV all over the house in both analog and digital (I have a digital receiver for an analog TV, which gives me a picture dramatically better than direct analog signal and gives me DD5.1 to boot!) and for FM radio reception.
     
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    Actually digital TV stations broadcasting on VHF are not as scarce as one might think:

    http://www.antennasdirect.com/vhf_hdtv_stations.html

    I believe (could be wrong) the below list is about 6% (give or take a little) of the total of digital TV stations.


    "Since most of our UHF antennas will capture high frequency VHF signals (Channels 7-13), we typically only recommend using VHF antennas to capture the low end of the VHF band (Channels 2-6). Occasionally, a VHF capable antenna may also be required on channels 7 and 8. For your convenience we have highlighted these 34 channels (channels 2-8) in red in the following list of all of the VHF Digital Stations.

    Market Channel Call Letters Affiliation
    Albany GA 12 WFXL FOX
    Albuquerque 12 KOVT ABC
    Amarillo 9 KFDA CBS
    Atlanta 10 WXIA NBC
    Bakersfield CA 10 KERO ABC
    Bangor ME 10 WMED PBS
    Bangor ME 9 WMEB PBS
    Bangor ME 7 WBNG CBS
    Baton Rouge 13 WBRZ ABC
    Billings MT 11 KULR NBC
    Boise ID 10 KNIN UPN
    Butte 2 KTVM CBS
    Casper WY 8 KCWC PBS
    Charlotte NC 11 WTVI PBS
    Chattanooga 13 WRCB NBC
    Cheyenne WY 11 KKTU NBC
    Chicago 10 WWTO IND
    Chicago 3 WBBM CBS
    Cincinnati 10 WCPO ABC
    Cleveland 10 WOIO CBS
    Cleveland 12 WMFD IND
    Cleveland 2 WKYC NBC
    Columbia SC 8 WOLO ABC
    Columbus OH 13 WSYX ABC
    Denver 10 KMAS Telemundo
    Fort Wayne IN 12 WINM IND
    Fresno 9 KFSN ABC
    Fresno 7 KAIL UPN
    Grand Junction CO 2 KREX CBS
    Grand Junction CO 12 KKCO NBC
    Grand Junction CO 7 KJCT ABC
    Grand Rapids MI 2 WWMT CBS
    Grand Rapids MI 7 WOOD NBC
    Great Falls 8 KFBB ABC
    Greenville NC 10 WNCT CBS
    Greenville SC 9 WNTV PBS
    Harlingen TX 13 KRGV ABC
    Harrisburg PA 4 WHP CBS
    Harrisonburg VA 11 WVPT PBS
    Hartford 12 WTXX UPN
    Hartford 10 WTNH ABC
    Houston 9 KUHT PBS
    Idaho Falls 9 KIFI ABC
    Indianapolis 9 WISH CBS
    Jacksonville FL 13 WTLV NBC
    Jacksonville FL 10 WJXX ABC
    Jonesboro AR 9 KAIT ABC
    Joplin MO 13 KOAM CBS
    Kansas City 7 KMBC ABC
    Lafayette IN 11 WLFI CBS
    Lake Charles 8 KPLC NBC
    Las Vegas 9 KVVU FOX
    Las Vegas 2 KVBC NBC
    Las Vegas 12 KNTV ABC
    Las Vegas 11 KLVX PBS
    Las Vegas 7 KLAS CBS
    Lexington 13 WKYT CBS
    Lexington 4 WDKY FOX
    Lima OH 8 WLIO NBC
    Little Rock 12 KTHV CBS
    Louisville 8 WBNA PAX
    Lubbock TX 9 KCBD NBC
    Macon 4 WMAZ CBS
    Madison WI 11 WMSN FOX
    Medford OR 13 KOTI NBC
    Miami 8 WSVN FOX
    Miami 9 WPLG ABC
    Milwaukee 8 WMVS PBS
    Missoula 7 KPAX CBS
    Mobile 9 WALA FOX
    Monroe LA 7 KNOE CBS
    Monterey 10 KSBW CBS
    Nashville 10 WSMV NBC
    New York 12 WPIX WB
    North Platte NE 7 KDUH ABC
    Oklahoma City 7 KOCO ABC
    Orlando FL 11 WESH NBC
    Providence 13 WPRI CBS
    Rapid City SD 2 KOTA ABC
    Rapid City SD 10 KHSD ABC
    Reno 13 KTVN CBS
    Reno 7 KRNV NBC
    Roanoke 3 WBRA PBS
    Salt Lake City 9 KUSG CBS
    San Angelo TX 11 KLST CBS
    San Antonio 8 KLRN PBS
    San Francisco 12 KNTV NBC
    Spokane 13 KXLY ABC
    Spokane 12 KUID PBS
    Spokane 8 KSPS PBS
    Springfield MA 11 WWLP NBC
    Tallahassee 2 WTWC NBC
    Tampa 12 WTVT FOX
    Tampa 7 WFLA NBC
    Tulsa 10 KTUL ABC
    Waco 9 KCEN ABC
    Waco 12 KAMU PBS
    Waco 13 KAKW UPN
    Washington DC 12 WWPX PAX
    West Palm Beach 13 WPEC CBS
    Wilkes Barre PA 13 WYOU CBS
    Wilkes Barre PA 11 WBRE NBC "
     

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