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Thinking about getting a digital antenna - any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TheGoodTexan, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    I have been wanting to do this for a while... but the perfectionist that I am, I wouldn't settle for the expected limitations of an indoor digital antenna, and I didn't have a route for the cable from the roof to TV.

    Well.. now I do.

    My parents lived with us for a few months this year, and my father hired a guy to install a dish on the roof, and route the cable to the junction box in the garage (just for my parents' basement apartment only). When my parents moved out, dad took the dish with him, but the cable stayed of course.

    So now I have a perfect place on the roof to mount an outdoor digital antenna, and the cable is already there too.

    What antenna should I be looking at? If it works out well, I'll end up ditching cable.
     

  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
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  3. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

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  5. 68tele

    68tele Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 26, 2003
    East Northport NY

  6. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Thank you for that.

    The report generated from my exact address suggests that there are approximately 30 channels that I'll be able to receive. I notice that several networks are repeated... PBS, CBS, FOX... any idea if those are going to be the same exact broadcasts? Or are those different broadcasts, owned by that same network?

    I know there's no real way to know until I actually get it all up and going.
     

  7. drlizardo

    drlizardo Tele-Meister

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    I have 3 different PBS stations here in rural IL and they are all different. The two Fox's are as well
     
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  8. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 18, 2006

    Check out the ota guide listings for your area. They will detail the programming.
     
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  9. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog Tele-Meister

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    I can't tell you exactly what will happen for you, but where I live I similarly can receive the same network from different locations. In my case, these are "different" affiliates of the "same" network. Many times they will both be simultaneously showing the same program but not always. The most notable/useful difference is on Sunday during football season when one FOX affiliate will show an NFC game and the other will show an AFC game. Also one PBS station might have the farm report, while the other has some news show.

    You also might be able to figure this out before climbing the roof. Any old antenna should work. I use the same $5 antenna I bought at Eckerd's twenty years ago. Your TV won't "know" that the antenna is/isn't digital. Reception should improve with a roof antenna, but a pair of rabbit ears will likely pick up a good number of stations.
     
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  10. jimbo735

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  11. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    How far are you from the broadcast towers?
     

  12. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Seem to be around 20 miles from several, I think. There are a ton within 60 miles.
     

  13. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog Tele-Meister

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    I think you'll be fine. I pick up channels from over 30 miles with just rabbit ears, though terrain, aircraft, etc. can hamper reception.

    Since getting a set top box with Kodi on it, we're able to watch basically every show/movie you've ever heard of for free, so I haven't bothered to get a higher performance antenna.
     

  14. Electric Mud

    Electric Mud Tele-Holic

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    So...you have a vacant basement apartment..."Look man I'm outdoors you know,
    Can I stay with you maybe a couple days?"
     
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  15. tery

    tery Friend of Leo's

    Sep 21, 2012
    Tennessee

  16. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    I've got two antennas one facing north and one south..... one V mounted, one H mounted ....got all the local towers covered...


    check out the signal polarisation info from the the local broadcasters... some are vertical and others horizontal as far as their beam spread is broadcast....

    that will depend whether the "spikes" on the antenna are vertical or horizontally mounted for best reception.....

    TV antenna.jpg
     

  17. wayloncash

    wayloncash Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 7, 2012
    Houston, TX
    I just bought the mid grade one at deal Mart and it got all the channels possible I think.
    Don't think you gotta go extravagant.
     

  18. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Yeah, about that...
     

  19. raito

    raito Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    Madison, WI
    I use a $15 indoor antenna. Receives enough that I have the TV programmed to skip a lot of it.
     
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  20. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2013
    California
    A receiving antenna is a passive device.

    All it does is collect the waves skipping through
    your neighborhood and then your TV does the rest
    by tuning OUT the channels it doesn't want at the time.

    There's no such thing as amplifying an antenna.

    You can amplify the long cable run, but that's something else.
     

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