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Antenna for locals: tell me exactly what I need and how much to pay

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by metfan11, Aug 13, 2007.

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  1. metfan11

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    I want to pickup the Philadelphia locals(I am in a philly suburb), but I have a NY service address. What type of antenna do I need, and how much should it cost to make sure I am getting a good deal? What about installation, easy, hard?
     
  2. davring

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  3. metfan11

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    According to the site I need the red antenna, can anyone recommend a model, the cheaper the better
     
  4. PoitNarf

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    Go with whichever antenna classification that will get you the most channels according to antennaweb. If you go for a more powerful antenna you'll probably be able to pick up everything you want, not all the signal calculations on antennaweb are dead on accurate. When you punched in your address did it list most of the Philly channels broadcasting from the same direction? How far are you from the towers?
     
  5. metfan11

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    I did not plug in my address the first time, now the red will get me everything, so I edited that post. Thanks for the tip though!
     
  6. PoitNarf

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    Yep, red will get you everything red and below:

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    The most important thing is to take notice of where each of the stations you care about are broadcasting from. If it's pretty much all in the same direction then a directional antenna will do nicely. If you have some stations broadcasting from the south and others from the north or something similar to that, an omni-directional antenna is the way to go.
     
  7. metfan11

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    I am best off for red, correct? Even though it is not the strongest one, it was the only one that had all the philly locals listed
     
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    Also check out the "Local HDTV Reception Forum" at http://www.avsforum.com. Find the thread for your nearest city where you can find out what antennas perform best in your area.
     
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    The other web site that it very good is http://www.tvfool.com/. You can pug your address in and antenna height and it will tell you how good the signals should be.
     
  10. Philby

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    I'm not in Philly - but I just recently got D* and an HR20 - I went and got a $13 RCA antenna (2 "bunny ears" and a round one in the middle with a dial, said VHF/UHF/FM on it) and my locals come in great (i'm about 15 miles away from the towers).

    I don't even have my bunny ears extended all the way cause the antenna is sitting on my stand behind my DLP and I didn't want them to be visible.
     
  11. texasbrit

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    What's your zip code? That will help a lot in giving you the best advice...
     
  12. metfan11

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    Antennaweb.org showed me that I was 9.2 miles from the towers, all in the same direction, and that I needed a VHF/UHF antenna. However, because of a hill between me and the towers I ended up with a Winegard 7084 with a preamp. I believe that website assumes line of site to the towers.
     
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    Guys, where should I buy this antenna and what model do I need if antennaweb.com said I need the red one. How much should it cost? Easy to install?
     
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    Thanks a lot Pete. Is there anything cheaper than that?
     
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    That looks great. I can install this myself, correct? I am a terrible handy man though
     
  19. metfan11

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    Baker, that antenna is actually out of stock. Anything else?
     
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