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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. Firefighter

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    I do have one large tree kind of in the way. I just hate to put something so big up on my roof. From what little research I have done, it doesn't seem like I have much choice though.
     
  2. bidger

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    Confirm. I understand how people feel about not wanting to deal with it, but for most folks it's a "got to".
     
  3. ajwillys

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    Here's the assembly instructions:
    http://www.antennasdirect.com/DB2_assembly.html

    It's pretty simple. Also, the DB4 came with U-Bolts for attaching to a pole or similar.

     
  4. bakers12

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  5. JeffBowser

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    I have had excellent success with that antenna - I live between two markets, one antenna farm 20 miles away, and the other 160 degrees apart, at 40 miles. This antenna, with the pre-amp option, and a distribution amp picked up all the channels in my market (VHF and UHF), AND survived a hurricane intact.


     
  6. Firefighter

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    I stopped in Radio Shack and talked to the guy there and he said that no one here where we live can pick up CBS. Said it must have something to do with their signal.

    So I think I will just return the one I have and wait for DirecTV to pick it up.
     
  7. JeffBowser

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    I'd trust a RadioShack clerk about as much as I'd trust my dog to pass up a fresh T-bone.


     
  8. metfan11

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    LOLOL
     
  9. Firefighter

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    That was funny. I normally wouldn't trust them, but this guy did know what he was talking about, and being local here, he should know. He said they can't pick it up there at the store either.

    Maybe I'll go ahead and buy the other one I asked you guys about, the Winegard GS2200. They seem to be pretty cheap on Ebay. I can give it a try I guess.
     
  10. JeffBowser

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    Well, if indeed there is some issue with reception due to poor signal strength, multi-path, or what-have-you - a large directional antenna with pre-amp would like be the solution. If you give the GS2200 a try, make sure it has the built-in pre-amp, otherwise, it won't work all that well.
     
  11. Firefighter

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    I just came from a DirecTV dealer here in town and he said the GS 2200 will work perfectly. He said it's the only one they use and have had no problems. Plus I can mount it in the attic.

    They wanted $125 for it. I told him I can get them online for $50 or on ebay for $20. He still wouldn't come down on his price. I'm gonna order one today.
     
  12. bakers12

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    Please let us know how it turns out. Inquiring minds want to know. :lol:
     
  13. wismile

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    I didn't like the one my installer used and replaced it with the Channel Master 4228 w/CM-7777 PreAmp...I love it!

    Good luck.
     
  14. JeffBowser

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    I'd like to have a large, ugly collection of wire rods on my roof, too. Despite their hideous looks, they are the best antenna for fringe reception, and with a rotor, pull in just about anything perfectly. However, in my neck of the woods, those things get shredded every time a hurricane or tropical storm comes through.

     
  15. generalpatton78

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    You can take the back fencing off and it REALLY lowers your wind load. That bad side is you loose high VHF reception.
     
  16. JeffBowser

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    Doesn't matter, those rods are not tied on very well at all, and they either snap off or twist into each other. I know, I have personally been through 8 hurricanes and lost count of 'em tropical storms.
    :lol:
     
  17. raoul5788

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    You must be near me. I am using the 4228 with no preamp and get all of the locals with rare dropouts. WTNH dt is channel 10, but the 4228 picks it up from the back with no problems even though it is a uhf antenna.
     
  18. wismile

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    I'm in East Hampton. The preamp just made a good antenna even better. I was amazed by the strength and quality of the signal. I went from getting one weak channel using the "mini DirecTV special" to getting all the locals with the 4228. There is one channel that I lose during bad weather...but that's why I have the satellite.
     
  19. raoul5788

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    Which one do you lose?
     
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