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Best inexpensive OTA antenna for AM21?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Old_School, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Sep 6, 2013 #1 of 24
    Old_School

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    Going to be installing a AM21 to my HR34 on the living room TV. My primary use for this is going to be for when the Directv gets knocked out, however i have found interest in watching channels like ThisTV, RTN, AntennaTV, Ect since i found out that i can get them OTA for free.. All of the channels i would like to pick up are within a 30-40 mile range from my home.

    I would like to keep it simple with a indoor setup but, i am thinking with the range i want to get that i may need to setup some sort of outdoor system.. Looking for something that inst gonna cost me a arm and a leg to get, I have Directv for that! so what are all of you using? what are my options?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Supramom2000

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    I got mine from Solid Signal. Sorry, I can't remember the name, but it is a flat square that we hung on the wall behind the TV. Flat as a pancake!
     
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    Supramom2000

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    Joe166

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    I have a Winegard GS-2200 which is an amplified outdoor antenna mounted on the same pole but above my dish. It is about 6 inches wide, 35 inches long and flat, maybe an inch deep. Works great at about 35 miles which is where the antenna farm for this area is located. I suggest you call Winegard customer service and talk to someone. I got a great guy with a heavy german accent who was extremely knowledgeable and steered me toward this model. He didn't think that an indoor antenna would be that successful at pulling in signals at 30-35 miles.

    They now have a more powerful small outdoor amplified antenna that claims to be good to 60 miles, the FL 6550. If (when) mine blows off in the next hurricane, I may go for that.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2013 #6 of 24
    Jodean

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    well if you take a look at any forums for OTA you will find that making your own is the best option.

    If you have some extra wire laying around and go find a baulan your set!

    I made this one for around $4 and it pulls in stations 80 miles away once i put it in my attic,

    There are specs for this you can search for and it DOES matter on spacing and length of wire, you can also daisy chain these if you need some pointed multiple directions

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  7. Sep 7, 2013 #7 of 24
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    There iis no simple answer to this question. It depends on your location, the direction of the transmitters and whether the stations are transmitting VHF or UHF. What's your zip code?
     
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    Old_School

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    Thanks everyone for all the advice. That HD blade one does look neet but its a little pricey for me... I will have to do alittle more research and see if its possible to make my own or something else.
     
  10. texasbrit

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    Looking at tvfool for your zip code it shows you have stations in multiple directions, and one of them is VHF. Go to tvfool and enter your actual address and then post back with your results.
     
  11. Old_School

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    It would appear if i am reading this right that a good bit of the local stations are in the red background and would require a roof-top antenna?
     
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    Right. It looks like you only have two channels that are strong enough to be received by an indoor antenna .... Ch 8 and 47.
     
  13. Old_School

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    That's what i was afraid of... 47's tower can be seen from my bedroom window so expected to get them... i guess ill be shopping for a good rooftop antenna then.
     
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    Check out the AVS Forum thread that I suggested and you'll find local experts that can recommend good antennas for your area.
     
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    And channel 8 is on VHF - many antennas are designed only for UHF. But it's pretty strong so a UHF antenna might work.
    Talking to a neighbor who has an antenna is a great idea.
     
  17. slice1900

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    I don't think you need to worry about VHF. Look at that WGAL station that is on VHF 8, it is listed several times on different channels. You would probably be better off grabbing that station via UHF 49. It is still quite close, and it is in the same direction as the ABC, CBS and PBS stations just west of due north. If your antenna is pointed in that general direction you'll pick all those up, plus FOX even though it is in a totally different direction because it is so close. This way you can use a UHF only antenna which is much smaller than one that can do VHF as well.

    If those stations will provide you all the subchannels you want you're good, if you want some things in different directions that are further away you may require two antennas and combining the signals between the two makes things a lot more tricky - so tricky that you'd almost be better off having a second AM21 on a different DVR and running a line from each antenna to its own AM21.
     
  18. KyL416

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    The AM21 database only has the main channel 8 signal, it will not pick up any of the repeaters
     
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    If your signal from the repeater is strong enough to be picked up by your antenna, your AM21 will pick it up and add the correct guide to your DVR. I live in an area where I pick up both and the AM21 shows 2 channels for the one.
     
  20. Old_School

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    I was under the impression that the AM21 connected to a HR34/44 allowed it to scan for local channels?
     

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