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Help pick an OTA antenna for local HD

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by sigma1914, Oct 21, 2010.

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  1. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    I'm not an expert at all regarding OTA. As a way to save a few bucks I want to cut my cable subscription, which is my "back-up" for satellite, by trying to add OTA. First off, if an outdoor or attic install is recommended, then I'll happily pass. Also, I'm just looking to receive our major 4 networks in HD...KDFW, KXAS, KTVT, & WFAA. I am somewhat partial to buying an antenna online. Can anyone recommend a model to look for? Here's my tvfool results:

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  2. BattleZone

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    Well, on one hand, you're in luck that all of the stations are the same direction from you; a bit west of due south. And your signal strengths are good. The bad part is that you have a VHF-hi station (ABC, CH8), which means you'll need an antenna that gets UHF and VHF-hi pretty well.

    I don't offer any suggestions about indoor antennas, because they are so non-optimal, and installing an external antenna is so easy, that there is little point.

    You could get a tiny, cheap UHF panel/bowtie antenna and mount it on a satellite dish mast/foot outside and get great signals for everything. That's what I'd do.

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  3. Jim5506

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    At 40 miles, nothing but an outdoor antenna would give you stable, satisfactory reception.

    Look at the Winegard 7694 as a minimum, possibly need the 7695 or 7696.
     
  4. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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