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Will DTV Installers also put up a OTA Antenna? Recommendations?


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#1 OFFLINE   thestaton

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 04:55 PM

Unfortunately Lexington, KY is not slated to be getting HD Locals any time soon. I checked out Antennaweb.com to get an idea of what kind of equipment I would need.

Right now I'm using this antenna because TWC does not offer ABC or NBC in HD.
Amazon.com: RCA Indoor / Outdoor Tv Antenna: Electronics

I have this antenna inside, and it does a decent job but if anyone walks into the room or I move around then the signal cuts out. However, I can not for the life of me pick up CBS or FOX with it.

The problem with my location, is that we are down in a valley, and all areas of the house are surrounded by trees that are well over 30FT. If I travel a mile north to my neighbors house that lives up on a nice size hill they can pick up the locals with a decent size antenna inside their house with no problem.

According to antenna web these are the color codes for the digital channels.
Fox - Green. VHF 56.1. Compass 245 Miles. 22.6
CBS - Red. VHF 27.1 Compass 274 Miles. 23.8
NBC - Red. UHF 18.1 Compass 273 Miles 23.4
ABC - RED. UHF 36.1 Compass 273 Miles 23.4

Maybe I could pick these up with a great indoor antenna? If not is it possible for DTV to install a outside OTA antenna when they come to do the install?

I found the Wineguard Squre Shooter antenna, and it looks like it can be installed on top of the dish and the signal ran on the same line?

I understand I could change my billing address to a digital grey area, that is about 20 miles east of my location, and get the east coast nationals.

Finally, if anyone can recommend a great installer for the Central, KY area I'm all ears.

Thanks for the help,

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#2 OFFLINE   Kansas Zephyr

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 05:11 PM

D* will not get involved with your OTA antenna.

That's strictly DIY.

Don't let that deter you, though. You'll reap the benefits of fade-free local TV.

Your better off putting a good VHF/UHF antenna in your attic (or outside), rather than small dish "clip-ons". They just don't perform well.

It's also best to run a separate coax for OTA, rather than diplex it with the sat. But, if necessary, it is possible...and also NOT supported by D*.

What model and how many D* receivers do you have?
5 LNB Slimline & SWM-16
SWM1 2 HR20s & HR21 via SWS-4 "green label" 4-way splitter w/power pass one leg for PI - SWM2 2 HR20s & HR21 after SWS-4 "green label" 4-way splitter
2 HR20-700 Wireless network for DoD
HR20-700 eSATA Vantec NexStar CX w/ 2TB WD20EVDS
HR21-100/AM21 Wireless network for DoD
HR21-100/AM21
With diplexed OTA via an "out" on one SWS-4 4-way splitter, using a Winegard YA 1713 - Channel Master 4228 - Channel Master 7777 in the attic.
Yes, my market has HD LiLs...and I'm still not giving up OTA! No rain-fade, and all sub-channels 24/7/365.
Also, with diplexed Cox Internet on one leg, downstream of a SWS-4 4-way splitter, using a SWS-2 2-way splitter, as a combiner.
R10 via SWM-16 Legacy 1
In boxes HR10-250, HDVR2 & (2) D10-300

#3 OFFLINE   Mertzen

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 05:25 PM

We used to carry OTA's in the warehouse and sometimes had one in my truck. But I would have no clue how to align one since we have all locals from the sat.
No longer doing DBS work, but missing every moment of it.

#4 OFFLINE   thestaton

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 05:45 PM

I am looking at just getting this setup. HR21-100/AM21
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 05:51 PM

According to tvfool.com the Fox plans to stay on RF Channel 4. So, you'll need a VHF Lo/Hi and UHF combo antenna.

Something along the lines of a Channel Master CM-3016 should work well.
5 LNB Slimline & SWM-16
SWM1 2 HR20s & HR21 via SWS-4 "green label" 4-way splitter w/power pass one leg for PI - SWM2 2 HR20s & HR21 after SWS-4 "green label" 4-way splitter
2 HR20-700 Wireless network for DoD
HR20-700 eSATA Vantec NexStar CX w/ 2TB WD20EVDS
HR21-100/AM21 Wireless network for DoD
HR21-100/AM21
With diplexed OTA via an "out" on one SWS-4 4-way splitter, using a Winegard YA 1713 - Channel Master 4228 - Channel Master 7777 in the attic.
Yes, my market has HD LiLs...and I'm still not giving up OTA! No rain-fade, and all sub-channels 24/7/365.
Also, with diplexed Cox Internet on one leg, downstream of a SWS-4 4-way splitter, using a SWS-2 2-way splitter, as a combiner.
R10 via SWM-16 Legacy 1
In boxes HR10-250, HDVR2 & (2) D10-300

#6 OFFLINE   litzdog911

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:54 PM

Check out the Lexington, KY thread in the "Local HDTV Reception Forum" at http://www.avsforum.com. You'll find local experts that provide or can recommend off-air antenna installation.
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