I ended up ordering one of these: http://www.solidsign....asp?prod=HBU22
It is specifically designed for Highband VHF and UHF which is where most of the channels after the transition will reside. In my case it solved my need because all my OTA stations either stayed in UHF or went High Band VHF and my UHF only antenna would not pick up the VHF (ch. 10).
High Band VHF refers to channels (7-13) UHF is 14-63 I believe.
Anyhow for anyone dealing with the issues I am the above Antenna should remedy the problem.
That's an excellent antenna and will solve a LOT of problems for many people. Thanks for posting. In our area, channel 5.1 (RF 59) is moving to RF 5 ...eeeuuucchh!, in June. That is going to be a disaster. Low power, requirements for physically large antenna elements, and profoundly increased noise from in-house consumer devices, not to mention commercial noise.
We have already lost the ability to receive NBC locally with most indoor antennas. It moved from RF 19 to RF 13 (UHF to VHF Hi-Band, respectively) It is driving people crazy who have been able to receive 13.1 for nearly two years perfectly using indoor pre-amped antennas. Your suggestion would solve their problems (albeit having to go outdoors or at the very least in the attic), but they face an insurmountable problem of Channel 5.1 moving to RF channel 5 in June. Their only option will be a large attic antenna, with Lo-VHF coverage, or a smaller outdoor antenna, but still withi Lo-VHF coverage, or it's bye bye ABC.
This digital transition is going to turn out to be a big boon for the satellite and cable industries. People in this area who want an easy (but not free) solution, minimal front end (but more subtle future) frustration are going cable or satellite. I hear it from people every day.
As a strong OTA advocate, I find it unfortunate that people have forgotten what we did ordinarily to receive OTA television. We all had outdoor antennas, period. Most had a TOWER and a ROTOR. Now, it seems, if it can't be received with rabbit ears, it's just the end of the world. Pathetic.
With respect to D*, I applaud them for their OTA inclusion efforts. The AM21 tuner is exceptional. Its sensitivity and resistance to multi-path, along with its integration with the satellite receiver guide and recording capabilities are jewels in their crown.
After having HD-LIL for a couple months, I can now say with some confidence that OTA is still, quite clearly (pun intended) KING. It's "nice" to have HD-LIL, but the video quality of HD-OTA is substantively better than MPEG-4 via satellite. It may not be that way everywhere, but it clearly is here, hence my advocacy of OTA for our satellite boxes.
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