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#1 OFFLINE   Lord Vader

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:52 AM

I posted a similar thread on the AVS forum but received zero responses, so I thought I'd check here.

It has been several years since I purchased an OTA indoor antenna, which is a discontinued model but still in use at my primary residence. I'm looking for a recommendation as to the best OTA antenna to use indoors in the following setup:


  • 2nd floor apt. of a 3-story bldg.
  • far NW side of Houston (Jersey Village, specifically)
  • apt. unit faces south
  • Indoor antenna could be either powered or non-powered, whichever is best
  • To be used on an HR20-700 and/or via a splitter to an AM21 connected to an HR24

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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:02 PM

Let me see what I can figure out for you.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:06 PM

I'm considering this, but I don't think it will fit in your living room.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:06 PM

OK, thanks, Stuart.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:08 PM

I'm considering this, but I don't think it will fit in your living room.


Maybe I'll put it on my balcony & piss off management even more. :-D

That thing is HUGE!

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:12 PM

I needed VHF-Hi & UHF so I use a HD Blade and it works very well.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:17 PM

I think my building is some 30 to 45 miles away from the antenna farm, which appears to be south/southwest of the city, and I'm far northwest of the city.

What often confuses me is the whole VHF/UHF thing. It always seems am antenna will get one or the other well but never both.

FAITH: I find the lack of it disturbing.

Opinions are my own but should be those of all Americans, who would be much better off intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally if that were the case.


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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:20 PM

I think my building is some 30 to 45 miles away from the antenna farm, which appears to be south/southwest of the city, and I'm far northwest of the city.

What often confuses me is the whole VHF/UHF thing. It always seems am antenna will get one or the other well but never both.

I stuck this "mat" antenna high up on a wall, as I too am on the wrong side from the towers.
30-45 miles is well within my range, as I'm getting one station from 70 miles away.

either seek help for what frequencies you need or check TVfool.com and find out.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:30 PM

That signal blade looks rather nice. Definitely less of an eyesore than most.

So all you did was just stick it up on a wall somewhere, huh? Nice.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:31 PM

I think my building is some 30 to 45 miles away from the antenna farm, which appears to be south/southwest of the city, and I'm far northwest of the city.

What often confuses me is the whole VHF/UHF thing. It always seems am antenna will get one or the other well but never both.


There are plenty of antennas that get both.

There is a misconception that you don't need VHF for HDTV, so there are a lot of UHF antennas sold.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:31 PM

If you look at the one I posted, you'll see it looks a lot different than older units. The radials are no where near as long. This one is supposedly tuned to High VHF and UHF, channels 7 and up. There really isn't much any more below Channel 7 (Low VHF) in most markets, so there is no need for the longer radials.

I still have a major player on actual channel 12, so I can't go straight UHF for an antenna. And with them being close to 70 air miles, I need all the pull I can get. I'm getting them now about 80% of the time with a shorter boom antenna and a mast mounted pre-amp. I'm hoping this change will help bring it closer to 100% coverage.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:48 PM

A channel master 4221 with the addition of a 18" pair of whiskers connected to the antenna feedpoint if you have any channel 7,8 or 9 there.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:49 PM

The NBC channel is channel 2 here.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:00 PM

Probably not on their true broadcast channel. They're probably UHF mapped down to Ch 2.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:30 PM

I'm not sure. I did look for any other NBC broadcast channel here, & that's the only one I saw.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:37 PM

If you feel inclined to post the station call letters, somebody can look it up.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:39 PM

NBC in Houston is channel 35 according to TVFool.com

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:08 PM

Then they're probably mapping it to 2, because that's what I have to tune to in order to view it.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:24 PM

Then they're probably mapping it to 2, because that's what I have to tune to in order to view it.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:32 PM

The NBC channel is channel 2 here.


KPRC real channel is 35. The only VHF stations you have to worry about are KUHT (PBS 8) and a DAYSTAR station on channel 7.




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