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#21 ONLINE   Lord Vader

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:37 PM

Post a zip code and I'll check TVfool


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Thanks. I'm mobile all day today, so I appreciate all the recommendations.

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 - 03:38 PM

Depending on your device, you might be able to view it on 35 also. A couple of my boxes lock in on both the real and virtual.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:54 PM

77041

Thanks. I'm mobile all day today, so I appreciate all the recommendations.

"If I were you", I'd go with the HD Blade for indoor use.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:04 PM

Depending on your device, you might be able to view it on 35 also. A couple of my boxes lock in on both the real and virtual.


Real & virtual, huh? Sounds surreal.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:04 PM

"If I were you", I'd go with the HD Blade for indoor use.


Sounds good. I had looked at it earlier & will give it a shot. After all, it can't hurt to try.

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 - 04:22 PM

I am in Texas City, south of you. I have a small powered antenna on the den wall that is about 6 feet off the ground and I get a ton of channels here.
The 2 that I have a problem with is (Delete PBS), channel (Delete 8) channel 11 CBS and 13, ABC.
Channels 2, (Delete 13, ABC), 20, 26 and 39 come in fine. There are several Spanish channels that I don't watch because I do not speak the Spanish, but they come in also.

You are a lot closer than me and way higher off the ground. I would think most anything would work fine for you, provided there is nothing between you and the towers.

Edited to fix channels.

Edited by jimmie57, 15 September 2012 - 06:32 PM.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:43 PM

Sounds good. I had looked at it earlier & will give it a shot. After all, it can't hurt to try.

"mine" and this is on the south [wall too] end of the complex and all the towers are to the north.
I need/use "real" channels 7 & 11

http://forums.solids...11&d=1346782770
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:46 PM

I am in Texas City, south of you. I have a small powered antenna on the den wall that is about 6 feet off the ground and I get a ton of channels here.
The 2 that I have a problem with is PBS, channel 8 and CBS, channel 11.
Channels 2, 13, 20, 26 and 39 come in fine. There are several Spanish channels that I don't watch because I do not speak the Spanish, but they come in also.

You are a lot closer than me and way higher off the ground. I would think most anything would work fine for you, provided there is nothing between you and the towers.


CBS, huh? Funny, but that's the same network/channel with which I have problems in my primary residence in suburban Chicago. In all the years of living 30 miles west/southwest of Chicago, I was never able to tune in WBBM CBS Channel 2. Never. No matter what I tried.


"mine" and this is on the south [wall too] end of the complex and all the towers are to the north.

http://forums.solids...11&d=1346782770


Almost looks like a big nocotine patch on the wall. :P

BTW, that's such a tiny TV! :D

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:52 PM

In all the years of living 30 miles west/southwest of Chicago, I was never able to tune in WBBM CBS Channel 2. Never. No matter what I tried.


That is funny, because I lived 25 miles southwest of Milwaukee, and I got WBBS real good. Almost as good as I got WLS and WGN.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 04:55 PM

Almost looks like a big nocotine patch on the wall. :P

BTW, that's such a tiny TV! :D

yeah a 46" 1080p from 6' is all I could fit.

BTW it's "up there" because multipath was a problem in all other locations and other indoor antennas.

I don't have multipath issues anymore :D
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:29 PM

Well, I'm going to test it out on my bedroom HR24/AM21 first. If it works well there. I'll order another to connect to an HR20-700 in the living room.

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 - 06:27 PM

Actually I made an error in my previous post.
The channels I have problems with are 11, CBS and 13 , ABC.
If you go to this site I think I found the problem. This little powered antenna does not get the VHF stations and 11 and 13 are VHF. All the ones I get are UHF.
http://www.antennaweb.org/Address.aspx

I just tested with a very old set of rabbit ears and I can get 11 and 13 with those.

Edited by jimmie57, 15 September 2012 - 06:33 PM.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:37 PM

Well, I'm going to test it out on my bedroom HR24/AM21 first. If it works well there. I'll order another to connect to an HR20-700 in the living room.

"Smart"

You'll be surprised at how many different directions/ways it works.

Vertical and laying it down flat.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:39 PM

Actually I made an error in my previous post.
The channels I have problems with are 11, CBS and 13 , ABC.
If you go to this site I think I found the problem. This little powered antenna does not get the VHF stations and 11 and 13 are VHF. All the ones I get are UHF.
http://www.antennaweb.org/Address.aspx

I just tested with a very old set of rabbit ears and I can get 11 and 13 with those.

I did my best to do an apples to apples between my rabbit ears and this HD blade, here:
http://forums.solids...ool-rabbit-ears
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:40 PM

"Smart"

You'll be surprised at how many different directions/ways it works.

Vertical and laying it down flat.


Sounds good. BTW, for my bedroom, I do have the ability to mount it outside, because one of the entrances to my balcony is through the master BR.

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 - 07:03 PM

Sounds good. BTW, for my bedroom, I do have the ability to mount it outside, because one of the entrances to my balcony is through the master BR.

I played with my rabbit ears in every location I could think of, and found what I thought was my "sweet spot".
A/B'd the antennas in this location.
Since the blade does have more [measured] gain, I went with it, but would still get some multipath [not real bad but enough to piss me off :lol:].
Then I got the idea to "go high" as pictured. "Done".
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:05 PM

Hmmm. Maybe I should run it through my ceiling, up through the unit directly above me, and onto the roof. Screw the people upstairs. This is OTA I'm talking about!

FAITH: I find the lack of it disturbing.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:59 PM

I did my best to do an apples to apples between my rabbit ears and this HD blade, here:
http://forums.solids...ool-rabbit-ears


That is very good work.
Thanks

What is weird is that my antenna says it gets VHF and UHF.
I searched to web and found that 11 is 31 ?? and 13 is 32 ??. I do not know if that is correct.

I wiped out my channel list and had it rescan and it does not get 11, 13, 31 or 32.
It is no biggie because I would only use it if the satellite is out for some reason and I needed to know about bad weather or similar and one of the other channels will have that information.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:07 PM

That is very good work.
Thanks

What is weird is that my antenna says it gets VHF and UHF.
I searched to web and found that 11 is 31 ?? and 13 is 32 ??. I do not know if that is correct.

I wiped out my channel list and had it rescan and it does not get 11, 13, 31 or 32.
It is no biggie because I would only use it if the satellite is out for some reason and I needed to know about bad weather or similar and one of the other channels will have that information.

What model antenna was this?
TVFool shows:
KHOU CBS as 11.1 which is "really" 11
KTRK ABC as "really" 13
KUHT PBS as "really" 8

So your antenna does need VHF-Hi + UHF
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:16 PM

This is the one I have. The signal strength on a 1 to 10 scale is an average of 7 on all the other channels that I do get and no signal at all on 11 and 13.

http://www.monoprice...3#specification

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