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OTA HD Antenna question

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 10:15 AM

dconroy i've been trying to get the philly locals in 40 miles away so have a bit of expertise in the matter :) My problem is a neighbors house. In the attic I get decent signals on all but fox (which is 42 not 52) and WB. Also fox is 2 degress off for me, which stinks also.

Another problem is height of their antennas so you need to get yours as high as possible. 6 inches HAS made a difference on my attic mount from an unreliable 70ish reading to a solid mid 80s for me on nbc/abc. If you are 16 miles out and can't get a decent nbc/abc, then that's not good. Higher UHF numbers are harder to get, but you are 'so' close it shouldnt be too much a problem unless you have a blocked signal

here's some data of interest
uhf  station  signal  power  height
26 (cbs3)    90-92      770/375
31 (pax61)   90-91       
32 (upn 57)  75-80      250/400
34 (wbye35)  80-85      358/377
42 (fox 29)  25-45      305/161
54 (wb 17)   60ish      500/354
64 (abc 6)   85+      500/390
67 (nbc10)   85++      560/377

as you can see, fox sucks!

Also note in order to just test a signal you dont have to run guided setup, if you haven't done it already. The channels will test just fine.

also, as Ironwood people can be horrible...i'd stay away from their antenna/installers and ask a friend or even go the yellow pages for a good antenna/installer.

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