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Installing antenna for OTA worth it?
Posted 02 February 2007 - 11:57 PM
* green - uhf KPNZ-DT 24 IND OGDEN UT TBD 185° 38.5 24
* blue - uhf KSL-DT 5.1 NBC SALT LAKE CITY UT 185° 38.5 38
* blue - uhf KUPX-DT 16.1 i PROVO UT 185° 38.8 29
* blue - uhf KJZZ-DT 14.1 MNT SALT LAKE CITY UT 185° 38.5 46
* blue - uhf KBYU-DT 44.1 PBS PROVO UT 185° 38.5 44
* blue - uhf KUCW-DT 30.1 CW OGDEN UT 185° 38.5 48
* blue - uhf KTVX-DT 4.1 ABC SALT LAKE CITY UT 185° 38.5 40
* blue - uhf KUED-DT 7.1 PBS SALT LAKE CITY UT 185° 38.5 42
* violet - uhf KUEN-DT 9.1 PBS OGDEN UT 184° 41.7 36
* violet - uhf KUTV-DT 2.1 CBS SALT LAKE CITY UT 181° 41.4 34
Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:14 AM
Do you have an attic (that you can get into), with a face or wall nearly due south? Clear line of sight to Farnsworth peak? I'd suggest a nice everyday lowes, home depot, or radio shack antenna should do very nicely in your attic and keep you away from the weather (and birds from ruining your roof...)
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:26 AM
Good to see you've done your homework. Antennaweb can be a little conservative, you may have noticed their disclaimer saying this.
I can't think the two mile more would cause that much change unless the signal is transmitted at lower power.
I would agree with Tom, since he's there & defer to the "on scene " supervisor.
You can alway add the amp later if needed.
Posted 03 February 2007 - 03:38 AM
Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:49 AM
There is probably a whole world of HD OTA (Over The Air) programming free for the taking!
Here are five reasons to connect a TV antenna to your HR20:
1. D* may give you up to 5 local HD channels - you may really get dozens.
2. It can be pretty cheap - you don't need a special HDTV antenna.
3. OTA may still work even if heavy clouds to the south block the satelite.
4. Some local HD is amazing quality, better than D*'s compressed signals.
5. Your HR20 will include the new local channels in your regular Guide.
6. You can schedule recordings on your new OTA channels just like satellite channels.
7. You might have some fun with it.
The HR20 FAQ's offer a number of great resources:
What local HD channels might I get at my house if I used the right antenna?
→ HDTV Magazine HD Local Channel Listing and Map or Antennaweb.org
How do I set up the HR20 to receive OTA HD local channels?
→ HR20 Off-Air Antenna Setup Wizard
What do I need to do to receive those local broadcast HD channels Over the Air (OTA)?
→ AVSForum HDTV FAQ → TV Antenna FAQs → Choosing an Antenna
Where are some places to find spec sheets and more information about Antennas and Pre-Amps?
→ Pre-Amp Comparison → Winegard Antennas → Channel Master Antennas → Terk Antennas
HDTV Magazine shows the full list of 29 Chicago HD channels. Antenna Web only knows of half of them even if you say you live in Chicago. So check out HDTV Mag.
By the way, HDTVmagazine shows you might get 30 or more HD channels in Salt Lake City.
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 03:05 PM
Posted 03 February 2007 - 04:34 PM
Maybe you were reading something else...as the channels are within 3 degrees...which I would call negligible.
HDTV Magazine is a very good source of channel information, but antennaweb is a different story. From Gregory's post antennaweb is telling him to point his antenna in different directions for stations that are on the same tower. I've seen pictures of the tower and its not that wide. They either use a terrible formula or just make numbers up. Construction began on the tower in 1999 so its not like the station locations are new information.
Posted 05 February 2007 - 03:33 AM