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How are you receiving your local HDTV broadcasts?
Posted 30 January 2003 - 02:48 PM
Feel free to post a picture of your antenna.
Posted 30 January 2003 - 02:51 PM
Posted 30 January 2003 - 02:55 PM
Posted 30 January 2003 - 03:09 PM
Our locals are saying they will go digital in May.
Posted 31 January 2003 - 07:51 AM
The "local" NBC and CBS are fine and are in SDTV. I don't watch the NBC because they have a 24/7 non transparent logo, really nice for screen burn. The Pittsburgh NBC and CBS are fine, Fox and WB come in and out. ABC and PBS are at too low power to receive
Posted 31 January 2003 - 09:35 AM
Posted 31 January 2003 - 11:46 AM
Originally posted by bryan27
James, That's about what I use. After putting up a new tower and antenna for our FM station I really am not in the mood for putting up a TV antenna.
ABC isn't too bad, just sometimes I have to "massage" the antenna to make it work better. Laying a golf club (Driver or 2 iron) on top of it to get a better signal. If there was more HD content that I watched on the locals, I'd probably get a better antenna, but I don't want any shows on CBS so other than sporting events, I don't use the antenna.
Posted 31 January 2003 - 03:31 PM
My antenna looks out over an orchard so I have no building obstructions at all and I get all of my OTA digital signals from the same hill in Portland, about 30 miles as the crow flies.
My CBS last night showed from 98%-100% signal strength with the others up at least in the 80's. Even my OTA Analog channels come in pretty decent.
The only channel I am waiting for to come up Digital is WB. PAX is in the works but I could care less about them.
Posted 08 March 2003 - 04:19 PM
It is best to use an antenna like the Channel Master 4221 or 4228 UHF antenna pointed bow ties towards your local DTV towers which can be found at http://www.100000watts.com
Use a good quality RG-6 Coax and cable runs under 120' is best.
Posted 08 March 2003 - 04:52 PM
Most DTV is broadcast in the UHF spectrum, but not all. There are a few DTV channels around the country that are broadcast in the VHF spectrum. So channel combiners may be necessary.
Also, the 4221 and 4228 are excellent antennas unless you are in an area that has a lot of multipath problems. Then, you definitely want to go with a highly directional yagi antenna. Get much better results that way over the bowties.
Posted 08 March 2003 - 04:55 PM
Posted 10 March 2003 - 02:58 PM
Posted 10 March 2003 - 03:04 PM
Even when there is no HD on, I show guests what Analog looks like then flip to the Digital Channel, that alone is a big difference to make them say Oh Ahh!
Posted 11 March 2003 - 01:51 PM
The local SD Digital OTA channels have way too much digital artifacting and the Analog have much more detail and don't break up with action sequences. I prefer watching the Blazers games in Analog if NBC does not simulcast it to their HD sub channel.
Posted 11 March 2003 - 01:58 PM
Posted 13 March 2003 - 09:36 PM
Posted 13 March 2003 - 09:50 PM
The NBC station is using their entire bandwith for a 480i broadcast. It looks great. It is so sharp and crystal clear.
I get good reception on both CBS/NBC analog, but the digital NBC has the edge because it is so crystal clear.
So, I end up watching the analog CBS and the digital NBC. When they finally get the real 1080i network feed up I will switch to the digital CBS.
Posted 16 March 2003 - 10:38 PM
PBS Houston's Hamster driven digital broadcast is the only problem child.
Posted 29 March 2003 - 08:31 AM
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Posted 22 May 2003 - 09:48 PM
Posted 16 May 2004 - 03:13 PM
We will be moving to a 2 story house within the next few months and I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with indoor antennas. I was looking at the Radio Shack antenna:
An upstairs window will be facing the same direction as our local transmitter towers and I was thinking about placing the antenna there and running a cable downstairs to the HR10-250 (probably with an amplifier). Think this will work?
Posted 16 May 2004 - 03:34 PM
Posted 16 May 2004 - 05:32 PM
Goes to show you don't need a "special" HDTV antenna.