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DMA: Las Vegas, QAM?? COX??

Discussion in 'DISH™ OTA Support and Discussion Forum' started by nitz369, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. nitz369

    nitz369 AllStar

    Dec 15, 2005
    I am trying to understand this QAM thing, I just moved to Las Vegas and desperately need my locals, I tried $40 rabbit ears and get 50-60 reception on most channels, I am trying to avoid putting an outdoor antenna up if at all possible.

    What is QAM and if I were to pay for basic basic cable from Cox can I just plug that into my Dish OTA spot and get OTA HD Locals?

    Otherwise what is a good outdoor antenna that I can diplex to both vip 622's?

    Any idea if Vegas will be on the list for 2008 hd locals??
  2. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I can't help you on the OTA from Las Vegas, but maybe someone else can...

    As for QAM from cable. Nope. The Dish receivers do not have a QAM tuner (your HDTV might), so no way to get your HD locals from a cable subscription via the Dish receiver.
  3. Ron Barry

    Ron Barry 622 Tips & Trick Keeper

    Dec 10, 2002
    1. Take a look at antennaweb.org. From there you should be able to get a general feel for the antenna type you need and how far you are from the tower.

    2. Got to AVSForum and look in the HDTV local threads for your area. See what people are using and what type of successes they have.

    3. Walk your neighborhood, look for people that have OTA. Ask a neighbor about theres and if they are having good success.

    OTA is bit art and bit science. Local knowledge is very helpful. As a generalization, A lot of people have good success with Channel Master equipment. That is what I have and I am very happy with it but like I said above, I am in North Orange County so that most likely will not be as helpful since you are not in my area.

    Based on getting 50-60 with an indoor antenna, if the antenna is a crappy one you might be able to accomplish what you are doing with a better indoor antenna though I am a big fan if you can go outdoors go outdoors and your based on your indoor numbers you should have a good shot outdoors for sure.

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