How many folks have AM21's?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Feb 1, 2011.

Do you have an AM21 connected to a receiver and actually are using it?

  1. Yes, have one or more AM21's and they are used

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  2. No, never had an AM21 or did have one but don't use it anymore

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  1. Feb 3, 2011 #61 of 103
    starshockey

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    I would have one IF all of my local sub channels would show up. So for now I am rolling with TiVo premiere hooked up to the OTA.
     
  2. Feb 4, 2011 #62 of 103
    turls

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    Yeah, its like a backup generator, little need for it until you lose power (not an exact analogy if you care about subchannels). You are not immune from any of the potential needs for it listed in the posts above yours.
     
  3. Feb 4, 2011 #63 of 103
    Lord Vader

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    I didn't realize Fargo even had local stations. Guess the 12 residents there have some pull. :D
     
  4. Feb 4, 2011 #64 of 103
    gfrang

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    I have two and love them

    both equaly,as long as i have Directv i will use the am21's.
     
  5. Feb 4, 2011 #65 of 103
    evan_s

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    I've got one but it isn't hooked up anymore. Was missing one of the major locals in HD when I signed up but it is available via sat now so I don't bother anymore.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2011 #66 of 103
    xmguy

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    Have locals via D*
     
  7. Feb 4, 2011 #67 of 103
    TXD16

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    Have one connected to each AM-21-capable DVR in the house. They are used to view in-market sub channels, used as a back-up during infrequent rain outages, and also used to view near-by out-of-market main and sub channels.
     
  8. Feb 4, 2011 #68 of 103
    Steve

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    I bought two when they first came out, but stopped using them when my HR21 and HR22 drives failed a while back and got replaced with HR20's. They were gathering dust, so I gave them away to another DBSTalker who was having trouble getting his hands on them last year. Now I've got 1 HR20 and 2 HR24's, and sometimes 2 OTA tuners aren't enough for back-up with all the weather issues we've had in the northeast. As a result, I'm now thinking of ordering another one.
     
  9. Feb 5, 2011 #69 of 103
    jefbal99

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    I have three and they get used daily
     
  10. Feb 5, 2011 #70 of 103
    SPACEMAKER

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    I wish I had an AM21 instead of the crappy OTA tuner in my HR20.

    Are AM21's available anywhere?
     
  11. Feb 5, 2011 #71 of 103
    tkrandall

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    If you have a HR21, HR22, HR23 or HR24 on your account, then it will show up as an "orderable" item under equipment, accessories on your account page. The AM21 does not work with an HR20-700 as the 20 has its own OTA tuner.
     
  12. Feb 5, 2011 #72 of 103
    fluffybear

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    For the most part, the AM21 and the HR20's crappy OTA tuner are the same thing with the only exception being that AM21 is a separate piece of equipment.
    You still will have to rely on DirecTV for program guide & station info.
     
  13. Feb 5, 2011 #73 of 103
    mikeny

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    By the time there was an AM21, in my case, all my locals were on SAT. I wasn't going to invest in one just for those few minutes when we lose the signal every so often.
     
  14. Feb 5, 2011 #74 of 103
    tkrandall

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    I, for one, can vouch that the AM21 can and does handle certain weak signal/multipath situations better than the HR20-700. I recall reading on this board years ago the HR20 has an earlier generation ATSC tuner chip than does the AM21, which I read has a newer more robust (at holding signal) chip.
     
  15. Feb 5, 2011 #75 of 103
    fluffybear

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    OK.
    Based on my own experience, I have not seen any kind of improvement with the AM21 or either of the HR20-700's which I own. It very well may behave differently if you happen to be closer to the transmitters then I am.
     
  16. Feb 5, 2011 #76 of 103
    tkrandall

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    Understood. In my situation, 2 (RF 39), 5 (RF27), and 46 (RF 19) all come in strong with the HR20. 17 (RF20) less so. 69 (RF43) is much worse. 36 (RF25) hardly registers at all on the HR20. The AM21 handles them all fine. 11 (VHF 10) seems stronger on the AM21 as well. Again, my situation on the other side of a localized mountain/ridge 20 mile NW of Atlanta creates a weak signal pocket several square miles large. I have no doubt that in good signal areas the HR20 does fine. All I am saying is the AM21 does better - seemingly on par with my newer HDTV tuners.
     
  17. Feb 5, 2011 #77 of 103
    houskamp

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    one more reason for OTA: Benny Hill marathon on 17-2 here :D
     
  18. Feb 5, 2011 #78 of 103
    fluffybear

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    And for me, 11 (VHF 10) would be my worst and with the AM21, the signal is constantly in and out while with the HR20-700, it's locked in and hardly gives me an issue even though the signal is maybe somewhere around 60%.
     
  19. Feb 6, 2011 #79 of 103
    SPACEMAKER

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    I live within a few miles of the transmitters for my area and my HR20-700 just struggles so bad. The signal jumps from 0 to 100% on 6-1 and wreaks havoc on my recordings rendering them unwatchable. There are some days the signal only comes in when I am literally touching my antenna. But today 6-1 has been locked in at 100% the entire day. I do not understand why this keeps happening. I know it's only TV but it's very frustrating.
     
  20. Feb 6, 2011 #80 of 103
    houskamp

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    aiming (using STB meters) and some filtering may help.. I know I have an FM station nearby that causes havoc with my OTA.. couple FM traps helped a lot..
     

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