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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by gkamer, Feb 8, 2006.

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  1. gkamer

    gkamer Mentor

    Nov 4, 2005
    Hi All,
    I need some help deciding on what to do regarding HD through DirectTV.... My situation is I live 60 miles west of Spokane in Washington state. I am purchasing a plasma EDTV and thought it would be good to get DirectTV HD package. I am sure I will get a better signal than what I get now with my local cable company.

    Now I understand I can get that OTA antenna from DirectTV when they install the dish, or buy it from a local company. The problem for me is there is no "local" company I can buy from. The closest one would be in Spokane, 60 miles away.

    So would it be better to purchase the antenna from someone there and pay who only knows how much to have them drive way over here to install it, or would it be better to just hvae DirectTV install their's????

    Any advice would be welcomed.

  2. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    The Installers are from your "area" they don't fly them in from somewhere else.

    BUT... the antenna they are authorized to install, may not be good for your area.

    It is a crap shot. I would, when the installation is scheduled, get in contact with that actually installer company and ask their recommendation.
  3. Digital Madman

    Digital Madman AllStar

    May 23, 2005
    get a Chan. Master 4221. It is not large and will pull in channels 60 miles out. That is if you dont have any VHF digitals. Check antennaweb.org to be sure.
  4. hammbone_larry

    hammbone_larry New Member

    Feb 9, 2006
    DirecTV has come out with a new dish that tracks in a new satellite. I'm not sure if it is available in your area yet or not but soon will be the only dish that they put out. Tell them that you would like the Ka/Ku dish installed. Yes it is a larger dish but all of the HD channels will be on it. You might have some problems with your install due to under trained installers in your area. You might want to call your locally contracted DirecTV installer and ask for a trained employee on this certain dish to install it. May I remind you that this is a new dish and is very fragile. It uses a fine tune adjustment called a dither and will help to increase signal strenth. If I may help you feel free to ask more.
  5. Larry_Rymal

    Larry_Rymal AllStar

    Jan 15, 2006
    This is the 5LNB AT9, right? IF so, it isn't particularly fragile at all. Just requires very precise aiming using DirecTV's recipe approach as listed in its manual. No biggie if one is comfortable with instructional manuals.

    The Channels Master 4221, as mentioned earlier, is also a good local, over-the-air, antenna with a very wide reception aim---not narrow focus. Getting this kind of antenna is the easy part. Very simple to install which means you can shop around a bit.

    I'd suggest going to http://www.solidsignal.com. Dig around.

    I purchased an amplied SquareShooter from them. I like it, but I wish I had waited a bit as better choices came out after my purchase. I'm about 55 miles away and get reliable reception in the 90s for the signal strength:


    Channel Master 4221:

    Here's a rather pricey, but curious one, the Lacrosse. You might dig around on GOOGLE for a review:
  6. newsposter

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    Nov 12, 2003
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