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OTA Antenna Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by khearrean, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. khearrean

    khearrean Godfather

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    I live in the Beaumont, Tx. area and would like someone's opinion of the following OTA antenna. I have looked at antennaweb and also talked with Channel Master tech support. For my situation, they recommended their model # 3016. I live anywhere from approx. 8 miles to 16 miles from the big 4 networks' towers.
    Does anyone have any experience with the 3016 and would it make a good choice? FYI: I'll be splitting off and running 3 TV's off the antenna. Channel Master says that I shouldn't need a pre-amp either.

    Thanks,

    Ken
     
  2. boylehome

    boylehome Hall Of Fame/Supporter

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    Ken, Check out these sites?
    TitanTV
    http://www.titantv.com/ttv/AntennaSelector/start.aspx?broadcastType=digital
    CEA
    http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Welcome.aspx
    General info. about HDTV terrestrial reception
    http://www.transmitter.com/?KeohiHDTV



    John
     
  3. khearrean

    khearrean Godfather

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    Thanks for the info...actually I'm aware of those sites and have even used antennaweb to determine the type of antenna I need. That's why I was wondering if anyone was familiar with the CM 3016 or had heard anything about it.

    Ken
     
  4. boylehome

    boylehome Hall Of Fame/Supporter

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    For the distances that you show, it should work just fine.
     
  5. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

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    8 to 16 miles away? Have you tried a coat hanger? :D
     
  6. jgoggan

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    :lol: Indeed! Give us a call when you join the 50+ miler club. :D

    - John...
     
  7. boylehome

    boylehome Hall Of Fame/Supporter

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    khearreen -
    If all the towers are located near each other then the antenna you describe will be fine. If say they are several degrees apart then you may need to add a rotator to the antenna or stack antennas aimed specifically at the respective towers. Stacking antennas can cause multipath signal reception which will phase out the good signal causing pixelation and audio dropouts and even a, "black screen, without audio.

    John
     
  8. jdmart

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    I bought the CM 3016 for our attic (at Lowe's for $35). It's a great antenna.
     

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