OTA Antenna

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by 1953, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. kenglish

    kenglish Icon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    Most viewers don't even know what stations and subchannels even exist in their market. If they have satellite or cable, they probably have never even seen, or heard of, them.
  2. midas69

    midas69 AllStar

    Jan 30, 2008
    I just had an install for a genie and the guy said he'd never seen an AM21 before. I had to show him how to hook it up. The are at least 15 subs available in the Chicago area and I actively watch at least 10 of them.
  3. randyk47

    randyk47 Icon

    Aug 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    I like having the option to go to OTA so I've kept the capability available through my newer DirecTV receivers by adding AM21s. I could wire the antenna directly to the TV like I do for the seldom used guest bedroom TV but quite frankly I like being able to see the OTA channels on the guide. When the house was built it was deliberately wired by the first owner for DirecTV and OTA so it's not like I had to go out and run wire or install an antenna. The DirecTV tech who came out a couple if weeks ago to swap out my oldest and failing HR20 seemed quite familiar with the AM21s and said something like "I guess I don't need to tell you you'll need one for this receiver (HR23)." Anyhow, so it costs me $50 to get an AM21 off of Solid Signal, no big deal. Small price to pay when we get hit by the occasional heavy thunder and lightning storm that knocks the satellite out.
  4. mroot

    mroot AllStar

    Mar 12, 2006
    I have a question for you AM-21 users:

    I have the AM-21 OTA tuner hooked to my HD-DVR. I live in the Omaha area and get all over-the-air channels and sub channels just fine. I am able to record all of the over-the-air channels with the exception of 6.1,which is the main NBC feed (WOWT). It appears to record just fine, according to the LIST, but when I try to play it back, I get an instant 'KEEP or DELETE' message. All the other over-the-air channels record and play back just fine. The sub channel for WOWT, 6.2, records and plays back fine too!

    I moved the AM-21 to a different DVR and it does the same thing. Does anyone have a clue as to my problem? I have been in contact with the Chief Engineer at WOWT and he assures me that there is nothing on his end and wants to me let him know what I find out.

  5. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    You cant find one other AM21 user in the Omaha area to ask? No friends that have a similar setup? Omaha isnt that small a town is it?
  6. mroot

    mroot AllStar

    Mar 12, 2006
    I wish I could. That would make the solution much easier. I'm hoping there might be someone in this area reading this!
  7. dazed&confuzed

    dazed&confuzed AllStar

    Mar 10, 2008
    I'm not from the Omaha area but one quick question. What happens when you try to tune to that station and watch it live?
    I have a couple stations in the Minneapolis, MN Area that it states I can get but when I tune to them they are blank. Evidently my antenna is not good enough or it is not pointed in the correct direction for those channels.
  8. coconut13

    coconut13 Active Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    What channels are you missing? I'm in that area, and can maybe help you.
  9. android.cphone

    android.cphone AllStar

    Jan 10, 2012
    I need an ota antanna to get my actual locals the fcc has me invthe dallas market but the better news and weather info comes from ardmore ok. We have 2 local stations 30 miles away but their transmitters are a lot farther away and since locals are determined by transmitter location I can't get the more local channels

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