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UHF range

Discussion in 'DISH™ OTA Support and Discussion Forum' started by MarkN, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. MarkN

    MarkN Legend

    Jul 13, 2007
    does anyone know if its possible to pick up UHF signals from 70 miles away? If so can you recommend an antenna that would work for that range.
  2. tvjay

    tvjay Godfather

    Sep 26, 2007
    I use a Channel Master 4228 connected to a Channel Master 7777 amp and I can pull in some Cleveland (about 80 miles away) stations most of the time.
  3. MarkN

    MarkN Legend

    Jul 13, 2007
    ok thanks for the info!
  4. jkane

    jkane Icon

    Oct 12, 2007
    Depends on the power of the transmitter and the lay of the land between.

    If the transmitter is low power, it is unlikely. If it is high power, then likely. If it is in between, you may need more elements and/or an amplifier as close to the antenna elements as possible.

    If there is a mountain 10 miles away blocking view of the tower, you ain't getting it no matter how much gain you have!
  5. tvjay

    tvjay Godfather

    Sep 26, 2007
    Don't forget about height. Put the antenna up in the air as HIGH as you can otherwise you are just pulling in noise. My antenna is located on the balcony attached to my third floor apartment with nothing major (that I can think of) in the way between the tower farm in Parma and my antenna.
  6. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    If the station's signal is like this one: WKBN-DT you would stand a chance. I get this one 57 miles away with an indoor antenna! I'm on high ground and their tower is very high too.

    Keep in mind no antenna, no matter what it's "rated" range is, can receive a usable signal from a station that is not high enough in either tower height or power.
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    There are three UHF antenna's that I am aware of, that are possibly capable of doing this IF they have any signal in your location at all. You can check WWW.TVFOOL.COM and do a MAP PLOT for the station(s) you want. If there is any signal, try one of these:

    Channel Master 4228 with Channel Master 7777 preamp.

    Televes DAT75 with Channel Master 7777 preamp.

    Antennas Direct 91XG with Channel Master 7777 preamp.

    My take on the three... While they all have about the same gain, the Channel Master has been changed from the "old standby" most people that recommend them own, and some have reported the new model has some matching problems.

    The Televes (which I own, as you can see in the Avatar), is Commercial quality, but being from Europe, has its peak gain on the upper UHF channels, so dont expect to use it on the high VHF band. Ive had excellent results with this one, however.

    The Antennas Direct is also fairly popular, but suffers from some sagging.
  8. altidude

    altidude AllStar

    Jan 13, 2010
    I am 65 miles from the antenna farm on Mount Wilson Los Angeles and pick up all but three or four stations that broadcast from that site. I'm using a UP-7 TV Antenna, no pre-amp and I split the signal two ways, one to a HTPC and one to the VIP-722k.

    My situation is pretty much ideal however. I am line of site, no tall structures/trees nearby, no airport, etc.
  9. mostec15

    mostec15 New Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Howdy from Puerto Rico:
    As i mention before, because of a need I learned from a general license a few tricks on make some antennas. I don´t know if i can post with your request some step by step of some dipole antennas. Anyway, I´m available to help anytime. In PR we also have some problems with the mountains but as some extraterrestrial philosofer ALF say all the time: there´s more than 100 ways to peel a cat.

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