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Will DTV Installers also put up a OTA Antenna? Recommendations?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by thestaton, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. thestaton

    thestaton Legend

    Aug 14, 2008
    Unfortunately Lexington, KY is not slated to be getting HD Locals any time soon. I checked out Antennaweb.com to get an idea of what kind of equipment I would need.

    Right now I'm using this antenna because TWC does not offer ABC or NBC in HD.
    Amazon.com: RCA Indoor / Outdoor Tv Antenna: Electronics

    I have this antenna inside, and it does a decent job but if anyone walks into the room or I move around then the signal cuts out. However, I can not for the life of me pick up CBS or FOX with it.

    The problem with my location, is that we are down in a valley, and all areas of the house are surrounded by trees that are well over 30FT. If I travel a mile north to my neighbors house that lives up on a nice size hill they can pick up the locals with a decent size antenna inside their house with no problem.

    According to antenna web these are the color codes for the digital channels.
    Fox - Green. VHF 56.1. Compass 245 Miles. 22.6
    CBS - Red. VHF 27.1 Compass 274 Miles. 23.8
    NBC - Red. UHF 18.1 Compass 273 Miles 23.4
    ABC - RED. UHF 36.1 Compass 273 Miles 23.4

    Maybe I could pick these up with a great indoor antenna? If not is it possible for DTV to install a outside OTA antenna when they come to do the install?

    I found the Wineguard Squre Shooter antenna, and it looks like it can be installed on top of the dish and the signal ran on the same line?

    I understand I could change my billing address to a digital grey area, that is about 20 miles east of my location, and get the east coast nationals.

    Finally, if anyone can recommend a great installer for the Central, KY area I'm all ears.

    Thanks for the help,
  2. Kansas Zephyr

    Kansas Zephyr Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    D* will not get involved with your OTA antenna.

    That's strictly DIY.

    Don't let that deter you, though. You'll reap the benefits of fade-free local TV.

    Your better off putting a good VHF/UHF antenna in your attic (or outside), rather than small dish "clip-ons". They just don't perform well.

    It's also best to run a separate coax for OTA, rather than diplex it with the sat. But, if necessary, it is possible...and also NOT supported by D*.

    What model and how many D* receivers do you have?
  3. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    We used to carry OTA's in the warehouse and sometimes had one in my truck. But I would have no clue how to align one since we have all locals from the sat.
  4. thestaton

    thestaton Legend

    Aug 14, 2008
    I am looking at just getting this setup. HR21-100/AM21
    So just 1 :)
  5. Kansas Zephyr

    Kansas Zephyr Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    According to tvfool.com the Fox plans to stay on RF Channel 4. So, you'll need a VHF Lo/Hi and UHF combo antenna.

    Something along the lines of a Channel Master CM-3016 should work well.
  6. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    Check out the Lexington, KY thread in the "Local HDTV Reception Forum" at http://www.avsforum.com. You'll find local experts that provide or can recommend off-air antenna installation.

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