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

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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,
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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?
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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.
I am looking at just getting this setup. HR21-100/AM21
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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.
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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