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FoxPopuli 27-Mar-2020 1:19 AM

Greetings from close-to-Chattanooga TN
 
Hey folks, you can call me Fox.

A few months ago my grandfather expressed disgust at his cable provider as they bumped up the price of his subscription for a second time in a year (Charter Spectrum) and he asked me why we couldn't just hook up his old antenna from the late 1980s again.
The rig seemed to be an old Winegard Low VHF that had taken quite a beating over the last few decades. At that point I knew next to nothing about OTA TV, only remembering the Crappy Days of "Hey go move the rabbit ears. That looks great, now just keep holding the antenna!" from my youth.

I was unsure whether OTA was a viable possibility for modern television service, considering he had just bought a 65" 4K Samsung a few months before. I was seriously concerned that upscaling of the OTA image would be necessary and would look worse that watching his worn out VHS tapes of Hee Haw.

But dutifully I started doing some research, and with a lot of help from Tyler the Antenna Man on YouTube I figured out not only what antenna we should buy, but also which ones we should avoid.

We've recently deployed his antenna, and cannibalized a lot of the wiring and equipment left on his house from two decades of switching back and forth from company to company trying to find the best deal on TV service.
He now gets 40+ channels, some of which look as good as those offered by cable/satellite, on multiple televisions in his house.

I dare say that this is becoming something of a hobby, as we employed trial and error in getting his reception to this point, and now I'm joining TVfool to try and glean knowledge from people with far more experience.

It's a pleasure to be here, and thank you for the chance to join you.

OTAFAN 28-Mar-2020 8:50 AM

Welcome to the Forum Fox!

I see you've already learned that research and persistence pays off in successfully installing an OTA TV antenna system. Congratulations on your project for your grandfather. I'm sure he's enjoying his new 65" 4K Samsung TV.

There are many threads on this forum which will provide hours of reading you might find of interest. There are Techs here who have spent a lifetime in the TV industry and related who can help you with just about any question you might have. I'm not one of those Techs, but like you, through research, persistence and asking numerous questions of the Forum have successfully installed an OTA TV antenna system at my location. Along the way I've learned much and hopefully I've been able to pass some of that knowledge on to relevant queries.

Anyway, I hope you find this Forum helpful when you have issues that you need help with.

All the best.....


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