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Old 29-Jan-2015, 6:53 AM   #1
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Hi Folks
I am an existing cable customer. I am interested in moving to an external HDTV antenna.

1 - Receive NYC broadcast stations (CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, PBS, WPIX) (Must have).
2- Receive CT based station (main interest is CT PBS).(nice to have)
3 - Possibly Long Island based PBS (nice to have)

I have 2 TV's. Neither have a tuner so I would need tuners as well. I currently have a Silicon Dust Home Run tuner that I am not using. I have a HTPC with Openelec that I would consider using for a DVR. I would only need a DVR on one TV.

Thanks for any recommendations.


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Old 29-Jan-2015, 5:52 PM   #2
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As a starting point, the NYC based transmitters are going to require a full sized deep fringe antenna or combination of antennas. I'd opt for an Antennas Direct DB8E + Antennacraft Y10713. That allows you to optimize aim more precisely and provides maximum performance. You'll need a preamp that can handle a mix of strong and weak signals, the RCA TVPRAMP1R comes to mind... The newest preamp from Antennas Direct is the 'Juice', I have a sample in hand but have yet to compare it to my current preamp. The spec's say it would be a match to your situation, though it would require a separate UHF/VHF combiner and depending on what FM transmitters operate near you, an external FM trap (filter ) might be required as well.

I've been quite impressed with the very inexpensive HomeWorx tuners, I have the HW-150PVR which has several interface options for connecting to the TV/Monitor including HDMI.
If the well is dry and you don't see rain on the horizon, you'll need to dig the hole deeper. (If the antenna can't get the job done, an amp won't fix it.)

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