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Old 23-Jan-2010, 2:16 PM   #1
Sakura
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Help in rural area

Hi, we recently moved to SE Kansas and ordered DirectTV, and then realized that they don't offer local channels in our area.

This is what we have to work with - http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...5d43bd33d387c8

We've already played around with an indoor/outdoor antenna from Antennas Direct that is supposed to have a 60 mile radius and got nothing, except for some reception on the Channel 30, the local station, depending on where the antenna was placed.

DirectTV offered us East Coast feeds from NBC, ABC, and FOX, so what we really want is to get CBS - though if we could get any of the other networks too, we'd be really happy. Is it worth trying with a bigger antenna? We don't want to spend a zillion dollars on a huge antenna in a house we don't own though too. Any input would be much appreciated!

Thanks.
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Old 23-Jan-2010, 7:32 PM   #2
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DirectTV offered us East Coast feeds from NBC, ABC, and FOX, so what we really want is to get CBS - though if we could get any of the other networks too, we'd be really happy. Is it worth trying with a bigger antenna?
Most of your channels are pretty hard to receive. KOAM (ch 7) and KFJX (ch 13) are VHF channels. Their signal levels are very low, so it will take a good high-VHF rooftop antenna plus pre-amp to get them.

KODE (ch 43) is a UHF station that is even weaker and will require a UHF capable antenna.

Channels even further down the list are probably not even worth considering because they are even weaker and they come from completely different directions.

The Winegard HD7698P is about as good as it gets for high-VHF plus UHF combo antenna. This antenna has roughly the same performance as the Winegard 8200U, but it is narrower because it only covers channels 7-69 (you don't need support for channels 2-6).

It might be possible to get slightly better UHF performance using a separate dedicated UHF antenna like the Antennas Direct 91XG, but this would mean buying another antenna just to help out on one channel (KODE).

For pre-amp, I'd recommend the Channel Master 7777.



Bottom line is that you only have a few channels that are within reach (channels 30, 7, 13, and 43). The ones that you can get will require just about the biggest antenna available plus a pre-amp installed on your roof.
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