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Old 12-Jan-2017, 9:04 PM   #1
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Antenna Help

I'm currently looking for the best antenna to buy to get at least 4 channels.
I'm wanting to get at least these channels.
It says 295.19 degrees and 297.77 degrees for:
WCBI HD CBS 04.1
WLOV-DT Fox 27.1
WTVA-DT NBC 09.1
ABCTVA ABC 09.2

http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?opti...pper&Itemid=90

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...e6a46e7d621cf6

Those are the two links off the signal locator.
This antenna will be at least 25 feet off the ground.
I plan to hook it up to my coax that's coming off my Direct Tv dish. I'm dropping Direct and using a Roku and this antenna.
Thanks for the help.
Let me know if I gave enough info.

Clay
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Old 12-Jan-2017, 11:29 PM   #2
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It looks like a small vhf/UHF combo antenna should work.

Something like the winegard hd7694
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Old 12-Jan-2017, 11:41 PM   #3
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At up to almost 70 miles away and with very modest transmitting power levels on the other end, I suspect it's not going to be anywhere near that easy.

I think you're going to have to go much, much larger, add a preamp, and make certain you have an immediate signal path that's clear of trees or buildings. Otherwise, you'll be calling the sat folks back up again for a re-connection.
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Old 13-Jan-2017, 12:08 AM   #4
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Agreeing with ADTech, I'd look at using a either a large combo (UHF/VHF) like the Winegard HD7698P or two separate antennas... example; an Antennas Direct DB8e combined with a Stellar Labs 30-2476

https://www.amazon.com/Winegard-HD76...ywords=hd7698p

https://www.amazon.com/Element-Bowti...CWE9PVE124G3RQ

https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Fringe-D...ntenna+outdoor

And as already mentioned, you'll need to avoid obstructions to have any realistic hope for reliable reception.
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Old 14-Jan-2017, 4:32 PM   #5
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Yep after a closer look at the polar plot, I have to agree with the AD and Ground ur Mast

My signal levels at home are similar to yours and I'm getting by without a preamp using an 8 bay bowtiefeeding one tv, but having more signal to work with is usually better than not enough
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Old 30-Jan-2017, 9:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies.
I'm also looking at this antenna.

http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=149881

Have yall ever heard of this one or have any opinions?
It's on sale now for $79.99.
It's also a little smaller package than the Winegard HD7698P.

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Old 30-Jan-2017, 10:17 PM   #7
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I agree w/ the opinions you've already received. It is almost always best to go w/ the larger antenna. Especially, when dealing w/ weak VHF Lo&Hi stations.

When it comes to audio speakers, combustion engines and antennas, you're not going to fool physics w/ anything smaller.
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Old 31-Jan-2017, 1:18 PM   #8
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I just noticed that your TV Fool plot is only resolved to the block level. It may or may not be accurate. I highly recommend that you prepare and post another TV Fool plot using the following directions: http://forum.tvfool.com/showthread.php?t=14508
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Old 31-Jan-2017, 1:53 PM   #9
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Old 31-Jan-2017, 3:48 PM   #10
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Tough location, you will need a good clear site line toward the towers. No trees, buildings etc.

Also you may not be able to use the existing cable. dish installers are notorious for sloppy installs. Lots of extra cable length, many piggy backing of splitters, etc. When the OTA signal finally gets to the TV(s), through whatever mess they left behind you could only receive a faction of what the antenna receives.

You want a short, straight cable run with as few, (or no), splitters as possible.
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Old 31-Jan-2017, 7:15 PM   #11
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Thanks guys for your help.
I ended up buying the Winegard HD7698P and a Winegard LNA-200 Boost.
Hopefully I can get that to work for me.
When it comes in I'll have to figure out how to mount it and attach it to the house.
Thanks again for all your help
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