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Old 27-May-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
roger46
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Help switching from satellite tv

Hi guys,
I am new to this site and off air HD programming in general but my family has decided that they would like to give this a try and cancel our satellite subscription. We need some help selecting an antenna and determining how everything should be tied together. Our location is approx 20 miles due north of downtown Indianapolis. See http://www.tvfool.com/option=com_wra...073b0b2c9ab513
Right now we have a monthly subscription to Dish Network which includes 2 HD receivers (VIP622 DVR and VIP722K DVR). Each of these receivers currently provides a signal to 2 TV's. The satellite dish is mounted on the south side of our house on the roof and 2 coax cables run from there directly to our basement utility room where they go through a couple of splitters before heading out to the DVR's and TV's. Right now 2 of our TV's are HD and 2 are not, which will probably change in the next year as we upgrade the other 2 sets. In addition, there are coax cables runs from the basement utility room via splitters to 2 other locations where we can plug in a small 13" TV when exercising in the basement or while cooking in the kitchen. Regarding placement of the new HD antenna, it could possibly go where the satellite dish is now or more preferrably in our attic on the south side of the house, which is approx 25 ft above ground level. When we first moved into the house, I mounted an antenna in our south attic (not HD), and there is a coax cable connected to it that goes directly to the utility room so this may be the best location if the new HD antenna is too large or conspicuous to mount outside. The distance from the attic antenna to our basement utility room is probably 80ft. From the utility room back to the tv's is 20ft, 40ft, 50ft, 80ft respectively.

I need some help picking the antenna plus anything else I would need (signal strength devices, boosters etc). Can you recommend some good models that would work for my situation?

Also, are there DVR's or other devices that can go next to a tv or in our utility room to tape shows? I have a cat5 cable to most of the TV's so if there are other options for internet TV or anything else coming available in the future I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks.
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Old 28-May-2012, 12:07 AM   #2
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ALL Questions and Information - Broadcast Tv Reception and More

The link to the tvfool radar plot is not working. Post a new one.

Is this it?? http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...073b0b2c9ab513

As I understand it there will be 6 Tv locations??

What is the make and model number of the antenna you mounted in the attic??

Of the antennas shown in the pictures , what antenna looks the most like the one you have in the attic??

http://www.kyes.com/antenna/pointing/pointing.html

And there is no such antenna as a HD antenna , A antenna is A antenna is A antenna is A antenna is A antenna Is A antenna.

Antennas receive , Analog , Digital and what else is transmitted

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Old 28-May-2012, 1:05 AM   #3
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Electron,
Here is another link to the radar plot, hopefully it works.
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...073bec7e97fe21

In total there will be 6 TV locations. The antenna that I currently have mounted in the attic is an Archer VHF/UHF/FM indoor outdoor antenna (15-1655) that is 15+ yrs old. Thanks for your help.

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Old 28-May-2012, 1:07 AM   #4
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Ignore my sketch. It looked fine till I submitted it but then all of the spaces came out.
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Old 28-May-2012, 1:32 AM   #5
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In the attic aim the antenna at about 195 degree magnetic compass. Here is how to aim antennas , http://www.kyes.com/antenna/pointing/pointing.html.

From the antenna run a coax to where the other coaxes go out to Tv locations.
Install a Channel Master 3418 distribution amplifier. http://www.channelmasterstore.com.

Channel Master has converter boxes.

http://www.walmart.com , has these converter boxes. RCA DTA800B1 , Sunkey ATB150S , Magnavox TB110MW9.

http://www.epvision.com has converter boxes.

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