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Old 3-Feb-2010, 1:06 AM   #1
t personal
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Unhappy perclumped

i am about 50 miles from transmitters....have hdtv that states i do not need to have the convertor box, but i cannot pick up any stations. tried a few antennas and still nothing. hook up through vcr-picks up 1 station but can't get to the station! do i need a converter box? and of course---thanks for any assistance
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Old 3-Feb-2010, 2:57 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome!

If you purchased your TV within the last 5 years, then no, you should not need a converter box. Anything called a "TV" (as opposed to a "monitor") is required to have the correct type of tuner to watch over-the-air broadcasts without an external converter.

The issue is probably related to where you are relative to the broadcast towers and what kind of antenna you need to pick up the signals.

You can use the TV Fool signal analysis tool (located here) to figure out where the stations are and how strong your signals should be. The tool will generate a "radar plot" report. When you get that report, you can copy the URL of that page (copy the content of the address bar in your browser) and post it here. That will help the rest of us understand your signal situation and provide more specific responses to your needs.

At 50 miles, most people need to use some kind of attic or rooftop antenna for reception. The exact needs depend on how high your elevation is and what the terrain around you is like, but that's where the tvfool report comes in. Your situation might be easier or harder than average, and the report will let us know.
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Old 3-Feb-2010, 2:42 PM   #3
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thanks for the assist

this morning i went with a 30 ft mast and an amplifier and now i am getting stations.... the 10 footer was not tall enough according to my neighbors.
thanks again
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Old 3-Feb-2010, 3:49 PM   #4
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It's nice to hear that things are working for you.

Are you saying that you now have a mast that reaches 30 feet above your roof? If so, remember to use guy wires or some other kind of supplemental support if you have not done so already.

FYI, in most cases, once you're more than 10 feet above the roof line, there's usually very little signal improvement with height (there are some exceptions, of course). In most situations, I'd rather suggest a more powerful antenna and keep the mast short because tall masts are harder to install and maintain, and they are generally much more delicate in bad weather.

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