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Old 8-Nov-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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Do I have a Chance to receive OTA


I checked out my chart and it seemed promising.

I tried building an antenna but got zero reception in several places around the house. I'm willing to purchase an antenna and mount in the attic or even on the roof, but I have a few considerations. First is the metal roof which I know gives poor cell phone reception. Next, is a utility transfer yard of some sort less than 100 yards west of my house.

Do I have a chance? Or, is giving in to cable my only option?

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Old 9-Nov-2013, 2:56 AM   #2
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Despite a couple of possible hindrances, you have a very good opportunity to get reliable reception.

Did you verify your tuner is ATSC/8VSB capable? (Check the specifications in the user manual, which should be fairly easy to find online with a make/model number search.)

Did you set it to 'Air' or 'Antenna' mode, then scan for channels?

Though there are DIY antenna designs that would work in your situation, a simple UHF only antenna is not up to the task. A GH4n or larger would be a viable DIY design to consider if you are intent on building your own.

If you want to consider a factory built antenna, I'd suggest a Winegard HD-7694P pointed at about 5 per a compass.
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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Old 9-Nov-2013, 3:48 AM   #3
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A Simple reception situation that will receive Many Digital Broadcat Tv stations/channels.

Above the Peak of the Roof in such a manner that the roof and building are not , obstructing , impeding , blocking , reception to the , North West , North , North East , West , South West , South.

Install a Antenna Craft HBU44 antenna aimed at about 18 degree magnetic compass direction.

Here is how to aim antennas ,

Use a Real and Actual magnetic compass to aim antenna.


Here are some above the roof antenna mounts.
Use the , ronard(911) , 5 foot tripod antenna mount.
Use the , ronard(4560) , eave antenna mount.
Measure around the chimney and use a , ronard(2212) , ronard(2218) , ronard(2224) .

Buy the ronard antenna mounts at , , by typing , ronard(x) , in the solidsignal search box or buy from , .


For 1 Tv connected , a antenna system amplifier will most likely not be required.

For 1 Tv connected use No splitter.

For , 2 , 3 , 4 , Tv's connected install a Winegard , LNA-100 'Boost' antenna system amplifier , before the splitter.

For 2 Tv's connected use a simple common 2 way splitter.

For 3 Tv's connected use a simple common 3 way splitter.

For 4 Tv's connected use a simple common 4 way splitter.


Here are some places to buy antennas and etc. .


This next information is Very Important Tv channel scaning information.

The Digital Tv/s Must Channel Scan for the , OTA=Over The Air , Digital Broadcast Tv stations/channels.

The , ATSC , aka , 8VSB , Digital Broadcast Tv Channels.

Some Digital Tv's will Automatic channel scan for cable Tv channels.

DO NOT channel scan for cable Tv channels.

Do Not channel scan for Analog broadcast Tv stations/channels , only.

The Tv/s Must Channel Scan for the Digital Broadcast Tv stations/channels.

Often named the , DTV Channels ~ Air Channels ~ Antenna Channels , in the Tv setup menu because the Tv transmissions travel through the Air from the transmitting antenna to the receiving antenna.

Go into the Digital Tv Setup Menu and select , DTV Channels ~ Air Channels ~ Antenna Channels.

Scan for channels.


As Always , trees and tree leaves , plants and plant leaves , in the directions of reception have a Negative Effect on Broadcast Tv reception.

Here are some and not all of the Negative Effects.

Absorbing , Blocking , Reception.

Multi-Path Reflecting Tv signals bouncing around.

And so do buildings and other obstructions including your own roof and house.

The Best Practice is to install the antenna at a location that has the least amount to no amount of obstructions of any type or kind in the directions of reception including your own roof and house.

Last edited by teleview; 9-Nov-2013 at 6:44 AM. Reason: Clarify information and typos.
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