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antennas for free tv channels, i need a new one


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#1 cpunoob

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 02:19 AM

i live in orange county southern california

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3ddfafcf1206496e

 

ive used the above and other sites to help me figure out which way to point the little

pen shaped antenna ive stuck outside my window, has to be pointing east to be more effective

 

but i struggle to get stations that are within 35 miles

its starting to give me bad reception, im guessing it was not meant to be outdoor
 

 

i have it hooked up to this thing

https://www.amazon.com/3100STB-Converter-Recording-Playback-Universal/dp/B01F1OPFEA

my review is the "great buy for 19.99"

 

my question is

 

what do you have

how much did it cost

what range does it have

do u like it 8)

 

if i get strong enough antenna i might be able to pick up a few stations from san diego



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Posted 24 November 2016 - 09:23 PM

anyone buy an antenna in the usa recently?

 

everyone here use only cable for tv???

 

which one would you choose if you wanted to cut the cord

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tv+antenna



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Posted 24 November 2016 - 10:39 PM

Looks like you have many stations with good signal levels.  I would stay away from the amplified antennas, you really don't need one.

 

Most digital stations are on the UHF band, and in most places a simple UHF only antenna will do the job.  But you appear to have a number of stations on the VHF band, so you will need a combination VHF/UHF antenna. 

 

Good article here: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-F0PmlIYIsrg/learn/learningcenter/home/antenna.html

 

Channel Master makes decent products.  http://www.channelmaster.com/Outdoor_Antennas_s/20.htm


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Posted 26 November 2016 - 06:51 PM

https://www.amazon.com/1byone-Amplified-HDTV-Antenna-Detachable/dp/B00IF70T4M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1480200766&sr=8-3&keywords=tv+antenna

 

https://www.1byone.com/TV-Accessories/Paper-Thin-TV-Antenna/OUS00-0186

 

https://www.1byone.com/New-Conception-TV-Antenna

 

thinking about getting the amazon one

its on sale and i might bite 8)

would it be able to pick vhf really well?



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Posted 26 November 2016 - 11:32 PM

The specs indicate it covers VHF/FM/UHF, so it should at least cover the frequencies you need.  I have never used this type of antenna, so I have no idea how well it will work, how sensitive it is to position, etc.  Much more familiar with bow-tie and Yagi antennas. 

 

The modulation scheme used for OTA HDTV is sensitive to multipath, so the higher and more 'in the clear' you can get the antenna the better.  And as far as the amp - if the antenna can not pull in the signal, there is nothing for the amplifier to amplify.  All it does is add more noise.  You are always better off with a higher gain antenna than trying to amplify a lower gain antenna. 

 

But for $22, you can hardly go wrong.


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Posted 03 December 2016 - 02:45 AM

so far so very good

trying to get the highest signal quality is tricky the cable is  not that long and my positions are limited

i have it on the top of the cabinet that holds the tv

its just lying there flat on top of a small box facing the ceiling just  3 inches away, higher is better

it did come with those sticky things, but im still trying to find the sweet spot for best over all picture and channel count

 

from my experience anything reading 60% and more on signal quality is a solid picture

below 55 its going to break up occasionally, im getting 63 to 65 and seeing almost 70 on some channels that gave me a high 50s before

signal intensity has gone up at least 10% on almost all channels, and with the amp attached and power on its 15 to just over 20% increase

still im using it without the amp, i will attach it during stormy days 8)

 

will still keep fiddling around with positions just to see if i can really increase the crap out of the signal quality levels 8)

but for now its working great.

 

if you want to know what model i bought its the 1byone model OUS00-0186

says it picks up fm too, but my pvr receiver box which has fm radio options wont pick up anything, wont give me option of selecting radio for scanning stations. maybe its just for stereos



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 09:26 PM

need an outdoor antenna now

neighbor did some work on their roof and my signals have gone down the crapper

 

tried moving this flat antenna all over the place

i have an extension to give me more options, but cant find a sweet spot like before.



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Posted 25 March 2018 - 01:38 AM

https://www.channelmaster.com/Antenna-Selection-a/134.htm

https://www.channelmaster.com/STEALTHtenna_Digital_HDTV_Outdoor_TV_Antenna_p/cm-3010hd.htm
maybe that cheap one :grinner:

 

i really dont want to cheap out but i think it will be good enough



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Posted 25 March 2018 - 02:41 AM

Home brewing one isn't that difficult.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/tv/how-to/a6608/build-your-own-digital-tv-antenna/

With TV antennas the key is "location, location, location". Get it up as high as possible.
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Posted 25 March 2018 - 05:24 AM

I'm still using the TV antenna that I had from 1970s and it works great.

 

I did have to adjust it to catch all of the channels and now it works great.

 

 

If I were to buy one these days I would probably choose one similar to these and mount them in my attic.

Keep in mind antennas that amplify signal also amplify noise.

Buy good coax and not cheap coax it does make a difference.

 

https://www.amazon.com/TV-Antenna-Amplified-Motorized-Rotation/dp/B071V7SV6P/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1521973110&sr=1-4&keywords=tv+antenna

 

https://www.channelmaster.com/STEALTHtenna_Digital_HDTV_Outdoor_TV_Antenna_p/cm-3010hd.htm


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Posted 25 March 2018 - 05:42 AM

Home brewing one isn't that difficult.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/tv/how-to/a6608/build-your-own-digital-tv-antenna/

With TV antennas the key is "location, location, location". Get it up as high as possible.

I've made one similar to that in your link and they do work well base on the Grey Hoverman design.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 01:15 AM

ground wire gauge?



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 05:54 AM

I would use #8awg or #6awg stranded copper wire and depending on high high your antenna is could cost quite a sum of cash as copper wire ain't cheap.

 

If possible mount your antenna up in your attic.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 09:51 AM

Client had no antenna in new apartment.  Ground floor, 50 miles from local stations.  Indoor antenna gave very spotty reception.  Opted for outdoor antenna mounted on vent pipe on roof, small with 60 mile range but still spotty, added cheap ($30.) amplifier and all stations come in clear and no interference.  User wants no part of AT&T or comcast so this is best option to get free OTA signals.



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 03:08 PM

ive had enough of paying for channels i dont watch

out here there are enough free ones with decent stuff to watch

 

plus i can try that roku thing with sling if i want some sports coverage

but first i need a tv with usb slots lol still have my old tv






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