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HD Antennas?

TreeSaw

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Oct 30, 2003
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So I am charged with streamlining our crap and I hate paying a ton for cable when we don't watch it! That being said, we're in the market for a whole house HD Antenna (can power multiple TVs so must have an amplifier) that will work in a rural area. Help me get rid of the excessive cable bill and tell me what do you have and what do you like about it?
 
Dec 3, 2007
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Start at antennaweb.org. That will give you compass orientation and distance for all your local broadcasters along with some antenna suggestions. We tend to stay away from powered antennas as they can be very directional in their reception, which can be a problem if your broadcast towers are spread out relative to your location. If you're connecting several tvs, use a high bandwidth splitter and distribution amp if necessary. Mount the antenna outside and as high as possible, keep your cable runs as short as possible, and use RG6 cable and quality connectors.
 

DirtyMike

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Aug 8, 2005
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I use an antenna myself because it's rare that I watch TV....... Went through five before I just nutted up and spent the 150 on a quality unit mounted in the attic. Don't be cheap, buy the good one to start with
 

TreeSaw

Mama Monkey
Oct 30, 2003
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Dancin' over rocks n' roots!
Start at antennaweb.org. That will give you compass orientation and distance for all your local broadcasters along with some antenna suggestions. We tend to stay away from powered antennas as they can be very directional in their reception, which can be a problem if your broadcast towers are spread out relative to your location. If you're connecting several tvs, use a high bandwidth splitter and distribution amp if necessary. Mount the antenna outside and as high as possible, keep your cable runs as short as possible, and use RG6 cable and quality connectors.
Thanks! I went to the site already and got their suggestions and was hoping to compare them to real live people (on the internet lol). I will need to look into high bandwidth splitters but do plan on short cable runs (hopefully). Husband is anal about good cable and connectors so that should be good to!
 

4130biker

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May 24, 2007
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We made the switch and really like it (even though our antenna is a POS). We still get the local and national news, and everything else we YouTube or Netflix.
 

syadasti

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Dec 3, 2007
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We've used two of these pointed if different directions (so we can get good signal for the stations in various directions) at our facility and they work great along with a separate amplifier for long runs to three TVs in the building. Zero problems for the 9 years we've had them:

https://www.amazon.com/Channel-Master-CM-4221-HDTV-Antenna/dp/B000FVTPX2/
We've had pretty good luck with this one and it's little brother around here, but our towers are all within 35-40 miles. Channel Master and Winegard have pretty similar offerings and have been in the antenna biz forever.
 

skibunny24

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Jun 16, 2010
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