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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    Quote Originally Posted by boggen View Post
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    if you live in a dense neighbor (in the city) or a lot of metal obstructions around. every hour may be a challenge for you, trying to get a signal as the waves bounce all over the place causing extra static.
    What really need a single antenna to serve the TVs and receiver in the house. We do have some trees between us and the transmission towers but we also just cut down some of those trees which will help. Since we are on a hill I think our reception to the channel we want the most should be pretty good. One of links in this discussion said the tower was only 11ish miles away. What is funny is that we could care less about reception to ABC, CBS, NBC, or even the independent stations. We simply have not watched the channels in a decade. We just want to watch our cooking and gardening shows that are on Sunday afternoon.

    We don't have any metal or other obstructions besides the trees which is why I think we can get away with an attic mounted antenna to pick up a tower 10-15 miles away.

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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    You may find that almost anything works reasonably well. You can try something cheap.

    I have demonstrated with a Hooped UHF antenna that used to come with a lot of little TV's.
    I have also used zip (lamp) cord to show folks. If you get a reasonable signal, then almost any purchased antenna should work.

    The links provided above for the home-made antennaes are the place to start.

    I personally have tried older FM/VHF/UHF TV antennaes (Log Periodic) with great success. Inside Control for Rotator made it Fantastic.
    I have also used a small (8x8) amplified array on the motorhome. (the standard motorhome antennae works fine also).

    You may wish to rotate the antennae to pick up the local (but distributed) channels. WebApps show the headings required.
    Installing and operating a rotator in an attic can be either very easy if un-obstructed or very difficult if their are supports in the way.

    Purchased Antennaes can be inexpensive. I have used Solid Signal and am happy with their service.
    TV Antennas & Supplies - Shop at SolidSignal.com

    Unfortunately, my new location is in a (signal) hole and I havent worked the required height to get a clear shot at the stations.
    I haven't even got my ham antennaes up yet
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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmccarty View Post
    The station is on channel four.

    I just don't want to put up an outside antenna due to the extra work, longer coax run and we are on the top of a hill. We have had lightning bolts hit all around the house. The last one was 125ish feet away and took out a large oak. My hope is that the antenna in the attic would be less likely to attract lightning than it mounted outside on a pole.

    Later,
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    True, it would be safer. Notice I used the word safer.. not safe. Best way is give it a try. I noticed our local "channel 3" never moved back to the old channel 3.. they are on UHF now..I looked up the station on the web site posted.. If anyone want info on how to decode the jargon of -71dbm and HAAT and other phrases on the fcc site I can help.. but probably would take a book to describe (I am noted for that anyway) and the little icons that the fcc put on the map of "poor signal" "fair signal" "good signal" are the bottom line anyway.

    As for inside antenna working. they can work.. I have 1 VHF and an HF antenna in the attic. I have worked all over Europe and South America and a little pacific area on the hf wire antenna before I got my tower built and an outside array.. notice I say they can work, I did not say they are best. No attic antenna I know of will beat the same antenna outside and in the clear..They are compromises, but life is a compromise.. And you have your reasons for not wanting the outside antenna, I say give the attic antenna a try, you don't have a lot to lose. Might work great.

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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmccarty View Post
    O TBN Hams, TBN Hams, where art thou TBN Hams?

    We are tired of paying Directv half a decent car payment each month, and finding nothing to watch, so we are getting ready to cancel the service.

    We are using Netflix and Amazon Prime for streaming but we do watch some gardening and cooking shows on PBS. These shows might be online but if we can get them over the air we might as well do so. Streaming works for us but we only have 1.5mb down which is going to limit how many shows we can watch at the same time.

    The house is on top of a hill, not a tall hill, but there is a cell tower a mile away and the tower's warning light is about eye level with us. I don't want the antenna outside on a pole if I can avoid it. I think the PBS broadcast antenna is 15-20 miles away. I just want to stick the antenna in the attic and drop the coax into our wiring "closet." I see that some antennas don't handle channels lower than 6 and we need channel 4. And we might as well have FM reception as well.

    I did find that the FCC has a website that shows the signal strength at your house that might of interest to others.

    Any suggestions on what antenna we should get, look for or avoid?

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    hi
    You might need to see your pbs tv station on channel 4 (which naturally was a low- VHF frequency- OLD analog tv days before digital conversion) most likely it is being broadcast on a UHF frequency that the (digital)TV tuner translates to be seen at channel 4 position on tuner selector.

    You need to see if any of your local TV stations are broadcast over
    hi-VHF frequencies, 7or 8-13,
    stations could be broadcast On hi-VHF in digital. (you just need to know that the channel number - can be, different than the assigned frequency or channel- the station is transmitted on. the digital tuner translates it)

    Low power stations might still be analog broadcast, though most are going to be converting over time.

    A lot of towns/ cities have both VHF/UHF stations which means you need a VHF/ UHF antenna-
    Not just a UHF Antenna.
    There are "Digital" antennas that look like an oven rack ( or fly swatter), they are ONLY UHF. Won't work if you have any VHF broadcast stations.

    Most of those "digital HD" set top antennas are probably kinda useless.

    Typically Radio shack staff are CLUELESS!!!!!!! regarding antenna equipment ( if the store even has real antennas).

    Channel master has a full range of antennas might checkout winegard brand also.
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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    Try this to see which stations are near you. I tried the others listed on here and they were only showing about 1/2 of the stations that I am actually pulling in right now.
    TV Fool


    I have a large TV antenna that I picked up from Menards in my attic and it works pretty good. I get anywhere from 14-20 stations depending on which way I have the antenna rotated. Farthest one I picked are ~40 miles away. The next furthest are ~65 miles away and I don't think I can get them without putting the antenna up on a poll outside.
    I think this is the one I got, it's pretty large.
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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    Quote Originally Posted by kg7il View Post
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    You may wish to rotate the antennae to pick up the local (but distributed) channels. WebApps show the headings required.
    Installing and operating a rotator in an attic can be either very easy if un-obstructed or very difficult if their are supports in the way.

    Purchased Antennaes can be inexpensive. I have used Solid Signal and am happy with their service.
    TV Antennas & Supplies - Shop at SolidSignal.com
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    I have looked at rotating the antenna but I think that will be difficult depending on the size of the antenna since it will be in the attic. Plus a rotator is more money. Honestly, we really only want to pick up one channel and we might have multiple TVs connected so rotating is not needed and/or would be interesting to use.

    I will check out that link!

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    True, it would be safer. Notice I used the word safer.. not safe. Best way is give it a try. ...

    As for inside antenna working. they can work.. I have 1 VHF and an HF antenna in the attic. I have worked all over Europe and South America and a little pacific area on the hf wire antenna before I got my tower built and an outside array.. notice I say they can work, I did not say they are best. No attic antenna I know of will beat the same antenna outside and in the clear..They are compromises, but life is a compromise.. And you have your reasons for not wanting the outside antenna, I say give the attic antenna a try, you don't have a lot to lose. Might work great.

    James K0UA
    I agree the inside antenna might be safer. I wish it was SAFE. The lightning is so bad around the house I am wondering if it is worth the added risk to pick watch a couple of TV shows. I know of at least four trees within 500 feet of the house that have been hit by lightning. I saw the last bolt that hit a tree. I really don't want that power hitting the house.

    Per previous posts, I might just try a cheap indoor antenna and see what happens. A larger antenna would be better since we are trying to pull in a radio station that can have iffy reception and I think an antenna in the attic would do a good job picking up the signal.

    Later,
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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zick View Post
    Try this to see which stations are near you. I tried the others listed on here and they were only showing about 1/2 of the stations that I am actually pulling in right now.
    TV Fool


    I have a large TV antenna that I picked up from Menards in my attic and it works pretty good. I get anywhere from 14-20 stations depending on which way I have the antenna rotated. Farthest one I picked are ~40 miles away. The next furthest are ~65 miles away and I don't think I can get them without putting the antenna up on a poll outside.
    I think this is the one I got, it's pretty large.
    30 Element TV Antenna at Menards
    That is good info. I was looking at some of the larger sized antenna's one of which was RCA. The one in my wishlist is a smaller RCA unit so I will look for larger ones.

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: Antenna for FM, UHF, VHF?

    I'm about to ditch directtv too. Hate the programing, if you watch a show at noon or miss it, don't worry, it will be back on at 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm. Same shows on repeatedly on most all channels every day.

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