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Old 09-28-2007, 03:38 PM   #1
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I heard it works, but can't find any info online. I don't want to buy an expensive indoor antenna. My house has a Directv dish on the roof from the previous owner. All the cables and ports are still there. How can I use it as an outdoor VHF/UHF HD antenna? Hope someone knows. Thank you.
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Old 09-28-2007, 05:19 PM   #2
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No the frequencies and electronics are completely different. You can reuse the coax cables and hook up an antenna on the mount though.
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Thanks for the reply. I used a 80" Boom Length, 32-Element Antenna in the attic, however, not all channels can be received from one direction. When I get ABC, I lost NBC. So what would you suggest for an indoor antenna or anything(not expensive and easy to install)? I live in north Dallas area. Thanks.
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Thanks for the reply. I used a 80" Boom Length, 32-Element Antenna in the attic, however, not all channels can be received from one direction. When I get ABC, I lost NBC. So what would you suggest for an indoor antenna or anything(not expensive and easy to install)? I live in north Dallas area. Thanks.
I'd suggest moving your antenna outside..

If you have the DirecTV receiver you might be able to pull in your locals.. I read that over at SatelliteGuys, I believe.. But, not all DirecTV receivers will pass the signal.. Also, don't quote me on this because I could be all wrong.. Hahaha
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The KXAS-DT and WFAA-DT towers are within a couple of miles of each other, so direction is not the problem. KXAS-DT is on channel 41 and WFAA-DT is on channel 9. You may be getting some reflections off mechanical equipment in your attic, that changes when you re-orient your antenna.

First suggestion is to move the antenna outside to let all your neighbors know you have an HDTV.

Also read through the DFW thread on www(dot)AVSForum(dot)com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=45 and see what others in the area have done. I have heard of some problems with WFAA-DT.

In 2009 WFAA-DT will hop back to channel 8 and KFWD-DT will move from 52 to 9.
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