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locals are 41 miles away

04-05-2005, 07:38 AM
I live in Mattoon Illinois, I am using a Dishnetwork 811 receiver and wish to start receiving local hd brocasts (nascar) my local staions are wcia (champaign) 41 miles wicd (Champaign) 41 miles and wrsp 45 - 50 miles what type of antenna do you recomend and where can it be purchased.

04-05-2005, 09:38 AM
Go to www.antennaweb.org & punch in your location to get a list of local stations, their directions, and recommendation on antenna type.

04-06-2005, 05:23 PM
My HD local channels are also about 40 miles away. To get good reception your are going to need to install an outdoor antenna on the roof. I have a Terk 55 in the attic and it just doesn't cut it. I get some channels OK but they cut in and out depending on the weather....good luck.

04-06-2005, 08:46 PM
Junk the Terk & get a decent antenna from Winegard...

04-06-2005, 10:03 PM

I am approx. 45 miles away from any tower (suburb of North Dallas). Went and bought a (vhf/uhf) yaggi from radio shack-10ft (huge sucker)

(120" Boom Length, 37 element antenna), with the following ranges
VHF = 120 miles
UHF = 90 miles
FM = 90 miles

Installed it in the attic (major pain). Roof installs are a real eye sore :)

All local HD broadcasts come in great with a signal strength of 92-98%

If you dont need a channel master (towers in several angles), then this should work if you dont have any heat shielding in your roof.

06-12-2005, 10:24 AM
hello there,
I don't if this helps you or not, but I use an outdoor antenna to get a few more channels in HD in Bloomington. I have dish network also and run a DB8 into my dish HD receiver that dish supplied for me. I am able to pick up PBS HD,ABC,NBC,CBS,UPN & FOX with not much trouble. I reviewed this antenna online and read good reviews on this antenna so I bought it. I could probably mount a little higher but for right now it works good. Well I hope this might help you out a little.

06-12-2005, 11:54 AM
I suspect at 45 miles you are entering a 'fringe' area and will need an outdoor antenna even if you had no obstructions. You may pick up one or two especially strong stations indoors but generally they will not be reliable.
The Zenith Silver Sensor is the best indoor antenna, and it's not powered. Some have even installed these in attics and outdoors.
But that's more trouble than it's worth.
If you can't get a good signal inside with a Silver Sensor, you definitely need an outdoor rig.

06-13-2005, 09:17 AM
High Gain Channel Master with a rotor works well for that distance.

06-27-2005, 11:14 AM
Get a uhf antenna at radio shack. Part #15-2160. Works for me and I'm 48 miles out. cost is $24.99. Cant beat thatl.

06-27-2005, 03:25 PM
Get a uhf antenna at radio shack. Part #15-2160. Works for me and I'm 48 miles out. cost is $24.99. Cant beat thatl.

Is yours mounted outside? How far off the ground?

06-27-2005, 04:02 PM
Mine's in my attic. I get all the channels but WB. I dont even have a preamp. I only needed one antenna since I have a straight line to all the transmitters. You do need an attenna for each line. You can get the lines to point at antennaweb.org. Click on Digital only and street level and it will map out the direction to point your antenna's. I've seen 3 antenna setups before and at 23.00 each, thats cheaper than alot of other antenna's out there. They're rated at 75 miles. Personally I think old fashion and ugly is the way to go.