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Directv OTA Antenna

WolfpackRon
05-31-2005, 06:39 AM
I will soon upgrade to HDTV. What brand or model is the OTA antenna that Directv sells with their HD dishes? Also, how effective is this OTA antenna? My zip is 27106 and two of my local stations are 13.8 miles away and others are 34.1, 37.0, and 35.0 miles away. Will I be satisfied with this antenna or should I consider other choices? Thanks in advance, WolfpackRon.

merc56
05-31-2005, 09:45 AM
You will get a lot of advice here about this and the general feeling will be to NOT go with the D*TV one. First (if you haven't already) go to antennaweb.org and check out what size antenna you need. Second, go to you local electronics store and pick yourself up the best antenna you are willing to spend the money on. Get a little more of an antenna than you need and you should be good. I added an inline aplifier to mine to help with the signal (Radio Shack $35.00).

If you look around on this forum in the OTA section you will find people will recoment various antennas, I have a channel master - no problems whatsoever.

Hope this helps
Keith

burtandi
05-31-2005, 12:44 PM
The D*TV OTA antenna is not worth it. I am located similar distances to my local towers as you are to yours. The two stations that are 30+ miles away will not come in. Buy an antenna and an amp and you should be fine.

jpnuzzo
05-31-2005, 01:16 PM
Best bet is to do NOTHING at least for the next few weeks. D* is launching a new sat soon and is supposed to announce new HD plans during June.

When I contacted D* about how I could prepare in-advance (cutting trees, etc) they stated that subscribers will need a new dish and receiver, but no specifics are available yet.

I'll have to replace a $600 receiver and $100 dish after just 1 year. You might not want to invest yet, rumors are that there will be equipment rentals involved and some cool new products.

leww37334
05-31-2005, 01:19 PM
First question are you going after UHF only? Almost all HD/Digital stations are UHF. The answer to this will determine whether you need both a UHF and VHF antenna or UHF only. Second, have you considered a Zenith Silver sensor indoor antenna, the 30+ mile stations are just possible with a Silver Sensor. Finally if you need to go with an outdoor UHF only antenna then the channelmaster 4228 is a very good antenna. As was suggested earlier you definately need to check http://www.antennaweb.org and see what it says about your particular location

Griff
05-31-2005, 05:28 PM
Wolfpack----- I bought the DTV antenna from those guys- it worked but they had to put up 3 different antennas before I got fair reception- I agree with the others- go to Radio Shack or lowes and get a Channel master antenna---
I am on the coast and I can not get a fox channel locally in digital--- so I put up an XG91 from antennadirect trying to get fox 50 out of raliegh---- did not work can pick it up when conditions are right ----
Go pack class of 74------

wisem10
06-01-2005, 07:41 AM
WolfpackRon,

I purchased the antenna from D*. To answer your original question, I think that D* provides aWinegard GS 1000.

-- http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_display.asp?CAT=&PROD=ANWGS1000

I live about 20 miles from the towers and this antenna picks up nothing. However, I'm uncertain if it's the antenna or the ambivalence and shoddy work of the installers that is the cause of the lack of reception. I've had them come out two more times and there has been no improvement.

Anyway, with the Zenith Silver Sensor antenna, that I purchased at Sears, sitting on top of my TV I can receive every local channel in HD with near 100% signal strength. I've given up on the outdoor antenna. If I were you, I'd forgo the D* installation and go with a local outfit that knows the type of setup that you'd need for the OTA, and would care about the quality of the install. Or, just buy a Silver Sensor and wait for the HD locals via D*.

- Mark in Raleigh

koolz71
06-01-2005, 11:18 AM
I used the antenna that i had left over from VOOM it was an amplified wineguard, they hooked it up, and had a seperate amplifier in the house, i live about 30 miles away and im getting 90% strength from ALL my locals, just make sure u point it in the general direction to get most ur locals and it should go fine, the only problem ive had so far and dont know how to fix is when i go to enter the local stations on my H10 it pulls up the sat. feed and not the OTA feed, Ive tried to block the channel but no fix, the only way i can find is u have to select it from the channel guide

WolfpackRon
06-01-2005, 06:36 PM
Thanks everyone for the input. My HDTV seems to be on a slow boat from China. I have looked at antennaweb.org. I looked tonight and the results were very different from several days ago. Sounds like I need to consider an alternate OTA than the D*TV antenna. I will have hip replacement revision surgery on Friday, so I will deal with it after a couple of weeks of being Whacko. WolfpackRon.