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Old 09-07-2009, 03:47 PM   #1  
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Due to finances I need to cancel my cable. My main tv is a Westinghouse Model # LTV-32w6 HD. I know I need an antenna, but I don't know anything else. I do not have a converter box, but was told I don't need one on this tv. I will need to get one for the other tv's I assume. I am a single mom who is not mechanically or electronically inclined, so simple and inexpensive is important. My zip is 78412. I will be happy with just the major networks. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:41 PM   #2  
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Hello Txzimmer! Welcome to the forum! It would be our great pleasure to help you! We recommend that posters go to www.tvfool.com , enter their address, save the results as an attachment, and finally post the results to the forum. The generic zip code address is the middle of bay, west of the Corpus Christi Navy air base! The local terrain appears very flat so generic zip code may be adequate for a general discussion.

Three of your locals are high vhf and rest uhf. Most of your local network broadcast towers are located fairly close together (ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and UNI). Hmmm, the nearest FOX broadcast, according to tvfool, is 80 miles away! But, that probably is incorrect. What are the channel number and call letters for your local Fox affiliate?

Tell us a bit more about you situation. Do you live in a home or an apartment/condo? If the latter, what floor and do you have line of sight toward the broadcast towers? Have you tried any antennas in the past? If so, what were the results?

Based on the signal strengths, a first guess is to use an indoor antenna such as the Radio Shack 15-1874. See: http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2103077 This antenna has been a fairly reliable performer and does well in areas with high signal strengths. It would very easy to hook this up to tv and see if it provides you with your local channels.

TV reception is generally much better with antenna out on the roof. In your case, I would recommend an HBU-22 (receives high vhf and uhf channels). It may work in your attic as well (assuming you have access to one).


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Just checked, you Westinghouse does have a digital tuner so you are to good to go for OTA!

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Old 09-07-2009, 05:06 PM   #3  
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To TXzimmer,

To start out with, you came to the right place to hget some good advice and many of us understand cheap.

After viewing your generic address TVfool report which appears to be Corpus Cristi, TX, it now gives me enough information to say.

1. Your Westinghouse TV is HD ready, no converter box needed.

2. You may be able to get away with using your older other TV without a converter box because your area has an unusually high number of low powered analog stations.

3. From your generic address TVFool report which often is based on the center of your zip code, its shows most of your stations to the West and West Northwest direction, and about 17.5 miles away with line of sight to the stations. And this is where your exact location comes in, and it matters little if you live in the high rent or the low rent district, what matters if you are closer or further away from those stations than the hypothetical center of your zip code. Because if you end up closer, it means a simple indoor rabbit ear antenna will do, in out and done. If you are unlucky enough to live further away, its probably going to require a more expensive antenna in the $40.00 class, at least an attic install, and $15.00 or so of coax cable.

4. Since you clearly have access to a computer, go to
www.TV Fool.com and pull an exact address report. Sadly this forum will not let you post it until you have 5 posts, and such a TVFool report will protect your confidentially by not showing your exact address. But until you have those 5 posts, you can compare your exact address to the generic center of zip code one and tell us if you are closer. Because I have my fingers crossed hoping a very inexpensive rabbit ears type antenna may be all you need.
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:23 PM   #4  
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:24 PM   #5  
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #6  
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I don't know what that means?
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:31 PM   #7  
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It also just said on TV that fox is now on channel 18 but will be going to channel 10 and I will need a uhf, whatever that means.
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:32 PM   #8  
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Is that what you need?
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:36 PM   #9  
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The other thing you asked. I own a one story house. I did get a vhf uhf fm stereo RCA indoor antenna "terrestrial HDTV broadcast compatible. Model ANT110. It picked up some of the hispanic channels and channel 3. The hipanic channels were fuzzy and channel three was clear when it wasn't cutting out. Not watchable.
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Oops, sorry for using an acronymn. OTA = over the air

Is Fox a subchannel on KZTV, channel 10?

The RCA ANT110 is similar in design to the Radio Shack I suggested. Indoor antennas can really be a challenge, particularly in single story homes. In my opinion, your better bet is to go with a roof mounted antenna. I recommend an HBU-22 or Winegard 7694. A roof mounted antenna would cost you about $150 to $200 (includes antenna, tripod, rg-6 cable, and proper grounding). Do you have any family or friends in the area that could install the antenna for you? There may be custom antenna installers in your area which would add another $100 to $200 to the total cost.
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Unfortunatly no I have no family here and don't know anyone who could install it. Maybe I will check on craigslist and see if there is a handyman or something. Thanks for your help.
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Just a thought, may apply in your area.... Our satellite installers will also install tv antennas for a reasonable fee (prices I quoted above). Another thought, look up antenna prices on solid signal. For most antennas, there is an installed option. I would guess that the install company, quoted by solid signal, probably would have a contractor in your part of Texas.
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Yes, exactly what we need.

So I will start out assuming you know nothing about digital TV Over the air reception.

To start out, digital TV's, unlike analog TV needs to be allowed to be scanned for gettable OTA channels, its in your owners manual somewhere, but neglect that step, and you get nothing remotely resembling your full potential.

But by in large, when we talk about a digital TV OTA signal, it either comes in perfectly or does not come in at all. But if your strongest digital channel, namely viritaul channel 3 pixelates, it is saying you will not get the rest.

But the other thing to realize is that a one story house is not a fatal flaw, but what would be a more fatal flaw is having a TV in a room that mainly faces east and south, meaning that the television signal would have to penetrate more signal robbing building materials before reaching your antenna. And in general, your best indoor antenna location would be facing a northwest pointing window without a metal screen.

In short you are close but no cigar yet. And when you do not have much money, its a poor idea to try things at random when they may not work.
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Be careful of any dealings with ZIP installations, the company offered on the Solid Signal site: they seem to vary widely in competence and experience from one area to another.
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