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Old 06-18-2006, 09:22 PM   #16  
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Sorry, I should have included. 94534
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Old 08-07-2006, 12:57 PM   #17  
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Hi Tigerbands,

Where can I purchase your antenna prescription in the Mass, north shore area or surrounding comunities.
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:25 PM   #18  
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Your best bet is to get hold of Stark Electronics in Worcester, http://www/starkelectronic.com
as they are dealers for everything in the deep-fringe package. One question, however: How can you be so far from Boston on the North Shore that you need that extreme an antenna system? Unless you live behind a hill in Newburyport, chances are good that you can use less antenna and still get a good signal. Let me know...
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:33 AM   #19  
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Actually I live in Amesbury up on a hill, I checked out Stark Electronics, should I just call them for a recommendation "maybe one of the CM Crossfire models". I do have a 12 year old radio shack 8" antenna with amp on my chimney now and can pull in most all local stations. I was just looking to update and maybe pull in more stations.

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Based on the latest Stark website, I think your best value would be to pick up a Channel Master Crossfire 3671 now that they are down to $109.00. Add a rotator to it, like the Channel Master 9521a and a Chanel Master Titan 7777 preamplifier, or, as an alternative, the Winegard AP 8275 preamp, new RG-6u coax cable and you will find that you will see a TON of stations that you haven't seen before: Providence and Manchester should be no problem for you, and I would also expect that you'll see the Portland stations, as well.

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Old 08-16-2006, 08:02 AM   #21  
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Hi -
I'm in the bay area (zip 94597) and I checked on antennaweb and found that the stations that I want to pick up are rated red and blue.
I'm looking to pick up the major networks - don't really care about everything else.

Currently, I pick up just the first channel on this channel list - nothing else.

The directv installer put up my off-air antenna and just "pointed it towards San Francisco - Mt. Sutro". He didn't use a compass or anything specific.

My questions:
Is this a good enough antenna for my needs? Do I need the deep fringe prescription? Should I just point in the right direction (224 deg) and get a pre-amp?



Any help would be appreciated (especially with Football season starting!).

yellow - uhf KTFK 64 SAH STOCKTON CA 94 8.8 64
* yellow - uhf KTFK-DT 64.1 SAH STOCKTON CA 102 8.2 62
yellow - uhf KTNC 42 AZA CONCORD CA 94 8.9 42
lt green - uhf KFTY 50 IND SANTA ROSA CA 312 59.5 50
red - vhf KTVU 2 FOX OAKLAND CA 224 25.2 2
red - vhf KNTV 11 NBC SAN JOSE CA 215 27.2 11
* red - vhf KNTV-DT 11.1 NBC SAN JOSE CA 215 27.2 12
blue - vhf KRON 4 IND SAN FRANCISCO CA 224 25.2 4
blue - vhf KQED 9 PBS SAN FRANCISCO CA 224 25.2 9
blue - uhf KICU 36 IND SAN JOSE CA 146 32.6 36
blue - vhf KGO 7 ABC SAN FRANCISCO CA 224 25.2 7
blue - vhf KPIX 5 CBS SAN FRANCISCO CA 224 25.2 5
blue - uhf KDTV 14 UNI SAN FRANCISCO CA 146 31.8 14
blue - uhf KDTV-CA 28 UNI SANTA ROSA CA 313 58.3 28
blue - uhf KQCA 58 WB STOCKTON CA 39 36.5 58
blue - vhf KXTV 10 ABC SACRAMENTO CA 39 36.5 10
blue - vhf KVIE 6 PBS SACRAMENTO CA 36 37.6 6
blue - uhf KTXL 40 FOX SACRAMENTO CA 36 37.6 40
blue - vhf KOVR 13 CBS STOCKTON CA 39 36.5 13
blue - uhf KMAX 31 UPN SACRAMENTO CA 37 38.0 31
blue - vhf KCRA 3 NBC SACRAMENTO CA 38 38.0 3
blue - uhf KSTS 48 TEL SAN JOSE CA 146 31.8 48
violet - uhf KTEH 54 PBS SAN JOSE CA 146 32.6 54
violet - uhf KUVS 19 UNI MODESTO CA 64 73.3 19
violet - uhf KSPX 29 i SACRAMENTO CA 37 80.6 29
* violet - uhf KOVR-DT 13.1 CBS STOCKTON CA 39 36.5 25
violet - uhf KTLN 68 IND NOVATO CA 281 32.9 68
violet - uhf KRCB 22 PBS COTATI CA 299 40.1 22
* violet - uhf KDTV-DT 14.1 UNI SAN FRANCISCO CA 146 31.8 51
violet - uhf KCNS 38 SAH SAN FRANCISCO CA 224 25.2 38
violet - uhf KKPX 65 i SAN JOSE CA 153 58.2 65
violet - uhf KMTP 32 IND SAN FRANCISCO CA 224 25.2 32
violet - uhf KBWB 20 IND SAN FRANCISCO CA 224 25.3 20
violet - uhf KFSF 66 TFA VALLEJO CA 224 25.2 66
violet - uhf KTSF 26 IND SAN FRANCISCO CA 215 27.2 26
violet - uhf KBCW 44 UPN SAN FRANCISCO CA 224 25.2 44
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Old 08-16-2006, 12:28 PM   #23  
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I'm in the Sacramento Valley in CA. My zip is 95616.

I recently discovered my tuner picking up KQED-DT in the San Francisco Bay Area, and what amazes me is that I can get KQED-DT at all considering I have a low quality VHF/UHF combo antenna (Radio Shack VU-75XR), mounted in my attic under concrete tile, pointed at Walnut Grove (where the main Sacramento towers are located). The Bay Area tower is 65 degrees off, and 65-70 miles away, with some hills in bwtween. I am aware of the effect of atmospheric conditions on signal propagation, but I wonder what would happen if I mounted a CM 4228 outdoors (UHF digitals are all I'm interested in) and pointed it at the Bay Area tower. Would that likely be a waste of time and money?
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Old 08-16-2006, 04:15 PM   #24  
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At a distance of 65 miles, there is a reasonable chance of picking up the SF stations with the right conditions. The 4228 will be much more directional that the Radio Shack antenna, so a rotator is probably a good idea, as is a preamp, like a Winegard HDP-269
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At a distance of 65 miles, there is a reasonable chance of picking up the SF stations with the right conditions.
Does that mean there's little chance of picking them up reliably?

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The 4228 will be much more directional that the Radio Shack antenna, so a rotator is probably a good idea...
Hmm. If I can pick up the SF stations reliably, I figured I use another antenna for the Sacramento stations. That would be a separate challenge.
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Old 08-20-2006, 09:24 AM   #26  
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Well, I bought a Channel Master 4228 antenna at Fry's on Thursday. I put it up low on the north-east-facing slope of my single story house (which is away from the street), pointed at the compass heading for Sutro Tower (which is basically south), along with a Channel Master Spartan 3 amplifier.

KQED-DT is the Bay Area station I am really interested in. Thus far, I am maintaining a signal strength between 77 an 87 percent for KQED-DT throughout the day (My receiver exhibits no dropouts with anything above 60 percent).

I also get KTVU, KRON, KGO, and KBCW (44) but I haven't surveyed them closely. I still get all the Sac channels with the exception of Pax/i.

I'm holding off on major celebrations though. This may be due to atmospheric conditions. Time will tell.
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:44 AM   #27  
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I live in Nashport OH which is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. My zip is 43830. I am trying to pick up my "local" channels out of Columbus OH which are 50-55 miles away. What will be the best antenna set up for me. I live in a single story house, in a slight valley, with some 50 foot trees near my house in all directions. I know it sounds bleak, but do I have any chance getting these HD signals?
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Old 08-21-2006, 02:59 PM   #28  
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Yes, probably: according to antennaweb, you are about 48 miles from Columbus, which is due east of you. Are you looking for analog or digital stations? Both should be available to you with the right antenna system: Have a look at the sticky note : Tigerbangs deep-fringe prescription, and get back to us with whatever questons you have.
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Old 08-21-2006, 04:30 PM   #29  
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Im wanting digital. Actually, I only really care about picking up WSYX-ABC and WTTE-FOX out of Columbus in HD. For whatever reason, time warner cable doesnt offer those 2 stations in HD. So thats what I want. I read your prescription, but I dont have a local Channel Master dealer in my area that Im aware of. Do you think the Radio Shack vu-190 would give me a chance?

Thanks for all your help.

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I doubt that the Radio Shack will do the job for you, even when you use a preamplifier. It is worth ordering the pieces mail order if you don't have a local dealer. Remember that WSYX-DT is on VHF channel 13, so you will need a VHF as well as a UHF antenna if you want to pick it up: I don't believe that the 4228 by itself will do an adaquate job on chanel 13 for you.

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