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Old 02-15-2005, 01:39 PM   #1  
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Ok,

I had my voom service installed last week and I only get about 3-4 Off air channels due to the fact I live deep in the woods. The channels I do get now are NBC, NBC-WC and FOX. THis is with a standard antenna that the guy from voom installed. The signal strength I get is between 87-90. I hoping to increase my range to obtain a few more off air channels so that I have ABC and CBS as well.


Here are the items I plan on picking up this friday from a local company that some of you are familiar with, Stark Electronics in Worcester, Ma (I live 30 min from them)


Antenna:#3020 152" Long Deep Fringeon sale this week for $69.00

Preamp: #AP-8283 (300 ohm in 75 ohm down) Gain 28dbVHF 28dbUHF for $59.99


I'll also need additional mounting hardware ect..

I was curious if this will be something to benefit me and I was also curious if putting it in my attic was a good idea also due to its large size. Obviously be getting the antenna higher in the air will increase my chances of picking up locals that are further out.


Please let me know what your thoughts are.


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Joe
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Old 02-15-2005, 01:46 PM   #2  
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Ok,

I had my voom service installed last week and I only get about 3-4 Off air channels due to the fact I live deep in the woods. The channels I do get now are NBC, NBC-WC and FOX. THis is with a standard antenna that the guy from voom installed. The signal strength I get is between 87-90. I hoping to increase my range to obtain a few more off air channels so that I have ABC and CBS as well.


Here are the items I plan on picking up this friday from a local company that some of you are familiar with, Stark Electronics in Worcester, Ma (I live 30 min from them)


Antenna:#3020 152" Long Deep Fringeon sale this week for $69.00

Preamp: #AP-8283 (300 ohm in 75 ohm down) Gain 28dbVHF 28dbUHF for $59.99


I'll also need additional mounting hardware ect..

I was curious if this will be something to benefit me and I was also curious if putting it in my attic was a good idea also due to its large size. Obviously be getting the antenna higher in the air will increase my chances of picking up locals that are further out.


Please let me know what your thoughts are.


Regards,

Joe
Are you looking to get both analog and digital stations via your antenna or just network digital ones for HD broadcasts? Have you gone to http://www.antennaweb.org and put in your address then sort by digital stations? Since most digital stations are broadcast in UHF, you might be buying the wrong antenna and if you are already receiving some stations in the 87+ range, you might not need the pre-amp as well.
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My zip code is 01081 I looked it up and it seems a few stations i want are like 50 miles away. Im trying to pick up both types of channels, but mainly for HD signal.

Let me know what you think.

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P.S Any suggestions on another antenna?
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My zip code is 01081 I looked it up and it seems a few stations i want are like 50 miles away. Im trying to pick up both types of channels, but mainly for HD signal.

Let me know what you think.

Joe

P.S Any suggestions on another antenna?
Wow, out of all those channels there is only one that comes up as a digital one, so your quest for HD TV in your area is DOA, unless there is a mistake on the channel descriptions.
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Old 02-20-2005, 01:09 AM   #5  
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IF YOU GO TO WWW.ANTENNAWEB.ORG AND ONLY TYPE IN YOUR ZIP CODE, IT WILL ONLY SHOW RECEIVABLE STATIONS FROM THE ZIP CODE LEVEL BUT IF YOU ALSO INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS, CITY AND STATE, YOU'LL SEE LISTINGS FROM THE STREET LEVEL. MY FAMILY HAS DIRECTV AND WE RECENTLY GOT AN HDTV FROM AMERICAN IN WAUKESHA, WI AND FOR US TO WATCH THE SATELLITE, PRESS THE TV/VIDEO BUTTON AND VIDEO ONE WILL SHOW UP, THEN PRESS THE BUTTON THAT SAYS SAT, SHORT FOR SATELLITE AND POWER AND WHEN YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO LOCAL CHANNELS, DO THE OPPOSITE BUT PRESS THE SAT BUTTON AND THEN POWER AND THEN TV/VIDEO BUTTON UNTIL YOU GET TO CHANNEL 3. FOR HDTV, YOU CAN WATCH ANALOG OR YOU CAN WATCH THE DIGITAL CHANNELS OR SUB-CHANNELS LIKE 4.1 4.2 ETC. ETC. OR FOR HD, 28.1 SINCE I LIVE IN THE WAUWATOSA, A SUBURB OF MILWAUKEE. AND FOR ANY HOOK UPS TO ANYTHING, SATELLITE BOX, TV, VCR, READ THE MANUEL BOOKLET.
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