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Old 11-04-2012, 01:40 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by walkinwood View Post
Most of the coat-hanger antennae on the web are designed for UHF which would explain the issue with the VHF channel.
I use a $14.99 (I could swear I paid less) radio shack VHF/UHF antenna and it works fine inside my home. Of course, my signal strength could just be much stronger than yours, but it is something that is essentially free to check out. The radioshack sales person had no issue with me taking the antenna home to check it out.

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Good Idea.

I had tried a similar antenna: RCA Basic Indoor Antenna: Electronics

But the only major network that gave me is FOX. So I ended up returning it.

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Old 11-04-2012, 03:04 PM   #22
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I find TV Fool to be more accurate for me. I live 25 miles from the nearest TV station, but it accurately tells me that stations from a city 78 miles from me will come in better, either due to a stronger signal or better line of sight or both. I use a simple Phillips passive indoor TV antenna. I tried a powered one and it didn't do any better. I still may try an outdoor one some day, but the indoor one is pretty reliable.

I really like it, because even though I have Dish satellite with locals, I just set up my lower level with multiple TVs sharing this inside antenna so I can watch multiple college football games at once. Splitting the antenna isn't a problem. I did try to use another splitter reversed to connect both coax from the satellite receiver and from the antenna into the single coax connector on the TV, but the signal was badly degraded. Using an A/B switch works perfectly fine, except that I have to get up to switch unless I want to buy a powered remote switch.

I would like to get more of the nearby local town's stations, just for weather and local news. I get one of them, but if I change or move anything it may drop out. I am in a funny location where Dish has to use Roanoke (not that close) for locals, I can pick up Richmond (barely closer) on the antenna, and I get can one Charlottesville (half the distance of either of the other two) station. One advantage to this setup is that if one network affiliate is pre-empting programming for something like an ACC basketball game I don't care about, another one from the same network might not be.

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Old 11-04-2012, 03:57 PM   #23
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[QUOTE=RunningBum;1245748]I find TV Fool to be more accurate for me./QUOTE]

I agree. I prefer TV Fool also. (It's just that I forgot where I kept the Link.)

Anyway, I am fortunate to be in a location that has many digital channels available... and all of them have very strong signals. Since the Cable images are always so inferior (I compare with the times I am forced to use Cable in the RV), I don't have to consider changing from the OTA setup. (And SageTV makes the non-HD images even better by converting them to true 1280P)

And FWIW, here are the read-outs of both of these websites from my address for comparison:

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