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cdnbri

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Hello Everyone,

What are you guys using to pick up your local digital channels?

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Mike

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Rabbit ears from a tv from a long time ago.  Antenna taped to back of a flat screen. Picks up all the local Albuuqerque stations and channels 9 & 11 from Santa Fe when I watch ota which isn't all that much anymore.  
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I use a DB4E for UHF, and a Yagi for VHF.
The VHF antenna is on a fixed azimuth, and the UHF antenna is on a rotor.
I also have a couple homemade indoor antennas that I made for UHF
on the 2nd floor, as I have never run any coax up there.


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Antennas Direct ClearStream 4 is good for UHF if you need longer range - look on ebay. How far are you from the transmitter?

I am using a ClearStream 4 for stations that are 55 miles away to my south-east,
and a ClearStream 2 for stations that are 40 miles away to my north-east,
paired with a Televes Yagi-BIII for VHF High Band (also 40 miles to the north-east).
All three antennas mounted on the roof, about 20-25 feet above ground, flat terrain to the transmitters.
Televes makes some wild looking UHF yagis, but I have never tried one.

I also have an Antennas Direct 91XG, which is an excellent long-range yagi;
I used to regularly pick up WLNY-55 from Long Island NY, 215 miles away in a straight line over open ocean, until the FCC moved them to the same frequency as a local station 30 miles away.

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The **ultimate** UHF antenna (consumer models at least) is the Channel Master 4251 parabolic antenna, if you can find one.

http://www.rocketroberts.com/cm4251/cm4251.htm

Some guy in Ohio (pctools24) had one for sale on ebay earlier this year; I think he wanted $500?

Channel Master 4251 installed Jan 2008 for HDTV reception!
WellerTip

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Never buy an antenna based on a distance it claims..the laws of physics don't bend due to fancy marketing hype nor pretty plastic casings.

Plot your address here: http://www.tvfool.com

It takes into account your terrain and distance from the transmitters.

As kurtz says, the 4251 if you can find or handle it. The Channel Master 1160 was also a V/U beast back in the day. But that was when
channelmaster was made in smithfield nc.

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Yes, and even TV Fool is optimistic about the size antenna actually needed.
Most important thing for longer range reception is to mount the antenna outside,
as high up as needed to get clear LOS to the transmitter.
It's possible to get very reliable reception without LOS, due to edge refraction, however.

The classic CM made-in-the-USA antennas can still be found on ebay (used).
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I use a 91XG rotor antenna and get 80 miles, no problem, with a winegard chromestar preamp.  Have had it for 5 years and love it.  Mounted on a 20 foot mast.
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I'm USING AN hdb91X[UHF] and a MCM30-2476[hi vhf]. Both are yagi's.  I have them coupled to a RCA pre amp.  I can pull in Fresno channels that are 90 miles and one in Visalia most of the time at 130 miles.   The low band vhf is gone for where I am located. I also can receive from San Francisco, Montery, and Sacramento.  Good spot for OTA.   Jess out in California
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cdnbri

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Thanks for all the replies.  I gotta figure out how far away I am from the Transmitters![smile]
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If you use[antennaweb.org] it will tell you the miles to the transmitters received in your area.  Jess out in California
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I use a Winegard hd 7697p for the long distance signals (60 to 100mi to my south) on a 36' tower, attached to an HDHomeRun receiver. I also use a home-made grey-hoverman style antenna with no reflector for nearby signals attached to another HDHomeRun. I live between two markets but closer to the Winnipeg area. I like to get local stations from North Dakota and Minnesota as well. Early mornings I can often log more than 40 stations in the tropo conditions. The tower is located about 400' from my house at another building so I don't get interference from my ham/2-way radio ops. Have buried 500' cat6stp cable between the buildings for gB ethernet. Works great!
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We have pretty good luck around here with this antenna..
It picks up the high band VHF along with the UHF and is
moderately priced.

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/30-2426


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I have a dual model of the OTA that Towerdude shows in a picture. My dual model has a center hinge and  '"could" be aimed in two directions. Had mine for over a year now and it appears to be well built to stand up to weather events.

I also have their yagi model by the same manufacturer. Both are well build machines and should last several years.

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