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11-24-2011, 12:34 PM
Does anyone get reliable 78 mile DTV OTA reception?

Here is my situation, the Bengals are blacked out yet again. But WLKY 32 out of Louisville will be showing them and Cincinnati and Dayton will not. I have a large fringe VHF/UHF antenna I can put up with the 25 db mast mounted amp that I use now with the U-75 Radio Shack Antenna.

I can go 20 feet above the house and the terrain is relatively flat. My ASL is about 900 feet. Right now I can pick up most Dayton stations consistently at 52 miles with the U-75 and the mast mounted amp. Would it be worth putting up the larger antenna with the mast mounted amp with a higher mast. Or will I be wasting my time?

Thanks in advance

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11-24-2011, 06:03 PM
Well what did you do seeing you had no responses?

11-24-2011, 07:53 PM
Does anyone get reliable 78 mile DTV OTA reception?

Years ago when I lived in Greenwood Indiana which was 91 miles from the tower I would get the station all the time with the same type UHF antenna which I have installed today. Unfortunately the antenna is no longer made and the only way now is locating a used one, but they are expense now. The web site Channel Master 4251 Tribute Page (http://www.rocketroberts.com/cm4251/cm4251.htm) has at times listed used ones for sale. I'm sure if you could find one that it would more than do the job for you.

11-25-2011, 07:23 AM
Thanks for the information on the Channel Master Parabolic antenna. I think with that I would get constant reception from Louisville. Too bad no one makes a parabolic UHF anymore, I think it is needed now more than ever. I'll try do a followup on the results (if any) on the "Bengals Blackout project" antenna quest. If anyone else wishes to add to this, please do.

11-25-2011, 09:28 AM
I use the below antenna on a rotator from the lakes region of New Hampshier to receive Boston channels in HD, plus Maine. Boston is more than 80 miles. I am over 1000 ft above sea level which helps.
Channel Master 4228HD 8-bay HDTV/UHF TV Antenna


11-25-2011, 09:42 AM
The best UHF deep fringe antenna known to man :)
Antennas Direct 91XG UHF TV Antenna (91XG) from Solid Signal (http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?mc=03&p=91XG&d=Antennas-Direct-91XG-UHF-TV-Antenna-(91XG)&c=TV Antennas&sku=853748001910)

11-25-2011, 11:10 AM
Run a TV Fool address report with the height set at 20 feet and post the results. The 91XG is your best bet but if my not be worth the time and money spent if you do not have enough signal at your location.

11-25-2011, 11:42 AM
I just ran another TV fool report, this time using the airport as the reference. I just noticed that WBDT 26 Dayton Ohio (52 miles) is really on channel 26 which is the same as WLKY 32 Louisville KY (78 miles) Co channel interference might be more of problem than just the distance. I'm going to try that larger antenna that I have in the shed and see if that can bring at least one Louisville station, then there is some hope.

This whole thing stems from having the Bengals being blacked out yet again in Cincinnati, but Louisville 32 and Columbus 10 and Huntington WV 13 are showing it. But Louisville is the closest.

I didn't want to spend any additional money on this unless I thought it would work. I'm not sure how many more games the Bengals will play at home that will be blacked out. The antennas that were mentioned in the comments all look promising, wish I could try them out before buying...(its only a wish)...lol

I could travel 50 miles South of here to watch the game, at another location. I was just hoping maybe something would work here. I'll be back....

Using the airport as a nearby reference at 920 ASL TV Fool (http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3dec122fa959a403)

11-25-2011, 11:54 AM
Using the airport as a nearby reference at 920 ASL TV Fool (http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3dec122fa959a403)

This report is for the airport at 500 feet. Why don’t you run a report for your location at 20 feet?

11-25-2011, 12:12 PM
Unfortunately there's just no guarantee that whatever you put up will get you the channels your wanting as there's just too many things that could affect the signals especially with digital

You do the research and spend the money then hope for the best.

Reigster at SatelliteGuys