How far away can you get channels nowdays with an antenna?

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  1. harshness

    harshness SatelliteGuys Master

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    Mudflaps would have worked just fine for the frequencies that they support just as loop and bowtie antennas will work with UHF DTV stations today (assuming they have enough gain). For more than a few, the transition to DTV meant that most of the VHF channels went away. Now in the face of our third repack, the antennas designed to include 600-800MHz frequencies are a lot less interesting.

    The modulation scheme is of no interest to an antenna as it grabs the carrier at that frequency. If they switched polarity from horizontal to vertical, you'd just turn the antenna on its side.
     
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    What is antenna mudflaps?
     
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    Height of the broadcasting antenna is very important as well. Mt. Bigelow sits about 6000' above Tucson, and I can pick up a few of the low-power TV signals on Mt. Bigelow from Phoenix, about 100 miles away.
     
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    LOS is typically what you're getting with height. LOS is most important.
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    Trip RabbitEars Webmaster Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

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    This post is not accurate. "Digital signals" are nothing more than digital bits modulated for carriage on what is otherwise a specific type of analog carrier. The world around us is analog. Further, nothing about the type signal being received changes the performance characteristics of an antenna at a given frequency. Merely changing from analog to digital would do nothing to impact how your antenna reacts to the signals around it.

    In your specific case, it appears that many of the signals you now receive off the back are quite a bit stronger now than they were in analog. That, not the move to digital itself, is likely why you now receive them.

    There's nothing stopping you from using a less directional antenna if that works for you. However, multipath becomes a real potential problem at that point, and if your signals are weak, you will likely lose the gain necessary to bring the weaker signals in.

    - Trip
     
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    About 45 miles, given my stations and terrain. Farthest is WTVG in Toledo.
     

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