OTA antennas

JerryVolunteer

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Can everyone tell me what OTA antenna you use and how good it is, I need one to pick up about 20 miles out to get all of my channels. I think i will prob get a multi directional outdoor where i wont have to worry about moving rabbit ears and stuff. What does everyone think?
 

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Can everyone tell me what OTA antenna you use and how good it is, I need one to pick up about 20 miles out to get all of my channels. I think i will prob get a multi directional outdoor where i wont have to worry about moving rabbit ears and stuff. What does everyone think?

You should go to antennaweb.org and see what they recommend.
 

Mr Tony

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go to tvfool.com and put in your address. They will give you a real good chart on where the towers are and what type of antenna to use
 

jtwex

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I'm about 20 miles out (though using a huge mast antenna inside my attic) & adding the preamp & then the distribution amp made all the difference in the world. I went from 10-20's on the meter to solid 100's across the board from every OTA. When I got creative & pointed it towards Notre Dame & Wisconsin I had no trouble picking up their locals......I just don't have a swivel system that allows me to adjust the direction of the antenna.

Most important: The Preamp.
2nd: Distribution Amp
3rd: Antenna

Another thing to keep in mind is some networks (ABC-WLS Chicago) still use a VHF antenna for HD so don't think you can just find the best UHF one & get everything that you are looking for. Use a normal splitter & reverse the inputs so you have UHF into one input & VHF into the other leaving the one output to go to your distribution amp. :p

Just my opinion from somebody who loves his OTA along side his DTV channels.....like when the rain causes the Sat's to go out during a sporting event I've been watching for 3 hours.
 

flampher

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I am looking for input on the highest gain uhf antenna I can get. I presently have a CM4228, 8 bay, with a BT CMA 75 pre amp. I have pondered the 91xg as others seem to be pleased with it. I have also read that it is troublesome to maintain (wind and snow load) and my antennas "fly pretty high" The H 8800 seems to have great gain figures according to the chart I am attaching the link to. I have a stable installation with a roter as I am on the deep fringe of Albany NY, and Burlington VT. I require signals from ch 14 to ch 43. Thanks !Comparing some commercially available antennas
 

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