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All the houses are pretty much the same height so I don't think that will be a problem. I'm still leaning towards trying the rabbit ears with an amp though.If Dish does the install for you, try to make sure the installer puts the antenna up high enough to clear the roof of any obstructions caused by neighbors' houses and roofs, large trees etc. There's another thread going right now about a guy who had Dish install his antenna and the neighbor's house is blocking the path. You may even want to suggest a location for him to mount it when he comes (they aren't really in the business of installing OTA antennas, but they've been doing them).
Can't go wrong there. Even if it they don't pull in all the channels you want, you can use it when you travel or as a backup. BTW, you can probably find an RCA TVPRAMP1Z preamp for less than $20. Lowes sells them but they overcharge, IMO. When all is said and done you're looking at about $30 total, more or less, for rabbit ears and a preamp.I'm still leaning towards trying the rabbit ears with an amp though.
I have the ota adapter connected to the Hopper and joeys get it along the rest of the guide.Originally I was just looking to connect the antenna to each TV and not bother with the OTA adapter for my Hopper as I do a lot of DVRing from broadcast channels and two tuners wouldn't be enough. If I go the route of a roof antenna and run the line to my Hopper 3 would my 3 other Joeys receive the OTA channels or does it need to go direct to each Joey (or TV)? Also when it goes through the Hopper would it also go out if the Dish does? (I'm thinking not since it has its own tuner(s).)
Can you elaborate? Does that mean of my 4 units (1 Hopper and 3 Joeys) only two can get OTA service at the same time? If so that would be okay as I'm just looking for backup not to get rid of the Dish locals. I've read that if the Dish goes out you can still get OTA but I'm confused how because when my Dish goes out I can't access the guide (at least I don't think so) I can only get to my DVR.But you only get two tuners for that for OTA. You don’t get individual feeds to each TV.
I don't have a Hopper, but if my Dish reception goes out (rain fade), I can still access my guide.Can you elaborate? Does that mean of my 4 units (1 Hopper and 3 Joeys) only two can get OTA service at the same time? If so that would be okay as I'm just looking for backup not to get rid of the Dish locals. I've read that if the Dish goes out you can still get OTA but I'm confused how because when my Dish goes out I can't access the guide (at least I don't think so) I can only get to my DVR.
Unless Dish is including the antenna (which they do in areas where they’re peddling OTA installs during local channel disputes) then you might just want to try it yourself? $100 is a lot of money and like I said before, they don’t have the meters or tools to point an antenna properly anyhow. They’d be stabbing in the dark.OK, thanks about the guide. I guess I never really checked the guide when it was out since it wouldn't have mattered anyway. Also I was only asking about splitting to different rooms when I was thinking of going straight into the TV. Now that I realize the Hopper will feed it to all locations that makes that a better solution.
So here's where I think I am at now thanks to all this great info and help (this place really is the best!): I'm leaning towards a roof antenna. I already have an extra pole mounted from the days when I needed two dishes. I also have the Comcrap line run to the Hopper location so that can be used to replace Comcrap. No splitter but the distance is long so an amp may be needed. I also have a direct Comcrap feed to one of the bedrooms so I'm thinking an antenna line right to the TV for that one if possible to do a split that way. That would get me an extra tuner and also it is an older Samsung TV and I use the wake up timer and that only works with an antenna feed or cable.
I'll reach out to Dish as it looks like either $100 or $150 to install based on config, I'll need an OTA adapter $60 unless I get lucky on eBay and then the antenna and possibly an amp. Any suggestions on an outdoor antenna based on the TVFool report I posted earlier in this thread? The pole I'm thinking can be reused is on the garage roof so it is about two stories high and seems to me to be clear of any obstructions (at least close by).
The preamp has 2 parts. One part goes as close to the antenna as possible (most can mount to the J-pole). The second part is the power inserter; it goes inside the building where the antenna line first enters.I'm not sure I'd trust myself up on the roof (I know my wife won't) and I think I will still need some wire run as the cable is split in the house so I'd need a line run from the antenna to where it splits off to the rooms. But I appreciate the assessment to try and save a few bucks. Where does the amp get connected at the antenna or at the adapter? In other words would I need that available at the install if it needs to be connected at the roof or can I do it myself by adding at the adapter point?
Check out this link. It's mostly a resource to find satellite TV installers, but most any of these guys should be able to mount an antenna on a pole on your roof for you if you buy the antenna and the coax you need: http://www.ftainstall.com/Installer...d States&LocationGrouping=NJ&DisplayResults=1Dirt confirmed that Dish doesn't cover my area although they can't determine why. Apparently they just put in the address and it says yay or nay. And I'm not having much luck finding an independent installer in Central NJ so I'm starting to think this plan is DOA rather than OTA! Also makes me wonder if the reason Dish doesn't do it and installers are hard to find is because it is not a great area for it.