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Old 08-28-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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I am trying to get an antenna for my TV in basement. I am concerned that it may not work since the TV is in the basement. Anyone had any luck with a good antenna or did you do something else to make your basement TV to receive OTA channels ?
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:13 PM
 
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My basement TV is using the antenna on my roof for OTA channels. Is it possible for you to use an outdoor antenna?
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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You could try a good antenna down there, but I wouldn't expect much. TV signals are pretty much line of sight and won't go through the ground no matter how good the antenna is. If you can run a cable to an antenna on an upper floor or attic or outside, that would be the best solution.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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My basement TV is using the antenna on my roof for OTA channels. Is it possible for you to use an outdoor antenna?
I am kind of leaning that way, just run a cable thru my attic down to the basement. Any suggestions for outdoor antena ?
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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When I moved into my house they had a mini dish on the roof that was already mounted to an antenna mount/arm. I took the dish part off the arm, went to Home Depot and bought a UHF/VHF antenna and mounted it to the same arm. Then I just hooked the existing coax that the dish was using to the antenna and all the cable that was already running through the house for dish was now getting clear, crisp, free OTA HD channels. 3+ years later with no problems and I couldn't be happier about it.

Most of the towers around here are in the same location (with the exception of PBS, I think). So, your proximity to those towers will determine the size of antenna you need. YOu can use AntennaWeb - Address for more assistance.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:23 AM
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I am kind of leaning that way, just run a cable thru my attic down to the basement. Any suggestions for outdoor antena ?
I built this one: Introduction to the Gray-Hoverman TV Antenna - Digital Forum

Alternatively, if you'd rather buy something, then get a Winegard or Channel Master (4221 or 4228) antenna.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Since this post originally came from the Raleigh/Durham forum, the OP needs to know that the ABC station there is on VHF. Those last two posts are about UHF only antennas and while they may pick up some VHF signal, they are not designed for it. Depending on your location, you may need a combined VHF/UHF or a separate VHF antenna.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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I am trying to get an antenna for my TV in basement. I am concerned that it may not work since the TV is in the basement. Anyone had any luck with a good antenna or did you do something else to make your basement TV to receive OTA channels ?
How far away are you from the transmitters whose signals you want to receive, and what type of terrain is your house on? (On top of a hill, or in the bottom of a valley?) What type of signal did you receive prior to the digital transition? (Crystal clear signals, or snowy?)

If the signal in your area is relatively strong, and the transmitters are all at one site, an attic-mounted antenna might work for you.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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Best bet for an indoor antenna is something omni-directional that picks up both UHF/VHF - I use the NV20 Pro and get 30+ channels in Portland, mind you my antenna's on the main level - basement locations will not work.
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