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Old 11-13-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hello everyone.

We recently disconnected our cable service. Money is tight and it's a luxury and we barely watch it.

We have a Sony Bravia LCD High Definition tv. We want to get an antenna to be able to watch local channels.

There are so many types to choose from, plus with the signal changing to digital in 2/09 I am at a loss.

Any insights and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Antennas don't know about analog or digital..ignore any marketing BS that tries to convince you otherwise.

As far as brands.types Winegard and Channel Master have been around a long time and make good products. The "size" of the antenna..ie the number of elements relates to how narrow the recieved beam is ...or the "Gain" if you will. The more elements the more directional it will be which is good if your trying to seperate two transmitters that are close (physically) to each other. The down side is that a very directional antenna will require a rotor so you can point it directly at the transmitting antenna. On the other hand if your trying to pick up only a few real local stations then you can scale back on the size etc. If you look at specs they try to tell you in terms how far from the transmitter you are. That's so the non-tecno person can judge what to get.

Here's what you need to know
1: Where are the staions and how far from you are they.
2: If there a a number of stations and they all are in the same general direction from you then you can prob due without a rotor.
3: if you happen to be in an area where there are transmitters widely seperated..ie 2 to the north 3 to the sout...1 east etc...then you should consider adding a rotor to the installation.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Antennas don't know about analog or digital..ignore any marketing BS that tries to convince you otherwise.

As far as brands.types Winegard and Channel Master have been around a long time and make good products. The "size" of the antenna..ie the number of elements relates to how narrow the recieved beam is ...or the "Gain" if you will. The more elements the more directional it will be which is good if your trying to seperate two transmitters that are close (physically) to each other. The down side is that a very directional antenna will require a rotor so you can point it directly at the transmitting antenna. On the other hand if your trying to pick up only a few real local stations then you can scale back on the size etc. If you look at specs they try to tell you in terms how far from the transmitter you are. That's so the non-tecno person can judge what to get.

Here's what you need to know
1: Where are the staions and how far from you are they.
2: If there a a number of stations and they all are in the same general direction from you then you can prob due without a rotor.
3: if you happen to be in an area where there are transmitters widely seperated..ie 2 to the north 3 to the sout...1 east etc...then you should consider adding a rotor to the installation.
NBC and ABC are 7.3 miles NE
CBS is 10.6 miles NE
FOX is 13.1 miles NW
PBS - 10 miles North.

Should I get a rotor? And what size (specs) would you recommend?
Also, I have heard of antennas for HD, is that available too?
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Rather than type a real long responce

here's a link to a great article that explains in prob more detail than need be...but there's even a link to a antenna selector guide once you put in you zip code

If you read thru all this you'll know enough to start advising others !!

If still in need ...ask away
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Opps !!

Choosing and Installing an Antenna for HDTV
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Rather than type a real long responce

here's a link to a great article that explains in prob more detail than need be...but there's even a link to a antenna selector guide once you put in you zip code

If you read thru all this you'll know enough to start advising others !!

If still in need ...ask away
Coool!! Thanks so much!!
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