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Old 03-26-2015, 02:38 PM
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Originally Posted by mountaintarheel View Post
I would recommend a Channel Master antenna. Since most HD channels are still on UHF, get a decent high gain UHF antenna. Channel Master are well built and mine has been through several ice storms with no problems.

As far as an amp..unless you have just an incredibly long cable run from the antenna to the TV, they can overpower the signal. I believe CM still makes amps though if you're interested in one.

As long as you don't have trees blocking your northern view, you should be able to receive most of the Roanoke channels fairly decent from Summerfield. I live in southern Alamance County and have gotten WDBJ, WFXR, and WSLS with my antenna a few times when the leaves are off of the trees (otherwise the trees kill the signal for me). WDBJ, WSLS, and WFXR all have transmitters on Poor Mountain southwest of Roanoke, which gives the northern Triad decent coverage of the Roanoke market. The exception is WSET..its transmitter is near Lynchburg and is much harder to get unless you're in one of the border counties like Caswell or Rockingham.

If you have friends though...the less hassle is the Slingbox. They're awesome.
I am going to have to look into this Slingbox thing!

Well, I do have trees surrounding where the antenna would go, but from what some engineers have told me, the TV antennas don't require direct line of sight like what the satellite dishes would require (and my satellite dish is pointing right through the trees.) So, I think I would be OK in those regards. Now, the cable from the antenna would run from the antenna on the rooftop, down into my crawl space, and up through a cable "hole" in the living room. I would assume the amp would either be somewhere mounted to the side of the house or actually in the house.

I've been looking into those channel Master antennas. I know a lot of people swear by Winegate as well. I'd want a directional antenna with rotor system so I can better pinpoint signals. Signals do tend to change sometimes, depending on what part of the year it is. Oh, WSET is still on a VHF signal. So that might be why you can't pick it up if you have a UHF only antenna. Even though there are very few VHF stations, there might be more down the road and I figured doesn't hurt to get a good, strong UHF/VHF directional antenna. I'm not too worried about WSET though. WFXR, WDBJ, and WSLS would be the Roanoke stations I'm most concerned about.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:41 PM
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A very good alternative is the Antennacraft HBU series or the Winegard 768xP series. These are combo antennas (VHF-Hi, UHF) , that have good gain, they are well built and also made in the USA.
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:27 PM
Location: Oak Ridge
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skinsguy37, Thanks for your posts. My family and I live in Oak Ridge as well. I too am considering cancelling my satellite and going with an OTA. Looking at Sling tv & Hulu. Please give an update regarding which antenna you decided to go with, and how it's performing. I'd really appreciate any input you'd be willing to provide. Thanks.
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