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Old 09-04-2012, 05:49 AM
 
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I got rid of DirecTV a few months ago. I rarely watch anything other than sports and it was just a complete waste of money to me.

I can download pretty much anything I want to see- including NFL games the next day. But I would like to watch them live instead of worrying about the possibility of having the game ruined for me when I go to work on Monday. Again, I can't really justify the cost of cable. So I am very interested in getting a digital antenna.

I live in Waterville. Two problems: I don't have the equipment to install a rooftop antenna and I hate heights anyway. So I need to find somebody to install it. I've only found one person so far. But they wanted around $400 to install it. Which is ridiculous for something that would probably take an hour or so at most. I don't mind paying a fair price. But I'm not going to let someone rip me off.

But that's putting the cart before the horse anyway. First I need to find an antenna. The choices are a bit overwhelming to me. What I want is an antenna that doesn't need to be rotated to get all the channels. I want the most powerful antenna available. I want strong signals on FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC. Money is no object. Within reason of course, I'm not going to spend a thousand dollars. Most of the ones I've looked at were $100-$250. And lastly, My house is two stories. So the roof is only about 20 feet off the ground. I need to get at least 10 feet higher.

I was just wondering if anybody here in my area had one. And if so what model they own and what their experience has been like. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Go to Radio Shack. They may have something that would help you.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply.

No offense, but Radio Shack is not interested in helping me. They want to get as much of my money as possible. And assuming that were not true and they even knew what they were talking about I can find much better prices and selection online.

I'm just trying to get some advice from people in my area that have one installed. And see what sort of reception they are getting, etc.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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You're right, Radio Shack is a far cry from what they used to be. I've generally used them to get speifications, theen go on line to actually get the equipment. You may get some tv signals in Waterville. We don't get crap down here.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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Where are you located?
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Where are you located?
Mid coast Maine... Brooklin
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Forget Radio Shack.

First thing is- you don't need a 'digital' antenna, you just need an antenna. There is no change to the transmission of RF energy, it's still a wave. The only change is the method by which the information carried by the wave is encoded.

Next, you need to determine in which direction(s) the stations you want to receive are located, how much power they are transmitting, and what (if any) obstructions are between your house and the transmitter tower(s). These factors will determine what type of antenna you need, the height it needs to be placed at, whether you need one or more amplifiers, and whether it will be necessary to rotate the antenna to get all of the stations.

Here is a partial listing:

Maine Television Stations - Station Index

Do not rely on the power outputs indicated because I know for a fact that ch. 2 Bangor dropped its power output to 3kw when they switched to digital encoding, in the mistaken belief that less power would be required for a 'digital' signal (whatever bonehead came up with that idea should have been fired). From less than 20 miles away only on a *good* day is it watchable for me, and that's with *2* inline amplifiers. When the weather gets crappy, forget it, it's so broken up that it makes me nuts...that is if the screen isn't just total black. At least the old way, even if there was 'snow' you still had a continuous signal.

I had a more accurate listing, somewhere, but I can't find it at the moment.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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I have a question......why couldnt someone ...get a wifi antenna, rip off the closest neighbors wifi, with a laptop, then
run cables from your laptop to tv......then you can watch just about anything from the internet- which includes tv shows??
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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IDK if the program is offered in Maine yet, but there a federal program for free "digital tv," you first have to pay approximately 100 for the box and then the over the air service is caught with the box. It is a way to help people who used to use antennas regularly, but now can't because of digital reception.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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You need to determine whether you can actually receive any channels before you waste the money on an antenna that doesn't really work.
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