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Old 08-16-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I was wondering if anyone has tried getting TV without cable or satellite. I am talking about Over The Air. I was reading about this and thinking maybe I could not give ATT Uverse $125.00 per month without premium channels= it does include internet and telephone- necessary for my house alarm. So if anyone is using a special router and OTA antenna I would like to know their experience.

Sid
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, FL
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Hello Sid,
A number of months ago when I was in Radio Shack shopping for stuff to put up a ham radio antenna mast, I over heard another customer talking to a sales rep about putting up an HDTV antenna on a mast based in the ground and attached to the edge of the roof. I thought they said the station was generally toward Lake O. I think the max height allowed is 43'. I think you will need a grounding rod. Go talk to the Radio Shack guys and get some better information than my recollections.
My wife and I are experiencing HDTV without a service plan. Our 50" TV has WiFi to our Internet service (bundled with the house phone). We watch shows through Internet sites such as HULU, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Utube. We also sometimes attach a laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable and search for shows at the networks websites. We are still getting used to getting TV in this manner. I haven't watched TV news in a long time but I think that is the results of my wife hogging the remote.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Again, good information. My situation is I am stuck for another year on a contract with ATT Uverse and have a package " deal" of $125.00 per month. I watch mostly news channels and a few local stations for local news. I also have a Roku box that uses the internet to bring in Netflix and it can bring in other channels you mention. My wife is very keen on politics and whatever I end up with I will still need access to the major news channels like Fox as well as CSPAN, The TV portion of the ATT bill is $85.00 for the U200 service ( three TV's) and I would like to cut that in half going forward. Since I have more time than money I want to begin understanding the ways to get TV without cable. As I am learning there are two ways: using the internet and OTA- over the air. Living in PSL as compared to a large metropolitan area may adversely affect the ability for OTA and I would like to know before I go down that road of an indoor antenna and transformer or an outdoor antenna. One of the disadvantages of retirement is it gives me too much time to tinker and sometimes I get like Don Quixote chasing windmills. There is a great video on You Tube from a guy in Miami on how to build a OTA antenna using a cookie tin container cut up. Seems relatively simple and cheap so I may go the OTA path first.
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:19 AM
 
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Sid here's another way to make an HDTV antenna
How to make a free HDTV antenna |
Not sure how many Channels we can recieve here in PSL due to the distance from the channels
Also check out AntennaWeb - Home
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, FL
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All this, of course, brings up several other questions: how many local stations are close enough for reception, and where are the transmitters located? If there are more than one, you either need an antenna for each or a rotary antenna. As I was preparing to install my ham radio antenna (a single vertical) I was on the constant lookout to see what other people had done. There are a number of houses with a mast based on the ground and attached to the roof edge that had a small single antenna that I believe is an HDTV antenna. The antennas do not appear to have a rotary capability. Since I wasn't concerned with TV reception, I did not notice the direction they were pointed. It is possible for HDTV antennas to be installed inside attics. If you do install an outside mast, think about lightening and properly ground your antenna and mast. Personally, I also have ATT Uverse for my house phone, Internet, and HDTV. The service is on pause while I am back at my previous home doing some repairs and preparing it for sale.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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All the distances to stations and directions are there at antennaweb.org , helpful site
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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BZ, can you offer a followup on your earlier post of non-service TV. We are news junkies and have already cut our ATT service to bare minimum but have a lot our non-network news shows like Fox. Using an antenna for TV harkens back to the old days and will save money besides. Next to attack is the telephone service
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:08 PM
 
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Have lived in PSL (zip 34983) for 6 years, have never had cable and have tried many different antennas with poor to middling results. I have used both commercial and home builds. I am currently using the"STEALTH HAWK"(
[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRZPsBMItx0[/url]). It is the best antenna, I have found, it is a home build costing around $50-60. I have been using about 6 months and get the following stations: 5(1-3),9.1, 12(1-2), 21(1-5), 25(1-2), 29(1-2),34(1-3)42(1-4)
43.1,67(1-6). I also use a CHANNELMASTER pre amp. It is also a double stealth with a modified with 1 leg 2 ft long (better vhf reception). It is light has a small wind shadow and easy to mount
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:30 AM
 
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That sounds like a home business idea. Build a few and then sell them.
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