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Old 07-28-2014, 06:41 AM
 
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What local market over the air TV stations do you get and what size and type antenna are you using? I assume the local channels are coming from Ft. Myers.

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Old 07-28-2014, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I hant tried it sence i had my trawler. I had about 12 channels with a simple marine antenna from ft myers and sarasotta. Trouble was a few of them were usleless in spanish.
It was ok on the boat but at home id miss hbo.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Anthem, AZ
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NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, PBS and about 5 independents I never watch.
I bought the OTA antenna at SAMs club and put it in my attic, above the living room, connecting it to an old unused cable coax that already lead to the wall behind my TV.
I was hoping my wife would agree to going without pay TV and just using OTA and Netflix but she didn't agree. (Happy wife, Happy Life)

I kept it in place in the event of an Century Link Prism outage but that only happens with a loss of power. DirecTV and Dish went out when rain was forecast.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda, FL
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I use the below GE digital antenna and it works great. I pick up about 12-15 channels. Most out of Fort Myers e.g. NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, PBS etc. In addition, I use Vudu and Amazon streaming services for most of my TV viewing.

GE Router Design Amplified Antenna : Target
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:43 AM
 
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I use the below GE digital antenna and it works great. I pick up about 12-15 channels. Most out of Fort Myers e.g. NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, PBS etc. In addition, I use Vudu and Amazon streaming services for most of my TV viewing.

GE Router Design Amplified Antenna : Target
That would be great to be able to use an indoor antenna. Every place I have been we need a 12' outdoor antenna with a preamp and rotor.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:18 AM
 
Location: PGI-finally here!!!!!!!!!!
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Check out www.antennaweb.org. My nephew gave me the link. He lives in Jacksonville and used it to buy one for the attic.
If you have a dish on your house I saw a guy on youtube convert it over to a regular outdoor antenna. It didn't look that hard to try this first it was not expensive to convert.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Florida
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When I first moved down I built an antenna out of coat hangers and a 2x4, basically the same design as the famous DB4 commercial antenna. I used it until comcast was able to hook me up. When my dad bought a vacation house nearby I installed it in his attic. It is on the far side of the house from Fort Myers and has no clear line of sight due to the cathedral ceilings, but it still picks up at least 22 channels (about 15 after the Spanish and religious stations are de-programmed). Gets a few Sarasota stations too.

I built another little DB2 sized antenna with copper wires taped to cardboard so it fits flat on the wall of my lanai just so I could get the football playoff games in High Def on my lanai TV (before I got the HD box out there). It gets most of the same channels as the db4 but placement is much more important due to the smaller size. I ended up putting it in the attic and still have it wired to the tv through an AB switch in case comcast ever goes out.

I tried a few powered indoor antennas with disappointing results. They would get some of the channels but kept having to be adjusted after losing signal.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda, FL
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That would be great to be able to use an indoor antenna. Every place I have been we need a 12' outdoor antenna with a preamp and rotor.
It has worked out great. My PC house is a late 50s masonry construction "rock solid" home and I was concerned it wasn't going to work well, but to my delight it works perfectly. Worth a try and if it doesn't work you could return it. Good luck!
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:44 AM
 
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Although we have DirecTV we keep one TV in a guest room that is hooked up to a set of indoor rabbit-ear antenna purchased from Radio Shack. It picks up the major networks out of Fort Myers very well here in PG.
The main purpose of this setup is in case of another major hurricane like Charley. We used a generator and TV with rabbit-ears for a few weeks after that storm.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Sout Joisey ~~> SWFL
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Good Evening.....I researched then bought an antenna from Amazon for $39.00 total cost. I get the same OTA channels as the others with the antenna placed in the attic. I've been using it for two months, on 4 TVs via the existing cable run and have no complaints at all. I use it for excellent FM reception also.

Amplified HD Digital Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Motorized 360 Degree Rotation, UHF/VHF/FM Radio with Infrared Remote Control
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