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Old 09-28-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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I am at Dezavala/Lockhill Selma facing north/northwest. I have the supposedly better outdoor antenna but am not allowed to place it on the exterior/be seen of our condo. I believe the towers are souteast of town. I can get mexican channels which I have no desire....
I have tried the indoor/outdoor flat panal digital antennas with even less response trying indoors/outdoors. What do you suggest (no I cannot/will not pay cable to watch tv at $70 bucks or more. Dish tv will not receive here plus I refuse to pay monthly for tv! When TW WAS $12/month I would. But tv companies have gotten too greedy.
Thanks
Ps I do not have an attic to place an antenna in...
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:30 PM
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If the walls of the building have metal in them or on the outside, you're going to have a bad time getting reception inside the building. Closer to a window is a better location than an interior wall. Do you have an outdoor patio? I'm sure there are antennas that could sit on the patio which don't look like antennas to passersby.

The article at the link below has some good recommendations for indoor antennas.

The ClearStream2 Indoor Antenna Is as Powerful as They Come, Makes Cutting Cable a Snap
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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Yeah, gotta love our morons in DC that have improved TV so good that nobody can get it, like as if they had even a faint clue about TVs. Best of luck is about as good as yer gonna get. The ones like Bo gave a link to are highly directional. My brother has one and his works great down in the valley but here you have stations broadcasting from downtown, southeast of town and at Medina lake. You'll be constantly moving it every time you change stations. I'm another one that has bought just about every brand out there and none work 100%. The best so far is the RCA with the amp on it. It's a flat panel and you most likely have already tried one. I put mine in a nearby window for best reception. Another way of seeing your favorite programs is to watch it online. There's a ton of places on the net that has TV available for free. You will need high speed internet though. Look around and you'll also find most movies are available online free, sometimes available by the studios for your feedback before the movie is even released. There's a lot of advantages to watching online. You can watch at your convenience and it's normally commercial free. DM me if you want websites.
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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Bo and trapper....
I am using the Clearstream 2 now! I have put it on the patio facing southeast....after trying every possible direction/tilt. (
I have tried it in my kitchen window and got 17.1-mexican only!! Oh...and every religious 23. Station!(
I have newer digital tv Vizio and JVC. Set on 'air/antenna' and still zip. Siding on building is the cement-synthetic Hardieboard.
Sigh......
Oh...can't watch online. ..only have cell phone internet-limited. Ya sure don't want to stream anymore since internet is no longer unlimited!

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Old 09-28-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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This looks like it will be a good option when it comes to SA. Yes, I know it requires Internet, but as far as I know, AT&T & TW don't charge for usage, just varying rates based on connection speed:

Aereo TV service on way to S.A. - San Antonio Express-News
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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After you hook everything up, make sure you do a channel scan on your tv. It will program whatever channel it picks up into your tv, I made the mistake of not doing that when I hooked up my antenna,
and I couldn't get squat either. Don't know what kind of tv you have but on mine (Vizio), go to tv settings...then tuner, then to auto scan. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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After you hook everything up, make sure you do a channel scan on your tv. It will program whatever channel it picks up into your tv, I made the mistake of not doing that when I hooked up my antenna,
and I couldn't get squat either. Don't know what kind of tv you have but on mine (Vizio), go to tv settings...then tuner, then to auto scan. Hope this helps.
Do a scan often. I had the hardest time getting 12 when I bought the flat panel RCA one from Target and finally gave up and bought the actual rabbit ears and have not had nearly as much trouble. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but i can get my channel 12 now.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:06 PM
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Do a scan often. I had the hardest time getting 12 when I bought the flat panel RCA one from Target and finally gave up and bought the actual rabbit ears and have not had nearly as much trouble. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but i can get my channel 12 now.
12 and 9 are the only stations in town on VHF. If your antenna is a UHF antenna, you probably won't be able to receive the VHF stations without the rabbit ears.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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12 and 9 are the only stations in town on VHF. If your antenna is a UHF antenna, you probably won't be able to receive the VHF stations without the rabbit ears.
The first was both as was the second. For whatever reason the second set worked better.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:43 PM
 
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Rabbit ears AND antenna!? I thought digital was an advancement not punishment. ..
I have Vizio and JVC tv's. I have scanned frequently. The JVC gets 17.1 only. I use it for dvd movies only. Thanks FCC digital tv...(
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