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Old 03-15-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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Does anyone use an antennae for their TV in the Orono/Old Town area. We do and we only get 4 channels. No NBC or PBS which is a bummer for me. I am pretty sure I can make it without cable but I wish I could at least get PBS. Any suggestions on a good antennae or direction to point it or any tricks to get it to work better. Right now I am just using an indoor antennae. I would like to get another antennae but not spend a fortune on it. Any suggestions is appreciated!
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We used to have a huge antenna on our roof. Turning it in one direction got us a strong signal on PBS, and in another direction got us a good signal on channel 5 and a snowy 7.

But that was before they shut-down the high-power analog broadcast.

We watch netflix movies and a few things online now.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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I can remember when I was a kid before cable TV Eastport only got two channels of Canadian TV.

You may want to try a bigger antenna in the attic.
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Palmyra, Maine
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Default digital antenna

we have a $25.00 big box brand in the attic and its ok as a backup if the dish ever gets out of alignment.
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter, Wis
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I can remember when I was a kid before cable TV Eastport only got two channels of Canadian TV.

You may want to try a bigger antenna in the attic.
This brought back memories. When I was stationed at Quoddy Head (in the '60's) we had the choice of Canadian TV and more Canadian TV. Not too good.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Florida/winter & Maine/Summer
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We received Calais MPB, CTV,CBC out of Saint John, and occasionally when the weather was right, Yarmouth NS.

I knew OTA (over the air) TV in Eastport was doomed by HDTV. The HD channels are lucky to be received 30 miles from the tower..... The FEDS should have looked after rural America. Only dish companies made out. I live (currently) only 17 miles from the towers, and I lose the signal all the time, right now, with no leaves on the trees, reception is fair, but when the leaves come back, lookout! NO TV

When the Canadians go HD in a couple of years, nada!....
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Have you tried rearranging your room to put the TV in a different place? I know it sounds silly, but I didn't receive MPBN until I did that. Once and a while it blacks out, but most of the time it comes in fine.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Maine Public Broadcasting has a problem with their antenna in the Bangor area, and they say they're working on it. They run notices saying this.

Digital over the air broadcasting is pretty bad. Anything can disrupt the signal.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Florida/winter & Maine/Summer
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The problem is the new HDTV transmitters are limited in output power. Our local ABC station has a whopping 13KW of power, my hot water heater uses more juice than that! The stations are saving a ton of money on the electrical bill alone now that they are HD.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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I don't have any antennae tricks but have you tried watching online? Both PBS and NBC are available for free online. I'll never sign up for cable again now that I can find most everything I want on the internet.

Last edited by gimmem0ar; 03-29-2010 at 06:08 PM.. Reason: spelling
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