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Old 06-01-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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Does anyone have experience with picking up Channel 9 (PBS) on an antenna? We recently moved to U City, which apparently is some distance from their transmission tower. We've also heard that their signal is relatively hard to pick up.

Thanks for any info!
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:31 PM
 
Location: STL
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Hasn't the switch to digital already happened?
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:46 PM
 
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Sorry, I should have clarified: We would be using a digital antenna.
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:20 AM
 
Location: St Louis County (63117)
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Yes, channel 9's digital channels do not come in very well since they transmit from pretty far south in the county. You will need a good UHF antenna and aim it using the directions specified at www.antennaweb.org (you enter in your address and they show you how to orient your antenna.) You will probably have to fiddle with your antenna to optimize it for the different stations, or you may just have to go buy a better antenna. It still beats paying a bill every month to Charter!
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:36 AM
 
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Hi, wustu87

Thanks for your info. It pretty much confirms what I've heard.

We watch almost no TV -- mostly just the Newshour on PBS. So we thought we might try the digital antenna option.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Invest in one of the nicer digital antennas that you can turn up the power on -- they have several good options at Best Buy, and then as mentioned by wu, use that Web site to make sure you point your antenna the correct way.

The other option is to watch the episodes online -- they have the full episodes available on their Web site: The NewsHour | PBS Video
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: CasaMo
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If you are able to get an outdoor antenna, that would be your best bet. The problem is usually not the signal itself, but all the interference that happens indoors with electrical wiring, walls, and metal objects that makes it go haywire.


A lot of retailers seem to be confusing the public saying you need a special antenna to pick up digital signals or HDTV. That is not true. Any antenna that picks up VHF and UHF will do. And while it may be true that the digital signals are being broadcasted on the UHF band now, that will not always be the case soon. Once analog broacasting ends, a lot of the stations will begin transmitting their digital signals back to VHF if their license (Like Channel 9) has that band.

And wusti and aragx6 are right that anntennaweb is a good resource. Good luck!!
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:37 AM
 
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Hi, aragx6 and MoNative34

Thanks for your help! Very informative.

We have watched PBS online. The only problem is that they don't post the programs on their site till the next day. With the Newshour, that creates a bit of a problem since it's ... the news. :-)
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