[olug] HDTV Antenna recommendation

Adam Haeder adam at adamhaeder.com
Thu May 17 14:35:19 UTC 2012

I second Jon's statement, I have the exact same antennae mounted in my
attic, connected to a powered amp, running to 3 different locations (2 TVs
and my myth box). I get 25 channels (I think?), the 4 major networks plus
the WB (15.1), 6 different PBS stations and Azteca. The only problem is
that the recording I do with Myth are so big and high quality that one of
my low powered frontends won't play them smoothly :)

On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 6:22 AM, Jon Larsen <jon at jonlarsen.us> wrote:

> On 05/15/2012 12:46 PM, Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T wrote:
>> On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Jon Larsen<jon at jonlarsen.us>  wrote:
>>  On 05/14/2012 02:06 PM, Obi-Wan wrote:
>>>  Looking for an hdtv antenna -- I've got an hd homerun showing up today
>>>> and
>>>>> I'm looking for a hdtv antenna.  I live in NW Omaha so if you have one
>>>>>>> and
>>>>>>> like it please let me know.
>>>>>>> I'm extending my myth/xbmc set up.
>>>>>>>  The Philips Silver Sensor was the king of set-top antennas...
>>>>>> but I'm told it's been discontinued.
>>>>>>  I'm planning on mounting it in the attic of the garage, from what
>>>>> I've
>>>>> read on line the RCA 751 is getting good reviews.  Anyone use it?
>>>>>  Looks
>>>>> like I'm going to have to order it as I can't find a local source.
>>>>>  Never tried that one, but let us know how it works out.  I'll have to
>>>> do a different antenna setup when we move this winter.
>>>> My current setup uses a 2x2' square grid mounted to a post in my attic.
>>>> I bought it locally many years ago (before most of the country had ever
>>>> yeard of digital TV), so I'm not even sure of the brand.  It works well,
>>>> though.  I'm in Lincoln, and it pulls in Omaha stations wondefully.
>>>> I had to put an in-line amp up in the attic to combat signal attenuation
>>>> by the time the cable snaked down to my basement&   back up to the TV.
>>>>  Take a look at antennaweb.org.  You can use it to find out the
>>> frequencies you need to cover for your location.  The frequencies are
>>> color
>>> coded, so you only need an antenna that covers those colors.
>>> I am in NW Omaha (line of site view of the 72nd and Crown point TV
>>> transmitters), so I choose the Winegard HD-1080 and it works great.  I
>>> have
>>> it installed in the basement utility room at my house and use an inline
>>> powered amplifier.  I plan on installing it in the attic someday.  Keep
>>> in
>>> mind that siding and roof shingles do reduce signal strength for any
>>> antenna. Here is a link to the manual.
>>> http://www.winegard.com/kbase/****upload/1450510%20%20HD-1080.****pdf<http://www.winegard.com/kbase/**upload/1450510%20%20HD-1080.**pdf>
>>> <http://www.winegard.com/**kbase/upload/1450510%20%20HD-**1080.pdf<http://www.winegard.com/kbase/upload/1450510%20%20HD-1080.pdf>
>>> >
>>> You can get it off amazon (like I did) for around $30.
>>> Jon L.
>>>  What direction/azimuth do you have it aimed and what channels are you
>> picking up?
>> Since your antenna is so close, why are you using an inline amp?  Are you
>> doing whole house distribution or is it the fact that the antenna is in
>> the
>> basement and needs a little extra umph?
>> I am looking forward to integrating it into my myth set up.  The hd
>> homerun
>> came in yesterday.  I hooked it up to my existing cox cable to play around
>> with it, but won't configure it in myth until I get my antenna set up.  I
>> ordered a RCA 751 yesterday and it should be in this week.
>> Best,
>> Jeff
> I have the antenna pointed SSE to pull in channel 42, 15, and 26, since
> they are south of me.  Since the antenna is in the basement, I used the amp
> to increase the signal.  I do have it connected to only two runs of my
> house coax - one for each TV (plus mythtv box).
> Jon L.
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