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Rural Reception
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TV Man    Posted 11-06-2003 at 10:42:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
We live in a very rural place, the Local (150 miles away) stations have translators to enhance their signals. We have a satelite receiver and get NY and CA network stations. Our signal is very poor for local stations. Has anyone had good luck with "Indoor Antennas"? If so could you give me some good models to try? When buying one what should I look out for?


bill    Posted 11-07-2003 at 07:53:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In my experience the solution is to get a TV with a better tuner. That's a lot easier said than done anymore because most of them are pathetic due to the majority of people having cable or dish. Had a top of the line Sony that worked well, and I have a Phillips that does also, but not all of everybrand does so you need to check the tuner specs.


Rickstir    Posted 11-07-2003 at 06:34:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will vote for, nay I will even contribute to the politician that vows to end all this regulatory crap. The airways belong to everyone. Put all this garbage from across the country on the dishes and let the people choose. There is a right to free speech, there should be a right to view/listen too. I love the sound of the word "deregulation".


toolman    Posted 11-06-2003 at 19:54:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
when i first seen the title to this post ,i thought maybe we were all getting invited to a wedding or something lol.


Greg Vt    Posted 11-06-2003 at 14:12:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am confused about the local channel situation. We switched from Direct TV to Dish Network because they could provide all our local channels whereas Direct TV would only provide the ones they thought we could not get on an antenna. That is not the same for you?

I know some folks from another part of the country who not only get the local channels for this area but also called and were given the local channels from the area of the country they moved from. Also from Dish Network.

As an aside, Someone on another board mentioned that Congress had just stepped in to order the networks to force their affiliates to increase their signal strength which they had been lowering to save money because more and more folks were getting their signals from cable/satellite.


sven    Posted 11-06-2003 at 13:40:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live about 100 miles from the nearest station, and my roof top antenna won't bring them in good enough for me to even consider using it, so I can't imagine any type of indoor unit would work. I have the dish network satellite, and I get the west coast networks, even though they tell me I am not supposed to. I could get local stations on the dish, but I am told that my local viewing area is served by the stations in a city which is 150 miles away, and the closest stations are only 100 miles away. Go figure!
The last time I tried to use my roof top antenna, all I could see was a white cow eating salt in a snow storm. anyway, that's what it looked like.


ret    Posted 11-06-2003 at 18:59:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Direct TV has to offer by law the local stations, but you have to pay for them. Here in Chancellorsville , 65 miles south of DC I have to suffer through the DC stations, all four of them.
believe me, the DC news reads worse than any I ever had in N. Ca. Rob,Rob,Rob, kill, kill, kill,
Fight, maim, shoot. That area so close to our capitol is the murder center of this country I believe.
REt



Les    Posted 11-06-2003 at 12:55:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
IMHO, you should save your money. Ain't no chance of getting "locals" on your dish? I switched from Direct to Dish because Dish let me get the Boston channels. (It's cheaper, too.) Now they're telling me that I'm not supposed to have Boston stuff but instead my "local" area is Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY and I will at some point be losing Boston and getting that other package. I wonder who the genius is who drew those boundary lines.


Greg Vt    Posted 11-06-2003 at 14:15:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's probably a good thing Les. You sound like more of a northern Vermont/New York kinda guy anyhow.

:-)


Les...Hehhehheh    Posted 11-06-2003 at 14:50:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, that may be the case and you are correct are far as my attitude goes. But, like it or not, we here in this area are much closer connected to Boston. It's only a couple hours away on I-93. Now, once you get up above the notch, like over Littleton way, those people are more connected to Burlington or even Portland.
What would really be good would be if I could get channel 9 out of Manchester, the NH PBS channel and then I wouldn't care where the rest of it came from. But politics prevents that.
One bad thing: Boston PBS doesn't carry Red Green ";^(


Brian-2N    Posted 11-06-2003 at 18:12:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Les,
I installed a large outside aerial with a rotor. I turn off the Dish Network and switch to the antenna. I pick up 9 & 11 from Manchester, and 4,5 & 7 out of Boston. I even get 3 out of Hartford!
The picture isn't as great as the dish, but it's something. I can't seem to pick up UHF like 25 from Boston, or 22 & 40 from Springfield MA. Up course being way up in no-man's land, you may not pick up as much as I do. :-)


Les    Posted 11-07-2003 at 01:57:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back when I had an antenna, I used to be able to get 3 from Burlington, 6 from Portland and 8 from Mt. Washington. Can't touch anything from the south, such as 9 or 11 because there is a ridge in the way. Channel 8 is no longer on Mt. Washington. It's gone down to southern Maine somewheres.
If I had a state of the art antenna system, I could probably get all those back and maybe the Vermont PBS channel out of Windsor (Ascutney).


Brian-2N    Posted 11-07-2003 at 05:09:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You know, I was thinking about this last night. I have the antenna, but don't watch network tv that much. I usually just watch 9 to catch the local weather and news.
This means I get to see Chris Thomas be off by 25 degrees on the temperature the other day, and see the endless nauseating commercials of all the Dummycrats running for president.
There are some disadvantages to being the first-in-the-nation primary.


Les    Posted 11-07-2003 at 09:19:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
You have driven home a pernt which I overlooked, there Brian. I see enough of the dimlycrats on the Boston channels.


Tom A    Posted 11-06-2003 at 12:25:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Similar situation, plus I'm in a valley. Cable folks laughed when the wife called, said they had no plans to *ever* come out this far.

So we have a 70 foot tower with an outdoor antenna, an indoor signal booster, and a couple of filters. Draws in pictures from all over, "as clear as cable *wants* to be" as my installer said.

He charged me about $800 for the whole shooting match, and we get something like 25 or 30 channels, about 20 of 'em are crystal clear.

Tom


wisereader    Posted 11-06-2003 at 11:24:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I found this site from a link on the ytmag site. I must admit that I am somewhat hooked. OK, no "somewhat" about it!


~Lenore    Posted 11-06-2003 at 13:05:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ah hah, I found you here, wiseguy.
It is a nice comfy place to sit back and chill out.
I check in daily and enjoy it a lot.
I figure Ms. cindi after a stressful day at Wally world wont find a better place to un stress.
She'll be back.


wisereader    Posted 11-06-2003 at 12:18:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's wierd, I responded to the post below, but it ended up here without me reading this post previously...


Red Dave    Posted 11-06-2003 at 11:24:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's hard to say whether an indoor antenna will work or not. Generally speaking, they aren't as efficent as an outdoor antenna, but sometimes they work well enough to suit.
As far away from the stations as you are, I'd want something as big as I could get it, as high as I could mount it. I don't know where you are, but if there are hills between you and the transmitter, the signal may be too weak for any antenna to work well. Boosters can't compensate for lack of signal, they can only help to overcome the signal lost in long leadlines from the antenna to the receiver.
I'd suggest getting the highest gain antenna you can, then find out where the station's transmitter is and aim the antenna at it. Not the station, the transmitter because it may be located remotly from the station.


Bob/Ont    Posted 11-06-2003 at 10:57:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have an expensive one that has a plug in booster and need an other one. Bought a cheap one RCA but made in China, from Walton's It works just as well and has no booster. The stations are not too far away though 20 to 50 miles.
Later Bob


toolman    Posted 11-06-2003 at 15:39:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
yabut you folks don,t have power must be a pain crankin that generator while tryin to watch red green, and the decisions you have to make what with two channles now , no thanks i,ll keep my cbc ,don,t need that ctv at all.BTW did ya get them winders in the igloo yet bob?did ya buy the double pane ones?


Bob/Ont    Posted 11-06-2003 at 18:15:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Poured a bunch of double pane air tights this afternoon Toolman, just waiting for them to freeze over night, put them in on Monday. Don't crank the gen set anymore either, got a big cage for the sled dogs to run in. Got to get them in shape for the deep stuff Eh.
Later Bob


toolman    Posted 11-06-2003 at 19:33:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
i poured mine the other night but a breeze came up and i got the rippled type now the misses doesn,t much care for them seems the reindeer took a leak break round them and now they got a yeller tinge to them , misses says they don,t match the igloo walls , i tole her better not look out back as the back walls are yeller ,to cold to walk all the way to the out house in the middle of the night.


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