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HDTV reception

by acxpert / January 16, 2006 9:06 AM PST

I just tried installing a Terk HDTV outdoor low profile antenna. Played around with the direction and angles every which way and could only get about a 65 signal, and some channels would not come in at all. I am 19.3 miles from the transmitter - I think it is beyond the range of the Terk.

Any recommendations?

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by stewart norrie / January 16, 2006 10:07 AM PST
In reply to: HDTV reception

First thing there is no such thing as a h.d.t.v. antenna a good standard antenna is all you need Make sure you are running 75 ohm cable from your antenna to your t.v. then watch the meter on the screen and turn antenna until you get maximum reading My picture locks in at about 72. once you lock in 1 channel do a digital scann to get the other stations in my case I live in San Jose ca. and with a cheap 20 ft antenna I receive 18 local digital stations 9 of which are in hi-def and Iam about 60 miles from san francisco also sometimes I loose my stations the broadcasters are always playing with there transmitters good luck

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by acxpert / January 16, 2006 10:17 AM PST
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I am going to return the Terk and get a good old antenna. Will let you know how it goes.


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by 3luke3 / January 16, 2006 12:21 PM PST
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...the antenna is not the problem. In fact, if you know you are only going to use it for digital (HD) over-the-air reception, you don't even need the huge part of the antenna... the large wings that shoot out the sides are for VHF which is all your standard stations. The other pointer arm that looks like a jigsaw blade along with the small arms that are usually oriented vertically up ~30 deg & vertically down ~30 deg are for UHF reception which is what all your digital signals are carried on.

Here is an example of a UHF only antenna:

Here is an example of an antenna that does both UHF & VHF (not to say that your tuner can do both at the same time though):

Also... buying a bigger antenna is not always the answer, you can put a pre-amp on your dinky tiny antenna & it can make the thing 16 times stronger than it was. I recommend the cheap pre-amps that winegard sells. You can pry find one like this one:
for around $50 somewhere, it works GREAT!!!

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by HTHMAN / January 16, 2006 1:34 PM PST
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