I'm making the transition to HDTV and want to take advantage of OTA HDTV. I pay the cable company enough right now! It amazed and appaled me when I found out that they want $20-30 more per month to provide HDTV content to my house. Even worse - that's for only 5 channels! But enough about them...
I've been scouring the internet for over a month while doing research on TVs, tuners, cabling/connections and antennas. It was a blessing when I finally came across your website - it's been extremely informative! Right now I could use some of your expertise. My address is _________ Rd, Gautier, MS, 39553. (**Please protect my address info if you post this in the Ask Denny section of your site). My home is single story, but it has an extremely large attic and the roof is likely as tall as an average two-story home. I'm trying to juggle a few things in my antenna choice:
1. Maximizing reception - especially HD content.
a. Channel assignments range from a low of 9 up to channel 48, so I need to be able to receive both VHF/UHF.
b. HD content for the channels is coming from two different bearing envelopes: 68 - 79 degrees and 310 - 324 degrees. A lot of the good OTA programming comes from
East of me at 48-66 miles, but I still want HD ABC and it's only being broadcast from West of me. :/
c. Neither of the Fox channels, WXXV or WALA, are being broadcast in HD right now. What can I do to influence them to send out the HD signal? Additionally, WALA-
DT, channel 10, is only being broadcast at 29kW. Even though the antenna is at 1250ft elevation, I'm concerned about being able to receive this channel if WXXV does not go
HD at a reasonable transmission strength.
2. Minimizing impact on the exterior aesthetics of my house. If I can avoid a large directional antenna, then that is my preference.
3. Avoiding tuner issues when redetecting/locking onto channels after rotating antenna.
My biggest concern is whether or not a roof-mounted MS2000 will be sufficient to pull the HD signals from stations available in my area. If it won't work, then I run into issues like:
1. What's the best large, directional antenna that I should use for good reception while minimizing size/aesthetic impact?
2. How do I avoid issues of having to redetect/identify channels averytime I change bearings to receive channels on other bearings?
Thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to talking to you more!!
Cable and lately satellite are in my opinion shooting themselves in the foot. In the near future they will offer HDTV across the board for well over one hundred dollars for basic and say take it or leave it. Not only are we in the middle of a digital transition I see definite evidence we are also in a transition from pay TV to free TV. Anyway the OTA signal is a much better picture most of the time anyway.
About your antenna choices. We are getting very good reports from customers using the MS 2000 TV antenna
for digital reception. As a matter of fact you can find a customer story in our site linked from the home page called Marvin's page
. Now I admit a chance does exist that the MS 2000 will not deliver satisfactory results at your location. I personally would try it because I believe the chances are better than 50% that it will work. With all the benefits that the MS 2000 offers it's worth the risk that you may have to send it back for a different antenna.
If you decide to just go with the sure thing I would recommend the PR 7037 antenna or the HD 7082 antenna
along with a AP 8700 TV antenna preamplifier
. The biggest difference between these two antennas is the 7082 is better built. I know these antennas are not small but If the MS 2000 fails I would be a little hesitant to try anything much smaller, unless the reception problem is multipath (reflected signal). If that was the issue and not signal strength with the MS 2000 you could probably go with a smaller antenna.
If I can assist you further William, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Cable companies have gotten to the point that they make my blood boil when I think about how much I pay for services and how little I get in return. Especially when I go to a service area with little or no competition. If I could find a way to get a couple of my prefered channels/programming, then I would drop them like the bad habit they have become.
On a brighter note - thank you for the advice! Your suggestion on trying the MS2000 was the direction I was leaning towards. I would hate to have to change out the antennas, but the chance of the compact antenna working for my situation is worth the risk. I'll have it mounted at least 4-5' above the roof to try and maximize reception. After looking at the RF reception characteristics on the Winegard site, it looks like the antenna is stronger on certain bearings. Is there any way to tell where the stronger reception bearings are externally or is it better to just experiment before securing the antenna?
Right now I am only planning on using the antenna in one room. The cable run from the antenna will likely be ~75-100'. If I wanted to plan for the future and also run the feed to 3 bedrooms, then what other parts/costs would I be facing? Rough estimate on extra cable is 150' - 3x50' cables.
The final question for this email...I'm U.S. Navy and deployed overseas right now. What would you consider to be a reasonable labor cost for me to hire someone to do this work - labor only. I'll be getting the material from my favorite antenna shop - Denny's Antenna Service!
Thank you again for all of your help and have a Great Navy Day!!
To supply your three bedrooms would require a 4 way signal splitter
along with the cable. I would also recommend a DA 25 distribution amplifier
. By splitting your signal 4 ways additional amplification will probably be required. The order of things would go like this. From the antenna your coax would run to the antenna power supply (included). From the power supply to the DA 25 distribution amplifier. From the DA 25 to the 4 way splitter. From the splitter to the TV's.
The cost of the wire is $0.26 a foot with the cable connectors attached. The 4 way splitter is $4.49. The DA 25 distribution amplifier is $39.00.
If I were to do the job I would charge between $125.00 to $200.00.
There is a slight difference in reception as you rotate the antenna, but no way to tell without experimenting. I haven't found the variances to be as evident as the Winegard information suggests.
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I was wondering if you have any suggestion on the antenna and rotator I would need for digital signals only based off of the antennaweb, my home address is________ Raytown, MO 64133
Thanks in Advance,
I do have a suggestion the MS 2000 rotor free antenna. To my surprise we are receiving outstanding reports from customer's from all across the country. To be truthful I did not expect this antenna to do so well with digital TV. I installed one for use with digital TV about two weeks ago in a little town called Carson City here in Michigan. We did the channel scan and it registered 61 channels From as far away as Saginaw. (65 miles) Also you can check out Marvin's page in our website. He's using the MS 2000 for digital reception near the Michigan and Ohio border. We just received a positive report from Missouri yesterday. We have also had good reports from the Chicago, San Francisco and many other areas.
My only concern with your location is some of the channels may be to close. Frankly we haven't had enough information reported to us to determine if that is gonna be a problem (it could overload). I certainly would try it to avoid the hassles of a rotor. If it doesn't provide satisfactory reception because of the closeness of some of your channels return it. Because we are in need of information from locations such as yours, if it doesn't work out for you, I'll pay the shipping back. View our guarantee If I can assist you further Mike, please don't hesitate to contact me.