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Recieving HDTV broadcasting advice.....ATLDiver
Jul 1, 2002 8:32 AM
All...I have slowly built-up my H/T setup and am I'm very happy with the performance of all the parts but I want to exercise the built-in HDTV decoder in my Mitsu. I have a Mitsu 65869 hooked into a Dish Network PVR decoder and system 500. I do not have nor have immediate plans to upgrade to their new HDTV receiver due to cost and only 3 offerings at this time. With that said I've decided to put up a standard HDTV compatible off-air antennae to pick up local broadcasted HDTV channels but that's the reason for this post...

I've already visited antennaeweb.orb, verified my area of reception and verified what type of antennae I would need to pick up most of the available channels in my area. Seems I'm in the middle for almost all the *local* programming, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN and PBS. The problem is I can not find someone that is willing to install the antennae without raping me in the process. The local chain A/V store where I bought mine want's approx $700 for a full Channel Master Antennae setup which I think is outrageous. Granted if I used Channel Master's equipment I'm looking at approx $300 for the parts but $400 for the install is insane! I would install it myself by my house is three stories high and I don't have a ladder that even comes close, little lone I don't want to take the chance of falling off the steep roof.

Basically, I'm looking for advice on what other's have done. I have thought of mounting a large Terk upside down in my attic myself but I'm not sure the Terk would be enough. I don't believe I can use a powered Channel Master setup in the attack due to size, my attic isn't that big and the smallest antennae I could get away with is about 6 ft. I could install something this long but having room to rotate is questionable. Any recommendations or thoughts from previous experiance is welcomed.....

You don't need special antenna to receive HD signal.Kid Mono
Jul 1, 2002 12:19 PM
Since most of stations are local to you, then I would buy an (passive) indoor UHF antenna (from radioshack) to see if you get any stations. The beauty of digital signal is either you get it or you don't. There is no between.

If above method does not give satisfactory result, then installing a simple dipole antenna ($29..RS) in attic is the next step. Buy an antenna's rotator only after you have confirmed that rotating antenna will bring in different station. Some times one steady position will bring in all station, and since they are digital, you don't have to worry about signal degradation.

The last resort would be to install antenna outside. Do not buy into hype that special antenna is needed such a $300 for antenna parts you mentioned. A simple outdoor antenna ($40..RS) should be all you need. But labor will be expensive if you can not get on the roof to install it.

Good luck.
Follow up...ATLDiver
Jul 1, 2002 12:48 PM
I did purchase a Terk 20 (I think that was the model,) which is a powered indoor antennae. I was able to pick up two stations ok but that was about it. Frankly, I'm leaning towards installing a Terk HDTV antennae which is something like 4 1/2ft long. This I could install myself and snake the coaxle cable between the wall, not fun but a LOT cheaper than quoted. I was hesitant about trying to Terk because it looks like more "fluff-ware" than anything but I can keep an open mind.

I was planning on trying a mounted antennae in the attic prior to going on the roof where professional install would be a must. Question is, should I go with the Terk or a smaller Channel Master minus the rotator??
How about this setup?Kid Mono
Jul 1, 2002 2:03 PM
When it come to Antenna, the simpler the better. Since you have decided to go with attic mount, then go to your local radio shack and buy a modest outdoor antenna, and install it in the attic. Rotate it by hand to see if you can get all station in one particular position. You might be able to position it to get the most difficult stations, and then get the easy one by your TV's top indoor antenna and select between two using an antenna selector (RS Cat# 15-1247..$5).

Let me know what you think about this.

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