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Old September 29th, 2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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TV antenna - ditching cable/satellite

We rarely watch TV anymore, and I want to drop cable/satellite. I've been looking into antennas like the Mohu Leaf, but reviews are hit or miss.

I know performance will vary based on location/1000 other variables...but anyone using something like this? Do you use a signal amplifier? Any drop or gain in performance by adding coax length and mounting it outside?
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Old September 29th, 2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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I don't know about brand, but at camp we have a old antenna tower cut down a bit; it's about 20 ft now with a RCA antenna from wally-world mounted on the top. RG-6 ran down from it to a smaller flatscreen. We pick up CBS, PBS, and Fox. That is just our area though (alpena). We're to far from a tower to get more channels, the closet tower is harrisville. Pretty much anywhere south of harrisville you should be able to pick up ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, PBS, CW if you have a decent tower to put the antenna on. I don't really know about amplifiers, couldn't hurt I suppose.

Cable length wont make much of a difference up to 200 or so feet. If your signal is lower to begin with, and you have to go a longer run then I'd use a powered amplifier.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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I have an old Winegard antenna that works just fine. And by old, I mean it's from the late 70's.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:34 PM   #4
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I just installed an antenna's direct clearstream 2v HDTV this afternoon. Got it from best buy for $76 out the door. Its HeeHaw mounted on my roof and poorly tuned right now but I'm blown away how good the picture is.

They says its good for about a 50 mile radius. They make a bigger version with a 65 mile range. I've got a pos rca amplifier hooked up to it right now. I might get a better amp, going to mess with location and tuning first.

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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #5
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Amplifiers amplify everything. If you have a crap signal it will amplify the crap as well.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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The HD picture off an antenna will blow away any cable or sat system. It isn't compressed so you are getting ALL of the 0's and 1's, not just most of them.
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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #7
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. Its HeeHaw mounted on my roof and poorly tuned right now


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Old September 29th, 2013, 08:51 PM   #8
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The HD picture off an antenna will blow away any cable or sat system. It isn't compressed so you are getting ALL of the 0's and 1's, not just most of them.
Correct! Cable/sat usually hits at 720 vs. 1080 via antenna.

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Old September 29th, 2013, 09:49 PM   #9
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I don't like the tower look so I climb the nearest tree and mount it. I live at a camp though, pine trees everywhere. I splurged last year and bought one of the outdoor ones last year. It came with a small amplifier that actually gives a pretty good boost.
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I climb the nearest tree and mount it..
I've heard of tree hugging, but this goes too far!
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Old September 30th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #11
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I have a bravia and had a small single rabbit ear antenna. It stopped working and I got wifi and spliced it. I get local Windsor/Detroit channels and some national network ones from Canada and the states. It works for me as I don't wanna pay for cable when I'm never able to watch.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #12
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i bought this about 8 months ago and am very happy with it.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/antennas...&skuId=9151687

it's about 25'-30' off the ground and i'm not using an amplifier. i tried one but it seemed i got better reception without it.

just make sure you have it pointing in the right direction.

http://www.antennapoint.com/
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Old September 30th, 2013, 01:54 PM   #13
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i bought this about 8 months ago and am very happy with it.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/antennas...&skuId=9151687

it's about 25'-30' off the ground and i'm not using an amplifier. i tried one but it seemed i got better reception without it.

just make sure you have it pointing in the right direction.

http://www.antennapoint.com/
That's the bigger version of what I bought yesterday. Very happy happy happy.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 12:22 PM   #14
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I am going this route too. How many tv's can you run off one antenna?
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I've heard of tree hugging, but this goes too far!
Yeah....I er.....didn't think that one through before I hit enter.
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I am going this route too. How many tv's can you run off one antenna?
You got me wondering so I Googled it.

http://www.dtvusaforum.com/dtv-hdtv-...e-antenna.html
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We rarely watch TV anymore, and I want to drop cable/satellite. I've been looking into antennas like the Mohu Leaf, but reviews are hit or miss.

I know performance will vary based on location/1000 other variables...but anyone using something like this? Do you use a signal amplifier? Any drop or gain in performance by adding coax length and mounting it outside?
We just made this switch. We have a Mohu Leaf hanging on the first floor wall for the TV. It's decent, I get 5 channels. It gets a little static from time to time. I'm thinking about running cable through the wall and hanging it in the attic.

I put a Best Buy antenna in my basement workshop. Absolute shit, no signal.

Now I'm thinking about getting an exterior antenna and mounting it up on the roof. Think I can do it on the back of the house so it's not an eyesore from the front, but I'm sure the quality and number of signals will be a lot better.
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TV antennas don't work well below ground, the signal travels in a straight line- so the further from the transmitter the higher up the 'good' signal will be. That's why years ago outlying areas required a tower to get a decent signal.

Digital seems to just pixelate to crap with a weak signal, so I bet the towers start appearing again....
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 02:35 PM   #19
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Correct! Cable/sat usually hits at 720 vs. 1080 via antenna.



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Uh Sat hits 1080p. The majority of cable is only 720p
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 04:00 PM   #20
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Uh Sat hits 1080p. The majority of cable is only 720p
Rong, unless you're talking about the downloaded stuff. The normal HD stuff is 720.
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