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roof antenna for weak ota reception?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by leiff, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. leiff

    leiff Member

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    I have basic roamio which has ota but using $75 indoor radioshack tv antenna i couldnt pull anything in. Anyone know how i can inquire about a stronger roof antenna? Im in novato sf bay area 94945
     
  2. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Active Member

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  3. Davelnlr_

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    Nice PVC 4 bay. Love homebrew antennas
     
  4. pautler

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    Antennaweb is a great site to start at. I was in a similar situation and went with an RCA ANT800 omnidirectional antenna, based on info from antennaweb and elsewhere. It cost approx $65 on Amazon, was super easy to mount on my roof, and now I'm getting great HD reception from more than 20 channels. With my indoor antenna I was getting less than 5, and constantly needed to adjust the antenna (which obviously isn't practical for dvr recording).

    -Joe
     
  5. chicagobrownblue

    chicagobrownblue Active Member

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    Can you move your indoor antenna to an attic?
     
  6. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Active Member

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    A lot of people are doing what Chicago is saying, put the antenna in the attic. No need to climb up on the room and make holes in the surface. Works really great for condos and town houses.
     
  7. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Active Member

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    Or at least a mid-sized "outdoor" antenna to an attic or closet (if having it indoors in view is too ugly)? That is what I do. There are some good ones out there. Assuming you only need UHF signals, getting progressively stronger there's the Eagle Aspen EASDTV2BUHF, Antennas Direct DB2E, Antennas Direct DB4E, or Antennas Direct ClearStream 4.
     
  8. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Active Member

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    Actually you might need something bigger because for that zipcode solidsignal.com recommends the Solid Signal HDBBX or Channel Master CM3020 or Solid Signal HDB4X or Solid Signal HDB91X or Winegard FL6550A.
     
  9. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Active Member

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    tvfool.com is also a good website to help you figure out how hard it is to pick up different channels.
     
  10. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Active Member

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    You'll need an attic- or roof- mounted antenna to pick up all the major networks.
     

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