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MickeS
09-13-2006, 05:17 PM
I looked at http://www.antennaweb.org and got some good information about my OTA HD options. I am 15 miles away from most of the antennas, with line of sight (they're all in the same place), and up to 9, 14 and 32 miles away from three other antennas (all in different directions), with no major obstructions.

antennaweb.org gives me this result:
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You need a Small Multidirectional Antenna.

The smallest of TV antennas, these receive equally well from all directions. Designs include novel-shaped disks, patch antennas and antennas that attach to satellite systems. These antennas are most effective when signal strength is highest and away from reflecting structures or low areas.
http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/GlobalUC/img/ant_diagram_yellow.gif
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That's all well and good, but what make and model? Where can I buy them? Any thing in particular I need to think about with regards to the Series 3 TiVo?

SoBayJake
09-13-2006, 06:21 PM
Best Buy had a wide range back that sit can sit near your TV when I first got my HDTV. They ranged from $9 to $50. The $9 one was essentially just rabbit ears. The $50 one was rabbit ears, and UHF (I think) hoop, and a preamp (oh, and it handily displayed the time too!).

They also had the kind you install in your attic, etc. that can be powered..those were obviously more. What is your house setup? Single family home? Condo/apartment?

You could start small and see where that gets you. Or go middle of the road and see if you can downgrade later. When I got my antenna, I had to HUNT for one that hadn't already been opened and returned. In the end, once I got it home, I find it was already used, so I had no issues with returning it myself.

MickeS
09-13-2006, 06:26 PM
Thanks for the information. Unfortunately Best Buy here doesn't carry any antennas. :(

It's a burned adobe one story house, with no basement and no attic.

MickeS
09-19-2006, 11:32 PM
Bumping this up now that some of you are using the Series 3 with antennas...

NOD
09-19-2006, 11:39 PM
I'm between 5 and 12 miles for all of our local OTA signals, and I have 3 indoor OTA antennae in 3 different rooms. One Jensen and 2 Radio Shack USS-Enterprise-looking thingies (complete w/ a remote control -- who care if it gets great reception? IT HAS A REMOTE!:D).

If you can't do an outside antenna, I have one very important piece of advice -- BUY IT FROM A STORE TO WHICH YOU CAN RETURN IT. My Radio Shack ones work the best for me, but everyone's home is different.

Tico
09-19-2006, 11:44 PM
I strongly suggest...

http://www.zenith.com/sub_prod/product_Display.asp?cat=&id=131

Can be picked up at sears and other Home Theatre stores

Kaldaien
09-20-2006, 01:24 AM
The antenna I use is an amplified indoor HDTV antenna made by Terk (better known as Audiovox) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7322587&type=product&productCategoryId=cat08084&id=1118844608800. I did not have much of a choice for indoor antennas in any of the stores around here, but it is adequate. I can pick up a couple of ATSC channels that are more than 100 miles away depending on the time of day. It picks up all local stations with a signal strength no less than 70% without adjusting the antenna's direction, which is handy since they are all broadcast from different directions ;) It's also nice if you have an HD station that broadcasts on VHF - CBS broadcasts its HD signal on 11-1 here and cannot be picked up with a UHF antenna.

The Zenith antenna mentioned before does not have pole antennas and won't work well for VHF signals. I would definitely suggest getting an "HDTV" branded antenna though, that branding (and the unusual looking design of all HDTV antennas) is not a gimmick. They're designed to reduce the effect of signals bouncing off surrounding walls (which would create ghosting/static on analog channels and even worse, blocking/several second signal interuptions on digital channels).

raober
09-20-2006, 06:51 AM
I strongly suggest...

http://www.zenith.com/sub_prod/product_Display.asp?cat=&id=131

Can be picked up at sears and other Home Theatre stores

I'll second this antenna...especially since the OP's towers are all in the same direction. Not so in my case. I'm about 3 miles from two of them to my south. The others are about 25 miles to my west and this antenna can't pick them up even if I reorient it...but this is a small indoor antenna, after all.

Since, at the moment, these unreachable two towers happen to be the two networks the cable comapany is carrying at the moment, and the other two are easily reachable OTA, I'll have 'em all when my S3 finally arrives.

EDIT: Actually, they're all in different directions, according to the OP. Oh well, it's early in the morning. :p

tunnelengineer
09-20-2006, 07:14 AM
I would get the best antenna you can afford. I think the last thing you want is for the channel to go out and tivo to record a black screen for an hour.

MickeS
09-20-2006, 05:06 PM
tunnelengineer, yeah, but I don't know which one is the best. :)

Thanks for the antenna-suggestions. Tico, I live in Tucson too, do you know if the Sears store at park mall might have it?

Tico
09-20-2006, 06:20 PM
tunnelengineer, yeah, but I don't know which one is the best. :)

Thanks for the antenna-suggestions. Tico, I live in Tucson too, do you know if the Sears store at park mall might have it?

Ya they did last time I was there...

Also Roh's at Campbell and Ft Lowell is where I actually bought mine...

MickeS
09-20-2006, 06:22 PM
Are you using that antenna for all HDTV reception? It says it's a directional antenna, will that pose a problem?

andyf
09-20-2006, 06:26 PM
I use this one in the attic, but will work outside. I don't care about the Spanish stations, just the networks.

http://www.antennasdirect.com/DB4_HDTV_antenna.html

Craig S
09-20-2006, 07:53 PM
I use the Zenith antenna Tico suggested. It works great for me.