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Old 01-06-2014, 11:36 AM - Thread Starter
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My zip code is 34990 for reference of my location using http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/

 

I am receiving all of the the VHF channels that the website above says I should get, but it says NBC is a Hi-V channel. Do I need to buy a special antenna to get NBC?

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That station is 40 miles from the center of your zip code, so ordinarily you would not expect to get reliable reception from a paperclip or even from a set top antenna, but if you already own a TV or tuner, then all you have to do is try it before buying a more substantial antenna.
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You might need a "jumbo" sized paper clip for that one.... :rolleyes.gif

Posting the link to the FCC page isn't useful as it doesn't give any of your data to anyone else. Use TVFool instead to share your signal analysis.

WPTV and WPEC are the two closest VHF channels in your general area. All other local stations, REGARDLESS of the displayed channel number, are UHF stations until you get to Miami or Orlando.

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You might need a "jumbo" sized paper clip for that one.... :rolleyes.gif....


Here's the set top model: {
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And the OTARD compliant one:
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All joking aside, although it is probably "adequate" for the stronger stations, a typical "unfolded paper clip" antenna probably won't receive NBC & CBS on Hi-VHF Ch12 & Ch13. You didn't SAY what kind of antenna you are using now....you should first try a cheap set of Rabbit-Ears/Loop Antenna, where the Ears are each set to about 14.5-in long for Ch12/13. And with those extremely strong nearby stations, do NOT use an Amplified Antenna, Preamp or Distribution Amplifier.

If Rabbit Ears aren't adequate, you're going to need a SERIOUS Antenna with more than a few dBi of Gain on Hi-VHF, as are summarized in the fol. response to a similar post:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1509020/arlington-va-cant-get-ota-anything#post_24155257
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