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post #1 of 4 Old 09-02-2014, 11:45 PM - Thread Starter
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Los Angeles area: Buying the CORRECT HD Antenna

sorry... I think I previously posted this question in the wrong forum...

I live in the SoCal area. have cut the cable and want to buy an outdoor HD antenna... but have a few questions.

Many of the antenna's I'm looking at state they are UHF antennas... am I to understand that ALL the HD channels are now on the UHF band and not VHF??? OR, do I need an antenna that pulls in both, UHF and VHF?? My goal is to pull in the major networks: CBS 2; NBC 4; KTLA 5; ABC 7; KCAL 9; KTTV 11; KCOP 13... and any of their sub stations like Cozy TV and KTLA's Antenna TV stations

I am located about 30 miles from Mt Wilson (in a direct line), and the antenna will be install on a mast on my roof.

The units I'm looking at are:

1) Wineguard - Flatwave Air, HL6550A
2) Antenna's Direct - DB8e
3) Channel Master - 4228HD

Any help or suggestions appreciated.

thanks
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RCA Ant751 http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT751-Dur.../dp/B0024R4B5C

It's half the price and does both VHF and UHF...yes you need both in SoCal.
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Post your TVFool plot. Antenna requirements are based on your location and surroundings as well as the mix of local stations. See NOTE: Put YOUR LOCATION in the TITLE of ALL antenna threads & TVFOOL info in 1st post for instructions.

Los Angeles requires an antenna that reliably receives VHF channels 7-13 & UHF channels 14-51. Of the three antennas you named, none of them do well on both sets of channels. The RCA that Charles O named is a decent suburban combo that does meet the general requirements for LA, but your location determines if it will be sufficient or not.
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Also, remember that a VHF-HB with UHF antenna (like the ANT-751) will not include channels 2-6 and FM Radio.
The upcoming "repack" of OTA channels "may" require some stations to move back to low-band VHF channels 2-6.
A full-band (or, "all band") antenna will work for those channels, and for FM Radio.
You could also use a small yagi, or an omni-directional FM-only antenna for radio.

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