Originally Posted by jacknimble
Addicted to HD, I appreciate the post and would like a little help. Recently, I moved to Eureka and have been getting by with just being able to see CBS and CW but now I would like to get the other main channels. After searching the forum for recommended antennas I have come to the conclusion, after trying one that was supposed to have a decent rep, that antennas work differently in each area.
Since you may have friends in Eureka I am hoping you might be able to give me some insight on an indoor antenna or a small outdoor. Right now I use an old radioshack model that tunes in both UHF and VHF and it has a dial for signal enhancement. It worked well in Spokane WA but obviously not as well here. I have thought about trying to find a Philips Manta90 to mount outside but have not been able to locate one in town. What I can and can't receive is listed below.
KIEM-DT Ch. 3 (NBC) - NOT Received
KEUV-LP Ch. 31 (Univision) - NOT
KAEF-DT Ch. 23 (ABC) - NOT
KUVU-LP Ch. 9 (The CW) - Tuned in
KEET-HD Ch. 13 (PBS) - Tuned
KVIQ-HD Ch. 17 (CBS) - Tuned
KBVU-HD Ch. 28 (Fox) - Tuned
KEMY-LP Ch. 33 (MyNetworkTV) - Tuned
Winegard HD-4400 - http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_disp...p?prod=HD-4400
(UHF antenna but works very well in the VHF range)
Antennas Direct DB4 - http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_display.asp?prod=AD-DB4
(great for receiving UHF signals over long distances)
You should be able to receive KAEF and KEUV-LP without a problem with these antennas.
Do not be surprised if you get interference noise on KUVU, especially if it goes digital. It can clash with KIXE in certain areas of Humboldt county.
I can assure you that you will have a lot of trouble with KIEM no matter what antenna you use, it broadcasts on RF ch. 3 in low-VHF range which is extremely prone to electrical interference. That is sad because that is basically your only "local" based commercial station and is the only station in the area to broadcast local news. I see no chance of the Chico/Redding NBC affiliate setting up a satellite station in Eureka, because they and their sister station (which is a CBS affiliate) is on the brink of bankruptcy and is one of the most poorly run and least viewed stations in our area. I actually wish the CBS station in Chico was a repeater of KVIQ, it (KVIQ) is co-owned with Fox (KCVU/KBVU) so it is possible.
I may be able to contact KRCR (parent station of KAEF) and request that KAEF be changed to a full-time repeater of KRCR, including our newscasts from Redding. They may be able to throw in a few news stories and share the weather forecast with Eureka. That will give you another source of local news, which is actually #1 in our area. If they start a regional newscast for the Northstate and the North Coast, it will leave KIEM light years in the dust.
If you need to contact KRCR/KAEF, call (530) 243-7777, or post a message to Ray Smith (Ray4x4x4), the chief engineer of KRCR on the forum.
If you still have trouble, Suddenlink offers basic cable for around $15 per month. They offer KBVU (Fox) and KVIQ (CBS) in HD. Here is their lineup:
2 - KBVU 28 (Fox) - Essentially KCVU from Chico
3 - KIEM 3 (NBC)
5 - KEMY-LP 33 (MyTV) - shared with MyTV in Chico/Redding
6 - KVIQ 17 (CBS)
7 - KAEF 23 (ABC) - Essentially KRCR from Redding
9 - KUVU-LP 9 (CW)
13 - KEET 13 (PBS)
78 - KEUV-LP 31 (Univision) - Satellite of Chico affiliate
Also, request from Dish or DirecTV for Chico/Redding locals, they are nearly identical to Eureka.