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post #6061 of 6065 Old 01-05-2017, 11:16 AM
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Hello,

I live about 10 miles WNW of Memphis (I don't have enough posts to post a link so I will give the part after the frontslash: ?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3ddfaf24593877d 4 ). I currently have Directv with 3 televisions. I also have Directv Now. I want to get rid of the satellite service but still need to get the local networks on all three televisions.

I hope to get the following channels listed in order of importance:

NBC - WMC - 5.1 (VHF-Lo)
CBS - WREG - 3.1 (UHF)
Fox - WHBQ - 13.1 (VHF-High)
ABC - WATN - 24.1 (UHF)
PBS - WKNO - 10.1 (UHF)
CW - WLMT - 30.1 (UHF)

I can mount an antenna in a 2nd story unfinished bonus room above my garage. It faces ENE at about 85°. It would be about 18' above ground with no tall structures or trees in sight.
I understand that anything below the roof is less than optimal, but its a risk I'm willing to take. If all else fails, I'll just keep the satellite service.

3 televisions with 30' - 50' runs.

I will consider any indoor models as long as they would work in all three rooms.

Thanks.
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So I show this as your tvfool

http://tvfool.com/?option=com_wrappe...dfaf24593877d4

You should be OK with any small outdoor antenna. The key thing is as you noted you need VHF Low for WMC. Most antennas nowadays are VHF Hi/UHF. I dont know if a VHF Hi/UHF would work well but being only 20-25 miles away it may work (I dont have any VHF Low here in Minneapolis so can't comment)

An outdoor antenna will beat an indoor antenna any day of the week. You shouldnt need a pre-amp although it may not hurt depending on the cable runs you will need.

Something like these would work and have VHF Low/Hi and UHF
http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=CM-2018
http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=CM-3016

Hopefully someone in the area can help with what works there (especially on WMC)
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So I show this as your tvfool

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You should be OK with any small outdoor antenna. The key thing is as you noted you need VHF Low for WMC. Most antennas nowadays are VHF Hi/UHF. I dont know if a VHF Hi/UHF would work well but being only 20-25 miles away it may work (I dont have any VHF Low here in Minneapolis so can't comment)

An outdoor antenna will beat an indoor antenna any day of the week. You shouldnt need a pre-amp although it may not hurt depending on the cable runs you will need.

Something like these would work and have VHF Low/Hi and UHF
...

Hopefully someone in the area can help with what works there (especially on WMC)
Thanks for your reply. And yes, that is the correct link I see that WMC recommends these two:

GE 24734 Millennium HDTV TV Antenna - (hoop and rabbit ears)
Channel Master CM-3016

With little hope of it working, I did order the GE 24737. Three of those would save me time/money. If it doesn't work, at least it was inexpensive and I'll pass it on to someone in need. Even if it does work, I doubt my wife will be pleased with the rabbit ears in the living room.

I guess I'm just hoping someone found a magical device or new technology that just works in the Memphis area.
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...hoping someone found a magical device or new technology that just works in the Memphis area.
Nope.... TV reception hasn't really changed in 60+ years. Your best bet, albeit a lot of work, would be a CM -3016 in the attic (outdoors would be better, but not necessary as close as you are) with a pre-amp and splitter to run cable to all 3 locations. Drop the cable from the attic into a wall outlet, and the wife won't see any antenna or wires anywhere. Note: I don't mean an AC outlet. You'll need to install a new box and cover just for the coax connection.

I'm across the river 90 miles from the Memphis transmitters so I require a huge antenna way up in the air (45ft), a pre-amp and just the right weather conditions to get a good signal.
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Thanks for your reply. And yes, that is the correct link I see that WMC recommends these two:

GE 24734 Millennium HDTV TV Antenna - (hoop and rabbit ears)
Channel Master CM-3016

With little hope of it working, I did order the GE 24737. Three of those would save me time/money. If it doesn't work, at least it was inexpensive and I'll pass it on to someone in need. Even if it does work, I doubt my wife will be pleased with the rabbit ears in the living room.

I guess I'm just hoping someone found a magical device or new technology that just works in the Memphis area.
The GE 24734 Millennium HDTV TV Antenna finally arrived yesterday. Hooked it up and scanned channels multiple times with the antenna in multiple configurations.

Could get all channels I wanted plus some reliably except for 5.1 and 13.1. Sometimes 13.1 would come in fine, but activity around the tv could easily disrupt it. Could not get 5.1 at all.

So, time to gather money and get motivated to order an outdoor antenna for the attic.
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