Originally Posted by bjw5392
I just got in on the TVA PB pre-order for the Samsung HL-S6187 and can't wait to have the TV. Although, I'm going to be disappointed if I can't get the Steelers in HD OTA. I'm located in Campbell, OH and would really appreciate some advice on an antenna and any other accessories that'll help me get the Steelers in HD. Any other HD channels I can pick up along the way will be OK too.
I tell you my set-up, even though I am in New Wilmington, PA.
I live about 49-51 miles from the North Shore(North side of the city if you will) stations towers in Pittsburgh.
These stations are KDKA/CBS, WPXI/NBC, and WPGH/FOX.
I have an LG LST-4200A HDTV Tuner connected to BOTH(I have an A/B selector since this unit only has one RF input) an amplified indoor antenna(a cheap RCA model that you can get at a WalMart) and my local cable line(Adelphia, soon to be Time Warner for my area I believe while just a little south of me, I think it will be Comcast, but who the hell knows) for Clear QAM reception.
From my antenna, I get the following:
All the local Ytown stations in digital(including WNEO/PBS out of Alliance, OH which is about 31 miles from me). All come in strong(EXCEPT FOR WKBN/WYFX FOR SOME REASON. I GET ALOT OF DROPOUTS ON THAT ONE[STRONG THEN DEAD SIGNALS. FLUCTUATES GREATLY], AND I AM JUST AS CLOSE TO THE TOWERS AS WFMJ AND WYTV. WYTV USED TO BE A PROBLEM TOO WHEN THEY FIRST WENT UP, BUT IS NOW A STRONG STEADY SIGNAL. MAYBE WKBN NEEDS TO MAKE SOME FINAL TWEAKS/ADJUSTMENTS BEFORE SETTLING IN.)
Out of the Burgh, I get KDKA/CBS, WPXI/NBC, and WPGH/FOX. The last 2 I experience some fluctuation/dropouts occassionally on signal(Fox a little worse than NBC) but not horrible. If I hooked up an outdoor 8-Bay(or 4-Bay) UHF antenna, my results would be perfect. getting FOX out of the Burgh is may MAIN CONCERN(you'll see why in a moment) because SOME Steeler games(when the Steelers are at HOME playing an NFC team. At least 2 games a year) are on FOX/WPGH.
With my Clear QAM through Adelphia I get:
1. KDKA/CBS Burgh
2. WPXI/NBC Burgh
3. WTAE/ABC Burgh
4. National PBS feed(I think it is the national feed)
5. WFMJ/NBC YTown
6. CBWB/WB YTown(sub channel on WFMJ OTA. This one is digital only as well. No HD)
7. WYTV/ABC Ytown
8. Fox Sports Pittsburgh HD(this is OCCASIONALLY if the Pirates/Penguins game is being shown in HD.
9. Plus all the pointless music stations which I delete.
My local cable company(and other's it seems) is in some sort of SNIT with Sinclair owned local channels, and don't send their signal through in digital/HD on the their local digital/HD lineup. Unfortunately WPGH/Fox falls into this category as they are owned by Sinclair and refuse to carry the station which forces me to use an antenna. BASTARDS!!!!!
I don't know your topography(Is Campbell in a valley? Your Topography/surroundings play a big role in reception) but the best way to find out how far you are from the towers is go to:www.antennaweb.org/
Type in your address and get an idea of how far you are from the towers in the Burgh. This will give you a good beginning step as to what type of antenna you are going to need.