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post #1 of 9 Old 06-08-2001, 09:06 PM - Thread Starter
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Well, step one of my 2 step local HD upgrade here in Baltimore, Maryland is complete. I installed my Terk TV 55 up on the roof, and as expected, the analog signals I get are pretty par for the course with what I am used too. Local NBC comes in decent, ABC and CBS fairly well (little ghosting but I expect that), Fox is crap.

So will this reflect the type of digital signal I'll get? Our DTV channels here start at 39, and run through the UHF line. I will have my 8Vsb tuner on Tuesday, but I was hoping for a little input on what to expect. Especially from anyone in the Baltimore area with a similar antenna.


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Terk 55? Do you have a wife that you have to please?

The big ugly antennas seem to give better performance. Give the Terk a try, but if you can't pull in the digital stations you want, you may want to switch to a better antenna.
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Terk 55? Do you have a wife that you have to please?

LOL!! No, I unfortunately succumbed to the advertising on the back of the box. I bought the antenna before I joined this forum. I have no qualms about getting another antenna, I was just hoping I wouldn't have to.

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I assume the good analog stations you mention are on the VHF channels. If so, they do not mean much as far as predicting your reception of the UHF digital stations.

A better test is how the analog UHF stations from similar transmitter locations are received. If they are received with a halfway decent picture, you should be able to receive the digital stations.

The analog Fox station you mention with the bad picture is probably UHF so you may have problems with digital reception. How do the other analog UHF stations come in?

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This may not work in your situation, I had tried a Terk 55 and an older Terk 50. Neither of them were at good as an indoor antenna that is now pulling in all the HDTV stations in Boston. It is a megawave MTV-1. You can only order at the following website or over phone.
http://www.megawave.com/mtv1.htm

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This may not work in your situation, I had tried a Terk 55 and an older Terk 50. Neither of them were at good as an indoor antenna that is now pulling in all the HDTV stations in Boston. It is a megawave MTV-1. You can only order at the following website or over phone.
Well, I'm crossing my fingers. I still have about 20 days to find out if this works. My 8VSB tuner comes in tomorrow.

The kicker is that when I first saw this thing running at Best Buy, it was hooked up in the middle of the TV section, sitting on a stand, and it got every HD station perfectly.

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I'd say mediocre to decent. But so far no antenna I have ever had has been able to pick up good UHF signals, which constitutes my analog FOX and WB stations.

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Recommend a specific antennae for OTA UHF (HDTV) please...e.g. Winegard or Channel Master?
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The reception you are mentioning are all VHF channels, so they have no bearing on how your DTV channels will come in because they are UHF. How are your other analog UHF channels? That is a better indicator of how your reception will be.
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