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Do I need the stronger OTA antenna? Not getting all channels?

post #1 of 8
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I bought the Terk amplified low-profile antenna for $55. After setting it up in NE Minneapolis at 35th and Central(65), i9t would recognize the channels durring "quick Setup" with some channels with bad reception and even snow in the picture. After it went through and saved the channels it would onlt give me 2 chqannels to choose from but the picture would blink with terrible reception. Moving the slider didn't help at all. The location is on the 2nd floor with a big picture window 20' away. The location of the apartment is in a slight hill bottom. Do I need the stronger amplified Antenna?

I took the TV, a westinghouse LCD set to Eden Prairie to test and while I get great reception, I only get locals and 2 TPT channels. I was told there're more to get OTA. How do I check if it's recieving VHF or UHF signals, could this be the problem of not many channels?

Is there a better option for an HDTV antenni that Best Buy carries? Help with both questions apprecieated.
post #2 of 8
"NE Minneapolis at 35th and Central(65)"? That doesn't mean anything to those of us who don't live in Minneapolis. If you would post your zip code, then we can look up approximately how far you are from the broadcast towers and what channels the stations are on. You may need to get a better antenna, not the overpriced stuff they sell at Best Buy.

You should also check the Minneapolis local thread in the Local HDTV Info and Reception forum.
post #3 of 8
Go to http://www.tvfool.com/ , enter your address, and get a table of the stations in your area that includes estimates of their signal strength at your location. Save the image on your computer, then attach it to a posting here. That way, people will have a good idea of what you're dealing with, and can hopefully give specific advice.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
I looked and printed it out, thanks.

My zip code in that area is 55418. I'm on a time schedule and have to get something to try tommorrow.
post #5 of 8
A paper clip should work at 5 miles to the towers.

Try an RCA ANT110 or Philips ANT110 and a Radio Shack Single Bow Tie(youll need to get a 300ohm to 75ohm balun for that one.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity View Post

A paper clip should work at 5 miles to the towers.

Try an RCA ANT110 or Philips ANT110 and a Radio Shack Single Bow Tie(youll need to get a 300ohm to 75ohm balun for that one.

Good advice. An amplified antenna may not be a good choice that close to the transmitters. Radio Shack's 15-234 UHF Outline Bow Tie Antenna is worth trying for $4.39.
post #7 of 8
You may be overloading your tuner with the amplified Terk, as seatac has hinted at.
post #8 of 8
Looking at the area in Google Earth, the towers would appear to be visible from your location.

You are too close for an amplified antenna. Try an un-amplified $10 rabbit ear/loop combo.

How is your view to the East/NE? A more directional antenna could be needed if you are contending with multi-path off of buildings, but not an amplified antenna.
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