Originally Posted by 72ScoutNGa
I would like to see a list of HD OTA tuners and antenna setups that people have had SUCCESS with! I'm going to go and buy one shortly.
I am using a HTPC setup (Home Theater PC) with an ATI HDTV Wonder receiver/tuner card, and running Windows Media Center 2005. I am able to get NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, but no Fox. I am using a Radioshack outdoor antenna 50" Boom Length, 18 Element Antenna; Model: VU-75 XR on a 12-foot mast on a single-story home.
My biggest problem was figuring out which orientation to point the antenna. I always assumed that you would point the antenna in the direction of the towers with the antenna forming a sort of arrow shape towards the towers. When I was living in East Brainerd, I kept getting Dalton stations and faint Atlanta stations. Then it dawned on me. The UHF portion of the antenna should point towards the towers. Doh! Boy was I relieved. I had been struggling with antennas and various positions around the roof for at least two years, and just chalking it up to low-power from the transmitters.
Also, for the record, I've also used a DVico Fusion (Model I) in my HTPC, but the tuner is pretty weak, and it constantly "stutters". Which I am sure is due to the tuner not being able to cope with Multipath. The new DVico Fusion 5 features a 5th generation LG tuner which is supposed to bring an incredible level of digital tuning, all but eliminating multipath, and the ablity to pull in weak stations. At only $99 it sounds almost worth it to try it out if there are any other HTPC users in the Chattanooga area. Plus, this card decodes unencryped QAM so if the local Comcast is broadcasting the HD chanells in unencrypted QAM, this card can tune them in. Brilliant if you are a HTPC/PVR junkie like me.