Originally Posted by KHP123
Since my family and I don't watch that much tv, I'm thinking about completely dropping the dish and buying an antenna. However, I'm concerned that my reception will not be very good since antennaweb lists my location as 61-63 miles from the transmitters in Huntsville.
I live on the east side of Muscle Shoals....I mainly want WAFF, WHNT, WAAY, and PBS. It's a no-go for the wife if I can't get all major networks. Is there anyone in this area that can get these....also, your antenna setup would be a big help too. THanks.
I live off Shoal Creek, with a tree covered hill to the east. There was already an old telescoping poll against my house so I attached a 15 year old, 4 poll antenna (half the size of a CM4228) just above roof top level. Antenna is aimed ESE or 110 degrees by sight. I have no amplifier (yet), have RG59 coax running from the antenna to a diplexer combining with one of the runs to my DTV HR20 then the diplexer separating the antenna to the OTA input on the HR20. I'm getting 45-60% reading on 19, 31, 36 and sometimes 54 (watched last half of the Bud Shootout with no drops.) Nothing on 48, but I understand they are at one-third power. 15 is 95%.
All that to say this, I'm confident that an 8-bay, with amp, and RG6 cable homerun to the tuner would probably give me great reception.
You might try Tennessee Valley Satellite in Killen (Center Star) as I picked up diplexers there and they quoted $79 for an 8-bay and $20 for an inside amp and said they would allow returns within 10 days in case it didn't work out. Don't know the brands or models of the equipment.
Just an FYI as to an earlier post - I was able to use a diplexer in line to my HR20 which includes the BBC for HDTV. Connection is: satellite multiswitch in attic>short jumper>BBC>diplexor>cable from attic down one story>diplexor>short jumper>HR20. Had to reset the HR20 after making the connection.