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Question Thinking about HD Radio. Have questions.

I'm thinking about buying a HD radio receiver and was wondering if it's worth it in my area. What is the realistic bottom dBm I'm looking at for a HD Radio to lock onto a digital broadcast?
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Went ahead and bought a Sangean HDT-20. I guess I'll set it up and see how it goes. There's always the option to return it.

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Researching antennas. Looks like its the Winegard HD-6010 since the AntennaCraft FMSS is no longer produced.

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Sure you need that? OKC's pretty flat and the FMs are fairly robust. At ten miles, you're a long way from the point you'll need much aluminum. My wife's family is in Warr Acres and, last time I was there, I could get just about everybody on my HD walkman-style radio. That's not to say it's not a good antenna or you don't need it for other reasons. I have my BA jacked into my attic television antenna array. In my Tampa garage, I put an F-connector on an Insignia tabletop HD radio and connect that to a $5 set of rabbit ears. I have lots of signal issues in the garage, but it's nothing repositioning the rabbit ears doesn't solve for the few subchannels I want.

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Not sure yet. I will hopefully get to play with it this weekend and see about the reception. That's kinda why I was inquiring about the bottom dBm needed to lock the HD channels. That would give me a good idea what stations I could get and if I may want an antenna to help with stations further away. My wife would love to get 104.5 out of Tulsa, but I don't know if that's possible even with an outside antenna.

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Is she interested in the main channel or one of the subchannels? You're too far for an HD lock on KMYZ. You could POSSIBLY get the analog signal with a welll-designed yagi at a decent height. You have adjacent-channel issues from Granite and Ponca City. Doubt you're gonna spend the cash required to overcome that. If it's KMYZ's main channel she wants, I suggest just streaming it.

For my money, KOSU-HD2 would be my go-to in OKC. I appreciate good classical. We have one here in Tampa that's just delicious on HD Radio.

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She's interested in the main channel, but there may be a local multicast that provides the same genre. I'm trying to cut our streaming down as I've been hit with overages by my ISP twice recently. I guess that's what happens when a family of 5 all stream their own movies, music and games. Already got OTA for TV so if I can find a good radio station locally maybe that's one less thing eating up the bandwidth. She listens to the radio in the car constantly, so hopefully with the fidelity a HD radio will provide she'll hear an improvement over streaming and use that instead. Well just have to see. Thanks for the assist.

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