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    HD Question

    I was wondering if there was something I could buy to allow me to get my local HD channels? I would need something that fits in my apartment. I have a 27in JVC HD TV. It has a built in tuner and is 1080i. I live in Reinbeck, Iowa. It is between Cedar Falls/Waterloo and Tama. I am about 20 miles south of Cedar Falls.

    Is the signal strength good for you local channels there? I don't know much about this, but I have heard that people can get there local HD channels. My local Reinbeck cable company does not offer HD channels, so I was hoping to at least get my locals somehow. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for any help you can give me.



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    Re: HD Question

    Flip off the cable and get HD rabbit ears for the local channels.


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    Re: HD Question

    Go here...

    Antennaweb.org

    All you have to enter is your zip code. You can enter your street address for a more exact location. A map will display allowing you to select your exact location if you do not use the street address.

    After that, you'll get a list of HD locals available to you and the type of antenna you'll need.



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    Re: HD Question

    Thank you very much for the info!



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    Re: HD Question

    It looks like you'll need a medium multi-directional antenna.

    I'll admit, I'm not the best expert here when it comes to this stuff. A few members here have some really good knowledge that I've learned from.

    I've heard this is a good one.

    Zenith ZHDTV1 Silver Sensor HDTV Indoor UHF Antenna (ZHDTV1) | ZHDTV1 [Zenith] | rabbit ears


    Last edited by ISUFan22; 11-30-2007 at 04:01 PM.

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    Re: HD Question

    The best indoor bunny ear set I have seen and used is from Radio Shack, model RS-15 880. Cost is around $50, but if they don't work you can return them pretty much hassle free. Good luck! They work for me and my area is considered a medium multi area also. Since you are in an apartment, that may be your best option unless you can rig something outside and not get in trouble with the landlord!


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    Re: HD Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Go here...

    Antennaweb.org

    All you have to enter is your zip code. You can enter your street address for a more exact location. A map will display allowing you to select your exact location if you do not use the street address.

    After that, you'll get a list of HD locals available to you and the type of antenna you'll need.
    antennaweb will tell you the angle to aim your antenna. I live in ankeny so the angles are very close for the major channels as the signals are coming from Alleman.

    Anyways, I do notice a difference with 5 vs. 8 & 13 when I rotate my antenna slightly to match what antannaweb recomends.



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    Re: HD Question

    if you have directTV, arent the local stations already in HD?



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    Re: HD Question

    I saw this on Bestbuy's website:
    Do you think this is a good one?

    Terk-Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna for $69.99

    Product Features

    • Compact indoor antenna receives both UHF and VHF local HD reception of channels 2-69 for enjoying high-definition television programming without cable or satellite HDTV service; high back-to-front ratio rejects unwanted signals
    • Amplification improves signal quality and high gain picks up further stations; 11-12dB typical amplifier gain
    • Clean, aesthetically-pleasing design complements today's high-tech HDTV sets and tuners
    • Small footprint base takes up less space; UHF antenna can be mounted vertically or horizontally for improved reception
    • Connects easily to your set-top box or high-definition television; cable can be routed front or back for more flexible cable management
    • Impedance: 75 ohms



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    Re: HD Question

    Quote Originally Posted by clones26 View Post
    if you have directTV, arent the local stations already in HD?
    No, not yet.
    At least not in central Iowa.



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    Re: HD Question

    You can get that same model for a lot less elsewhere. I'm pretty sure it's the same one I had before. I had issues with it, would sometimes get pixelation, etc. That can be a problem with the indoor antennas, especially if you walk in the line from the antenna to the HD tower.

    Provide a link for it though, so I can tell if it's the same one I had.



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    Re: HD Question

    Quote Originally Posted by psycln11 View Post
    Flip off the cable and get HD rabbit ears for the local channels.
    I'm about 30 miles from Austin and i can't get regular reception. I use a pair of powered rabbit ears I got at Wal-Mart and I get really good HD reception.


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    Re: HD Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    You can get that same model for a lot less elsewhere. I'm pretty sure it's the same one I had before. I had issues with it, would sometimes get pixelation, etc. That can be a problem with the indoor antennas, especially if you walk in the line from the antenna to the HD tower.

    Provide a link for it though, so I can tell if it's the same one I had.
    I get pixelation from cable so thats no problem there. Cableone sucks.



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    Re: HD Question

    Terk - Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna - HDTVA

    I have to have an indoor one as I live in an apartment, and an outdoor one is really not going to work for me. If you have any other suggestions of ones to buy for indoors I would be happy to listen. Thanks!



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    Re: HD Question

    Should I just forget it since I just have regular cable? I see some people above say if you just have cable that is is bad? I guess I just want to see if I am wasting my time.



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