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    Question about HD antennas

    Looking to get an antenna to save myself the $6 a month I'm paying Dish Network for local channels. I was just on solidsignal.com (linked from CF, thank you very much) and most of them say they are UHF. Will they pick up VHF too and they are just not saying it or what? Sorry if this is a stupid question that's been asked a million times already.



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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    Just by an elcheapo. Buy a regualar old attic antenna. The singal will cut out less on the Dish feed.



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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    I got a $10 VHF antenna from Target and the picture is much better than what I get through my dish.
    I get all the digital channels clear as daylight but am pretty much right under the towers in NE Ankeny.


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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    I've got a cheap 5-10 buck antenna that works great.

    Mine is a combine UHF-VHF antenna (rabbit ears and circular antenna). I have no idea which is actually picking up the signal.


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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    My impression is that the HD channels are broadcast in UHF.



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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    My impression is that the HD channels are broadcast in UHF.
    I'm watching the Jets slaughter the Bengals right now in glorious High Definition using a VHF antenna.


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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    Could be picking them up merely from your proximity to the towers.

    UHF TV Antennas for HDTV Reception

    "Currrently, over 90% of high definition TV broadcasts are in the UHF band."



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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Looking to get an antenna to save myself the $6 a month I'm paying Dish Network for local channels. I was just on solidsignal.com (linked from CF, thank you very much) and most of them say they are UHF. Will they pick up VHF too and they are just not saying it or what? Sorry if this is a stupid question that's been asked a million times already.
    What model of dish network reciever are you using?

    the HD DVR's they have will let you plug the antenna right into them and will show the local channels in the guide so you can use the DVR with them.
    BUT, if you don't get locals from dish the guide data will not show up though.



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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    Go to antennaweb.org and punch in your zip code (or your address if you want more detailed information). This website will give you guidelines for what type of antenna you need (UHF or UHF/VHF combo). it will also show you the direction to the broadcast towers from your location. Many antennas are directional and need to be aimed properly, especially if you are trying receive signal over larger distances.

    A few HD broadcasters still use the higher VHF channels. Generally, UHF-only antennas don't do a great job with VHF.


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    Re: Question about HD antennas

    Quote Originally Posted by ONE-HITTER View Post
    What model of dish network reciever are you using?

    the HD DVR's they have will let you plug the antenna right into them and will show the local channels in the guide so you can use the DVR with them.
    BUT, if you don't get locals from dish the guide data will not show up though.
    I've got the VIP722 HD-DVR on one TV. I'm getting a non-DVR HD receiver for the new TV. I have plugged rabbit ears into my existing HD-DVR just to test it out and the picture is great when I get one, however, the signal strength isn't real good and is therefore unreliable. In the spring I am considering putting up a medium non-directional antenna and running it to both HD boxes. I didn't know that they would not show up in the program guide if I didn't pay Dish Network for local channels though. That might stop me from doing it and make me live with what I have. I guess it might still be worth doing as a backup. I don't know...



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