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Antenna TV
updated: Feb 08, 2014, 4:24 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone use an antenna with their digital TV? I'm curious how many channels you can pick up with a small indoor antenna.

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 COMMENT 493291P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 04:48 PM

I got a power antenna at Radio Shack for $40 - I live in Lompoc and get 5 digital stations - NBC and CW and MTV Latin from Santa Maria, and CBS and Fox from SLO. I had to mount it way up on a pole though. Even though all stations were supposed to switch to digital long ago, I also get 5 analogue Spanish channels.

I bet you could get a lot more stations in SB.


 COMMENT 493297 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 05:30 PM

In Buellton (with an antenna) we get 7 stations total, 3 spanish, and 4 english, there is however some interference at times that causes pixelation and frozen screens.


 COMMENT 493323 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 07:14 PM

I get 2 channels from KEYT channel 3 ABC and Retro
2 stations (somewhat intermittently) from KSBY NBC and CW
4 channels from KCET (LA public, but not PBS)
3 channels from KOCE PBS from Orange county PBS
Several spanish channels
Two Chinese channels in English

These from Santa Barbara San Roque area. I have two outdoor antennas.


 COMMENT 493327 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 07:17 PM

I live near the waterfront, built an antenna for $10, aimed it at Mt. Wilson (86 degrees) and I get 72 channels, mostly asian, mexican, religious and shopping, but I also get Ch2 (KCBS), Ch3 (KEYT), Ch4 (KNBC), Ch5 (KTLA), Ch6 (KSBY), Ch9 (KCAL), Ch11 (KTTV) and CH13 (KCOP). The 2-13 are all HD and they all have secondary channels, like 5.2 and 5.3 and so on. My antenna is 10 feet off the ground, is 15" tall and 12" wide. If you put some effort into it, you can dump cable.


 COMMENT 493328P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 07:18 PM

To the OP, you might do an Edhat search about this. I remember seeing many comments about two years ago, and there was another post about a year ago.

I went two years without COX cable but eventually gave up. Now I pay for the limited package.

Resistance is futile.


 COMMENT 493332 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 07:33 PM

327, I'm intrigued! Are there any online resources that describe your setup? I'd love to build it and dump Cox.


 COMMENT 493334P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 07:51 PM

There was Edhat discussion on this topic in January. Several more HDTV discussions here going back to at least 2009, with many helpful comments.

Near 154@101 with a small roof-type UHF antenna (about 2x2x3') hung from the ceiling I currently get 31 digital channels, and only watch 8 of them. One channel (17) is analog that I also don't watch. I also watch stuff (including all the UC system programs) online.


 COMMENT 493342 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 08:17 PM

@332 (327 here) I can't post links here but google "popular mechanics DIY digital TV antenna" and choose the first link. That's what to build. Then google "tv fool Interactive TV Coverage Browser", input your zip, click "map this". On the next page, click "make radar plot" and that will give you coordinates to aim it.


 COMMENT 493362 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 06:14 AM

This is encouraging, thanks for all of the suggestions. The info in the links was very helpful. I just purchased a wi-fi capable set, but would like to watch live local news sometimes. Certainly seems worth the small investment to grab those free waves


 COMMENT 493386 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 09:06 AM

I live in a remote part of Santa Ynez. Roof top antenna bought from someplace on the east coast (via UPS). 4 main channels NBC, CW, CBS and FOX. If I want to get ABC, I have to rotate the pole 180 degrees. Easy to do from the ground.
Usually good reception, but rarely it pointellates out.
Cell phone reception out here is spotty (Verizon. ATT had no reception when I tried years ago.)

PS When I go to a hotel, I channel surf way too much.


 COMMENT 493401 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 10:41 AM

I love this discussion. Cut the cord, people! Cut your cords!


 COMMENT 493406P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 11:09 AM

I'm actually NOT dependent on TV at all - in fact, the vast majority of it is completely unwatchable to me. And the only reason I watch local and national news is to keep abreast of the latest propaganda.

At this point TV is mostly just background noise for surfing the web.


 COMMENT 493445 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 02:29 PM

Yes, we do use an antenna on our upstairs deck for our digital TV. We receive KCET, KOCE, ABC, NBC, Ch.11, and various stations that do on interest us. Both KCET and KOCE have three other channels that we also receive. So glad not to have COX.


 COMMENT 493494 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 06:05 PM

Used to have a large antenna from Radio Shack on top of my roof (2-story house, 10 foot mast, rotator, low noise pre-amp - total cost was equal to 3 months of basic cable from Cox not counting the afternoon it took me to install it all). Back in the old analog days we used to get all the VHF stations from LA plus KSBY and KEYT and KCET quite well plus fuzzy but useable pictures of all the LA UHF stations plus KCOY, a bunch from San Diego and Tijuana, and a few other odds and ends, total of about 50 channels, most of them fuzzy.

With digital, we lost all but a few of the LA stations and KEYT - KSBY came when the wind blew the right way. 30 digital stations at best, mostly non-English. Switched to Cox for phone etc when the Verizon copper got too old to provide reliable phone service and DSL and took a basic cable package as well for $25/mo. Love the internet and phone, thinking of dropping the TV and going back to over the air.


 COMMENT 493522 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 08:17 PM

327, (332 here), thank you for the Popular Mechanics suggestion! Looks like a trip to Radio Shack, a few dollars, and about 45 minuites to assemble is all that's needed. Not even a weekend project, but a "one-evening-after-work" project!


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