Digital Antenna Experience

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Has anyone had a good experience using a digital antenna on their TV in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area?  If so, what kind did you have use and what stations did you receive??  How did you have to mount the antenna??

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cegarbage Oct 13, 2018 06:34 AM
Digital Antenna Experience

KEYT launched ATSC 3.0. In order to do that, they pulled channels 17.1/2/3/4. So, those of us in South County no longer have the ability to get FOX/CBS with our antenna. Hope they get enough complaints to find a way to get it back on. https://www.keyt.com/lifestyle/technology/new-media-technology-next-gen-tv-launches-in-santa-barbara/803222602

StuckOnBathSt Oct 17, 2018 10:24 AM
Digital Antenna Experience

Thank you for posting this - I had thought that losing CBS\Fox was just one of those temporary OTA transmission glitches. I am so annoyed - I dropped Cox cable television access to save $$ and now I have lost access due to some technological upgrade. Not sure what I need to buy to get stations back.

destag Jul 25, 2018 03:45 PM
Digital Antenna Experience

I got a $100 Clearstream which is rated just under the best rated Moju for $30 when Radio Shack closed and even inside the garage by my man cave it it gets all 4 majors along with PBS CNN ESPN and a several others in 1080 high def.

a-1544648749 Jul 19, 2018 05:54 PM
Digital Antenna Experience

Don't know about Santa Barbara, but we added this to our second home in L.A. and we get about 60 channels and Consumer Reports just rated it the number one choice for antennas. Mohu Leaf 30 TV Antenna, Indoor, 40 Mile Range, 4K-Ready HDTV, MH-110583

CMSB Jul 19, 2018 05:21 PM
Digital Antenna Experience

I roof mounted a "Vilso TV Antenna Outdoor Amplified - Motorized 360 Degree Rotation - Digital HDTV Antenna - 150 Miles Range". Always able to tune in Fox/CBS. If you aim it North West (towards Cachuma Lake), you'll get KEYT. If you aim it towards Montecito, you'll get NBC (KSBY) and CW. All digital, all great quality.

drellim Jul 19, 2018 12:50 PM
Digital Antenna Experience

Go to this website https://www.antennasdirect.com/transmitter-locator.html All the info you need is there ,Just facts no opinions good luck

John Wiley Jul 19, 2018 11:44 AM
Digital Antenna Experience

My short answer to your question is no, but I only tried a couple several years ago. I returned them, used the old UHF one I've had for decades, and bought two small ChannelMaster new ones. The problem here (154@101) is three different transmitter sites, each in a different direction. One is Broadcast Peak out beyond Goleta, another is Gibraltar above Montecito, and the third is KEYT's CBS repeater transmitter on TV hill downtown. So my three antennae are needed to get ABC, CBS, PBS, and unreliable NBC along with a bunch of other stuff we rarely watch. I like that this setup works even when our power is out, so long as any of the transmitters still has power. In theory, a single small top quality digital phased array rooftop antenna with top quality pre-amplifier could get them all, possibly better than the setup I have. In practice, I don't know of anything like that at an affordable price (or frankly any price). The problem for a supplier would be recouping the development and manufacturing expenses plus profit and retail markup, on a product that very few consumers would understand the value of. Most want a tech-looking bit of shiny stuff inside a box covered in outlandish claims that they can buy for $30. What they get may have a passably good inexpensive preamplifier hooked to an antenna with much lower gain than my old one, that in the end won't work as well.

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