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Travel Back In Time To Buy A Good TV Antenna

The technical side of broadcasting. Think IBOC is a sham? Talk about it here! How about HDTV? Post DX reports here as well.
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Re: Travel Back In Time To Buy A Good TV Antenna

Post by Arthur Mometer » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:15 pm

WWTV 9 was off Dish for a while. Has it come back yet?

Now WDIV 4 is about to be taken off. With just a punch of a button, I can get WDIV with an attic antenna.

Time to BAA-Buy An Antenna, and not let these disputes prevent you from watching what you want to watch.


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Re: Travel Back In Time To Buy A Good TV Antenna

Post by ftballfan » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:31 pm

In many parts of the country (especially in urban/suburban areas), a good rooftop antenna will get more stations than satellite or cable


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Re: Travel Back In Time To Buy A Good TV Antenna

Post by k8jd » Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:49 am

BIG TV Antennas
A few decades ago another radio nut friend moved out of Detroit and built a hilltop house in eastern Livingston county.
My family went out there to visit over a weekend and early one morning (before sunrise) we turned on his TV to see what was on the air.
He had found the biggest antenna available and got it up on his roof.
We saw two and sometimes three different stations on each VHF channel by turning the antenna around. Before WXYZ TV signed on for the day we could see WABC TV in NYC coming thru the snow, 600 miles away !,
He told me this was not a rare condition, temp inversions there happened about half the time in some months. Hilltop location helped.



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Re: Travel Back In Time To Buy A Good TV Antenna

Post by Arthur Mometer » Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:22 am

I would be surprised if WABC-TV 7 was common. I have to wonder what year it was. As I recall, you would occasionally see WKBW-TV 7 from Buffalo, NY. And I do recall an era where the WABC-TV ID would make it all the way down the network path to local Michigan stations. Not saying it couldn't happen, just that at 500-600 miles, it would not be common, even if all other Channel 7s were off the air at the time. Livingston County has some amazing DX potential, and regular viewing potential though. Back in the 1960s, I was at a house out near Runyan Lake and they got good pictures with a 20 foot piece of wire as an antenna. It's several hundred feet above the elevation on either side in Flint or Detroit.

Before they took their combined seven old AM towers down, you could see the old site tower lights from WSNL 600 and WFDF 910 from places in Tyrone Twp. You probably can still see the WTRX 1330 tower lights still. WFNT 1470 towers are now unlighted. Many TV transmitting towers lights can easily be seen, most notably WEYI's tower from near Center Rd. and US 23, about 34 miles away. Not sure where you could see Southfield towers on 23, though they can be seen driving South on 75 North of Pontiac in some places.


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Re: Travel Back In Time To Buy A Good TV Antenna

Post by Arthur Mometer » Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:57 am

Here's a site that you can find the elevation for a location. You can touch the location and get the AMSL in meters. For example, put in Fenton, MI and then touch just north of US 23 and Center Rd. in Tyrone Twp., and you get 325 meters, about 1056 feet.

http://www.mapcoordinates.net/en


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Re: Travel Back In Time To Buy A Good TV Antenna

Post by ftballfan » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:43 pm

If I had the time and money, I would buy a house midway between two markets on a hill and put up a YUGE antenna to see what I could pull in


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Re: Travel Back In Time To Buy A Good TV Antenna

Post by WOHO » Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:09 am

Now that we're finally getting our antennae all rigged-up after the HDTV swap and the nice new subchannels being added, I'm really scared that this FCC BS cellphone DTV spectrum auction for their wireless buddies is going to see the demise of a few OTA stations and one or two double-up on one tower, causing us to lose our fun/free bonus subchannels, and some diving into useless crapola low-band VHF. I have trouble with RF5 - I think all the VHF Lo/Hi stations are grossly underpowered from the FCC models and could use more power to avoid pixilation.



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