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Old 12-02-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Can only get 2 channels on my antenna

I got one of these: http://www.gomohu.com/

And the local ABC and CBS stations work fine (channels 8 and 10) when I hooked it up through my TV, but not a single other channel works.

Locally, NBC/FOX/PBS are channels 39, 69, and 15 respectively, which I know "used" to be the UHF channels, but does that still apply in the digital age? I don't think it's a coincidence that it 's the higher channels that I'm not getting. Anything I can do to get the others?

This is my TV: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-TH-4...ata/B000QI1R94
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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thats a pretty weak antenna. Did you check antenna web.org to see how far away you're from the broadcast towers?
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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Ahh that's a great site. I live in a downtown neighborhood, and according to that site I only can get the two channels I'm getting now..

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:45 PM   #4
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Can you get your antenna outside? Porch? Or into a window at least? For the love of god don't buy an amp, it'll just make things worse. You need to discover teh "physical" channel assignments of the desired stations. You might be able to get the PBS, Fox, and NBC affiliates I see. 13 miles isn't tooooo far. http://www.tvantennaplans.com/
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:09 AM   #5
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Why do you need that antenna?

What internet connection do you have?
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:09 AM   #6
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Why do you need that antenna?

What internet connection do you have?
ota hd is pretty sweet
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:11 AM   #7
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get a channelmaster 8 bay antenna and stick it on top of your roof.

like this. There re cheaper ones.

http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...tenna-(CM-4228)
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:34 AM   #8
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get a channelmaster 8 bay antenna and stick it on top of your roof.

like this. There re cheaper ones.

http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...tenna-(CM-4228)
Or, if you're cheap, you can make a very good tv antenna for almost nothing. Just google "DIY Antenna".

Also, try www.tvfool.com. It give a little more info than antennaweb.org... at the risk of giving you too much info.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:44 PM   #9
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get a channelmaster 8 bay antenna and stick it on top of your roof.

like this. There re cheaper ones.

http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...tenna-(CM-4228)
If only..I live on the 14th floor of a 23 story building.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:12 AM   #10
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If you're only 13 miles away, get a powered internal (inside the house) antenna, and you should be all set.

I had this one for years when I lived downtown; perfect:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3506951
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:27 AM   #11
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If only..I live on the 14th floor of a 23 story building.
is your window facing the emitter tower? The channel master is pretty good indoors too.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:29 AM   #12
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Or, if you're cheap, you can make a very good tv antenna for almost nothing. Just google "DIY Antenna".

Also, try www.tvfool.com. It give a little more info than antennaweb.org... at the risk of giving you too much info.
shrug, I paid 40 for a cm clone, I figure that is cheap enough.
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:33 PM   #13
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The thing is, that cm antenna is huge. I put it on a pole on my balcony. Worked very well pulling stations from two different directions.

But my first suggestion would simply be a better amplified internal antenna. If you have a window facing the right direction, you might also try an antenna similar to this:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3730720

It's pretty small and can be easily mounted and uncounted outside a window on a building. You can just get a thin coax cable and run it under the window.

Otherwise, something that looks similar to this:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2417014

Might be a good choice to try indoors. On the research I did, that Mohu antenna is just garbage unless you live in a place where you can get reception with a paperclip.

Try that. Get a decent sized metal paperclip, stick the end of it in to the coaxial cable hole, then fold it back so that it's touching the outside, then take the excess and extend it up. See if ou continue to get the two channels you get now. It's a fun experiment.

Also, OTA HD is awesome.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:14 PM   #14
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You are actually very close to transmitters, which appear to be coming from multiple directions, so might just try a pair of old fashion rabbits ears before nothing else.

Silver Sensor would be reference design for indoor hdtv reception inside say 20 miles, but it is supposed to be a very directional antenna.
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