Can only get 2 channels on my antenna

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  1. Syringer

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    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
     
  2. bearxor

    bearxor Diamond Member

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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?
     
  3. Syringer

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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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  4. bobdole369

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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/
     
  5. Gintaras

    Gintaras Golden Member

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    Why do you need that antenna?

    What internet connection do you have?
     
  6. sdifox

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    ota hd is pretty sweet
     
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    #7 sdifox, Dec 3, 2011
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    is your window facing the emitter tower? The channel master is pretty good indoors too.
     
  12. sdifox

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    shrug, I paid 40 for a cm clone, I figure that is cheap enough.
     
  13. bearxor

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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.
     
  14. mshan

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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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