[mythtv-users] Switching from cable to OTA?

Jason umproko5 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 02:32:44 UTC 2011

how well do these work,


On 09/09/2011 09:10 PM, Dan Smith wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM, E. Westbrook<mythtv-users at westbrook.com>  wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 19:03, Kris B.<krisbee at krisbee.com>  wrote:
>>> If you are in an area where you don't have any VHF stations (I don't, and
>>> I am between two markets), then the big behmouth isn't necessary, just get a
>>> UHF antenna and focus on that.
>> Unfortunately, about half my important stations are UHF and the other half
>> VHF (see my tvfool graph if you like: http://westbrook.com/tvfool.png).
>> There's only one station in the area I care about that's broadcasting from a
>> different location and distance (PBS 31), but it's higher power too, and I
>> receive it fine even with my indoor antenna pointed at the mountain.
>>> Everyone raves about the single and double bay bowtie antennas.  They are
>>> not intrusive, and work extremely well, and they are directional.
>> Thanks for that!  A little googling on single/double bay bowtie impresses
>> me.  But since I need VHS too, I guess I couldn't go with this approach
>> alone, could I.
>>> I ended up homebrewing a Double Bay Gray Hoverman antenna, which is an
>>> open source design, and it pulls in both Charlotte, NC and Greensboro, NC,
>>> with almost all of the staions above 90% signal strength, no rotator needed
>>> in my case, and it is about 30 ft high (just slightly above my house).
>> You tempt me to go homebrew!  That would be satisfying on multiple levels.
>>> I lucked out due to circumstances, position, tree cover, land layout, etc.
>> I'm very lucky too, as I can literally see the mountaintop with no
>> obstructions, so I'm very optimistic -- once I get outdoors!
>>> But I am over the moon, and that antenna is what convinced me to cut cable
>>> and go with a full myth system.
>> I'm with you there, philosophically.  Unfortunately, here, to satisfy my
>> living room's occupants, I have to supplement with "ransom-vision" to get
>> the premiums (sigh)... but for anything that CAN be obtained over the air
>> (e.g. Sunday NFL), there's just no beating it!
>> What would you suggest I read up on, if I wanted to go homebrew too, that
>> would satisfy my need for both VHF and UHF?
>> Thanks again!
>> Eric
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> To get your PBS 31 station you'll need an outdoor antenna most likely.
> Check out these DIY antennas, I build the gray hoverman gen3 with 10
> reflectors, was pretty difficult and would be way overkill for you,
> you might be able to get away with a gray hoverman with 3 narods and
> no reflectors. Having no reflectors makes it less strong so you won't
> overload your tuner since you have so many strong local signals, also
> it makes it a lot less directional in order to get that PBS station.
> http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=140206
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