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Denny, you have a great website. It has everything a person needs to select the right antenna for their home. I admire the way you do business.
I live in Tuscarora, Maryland (21790) and I entered my info into antennaweb and it came back with some surprising results. Some of the stations were much closer than I realized.
My house sits up fairly high in a relatively wide open area with the nearest large trees about 150-200 yards away. I installed a top-of-the-line antenna and rotor from Radio Shack about 10 years ago on a mast attached to the chimney and the antenna is beat to death. We have very high winds at our house and all of the plastic pieces have snapped off of the antenna. I was thinking that I might like to try the Winegard MS 2000 because it doesn't need a rotor and it looks like it could withstand the high winds. The results from antennaweb suggested that I get a large directional antenna.
Do you think I can get by with the Winegard MS 2000 or should I go with the 7084? I really would like to get channel 11 from Baltimore although my wife and I mostly watch public TV. Any insight you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
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I took a look at the reception data from your location and I don't believe the MS 2000 antenna is your best choice. As I say on the website on the page entitled TV antenna range, range in miles ratings are pretty much useless without additional information. As you probably noticed many of the channels were within the range in miles of the MS 2000 about 32 miles from your location. However, terrain has more to do with reception than does any antennas suggested range. The range is a rule of thumb and is an average prediction of the antennas ability to receive stations from a given distance. As you probably noticed many of the displayed channels on the antennaweb site were shown in the blue or violet color on the left side of the page, even though many of the transmitters were within 40 miles of your location.
This indicates that even though they are within the mile range of the MS 2000 they are more difficult to receive than the distance to the transmitters would indivcate This is due to the terrain (hills, dense trees etc...). obstructing the Tv signals. The MS 2000 is best used for yellow, light & dark green, red and may or may not provide quality reception on those stations appearing in blue, Violet is likely out of the question. In flat and wide open terrain stations as far as 60 miles away can show up as yellow and very easy to get. On the other hand I have seen transmitter locations less than 10 miles away show as violet color because the line of sight to the transmitter is obstructed by a large hill or mountain.
Your best choice for quality reception is the HD Stacker antenna. I am confident this antenna will provide excellent reception even on NBC channel 11 from Baltimore. Along with the antenna I strongly suggest the Winegard AP 8700 antenna preamplifier. This combination of items I think will pleasantly surprise you with the reception they provide. I don't see any reason to use a rotor at your location. The TV transmitters are located South/Southeast. I'm sorry but a large directional antenna and a rotor looks to be the only reasonable way to get channel 11 from Baltimore. By the way the HD Stacker won't fall apart like the Radio Shack antenna did. The plastic insulators are much thicker on the Stacker and they are U/V protected and will last for many years.
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Old antenna for digital reception?
Denny, great site!
I had a question for you. I already have an old antenna on my home. It has the two wire cable (not coaxial) and I have a arista signal separator/combiner to convert the wire currently to coaxial to hook into the tv. The regular tv reception is pretty good. Should I just attempt to buy a digital set top reciever to see if I get the digital signal? Will I be better off running coaxial from the antenna? Or getting a new antenna from you as well? Looking for a place to start. Thanks for your help! Michael
I would connect the digital tuner to the TV antenna you already have. There is a good chance that your current antenna will provide good reception. Digital reception is all or nothing proposition. In other words, if your current antenna system can provide a signal that the tuner can lock onto the reception will be picture perfect. That's where I'd start, why spend time and money on new antenna equipment you may not need? Running new coax cable is a very good idea and maybe adding a signal preamplifier. Make sure the current antenna is aimed properly in accordance to the TV transmitter locations in your area.
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