OTA (Over the Air) HDTV Antennas & Stations

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One of the most popular OTA HDTV Antenna companies is ANTENNNAS DIRECT. Their most popular line of these OTA antennas is called: CLEAR STREAM (or CS). My friends are all using one of the C2, CS4 or CS5 models. Specifications and pricing all belong to CLEAR STREAM. A comment on purchasing an OTA antenna When I and my friends looked into buying OTA antennas, we noticed that the local Raleigh Brand, Mohu, was: 1) Much More expensive for less capability than was ANTENNNAS DIRECT 2) Gave you less for more money (shorter range, primarily) than ANTENNNAS DIRECT We were NOT interested on stick-on-the-window types of a OTA HGTV antennas, so perhaps our research does not apply to them. Your opinion may vary. An antenna is an antenna - you can use coat hangers. BUT if the picture is fuzzy, and the station not-to far way, then an antenna specifically designed for a particular frequency (channel #) will provide a better picture. If the channel is very weak at your house, then a better antennae MAY add either clarity and or a few more stations (there aren't that many stations around us, see my listing, below). USE ONLY RG6 COAX (preferably quad-shielded [RG6Q]) to improve your picture AND allow longer COAX cable runs - 15 years ago, DISH would not work if your NON-RG6 cable was over 60 feet long. I ALWAYS USE MY MOTOROLA BROADBAND AMPLIFIERS. I ADDED ONE IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY OTA ANTENNA. NOTE MOST NEW DIGITAL HDTV's INCLUDE A OTA DIGITAL TUNER. CHECK ON THIS. YOU CAN NOT GET ANY REAL MOVIE nor CABLE nor SUPERSTATIONS (CNN, TBS,TBS, TNT, A&E, USA...) STATIONS USING OTA - You can ONLY get MAJOR NON-CABLE NETWORKS. HOWEVER, we can now get some of the above stations with SLING TV AND ONLY SLING TV ($20/month). I would dearly love to see USA and SYFY added to SLING TV - oh well. NOTE that you can NOT record shows from SLING TV.

CHOOSING AN OTA HDTV ANTENNA

Antennas Direct - Need Help Choosing the Right TV Antenna Clearstream TV Antennas SUMMARY How to Choose the Best Over-the-Air Antenna for Free HDTV - LifeHacker Over the air: Choosing the correct antenna — Cutting Cords HDTV Antenna Guide (Thank you Jeff) OTA FORUMS - TV Fool TV Fool Also Links to 3D OTA reception maps, Signal strength,... Family Radio Service - Wikipedia Uses channelized frequencies around 462 and 467 MHz in the ultra high frequency (UHF) band. Television channel frequencies - Wikipedia Channel 1 was finally withdrawn on June 14, 1948, and allocated to fixed and mobile services. VHF Low Band - Band I - Channels 2 - 6 VHF High Band - Band III - CHANNELS 7 to 13 - Wikipedia Band III ranges from 174 to 240 MHz, and it is primarily used for radio and television broadcasting. It is also called high-band VHF, in contrast to Bands I and II How We Got Over the Air (OTA) HDTV in a Fringe Reception Area How to choose a HDTV Antenna - Wonderwave Internet HDTV Antenna Reviews - Consumer Reports - 2013 - AGING Choosing an Antenna - TV/Video - About.com How to choose the best antenna for HD TV - Kick Out Cable Top 10 OUTDOOR Antenna Amplifiers - eBay The Best Indoor HDTV Antenna (For Cities) - thewirecutter.com Choosing the best HDTV antenna Plus tips on how to install it HOW TO ERECT A TV ANTENNA

PREAMPLIFIER FOR HDTV - SELECTING

Tech Notes: Selecting an Antenna Preamplifier for HDTV Choosing the right amplifier for your TV Antenna I have been using Motorola Signal boosters for years - they work very well. I'll have to look up the model number, as I don't know if they are still being made. I think it's this Motorola amplifier Motorola Signal Booster BDA-S1 1-Port Cable Modem TV HDTV Amplifier.

BROADCAST TOWER LOCATIONS & HEADINGS

ANTENNAWEB - Locate local HDTV Broadcast Towers antennapoint.com - LOCATE local HDTV Broadcast Antennas and direction to aim What Channels Can I Get? - Introducing the Tablo TV Signal Locator Which OTA HDTV Channels Can I Get? - Over The Air - tablotv.com Antennas Direct - Transmitter Locator" TV Antenna Selection Guide - Channel Master OTA Channel Names / Antenna Locations / Frequencies / Headings for Raleigh, NC27615

OTA Channels for the 27615 Area Code - May 26, 2015

a Picture of OTA station locations, Frequency and Names in the 27615 Zip Code DON, living in Raligh, NC 27612: Dave, I have only over the air service and I get about 45 channels with our main antenna and 20 something with the “stick it on the window” antenna. Just like cable, there are many channels that are either duplicates or that I never watch. I get 7 Spanish language channels. Here is a list of the channels that I found with a duckduckgo search. 27612 OTA Channels I have not rescanned in some time and did not get anything above 50.2. - Don No problems with 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 8,1, 8.2, 11.1, 11.2, and 11.3. (using a CLEARSTREAM C4 - UHF ONLY, antenna - can get channel 11 - a VHF channel). - Don MY FRIEND, Brian H., IN DURHAM. NC - SEES THESE OTA CHANNELS (5/27/2015): I’ve found the following stations with just a regular indoor antenna from the local discount stores: ION 62.1-62.4, 47.1 ABC 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 CBS 2.1, 2.3, 5.1 CW 22.1 Fox 8.1, 50.1, 50.2 NBC 17.1-17.3 PBS 4.1-4.3 TBN 43.1 - Brian H.

AntennasDirect's CLEARSTREAM OTA ANTENNAS

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ClearStream 2 Long Range Indoor/Outdoor TV Antenna

ClearStream 2 Long Range Indoor/Outdoor TV Antenna The ClearStream 2 Long Range UHF Antenna receives broadcast signals from widely spaced broadcast towers. It has a 50+ mile range and is the ideal antenna for suburban installations challenged with receiving signals through heavy foliage outdoors or roofing materials in attic installations. Clearstream 2 Antenna AntennasDirect - Clearstream 2 long Range Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna The ClearStream 2 comes with a heavy duty u-bolt, mounting clamp, and hardware (J-mount and coaxial cable sold separately). Easy to assemble and install. WTF - Sears selling both an OLD ($104) and a NEW version ($145) DO NOT GET AN OLD VERSION. The original CS2 was only designed/optimized for UHF frequencies (excluded VHF). 50+ mile range - $ 80 SEARS - Clearstream C2 ~ $ 145 ClearStream 2 Bundle with amplifier, cable & mount for $175.96 ClearStream JUICE UHF/VHF AMPLIFIER SYSTEM - $80 The ClearStream JUICE UHF/VHF Amplifier System comes with a Low-Noise Amplifier, Low-Loss Power Inserter, Two 36 in. Weatherproof Coaxial Cables and a 12V DC Power Supply.

ClearStream 2 Long Range Indoor DTV Antenna w/Mount, Base Cover & 50 ft. RG6

ClearStream 2 Long Range Indoor DTV Antenna with Mount, Cover, 50 ft. Low Loss RG6 Coaxial Cable The ClearStream 2 Long Range UHF Antenna bundle comes with everything you need to watch broadcast television with the best high definition picture and sound quality. It has a 50+ mile range and is the ideal antenna for suburban installations challenged with receiving signals through heavy foliage outdoors or roofing materials in attic installations. The ClearStream™ 2 bundle comes with a 20 inch J-mount mast, mount base cover, 50 feet of low loss RG6 coaxial cable, heavy duty u-bolt, mounting clamp, and hardware. Range 50+ Miles - $ 175 SOLID SIGNAL - Clearstream 2V ~ 90

ClearStream 2V UHF/VHF Long Range Indoor/Outdoor DTV Antenna **

ClearStream 2V UHF/VHF Long Range Indoor/Outdoor DTV Antenna The ClearStream 2V Long Range UHF/VHF Antenna has a unique integrated diplexer to take on the challenge of combining UHF and VHF signals. It has a 50+ mile range and is the ideal antenna for suburban installations challenged with receiving signals through heavy foliage outdoors or roofing materials in attic installations. The ClearStream 2V comes with a heavy duty u-bolt, mounting clamp, and hardware (J-mount and coaxial cable sold separately). Easy to assemble and install. Dimensions are 20" high by 35" wide when bars extended. This antenna covers both UHF and VHF. If you need an indoor antenna and you have room to contain this thing, it really works! All the UHF stations I get crystal clear. The 2V also has two added poles to catch VHF signals and it works as advertised. The only caveat is the horizontal bars need some clearance behind it. If you mount it with the VHF bars flush against the wall, it doesn't receive well so give it about a foot of space on both sides. This is a directional antenna, but with a wide beam (around 70 degrees). So you can't just face it anywhere if you have broadcasting towers scattered around. The trick is to find the station that is the furthest away/the one you are getting the weakest signal and aim it in that direction. So long as the other stations you want are within 70 degrees of that farthest station, you will be able to pull most of the stations you want. Here is another tip; even though the antenna has a front face, it can also receive signals from the back. So whatever you are catching in the beam width in one heading, you may also receive in the opposite direction (with the back of the antenna). But if the towers are on either sides, you are not going to get it. However if you turn the antenna 90 degrees you will get new stations, but you lose most of the ones you had before. Bottom line, it is VERY important to check online where your towers are. Find the farthest one away in the cluster of towers you want the most and aim it that way. I highly recommend this one for indoor use. My network stations are 20 miles away, but I can pull in stations 40 miles away indoors. It may be an eyesore but you will get used to it. If you follow these instructions, you will most likely have success with ClearStream 2V." - REVIEW Clearstream 2V Long Range Antenna - black/silver
Range 50+ Miles - $90 AMAZON (MrAudioVideo) - Clearstream 2V ~ $ 87 to $93 Best Buy - C2-V ~ $99 FRY's C2-V ~ $ 110 SOLID SIGNAL - Clearstream 2V - combo pack ~ $ 110 TigerDirect - Clearstream 2V ~ $ 110

ClearStream 4 Ultra Long Range Outdoor DTV Antenna

ClearStream 4 Ultra Long Range Outdoor DTV Antenna ~ $129 The ClearStream 4 Ultra Long Range UHF Antenna receives broadcast signals from widely spaced broadcast towers. It has a 65+ mile range and is the ideal antenna for suburban installations challenged with receiving signals through heavy foliage outdoors or roofing materials in attic installations. The ClearStream 4 comes with heavy duty u-bolts, mounting clamps, and hardware (J-mount and coaxial cable sold separately). Range 65+ Miles COSTCO - CS4 ~ $ 100 SOLID SIGNAL - Clearstream C4 ~ $ 130 SOLID SIGNAL - Clearstream 4 ~ 140 Also Available: ClearStream 4 Bundle with amplifier, cable & mount for $249.99

Antennas Direct - ClearStream 4V Antenna - Black/Silver

ClearStream 4V Model: C4-V-CJM ~ $180 (Best Buy) I, David Woodsmall, AM USING THIS UHF/VHF INDOOR HDTV ANTENNA - WORKS VERY WELL FOR ME. Includes a mounting J-MOUNT that allows considerable adjustment in the up-and-down directrions. both an UHF and and VHF antennas, connected via COAX ClearStream tapered loop technology Helps ensure optimal reception. Enhances VHF and UHF signal reception To cover a large area. 470-700MHz horizontal beam width at 43° Along with 12.25dBi maximum gain for high-quality performance. 20" ClearStream J mount ALL needed hardware except the coax cable that goes from the antenna to the DVR (use an RG6-Q COAX cable). With hardware makes installation simple. The ClearStream 4 Ultra Long Range UHF Antenna receives broadcast signals from widely spaced broadcast towers. It has a 65+ mile range and is the ideal antenna for suburban installations challenged with receiving signals through heavy foliage outdoors or roofing materials in attic installations. The ClearStream 4V comes with heavy duty u-bolts, mounting clamps, and hardware (J-mount and coaxial cable sold separately). Range 65+ Miles

ClearStream 5 UHF/VHF Ultra Long Range Outdoor DTV Antenna

ClearStream 5 UHF/VHF Ultra Long Range Outdoor DTV Antenna The ClearStream 5 Ultra Long Range VHF Antenna represents a breakthrough in VHF antenna performance. With the uniquely tuned element, the ClearStream 5 takes on the challenge of combining VHF and UHF signals. With a range of 65+ miles for High-VHF stations and a 35+ mile range for UHF stations, this is the ideal antenna for rural or suburban installations challenged with receiving signals through heavy foliage outdoors or roofing materials in attic applications. The ClearStream 5 comes with a UHF/VHF signal combiner with a weatherproof housing, heavy duty u-bolts, mounting clamps, and hardware (coaxial cable and mount sold separately). Range 65+ Miles for VHF and 35+ Miles for UHF - $140 SEARS - C5 ~ $ !42 SOLID SIGNAL - Clearstream C5 ~ $ 140

DB4e Extended Long Range Outdoor DTV Antenna

DB4e Extended Long Range Outdoor DTV Antenna The DB4e Ultra Long Range UHF antenna has 3X the power and half the size! With a range of up to 65+ miles, this antenna is great for problematic areas, such as attics or for suburban installations challenged with receiving signals through heavy foliage outdoors. The DB4e comes with heavy duty u-bolts, mounting clamps, and hardware (coaxial cable sold separately). Range 65+ Miles - $ 99 Also Available: DB4e Bundle with amplifier, cable & mount for $199.96

DB8e Ultra Long Range Outdoor DTV Antenna

DB8e Ultra Long Range Outdoor DTV Antenna The DB8e Ultra Long Range UHF antenna is the most powerful HDTV antenna in the world with an extended ultra long range of 70+ miles and unsurpassed gain of 17.4 dBi! This multi-directional Bowtie antenna has another capability that blows the competition right out of the water... the specially designed brackets allow the two panels to target broadcast towers in separate directions. The DB8e comes with an antenna balun combiner, heavy duty u-bolt, and mounting clamp (coaxial cable and mount sold separately). The specially designed brackets allow the antenna panels to turn in a 180 degree loop to target broadcast towers in any direction. Range 70+ Miles $ 160

New breakthroughs in efficiency & size

New breakthroughs in efficiency & size. The first all new HD TV antennas optimized for the post 2009 digital frequencies. Designed for reception on high VHF (Ch 7-13) and core UHF (Ch 14-51). Ultra efficient design now allows powerful TV antennas to be smaller than ever thought possible. Popular digital antennas may claim high “peak” gains on specific frequencies, but the ClearStream models are consistently powerful across the entire DTV spectrum. With other compact tv antennas as little as 10% of the signal may actually reach the tuner. Advancements in efficiency mean that up to 98% of the signal actually makes it to the line rather than being lost to impedance mismatches. For most locations, the ClearStream Micron, ClearStream1, ClearStream2, or ClearStream4 will receive all HDTV signals in the area. However, some DTV stations that have reverted back to VHF frequencies may have also cut their power by over 90%. For these low power VHF TV stations, a ClearStream5 VHF TV antenna may be required as a supplement.

ClearStream Eclipse Amplified Antenna

The ClearStream Eclipse Amplified TV antenna with Sure Grip Technology takes the most advanced technology, the tapered loop, and placed it in an easy-to-install package. Sure Grip Technology allows you to affix the antenna with no adhesive or mess. Position on any flat surface including windows, walls or behind your television. But, you will not want to hide the look of this state-of-the-art TV antenna. And the included amplifier system gives you a 35+ Mile Range. Comes with 12 ft. Coaxial Cable and Preamplifier System. See specifications for what's included.

WHERE TO BUY OTA ANTENNAS

NOTE: Both eBay and Craigslist warn that over 90 PERCENT OF THE CASHIER'S CHECKS / MONEY ORDERS USED ON THEIR SITES ARE BOGUS (PHONEY, COUNTERFEIT, NOT GOOD) - GET CASH Some Police/Sheriff's office in big cities now even provide a safe location (the police station) for exchanging goods and money. Use only very public, busy places during the Daytime. Do NOT DO THIS AT your house. Be aware of your surroundings.

I'VE LOOKED HERE FOR OTA ANTENNAS

1) eBay - be careful of scammers 2) Craigslist - there should be one in your area Google: craigslist raleigh nc (use your town and state) 3) Amazon.com - also REFURBISHED or USED I HAVE NOT FOUND ANY REALLY GOOD PRICES - MY OPINION - I HAVE ALSO LOOKED HERE: 4) Abe's of Maine 5) Ace Hardware 6) AntennasDirect (maker's of Clearstram) 7) Best Buy 8) B.J's 9) Costco 10) Crutchfield 11) Fry's 12) Garner TV and Appliances 13) Home Depot 14) Lowes Hardware 15) MCM Electronics OK prices, not spectacular 16) Monoprice 17) Mouser Electronics 18) Newegg 19) Overstock 20) Sears 21) Solid Signal 22) Target 23) Terk 24) TigerDirect 25) Walmart 26) Winegard I have forgotten some of the other big electronics/video store names.

MAKE / BUILD / DIY YOUR OWN HDTV ANTENNA

"You can make your own (very good one) – check out U tube. Antenna is just a bunch of wires cut to specific lengths soldered together with an RF combiner for the different sections....." Build two of them and rf combine them so you can point have one antenna pointed in two directions. Add a 3-10db booster and your set. Pretty amazing. If you like math, when you build yours you can increase the sensitivity for specific frequencies by changing the length of the wire rod on your antenna. I have never paid a cent to watch OTA TV or cable. I do anticipate paying for play as pay as you go "smart tv" becomes mainstream. I have a Roku 3 box connected to my second TV. My first TV is a Sony 22" CRT which is about 25 years old and is connected to a digital "free" converter box. I sit about 15' feet away from it and as far as I can tell its a 4k picture to me. All this talk about pixels for for folks whom watch the TV from 5ft away. It's all about pixels for unit area. After a while your older eyes can't tell the difference. - ED REMEMBER, SOME OTA HDTV CHANNELS ARE UHF and SOME ARE VHF TV antenna tricks for the modern-day cord cutter - TechHive How to build a UHF antenna... - AVS Forum How to make a fractal antenna for HDTV / DTV plus more on ... Build Your Own Paper-Thin, Super-Powerful HD Antenna Build Your Own OTA DVR - KilltheCableBill Make your own TV antenna - YouTube How to get HD channels with a $2 homemade antenna Over-the-Air TV Antenna - Makezine Build Your Own Digital TV Antenna - Popular Mechanics How to build a HDTV Antenna....CHEAP! DIY Over-The-Air HDTV Antenna Make your own TV antenna for over-the-air HD You Can Make Your Own Aereo At Home, But Is It Worth It ... Best Do-It-Yourself OTA Antennas (See these links) - Canadian TV Digital TV Coat Hanger Antenna - Current.org - PDF Is Dollarama's $3 HDTV antenna worth it? - Squawkfox

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