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i do not want to deal with a rotator. what omni antennas are out there for my OTA HDTV viewing pleasure. i upgraded my computer monitor to a 23" LED LCD TV (with apps!). the goal will be to record cycling on the puter with a tuner card.
 

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what station shows cycling OTA?

i think there is a site called antennaeweb.com or something along those lines. google it.
 

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Where are you going to find cycling OTA? You're the Ham around here, you should have a 150 foot tall tower in your backyard.
 

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Universal Sports. Tons of cycling!
i just started getting that yesterday with some crappy digital box from my cable co. haven't tried OTA channels lately. not sure i get that one OTA tho.
 

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tomk96 said:
what station shows cycling OTA?

i think there is a site called antennaeweb.com or something along those lines. google it.
Universal sports does here in the SE Michigan area. My TiVo is full of UCI mountain biking and CX stuff all recorded in the past 5-6 weeks. All for free. It's not HD (and looks kind of crummy on the plasma) but certainly watchable.

I have a pretty big Winegard antenna on my roof with a pre-amp. It's on a rotor, but from my house in Ann Arbor I can get all of the Detroit channels at 90+% without touching it.

BTW, there's no such things as an "HD" specific antenna.

http://www.hdtvantennalabs.com/hdtv-antenna-hype.php
 

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VaughnA said:
Where are you going to find cycling OTA? You're the Ham around here, you should have a 150 foot tall tower in your backyard.
i do have a tower, but the goal is to have a stationary antenna. the antenna will live at about 46'
 

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go to solidsignal.com and use their antenna finder
 

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Follow the "choose an antenna" button/link on this antennaweb.org page:

http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx

Fill in an address form (it's anonymous) and you can get a listing of the channels that are likely in range, how strong they are to your location, and what direction they come from. Hugely helpful--for example, I used it and found out that I didn't need omnidirectional. Almost all my channels are either NNE of here or SSW, so a flat panel antenna does the job great.
 

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Yep...antennaweb.org

I concur. This site is pretty accurate. No OTA cycling in western PA though. I'm convinced that OTA HD picture is better than dish network, if you only want to watch standard network stuff and you're close to a metro, it's the way to go.
 

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Before my gf moved in I was too cheap to pay for cable and had a set of bunny ears hooked up to my LCD tv. I got great HD reception on 2 of the national broadcast channels. The only reason I wasn't getting more was because of the position of the antenna. I'm in a ground floor condo unit facing away from the CN Tower (main broadcasting tower and Toronto's largest phallic symbol). Since I'm facing away from the tower, I'm assuming I got some signal bounce off of the building across the street from me.
 

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I think you should go to a forum that specializes in this sort of thing, and then get kicked off it.
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The picture is better

Ditto on antennaweb. I am not prone to analyze things to death, so I purchased a winegard, and just aimed it in a Southwesterly direction. I get great reception on my cheap Vizio 32" HDTV. My friend, the obsessive graphic artist, says my picture is better than his direct dish/$2,000 Samsung combo. Something about compression. I can't differentiate colors as well as he.
 
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