DTV Antennas – Sharing Consumer Advice From Professionals

The otherday a comment on this blog came in. It is a long list of advices about the state of antennas in the U.S concerning the forthcoming transition. Here’s some insights from Dennys Antenna Service, Ithaca, MI.

Disclaimer: The following is not my words or information. But I want to forward them because of the fact that they concieve the many options and facts that are to face consumers in a practical way when they are about to make changes to recieve TV over the air in digital. Please feel free to comment on the advices or ad your own advices. Use the comment form below. I will aprove comments before they appear.
Please enjoy and thank you Denny’s for sharing your knowledge

Anders Bjers

Consumer interest in free over the air digital- HD TV is definitely on the increase. The number of visitors to our web site http://www.dennysantennaservice.com has skyrocketed over the past year, mainly do to the introduction of free over the air digital – HDTV.
Choosing the proper TV antenna for a particular location is the main issue for most. Many consumer’s have a tendency to purchase antennas that are to small to do the job, digital reception is an all or nothing proposition, you’re going to want a strong signal. Also, there is a misconception that all digital – HDTV broadcast signals are on the UHF band (14-69) Currently it’s true, many broadcaster’s are transmitting their digital signals on UHF, because much of the VHF band (2-13) is currently being used to broadcast analog TV signals. However, when the digital transition is complete on February 17th of 2009, the date set when broadcasters will turn off their analog signals, things will change. There are only a handful of broadcast locations across the U.S. that have plans to remain 100% on the UHF band, most areas will have both VHF and UHF digital stations. This means if you purchase a UHF TV antenna now, chances are you may loose the ability to receive a portion of your digital channels in the future. Some areas already have VHF digital stations.

My best advice is to purchase a TV antenna that is large enough to be certain it can easily receive all of the digital broadcast signals in your area, even during poor reception conditions. The antenna should be VHF/UHF capable, unless you are absolutely certain all of your stations are currently UHF, and will remain UHF after the digital transition is complete. To determine the channel number your area digital stations currently broadcast on now, and the channel number they plan to broadcast on after the 2009 analog shutdown date, visit http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf. When you visit this site, start by finding your state and then the city where your area stations are located. The channel number that appears in the first column is the current digital channel number of that station, the second column is the current analog channel number, and the third column is the tentative final channel number destination. The third column is the channel number where the station plans to permanently broadcast their digital signal. VHF channels are 2 – 13 and UHF are 14 – 69. If your not sure where or what stations are available in your area, visit www.antennaweb.org. This is a great site to visit, it will provide the city location of the stations in your area and much more.

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One Response to DTV Antennas – Sharing Consumer Advice From Professionals

  1. tom martin says:

    ANDERS,
    I’m most gratified I found your site and having read the following… ‘ There are only a handful of broadcast locations across the U.S. that have plans to remain 100% on the UHF band, most areas will have both VHF and UHF digital stations.”
    and ” The antenna should be VHF/UHF capable, unless you are absolutely certain all of your stations are currently UHF, and will remain UHF after the digital transition is complete.”
    and”best advice is to purchase a TV antenna that is large enough to be certain it can easily receive all of the digital broadcast signals in your area, even during poor reception conditions. The antenna should be VHF/UHF capable, unless you are absolutely certain all of your stations are currently UHF, and will remain UHF after the digital transition is complete. ring poor reception conditions.
    After reading many articles and blogs this past week or so, you are the first to acknowledge the continuation of the VHF broadcast ( changing from analog to digital )as a primary signal. I must tell you that so many of the so called experts are telling people that vhf is a thing of the past with the exception of a few areas using small relay stations and two or three major cities will only be using vhf digital
    People whom are questioning so many of these experts (because they get so much conflicting information) simply get treated, or talked back to as if there idiots, and are being convienced that unless it is a very unusual situation, all they need is a UHF anntenna and maybe an ampifier. To make things worse ,in my area the stores are over flowing with antennas, UHF antennas with max. distances of 15 to 50 miles, a few with VHF. The store personnal are trained that all one needs is UHF and that the VHF is usless after Feb. WE KNOW THATS NOT TRUE !!
    I Live in a rural setting about 55 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio I have an outdoor 120 mile VHF/80mile UHF antenna , I’ve been receiving digital tv for about 4 maybe 5 years now. Currently I receive 44 channels. 1/2 0f which are uhf and 1/2 are vhf One can only imgine where I’de be if I followed others advice and got an hdtv uhf attenna.
    Note; to help with the reception do to the fact of weather conditions and when the breeze bloows I do plan on installing an ‘outdoor inline ampifier’ and/or installing a larger ‘vhf/uhf directional antenna’ (one or both should help with the ‘break up’of the digital transmitsion both short and long range )
    YOU”VE GIVEN GOOD AND CORRECT INFORMATION HERE AND I THANKYOU FOR IT AND FOR THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING MISSLED MOSTLY!

    Whyisn’t the gov giving this type info out?

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