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Old 20-01-2020, 15:17   #1
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HD TV and Antenna

What sort of range are you folks getting with straight HD TV and Antenna?

I plan to mount an antenna on the stern railing maybe
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Re: HD TV and Antenna

Also, please specify what antenna, and how high mounted. I'm interested as well.
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Re: HD TV and Antenna

My reception depends on surrounding area. If in the clear I get solid reception out to 50 miles or so. I can be in Gloucester, MA and get all the Boston stations - many broadcast from Needham, MA.

On the other hand, on my slip in Newington, NH channel 8.1 ABC fades in an out - 52 miles. But 6.1 - NBC is solid and tower is within 2 miles of ABC.

I use a discontinued amplified omni directional antenna on the radar arch - 12' above water.

Try tvfool.com. You can map signal strength. It is more about that than the antenna you use.
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I'm on the hard near Glouster, Va. I have an omni directional antenna on my (short) mast. I'm near a big metal building and a cheap little flat ant. from a big box store works better than the one on the mast. Reception really depends on where you are and terrain around. Anchored a ways from shore with low lying shoreline near a good size city one can get most major networks and many minor channels. When not near a big city the channels can be rather limited. You can get a Spanish Church service almost anywhere on the Intracoastal Waterway. Most places you can get Channels that have old reruns and old movies.
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I'm on the hard near Glouster, Va. I have an omni directional antenna on my (short) mast. I'm near a big metal building and a cheap little flat ant. from a big box store works better than the one on the mast. Reception really depends on where you are and terrain around. Anchored a ways from shore with low lying shoreline near a good size city one can get most major networks and many minor channels. When not near a big city the channels can be rather limited. You can get a Spanish Church service almost anywhere on the Intracoastal Waterway. Most places you can get Channels that have old reruns and old movies.
So how do you think my reception would be say if I was anchored on the Severn River up Mobjack Bay or near the York River or up near Deltaville with an indoor antenna or one mounted on the stern railing

Basically I'm asking what channels you can get ?
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On Mobjack I got at least 5 channels a couple of years ago. I can't remember specificly but I think it was several more. Sorry I can't be more specific .
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Just get one of the cheap $10 ant. from a big box or wally world and give it a try. I think the one I'm using now was $5 - $7. Stick it in a cabin window and see what you get.
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Been using Omni from Radio Shack. Mounted to the stern arch, right at the aft edge.



The reception is not ideal as some local channels fade in and out when the boat is turning on the mooring with the tide. But it's decent enough for news or an occasional game.
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Just get one of the cheap $10 ant. from a big box or wally world and give it a try. I think the one I'm using now was $5 - $7. Stick it in a cabin window and see what you get.
That was pretty much the plan but thanks for giving me an idea what to expect.

I'm using an HD TV as a computer monitor so thought I may as well use it as a TV also.

I also just saw where some have DVD players so I'll probably return the cheap one I just bought for one of those plus with better resolution
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Been using Omni from Radio Shack. Mounted to the stern arch, right at the aft edge.



The reception is not ideal as some local channels fade in and out when the boat is turning on the mooring with the tide. But it's decent enough for news or an occasional game.
Thanks. Those are the type I've been seeing on other boats sometimes mounter on the mast
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What sort of range are you folks getting with straight HD TV and Antenna?

I plan to mount an antenna on the stern railing maybe
It depends. With our 14" Glomex mounted approx 20' off the water, we can receive stations from as much as 50-55 miles away... but can also sometimes NOT see the station 9 miles away.

You can go to tvfool.com, or to the similar FCC tool, to predict what you can see from where. Direct line of sight, usually good; one deflection works sometimes. Two deflections, usually not so much.

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It depends. With our 14" Glomex mounted approx 20' off the water, we can receive stations from as much as 50-55 miles away... but can also sometimes NOT see the station 9 miles away.

You can go to tvfool.com, or to the similar FCC tool, to predict what you can see from where. Direct line of sight, usually good; one deflection works sometimes. Two deflections, usually not so much.

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I'll check it out.

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I have info on my setup on my Pintrest page. In short I have a 12v NAXA HDTV and a Wineguard Freevision HDTV antenna. (Non-amplified.) I put it up on a telescoping boathook and have a converted 12 volt outlet to connect the cable. This way I can watch TV on the hook and do not need 110 outlets.
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Re: HD TV and Antenna

I use my 36" vhf antenna mounted at the top of my mast (60' high). When I'm in Newport I get the three major networks and a dozen other channels. Works much better than a rail mounted omni directional tv antenna, and a lot less obtrusive.
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Re: HD TV and Antenna

The best info is find an amplifier and an antenna with a rotor. These are mostly 110 volt so you may need an inverter. I sometimes get 100 channels off Sneads Ferry, NC. At anchor you have a swing so you will need to make adjustments . Happy viewing.
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