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Pulled the plug on Satellite Provider. San Diego referral for TV Antenna Install?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by ScrippsRanch67, Dec 29, 2023.

  1. Dec 29, 2023 at 3:53 PM
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    ScrippsRanch67

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    Just pulled the plug on our home TV Satellite Provider. Any referrals for San Diego TV Antenna installer...going Old School. Surprising so far what we are receiving on our Smart TV not horrible
    unplugged from DirecTV. We have a Smart TV with Amazon and Netflix. I could probably purchase and install the antenna equipment myself. This old fart at age 70 has no desire to fall off a 2nd story roof. Hope the troops out there have a local San Diego referral for me. Happy New Years!
     
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  2. Dec 29, 2023 at 4:51 PM
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    Got fiber for streaming a couple years ago as well as putting up an antenna for Over the Air stations.
    I put up a Televes DatBoss antenna with a RCA rotor.
    https://www.amazon.com/Televes-DATB...28a-afe5-cc36f9e8d01d&pd_rd_i=B071VXK57H&th=1
    I usually can pull in 75 +/- OTA stations.
    Works great for my area. I have trouble pulling in a Hartford ct NBC affiliate station about 50 miles away but that's a terrain problem.
    The rotor is great to have. There are several sources to find transmitter locations and distances.
    My mast is a pipe inside of another pipe. Held in with a thru bolt and set bolt.
    I can drop it down about 5 feet if I have to for maintenance if needed.
    The "Antenna Guy" on YouTube has a ton of videos on everything antennas.
    Good Luck. Hope you find what you're looking for.
    :thumbsup:

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    I mounted everything to the pole which was 2 15’ ft pieces making it 30 when stood up. Then got some mounting clamps for the eve of the house and 1 middle ways at the bottom. So after standing it up all I had was the coaxial cable to run under my house and drill a small hole in the corner of the floor . Then hooked it up to a splitter and ran a line to another room.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2024 at 9:02 PM
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    How is the RCA Rotor powered? Do you have a control box inside close to your TV? I really appreciate your post. So far it hasn't been earth shattering after pulling the plug on DirecTV. My wife just wants
    some local News Channels and hopefully Judge Judy (Old Version) Thanks again
     
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    If you're in the city, you may not need much antenna to pull the channels you want. Take 6 inches of thin wire (or even a straightened paper clip), poke it in the coax port and run a channel scan. See what that gets you before getting too elaborate
     
  6. Jan 5, 2024 at 4:36 AM
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    Rotor control is right next to my main TV.
    Ran the rotor power wire alongside the antenna coax right up the mast.
    Two years running, no issues with either.
    Like I said, in addition to streaming with fiber, the OTA antenna covers all the bases.
    I scanned channels this morning and came up with 94 OTA channels.

    https://www.amazon.com/AUDIOVOX-Rem...8-1-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY&th=1
     
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    Thanks again.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2024 at 1:21 PM
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    For now you can try an inexpensive indoor antenna. At my work I'm using this antenna from 99 Cents Only:
    https://www.bargainw.com/wholesale-product/717860/HDTV-Flat-Antenna.html

    Assuming your username is where you live, then the Mira Mesa and Poway locations would be the closest stores to you.

    At my work in Tierrasanta I'm getting 27 channels. The major channels I get are KPBS, NBC, KUSI and Fox. Your wife can watch Judge Judy on Fox.

    I'm guessing with an outdoor antenna you'll get more than 50 channels, including ABC and CBS.
     
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    Out in the sticks where I’m at, getting close to 40 channels with this simple antenna. 724.jpg
     
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    Thanks, I'll look for Fox with Judge Judy. That will make her day. I downloaded local news apps on my fairly new Smart TV today and Sling. I'm still navigating my way thru what's available now that we dumped DirecTV. What took us so long?! Yes, Scripps Ranch. Heading out soon to camp at Santee Lakes with a neighborhood group I call the "Scripps Ranch Trailer Trash"
     
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    If you have enough attic space you can put the antenna/rotor inside the attic. limited on altitude though, might not work if your house is in a low area.
     

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