Lowell Higley on 7 Dec 2014 15:47:06 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] No TV Over the Air?

Two more things... (sorry for the spam)

1- With an omnidirectional antenna, you won't have to choose between the two markets.  My $50 Amazon Basics never moves and the two markets I get channels from are in completely opposite directions.

2 - If you buy an Amazon Basics antenna and it doesn't work, you can return it within 30 days for any or no reason at all.  They'll even pay for shipping. 

I'm thinking I should ask Amazon for a kickback.

On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM, Lowell Higley <higleylh@gmail.com> wrote:
I live in Bucks County (Yardley/Morrisville) so I'm about 30 miles from Philly and about 50 miles from NYC.  I get broadcast channels from both cities.  I bought an AmazonBasics antenna that is amplified. They advertise 50 miles range and I have no complaints. Paid about $50 for it.  It's attached the wall behind my TV, can't even see it.

On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM, Casey Bralla <MailList@nerdworld.org> wrote:
So I'm starting to try to cut the cable TV cord, and I bought a nice Samsung
smart TV on Black Friday.  Imagine my horror, however, when I attached a brand
new (amplified) RCA set-top antennae and got ZERO channels.

Thinking I must have done something wrong, I searched the web
) and found that I'm basically on the outer edge of digital TV reception
because I'm 38 miles from downtown Philly and 41 miles from Lancaster.

I can't believe that prior to digital TV and cable, people in my area had to
erect antennae towers to get TV.

I could install a real antennae in my attic, but that would entail running
antennae wire, and then I'd have to choose between Philly and Lancaster

How does this square with y'all's experiences?  Is it expected that I'd have
so much trouble getting reception at 40 miles from the source?   OK, I know
that line-of-sight is always preferable for TV & radio, but this seems

Anybody have any comments or suggestions?

Casey Bralla

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