Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Antenna Has Arrived

Yesterday, the antenna I purchased from Amazon arrived.

Suffice it to say, I was very excited and couldn't wait to hook it up.  It took me about 10 minutes to open the box, assemble the antenna, and place it in my attic.  I had pre-run coax cables to the attic so it was a simple matter of hooking up the existing cable to the antenna.  I pointed the antenna to in the direction of the closest broadcast towers based on the information provided by AntennaWeb, then proceeded to do a channel scan with my Vizio HDTV.  I was thrilled with the results:

On my first try without any adjustments, I received 34 crystal clear digital channels many of which are broadcast in HD.  The picture quality was amazing.  I received about twice as many channels as AntennaWeb said I would receive.  AntennaWeb doesn't take into account multiple broadcasts for each station.  For instance, I get 3 NBC channels (NBC, Weather, and Universal Sports).

The news wasn't all good... ABC was not one of the channels I received.  I tried multiple adjustments, but to no avail... it just wasn't coming through.  What really had me stumped was that ABC was being broadcast from the same distance and direction as the other channels.

So I did a search to see if I was the only one experiencing this problem, and I came across this interesting article.  It turns out, I'm not alone and that the local ABC station is under powered.  I tried again at night, and what do you know... ABC appeared.  According to the antenna documentation I should have up to a 40% better signal if I mount the antenna on the roof as opposed to in the attic.  Considering my issue with ABC and tiling on some other channels, I plan on mounting the Antenna on the roof.  That withstanding, I was happy enough with the results of my attic installation to move forward with step 3 of my plan... I ordered a Roku box.  Stay tuned for more...