Antenna TV Setup

Cut the Cord

I originally started by cut the cord project with this antenna. Back then is was around $40 but can be found lots of places for $17 now. This has a motor and a powered amp. Being in Dunlap and almost channels come from Chattanooga this is a moot point and you will never use it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041T8FIK/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This should get most of the local channels. (If you are on East Valley Road, you may be out of luck. Believe it or not the mountains block the signal.)

I found later because of where I live I would occasionally lose channels so I decided to build a more robust system. I found a device that would bond 2 signals together and clean up the signal even more.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003P92D9Y/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This $23 device allowed me to add an additional antenna that would pick or clarify (make the signal stronger and reduce FM noise interference as well) more channels. The second I antenna I added was this one:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027VST0I/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It is $70. I tested this an saw a noticeable improvement with reception. It worked so well at my house I used this exact same setup at my parents. They are in a much better location and we stopped with and more tinkering since it worked perfectly.

As always I was curious if I could improve it any further so I added a 3rd antenna and added a different higher decibel power booster. I replaced an RCA power booster for this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DRMKXW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It was only $17 and made a noticble difference in the distance and number of tvs I could attach to my system. This is the 3rd antenna I used:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P7RP5DI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This antenna was $45. My uncle used this with the $17 booster and is happy with it.

One typically does not need all of this equipment. In most places a decent antenna, a power booster will do the trick.

One can add DVR technology to this once you have your antenna up and running. The best part of all this is once you pay for the initial parts you are all done. No more monthly fees. The easiest to setup DVR is a Tivo they are usually around $399 with lifetime service.

https://www.amazon.com/TiVo-Roamio-OTA-DVR-Compatible/dp/B01DR4T73Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1484582788&sr=1-1&keywords=tivo+ota

and you can expand the dvr to more tvs using their Tivo minis for $150 each. (Got to have one for each tv.)

https://www.amazon.com/TiVo-Mini-IR-RF-Remote/dp/B00TIBFEIA/ref=pd_bxgy_504_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00TIBFEIA&pd_rd_r=4SN7KFNH8ZK5HZ3HH946&pd_rd_w=9RWWJ&pd_rd_wg=vng7a&psc=1&refRID=4SN7KFNH8ZK5HZ3HH946

I use this tv setup for local channels and use a few different streaming services. My DirecTV bill was over $150 per month. One can supplement many streaming services to get just what they watch. It has been over 5 years since I cut the cord. I have saved over $9,000 not subscribing to cable or satellite.

Here is a list of streaming services that are currently doing cable-style streaming so you can get the channels you want and nothing else:

http://www.sling.com it starts at $20/month

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/ it starts at $29.99/month

https://directvnow.com/ it starts at $35/month

Read more on my streaming services page.

Here is the list of local channels that I receive

Local Channel List


WRCBDT

3.1

NBC

WRCBDT2

3.2

NBC

WTVCDT

9.1

ABC

WTVCDT2

9.2

Fox

WDEFDT

12.1

CBS

WDEFDT2

12.2

Ind

ION

14.1

Ion

ION2

14.2

Ion

ION3

14.3

Ion

SHOP

14.4

Ind

SHOP2

14.5

Ind

WELFDT

23.1

Ind

WELFDT2

23.2

Ind

WELFDT3

23.3

Ind

WELFDT4

23.4

Ind

WELFDT5

23.5

Ind

WTCIDT

45.1

PBS

WTCIDT2

45.2

PBS

WTCIDT3

45.3

PBS

TELEMUNDO

47.1

TELEMUNDO

WFLIDT

53.1

CW

WFLIDT2

53.2

Ind

WDSIDT

61.1

Ind

WDSIDT2

61.2

MyN

14.1-5is the ION Family of Channels
23.1-5 is Christian Broadcasting Channels

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