Will neighbor's house impede line-of-sight TV signal?

Reply

  #1  
Old 01-31-09, 09:24 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 1,221
Received 3 Votes on 3 Posts
Will neighbor's house impede line-of-sight TV signal?

I am going to cancel basic cable TV service. My new HDTV has a built-in tuner so I can pick up free digital and some HD broadcasts. TV isn't that important to me anyway, so I would rather just use an antenna to pick up whatever I can.

I checked antennaweb.org, so I know which magnetic direction to point an outside antenna in my area. I know line of sight is important too. I found a good place to mount the antenna, but a second story house is in the way. All the TV stations in my city are about 15 miles away. If I use an antenna rated at 50 miles, will that house still impede the signal?

Thanks,
David
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 02-01-09, 07:01 AM
Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Near Buffalo, NY
Posts: 4,239
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
The house may or may not block the signal. 15 miles isn't a lot of distance, but a large structure directly in the way could cause problems. Try an inexpensive set of rabbit ears on the HDTV antenna input. If you get the signals (even if the TV can't resolve them), you can be pretty sure a rooftop will work. It may need an amp, or rotor, or "Smart".

Also keep in mind that not all TV stations are broadcasting their digital transmissions at full power yet.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description: