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16 June 2014 1,752 views 5 Comments

Whether you just want to stop paying (so much?) for TV or aim to reduce debt, getting an outdoor HD antenna is a great place to start

Whether you just want to stop paying (so much?) for TV or aim to reduce debt, getting an outdoor HD antenna is a great place to start. Here is a quick TV news report out of Bakersfield, CA about a guy doing more with less.

“The main reason why we’re doing this is to get out of debt. This is one less bill we have to deal with it and are not sacrificing quality,” said Eric Leschinsky, who had previously traded cable for satellite and then finally digital broadcast.

From paying $200 every month to a single $200 payment for an HD antenna and then watching forever, done.

For Leschinsky, Mr Antenna handled the installation of the HD antenna, which netted him more than 20 channels — complete US channel list.

That said, Mr Antenna has locations in eight metros — DFW, TX; Bakersfield, CA; Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati, OH; Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Phoenix, AZ; and Las Vegas, NV.

To find out what channels you can get with HD antenna, check out Antenna Web will give a quick a dirty assessment of what channels you can receive using a range of standardized antennas. If you’re looking to pull in every possible or very specific channels, check out TV Fool, which offers more detailed mapping and geeky forums.

Audioholics.com offers many articles HD antennas, installation and system tweaking, as well.

Source: ABC 23, Image: Antennas Direct DB8e

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  • Michael W. said:

    http://www.antennaweb.org and http://www.tvfool.com are great resources for finding out what channels are available for your address. While Antennasdirect.com does make some great antennas, don’t buy one directly from them. It’s way cheaper to purchase one from another retailer like Amazon or eBay. Especially an older model antenna. Since its not like a computer, it doesn’t become outdated when the next model comes out and you can spend way under $200 for a antenna that will do everything you need for half the price.

  • Bob B Bob said:

    The guy I paid to install my antenna cost about $200 + antenna.

  • Avadon said:

    We have a OTA roof antenna combined with HD TV antenna amplifier and pick up all of the major networks in perfect HD, as well as a couple of local networks – this doesn’t cost us anything monthly. We get 22 channels with this set up. It may seem limited to someone who gets over a hundred channels through cable, but how many of those channels do you actually watch? If you add them up, probably not as many as you think. I can’t recommend cutting cord enough – we get the same shows we were watching on cable at a tiny fraction of the cost.

  • E. Torres said:

    The installation of the medium sized VHF/UHF antenna on my home was done very professionally and with great detail. L. J. called as he was departing. He arrived on time. After the formalities, we immediately began by touring the interior of my home. Rooms which needed an antenna port were identified, the existing outlets were looked at carefully, and the existing cabling was discussed and verified by crawling up and into the attic, attic above garage, and HVAC utility room. The exterior review of my home followed and the best location for the antenna was determined by taking into account the surrounding terrain, neighboring house elevations, and the obstacles created by my home’s radiant barrier. L. J. even did a RF meter diagnostic to confirm signal strength at the desired antenna location.

    L. J. was very polite, respectful, and professional in his interaction with my wife and I. He did not mind my questions regarding the installation and I even accompanied him on the rooftop during the installation and meter diagnostic. He gave me advice about antenna installation in general and we talked specifically about the interior location of my antenna splitter and future expansions. L. J. was very easy to talk to and easy to get along with. The work was very well done and he cleaned up afterwards, which we very much appreciated. I was very surprised by the level of professionalism exhibited by L. J. given my past interactions with other installers of different types; L. J. is completely on a different level of professionalism. The price was very reasonable considering the travel time, the physical labor involved, and the level of detail involved (meter diagnostics, cable assembly, clean up afterwards).

    From one homeowner to another, I would highly recommend L. J. (Mr. Antenna) for residential antenna installations. I am very glad I found him and used his services. I will definitely be recommending him to friends and neighbors.

    E. Torres Ft. Worth TX

  • Steven D. said:

    I used the same standard VHF/UHF antenna I’ve had for years, added a 3-element reflector I found someplace along the line chained below it and it took me through the digital switchover just fine. Recently changed out some corroded coax outside and got a standoff to stabilize it better and I have no problems of real importance and nearly 50 digital services to choose from.

    I’d imagine that if I can do it around Boise, Idaho that it’s not that hard around Texas, if you just put some basic effort to it.

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