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    TV Signal locator website, www.antennapoint.com, has just received a cosmetic redesign. Antennapoint has often been suggested on forums like www.dtvusaforum.com/forum, www.avsforum.com, and www.hometheaterforum.com to help locate TV towers and digital television signals being broadcasted in a specified area.

    Although Antennapoint's press release states that Antennas Direct is a "sponsor" of antennapoint.com, a whois search result shows that the domain is registered to www.antennasdirect.com.

    Official press release attached...





    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    AntennaPoint.com Announces New Features to DTV Signal Locator
    User friendly website to help with digital antenna selection

    April 30, 2010: ST. LOUIS – AntennaPoint.com, a DTV signal locator, has announced a major redesign to its website which will suggest the best digital antenna for any location nationwide, in addition to its leading feature of recommending antenna positions.
    The new features will aggregate data from thousands of users, installers and manufacturers along with a user’s location and distance from television transmitters to suggest specific antenna models.

    AntennaPoint.com has been helping customers find DTV signals since 2008. The redeveloped site promises to be more sophisticated and user friendly, with FCC updates and better usability. AntennaPoint.com has also planned to release an iPhone application, in association with the site’s sponsor Antennas Direct, to help as an antenna installation tool.

    “After hearing feedback from customers we know that not all TV antennas are created equal, some TV antennas were not made to receive high frequencies from digital broadcasts,” said AntennaPoint.com spokesperson Scott Kolbe. “By redeveloping our site, adding the antenna suggestions and the iPhone application we plan to make AntennaPoint.com the most intuitive and informative DTV signal locator available.”

    One of the most confusing aspects of digital television is choosing the correct antenna. AntennaPoint.com hopes to take the confusion out of the decision process, by giving the customer more information along with an antenna suggestion, so that they can make the best possible decision.

    Being informed about DTV is important to unlocking its potential. AntennaPoint.com is able to supply customers with information all by entering a city, state or zip code. With that information they can generate a map with location and distance to broadcasting towers, compass headings, transmitter power, and station information including call letters, network affiliations and digital frequency.

    “We’re hoping this application will help people pick the right antenna,” said Antennas Direct president Richard Schneider. “It’s great to see a DTV signal locator that is designed with the typical customer in mind.”

    About AntennaPoint.com
    With the explosion of interest in over-the-air reception, AntennaPoint.com was created to help consumers make informed decisions. If you’d like more information on this locator, or would like to add your thoughts, please call Scott Kolbe at 636-379-3895, ext. 13, or send an e-mail to scott@kolbeco.net.
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    Comments 8 Comments
    1. CptlA's Avatar
      CptlA -
      I've never heard of antennapoint.com before!
    1. Piggie's Avatar
      Piggie -
      Quote Originally Posted by CptlA View Post
      I've never heard of antennapoint.com before!
      You know, the direction you point your antenna! (I could not help myself).
    1. Aaron62's Avatar
      Aaron62 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Piggie View Post
      You know, the direction you point your antenna! (I could not help myself).
      doh. hehe

      So does Antennas Direct actually own antennapoint.com?
    1. SWHouston's Avatar
      SWHouston -
      GEES, It's about time they updated it !
      I've often said, it looked like it was originally written in WordStar I.

      Have a good Day !
      S.W.
    1. Piggie's Avatar
      Piggie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aaron62 View Post

      So does Antennas Direct actually own antennapoint.com?
      Well the whois information says the registrant is Antennas Direct. I would give that a yes.

      I noticed little useful information as to how much antenna would be needed looking up my house on their site.
    1. FOX TV's Avatar
      FOX TV -
      Quote Originally Posted by Piggie View Post
      Well the whois information says the registrant is Antennas Direct. I would give that a yes.

      I noticed little useful information as to how much antenna would be needed looking up my house on their site.
      The database is not correct for my location, as it does not list one of our two transmitters on the map. It does show the information for the transmitter in the chart, but not on the map. Also, the information on distance and power output ( ERP ) is not correct either. It shows 400 KW ERP, when it is actually 916 kW ERP.

      The distance is also incorrect as it is listed as 14.21 miles, when the actual distance is around 28 miles from my house. Now, if they are using the outer perimeter of the zip code contour, the 14.21 mile figure could in theory, be correct, but they normally use the center of that zip contour, and not the outer edge of it.

      It may be good for pointing directional antennas, but I see no other use for it that is not already covered by Trips rabbit ears page, or TV FOOL
    1. Piggie's Avatar
      Piggie -
      Quote Originally Posted by FOX TV View Post
      It may be good for pointing directional antennas, but I see no other use for it that is not already covered by Trips rabbit ears page, or TV FOOL
      I also noticed stations that were out of "practical" range listed. By that I mean there is no way to receive them, some not even wiggling a meter at 30 ft. I thought it was way too optimistic for my location. And like you said little useful information except pointing angle. And if the pointing is a critical as you have found FOX, then one would be better using a system that actually locates your house, not your zip code.

      PS: And I agree on pointing being that critical as I have seen it here, when both UHF (strong) and VHF (weak) stations didn't do as well even though they were well within the beam width of the antenna. Moving the antenna on WUFT actually 10 degrees away from the station improves things. (I am also thinking my CM7777 is in overload, yet I point right at the station it's ok and full scale, but then I loose signal on the weakest one 40 miles away which I expect, which means maybe I am not in overload!)

      I guess the only way to tell it get up on the roof and change it out to a AP2870. I thought about changing to a HDP-269, but I have about 6 to 8 db of splitter loss and about 5 db of cable loss and the cables are not even run to all future locations.
    1. Fringe Reception's Avatar
      Fringe Reception -
      After entering my zip code into their 'new' database, it is finding me around 10 miles to the north (WAY OFF) where almost every channel would be LOS. Their results are NOT true for me ... I am (at least) 1-edge to receive most stations here.

      Jim
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