National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is asking for you to fill in a form on their website, to send a message directly to Congress to make them aware we want to keep free 'over-the-air' Television and Radio available. Here's the link:
Take Action | We Are Broadcasters
You can look for photos of different tower services using Google.
Regarding free OTA television reception "30 miles" is a random number. Far more important is the direction you need to aim your antenna and the websites listed above tell you both distance and direction.
* 2019 UPDATE* -------- (This thread and the poll above was started in 2009)
AntennaWeb now offers information on the FCC channel "repack". It now provides the new real-channels broadcasters are required to move to. Click the link below, enter your zip code, click the orange 'dot' next to...
I would side-mount the antenna away from the tower to get the 'clean view' you wrote above. You can find lots of antenna mounting ideas online from Amateur Radio (Ham) operators websites. As a reminder, test it at a variety of heights before you select a permanent location.
It took me about an hour to fabricate a new mount and its survived three winters with no problems. Another advantage of removing the reflector is it reduces the wind-loading by about half.
You would be amazed how little signal it requires for a good quality digital tuner to detect and...
The "new HD" Channel Master 4-bay and 8-bay antennas are easily altered to become bi-directional: the screen portion (reflector) is easily removed from the 'active' bow-tie arrays. Consequently, it receives signals equally from its front or back and it rejects receiving...
Here is the 'repack list' of OTA channels in the Phoenix area. Your "CBS-5" is real-channel UHF-17 and the channel or frequency it transmits on will not be changing. However, several other channels will be moving, including KEJR-40, to channel 32. RabbitEars.Info
The antenna you propose...
It depends on the brand/model of your converter box. There is a usually button marked 'return' or 'home' or 'menu'. An option is to unplug it from its power source and it may return to normal operation when you restore power to it.
Chinese-built converter boxes are legendary for failing capacitors in their power supplies, so unplug it and let it cool to room temperature and then try it again. Also, you could put a new (or known to be good) battery in your remote control unit. Good luck, and please let us know what...
Your antenna survey has 'expired' -- (their error message is below). Please rerun it and post the current result here for us to study.
Jim and the DTVUSA Forum Staff
Signal Analysis Report...
No, an antenna is not necessary for your planned setup. Your tuner will 'see' no signals available when you select the tuner option from your on-screen menu. Its hard to say what else you might need beyond good quality cables. Good luck and please let us know how it turns out.