Antennaweb.org (Just how accurate is it?)

#1
Just how accurate is antennaweb.org? I did a scan for the first time this evening on their site and they recommended a yellow UHF antenna for me. I'm fine for digital reception but I've seen antennaweb mentioned a few times before. What is the national broadcaster association's involvement with it?
 

1inxs

DTVUSA Member
#2
Just how accurate is antennaweb.org? I did a scan for the first time this evening on their site and they recommended a yellow UHF antenna for me. I'm fine for digital reception but I've seen antennaweb mentioned a few times before. What is the national broadcaster association's involvement with it?
It's only as accurate as the information received from the FCC. Try entering my zip code 84036 into any or all of these sites and see what it comes up with. Contrary to what is posted on their site I receive approximately 23 DTV stations. It shows my recommended tower 47 miles away in the Salt Lake valley. I live in a mountain valley and couldn't do anything to pick up the signal from there.
 

Trip

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#3
I've found AntennaWeb to be very conservative in their estimates. I generally do not recommend it and instead refer people to TVFool.com and then have people with good knowledge of antennas look at the plot and look at the specific location and then recommend something based on that.

AntennaWeb likes to tell me I only receive 2 channels. TVFool says I receive 9. I actually receive 6 stations reliably, and there are good excuses for the remaining three (low power until June, low-VHF signal sucks, and poor signal quality from the transmitter) which always show me signal even if they don't decode.

I generally do not point people at AntennaWeb for that reason. The FCC database is generally pretty accurate (though it likes to keep outdated records active), their formula is just very conservative.

- Trip
 
#5
It's only as accurate as the information received from the FCC. Try entering my zip code 84036 into any or all of these sites and see what it comes up with. Contrary to what is posted on their site I receive approximately 23 DTV stations. It shows my recommended tower 47 miles away in the Salt Lake valley. I live in a mountain valley and couldn't do anything to pick up the signal from there.
2 of my channels are shown in the red zone even though I do pick everything up here at my house pretty well.

I've found AntennaWeb to be very conservative in their estimates.

I generally do not point people at AntennaWeb for that reason. The FCC database is generally pretty accurate (though it likes to keep outdated records active), their formula is just very conservative.

- Trip
I would think that their conservative estimates are causing people to spend more on antennas. Not sure if I like their color codes lumping everyone into a category based on such a broad scale either. I know that TVFool does the same but it doesn't specify a "Medium" sized antenna or "large" like antennaweb.org...just seems like there are many other variables that need to be known before such such a recommendation can be made.

Agreed.
 

mrjhyjkr

DTVUSA Rookie
#7
For those in rural area that can't get TV signals

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Cablevision, Direct tv, Dish network all suck anyway.
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Think about it, many of you are being forced to pay for tv, and they have the nerve to show commericials, I would expect that from free over the air tv, not from cable or sattllite TV, come on now!!

It's a good thing the fact that many of us can't get, nor can't afford TV anyway!
Why not just get the DVD's and / or vhs tapes that you want all for free at....the library!

If you want true digital reception, then get out and away from the tv set! Unless tv is going to help out your lifestyle, it's nothing more than a one eye monster! If you need to be informed, theres always the radio.

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And those of you whom can afford or feel like you need to be forced, and put in a position to pay just to get tv, DON'T.
Those sales people at Comcast Corp, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications , At&t, verizon,
Cablevision, Direct tv, Dish network all are nothing but a bunch of deceiving liers and real morons,!

Comcast Corp, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications , At&t, verizon,
Cablevision, Direct tv, Dish network all are nothing but a bunch of deceiving liers and real morons, don't waste your money or your time!
 

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