Getting Started - Transmitter Locaters
You couldn’t have mentioned any better, or more diverse Locaters, than those two !
If I may, I’d like to go into some detail about each, where a Member will have more information about which one would be better for her/his use.
The Rabbitears Transmitter Locater:
This is one of the most straight forward no nonsense Locators around ! Clear, concise, and gets the important information to the less technical Member, up front. Let me point out some of the outstanding features.
The Channel Numbers:
Starts with the first Column you see. These are the actual numbers that a Viewer needs to tune in what’s available to him.
The Chart is set up by Direction:
How convenient ! Where the Viewer can clearly see what (Magnetic) direction to point his Antenna, or, what group within the available channels, applies to his specific viewing needs and antenna.
A Setting for Distance:
This feature is really nice. One can set this in accordance with the range of his Antenna, which will eliminate a LOT of channels which are peripheral, and focus on what the User can get in a concise manner.
What a well thought out arrangement, kudos to the Rabbitears Webmaster for constructing this user friendly facility !
The TVFool Transmitter Locater:
A literal Dictionary for the most important information for the Users specific Location ! Just about every technical issue related to the selection of an Antenna, or diagnosis by an Advisor, is found in this informative calculator. This one is a must have/post, when you are trying to set up a system, or having a problem with reception.
Here are some of the great features:
Channels listed in the REAL Column:
Most do not know that these are the actual channels an Antenna must receive, are then Re-Mapped to the numbers which one enters in the Tuner/Remote to view the channel. A MUST know, to select an Antenna. Additionally the preponderance of Channels listed, allows an Advisor to set up a system according to more specific needs of the Viewer.
Signal in NM:
A necessary calculation to analyze reception, and a starting point to evaluate the signal loss, and with the consideration of distance, relates to the selection of an Amplifier if needed. A very important feature, when additional gain is necessary in the System.
A direct indicator as to the Line of Sight for reception, and enables the Advisor to evaluate minimum height necessary of the system.
If you don’t know how to acquire the TVFool Chart, here is a link to a more detailed description for...
LookUp & Posting Instructions for your TVFool Chart.
Now, in all fairness, there are other Calculators available. Though it’s hard not to play favorites here, those should be mentioned too.
The AntennaWeb Transmitter Locater:
Click on “More Options”, to enter GPS and or Antenna Height. A very complete list.
The AntennaPoint Transmitter Locater:
A reasonably complete list, with the Stations listed by Direction.
The 2150.com Locater
I like this one too. Maps, lots of info, but, you have to have your GPS, Range and make other selections.
The DTV.gov Locater
I don’t know what to think about this one, they don’t give you much more than just a channel list based on the antenna being 30’ in the air.
To round out this list, there are two other sites one can visit, and in that, may receive a specific recommendation for the selection of an Antenna. So, if one wishes a second opinion on his requirements, check the links below.
The Winegard Antenna Selector:
Scroll down and click on “Antenna Selector”. They will refer you to AntennaWeb, then return, and make the entry’s on their form. Somewhat tedious. Understand that this is a Manufacturer, and they will only recommend a Winegard product.
Solid Signal Antenna Recommendation:
This site provides one with an Antenna recommendation only, without any mention of direction, distance or quantity of channels which may be received. Antennas will be selected from their product lines only, and other items which they would like to sell you, may be included. A very abbreviated report.
If you find other sources for the above information, please come back and post it for us.
We’d like to hear what you think of the sites listed above. Like um, Don’t like um, let us know !
Have a good Day !