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Video: Antennas can remain a challenge for DTV conversion

REDMOND, Wash. - For months now, Noel Disher has been trying to pull DTV out of the air, with no luck.

The retired mechanic put up the biggest antenna he could find, uses a compass to make sure he's aiming it exactly in the right direction and even installed a signal amplifier.

The antenna does pull in Analog signals, which are snowy, but when it comes to scanning for Digital signals on his coverter box, he gets nothing. The digital signal can be more difficult to receive, and does not reach out as far to places like Mount Vernon or Olympia.

"When You've got to climb up on top of the roof and turn the antenna and you've got to come back down and check everything and go back up it gets a little frustrating," said Disher.

So when you look down the street you can begin to understand the problem. Because between his house and the TV antennas in Seattle that are broadcasting, there's a ridge, a big hill in the way. And on top of that hill, big trees.

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Signals transmitted from TV towers are pretty much line of sight, so the higher Disher goes, the more likely he'll get a signal.

If you're setting up an antenna, indoors or outdoors, you can consult the Web site "Antennaweb.org," where you can plug in your address, which gives you a map with directions on where the towers are from your house.

But at this point, Disher is throwing in the towel, and plans to bring in a professional.

"If it doesn't work and I can find somebody that needs an antenna, we'll do what we gotta do," he said.

Noel Disher is not totally out of luck, he can get programming over a satellite dish or cable, but wants that antenna connection as a back-up.

Analog programming ends shortly after midnight this Friday. KING 5 will have a phone bank staffed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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