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What about TV antennas?

Discussion in 'Home Theater & Video' started by eljr, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. eljr

    eljr Koyaanisqatsi

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    It's been nearly 40 years since I have used a TV antenna but I just got a second place down south and am within city limits so I figured since I watch little TV I'd just go with over the air TV.

    What is it I need to know?

    How do i hook it up.

    I want to keep it simple, not put something outside.

    I looked at some antenna and it's completely differant than 40 years ago.

    Appreciate all feedback.
     

     

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  2. eljr

    eljr Koyaanisqatsi

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    well, that tells me nothing.... :(
     
  3. kaplang

    kaplang Works for me ! Subscriber

    Nice attitude.
     
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  4. eljr

    eljr Koyaanisqatsi

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    I asked some very rudimentary questions which you completely ignored, using my need for help as an excuses to try to jump into some kind of debate about what is obviously a pet peez of yours.
     
  5. greymatter

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    Look up Ota on utube . Lots of ideas there
     
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  7. stevo137

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    Just find some good quality rabbit ears and you will receive the digital signal.

    I have even coupled two sets of larger Radio Shack antennas together in the attic to increase my signal strength in the early days of HD digital broadcasts.

    I have also had the marketed “digital”
    antennas and found that they were no better than a good set of rabbit ears.

    There may be new ones that are better that I haven’t tried.

    Much of this depends on where you are located with regards to how well you receive the signals.

    I like to have the option of antenna just in case cable goes out.
     
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  8. whoaru99

    whoaru99 Epic Member

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    It depends, really, by your proximity to the transmitters.

    For example, I live in city limits too but the nearest transmitter is about 35 miles away. That changes the requirement quite a lot vs. "in city limits" meaning the transmitter is within a few miles.

    Here is a good place to poke around a bit: https://www.antennaweb.org
     
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  10. eljr

    eljr Koyaanisqatsi

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    i am looking at less than 15 air miles
     
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  12. Tim64

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    I think any decent indoor would work in your case this is what I use and am pulling in stations from all around including PBS and all the networks. Running coax cable and it's grounded to the Internet ground block outside. total investment about 40.00 including the j pole.
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  14. Quadman2

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    An older neighbour bought one that kinda looked like this one, Skip...it's been advertised to death on the web/TV as the be all and end all of antennae. But he says it doesn't work worth a damn.

    Sad part is...the company will take it back, but it will cost him 55-60% of the orig price to return, and he has to pay for the shipping to get this part of the money back. Sad, but it is buyer beware, eh?

    Q
     
  15. eljr

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    how physically big are these hings now a days?
     
  16. eljr

    eljr Koyaanisqatsi

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    these antennas need an electrical outlet to plug into?
     

     

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  17. robert_kc

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    40 year-old basic rabbit ears successfully pull in several dozen stations for me, except that reception in the basement has problems. (I live in city limits.) You can buy a new rabbit ear antenna for $5 that includes the needed "push on" RF connector. I suggest buying a cheap rabbit ear antenna at a local retailer that has a liberal return policy, and only get a more expensive antenna if needed.

    P.S. After you connect an antenna to the HDTV, you need to go to the set-up menu, and have the TV scan for channels.
     
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  18. the skipper

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    The beauty about Amazon is that it's quite liberal on it's return policy. Just say it didn't work and free shipping and 100% return.Remember, these are not long distance devices. Since OP says he's talking about 15 miles I'd say it's got a very good chance of working.

    But no, it won't replace an outdoor antenna for most people.

    As for E's question on size, it's not much more than a foot square, give or take a few inches and yes, it does require power..
     
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  19. eljr

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    what is a pre-amp on an antenna?
     
  20. eljr

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    ok, seems i need either a Medium Directional Antenna with pre-amp with a blue mark on the package.
    or a
    Medium Directional Antenna with a CTA-certified Red mark on the antenna's box.

    i AM on top floor of 3 story building.

    specific recommendations from Amazon ??????????

    and why does one station need a blue certificate and another a red certificate if they are both 13 miles away?
     

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