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#119450 - 12/07/05 06:44 PM Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
SirQuack Offline
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My dad recently bought a Hitachi 42" Plasma for one room in his home, and a 32" LG LCD tv for another room. There are 5 networks in his area the offer Over The Air Broadcasts of HD material. Actually, two of the signals are so strong, he can pick them up right now with no antenna.

Anyway, for Christmas I am going to get him an antenna that will allow him to pick up all of the broadcasts. He does not want some big Rabit Ears type antenna. Actually, if I could find something that would be a low profile design that could hide behind the TV's or possibly off to the side on a shelf, that would be best.

I was at BestBuy the other day and they have a few models that might work, but they also incorporate Rabit Ears which I don't need. Thanks in advance for any ideas you have.

Randy

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#119451 - 12/07/05 07:01 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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Zenith silver sensor works pretty well. Other than that, everything else will be rabbit ears. Of course, outdoor antenna is the best. You might even be able to put it in the attic. My Channel Master 4288 cost $50.

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#119452 - 12/07/05 07:26 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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They live very close to all the signal sources, so I doubt they would want to go with an attic solution, I'll check out the zenith silver sensor. thanks
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#119453 - 12/07/05 07:27 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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I'm trying to find it online for you. My group at Intel was researching content delivery via OTA HD. We set up some computers with HD cards and these RCA antennas at homes around Hillsboro, Portland, and Gresham (Hillsboro and Gresham are roughly equidistant from downtown Portland). They worked quite well. It's just a small black "squared loop" antenna. I'll keep looking. I'm sure they are still out there.
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#119454 - 12/07/05 07:28 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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Registered: 06/20/03
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I tried a Terk TV55 antenna. It had a friendly form-factor. However, I am ~30 miles from the transmitter, so I couldn't pick up diddley-squat. I got my ~$99 back and resigned myself to cable or DTV.
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#119455 - 12/07/05 07:33 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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I have a simple, digital, not-amplified Jensen indoor antenna. It does the job well for HD. But I am close (15Miles) from the main signal though.
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#119456 - 12/07/05 08:46 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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Tom, I have the same antenna on the northside of my house. I'm fairly close to most of the signal sources. My opinion of the TV55 is that is sucks. I occasionally lose certain colors, and have to turn my Samsung receiver off/on to get them back. Even for basic signals, my rabit ears do better. I'm looking for an alternative for mounting on the side of my house..


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#119457 - 12/07/05 08:47 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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Thanks Thyname, my folks are within 10-15 miles of all of the 5 signals. I may just hook up some basic rabit ears and hide them on the back of the tv's out of site.


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#119458 - 12/07/05 11:08 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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You could put a non-directional antenna in the attic and run a cable.

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#119459 - 12/07/05 11:09 PM Re: Looking for OTA HD antenna ideas?
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In reply to:

I am ~30 miles from the transmitter, so I couldn't pick up diddley-squat




I am 40 to 45 milies out and put a data antenna on the roof and get HDTV and digital signals.

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