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Last Edited by davidbix October 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM
http://www.radioshack.com/product...Id=3912573

Had been $50, then $20. Looks like they're getting rid of it (to make room for a new model again?), but it's not yet discontinued so you can verify inventory online.

This is the successor of the well-regarded mushroom/UFO shaped antenna (reviewed by here [avsforum.com] by EV at AVSForum) that was discontinued a while back and considered one of the better indoor antennas on the market at the time.

You can rotate the UHF antenna position with the included (and probably a little too tiny) remote or by pressing the buttons on the device and it can store presets for 100 different channels.

For VHF, unfortunately it just has rabbit ears, which don't work very well for digital TV. Thankfully, most channels (including those that were VHF when they were analog) nowadays are on UHF channels and the channel number you see is a "virtual" channel number in most cases that corresponds to their old analog channel.

Still, some markets (including major ones like New York) have have major stations on VHF, so YMMV. Check http://antennaweb.org/ to see if any of the channels you want to watch or on VHF.

At any rate, if you're looking for an indoor TV antenna, this is by far the best deal you will find.
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Last Edited by IronSheik August 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM
No longer on RS's website. The item # is 15-255

Here is the PDF users manual:

http://www.radioshack.com/graphics/uc/rsk/Support/ProductManuals/1500255_PM_EN.pdf

For those want to know which OTA (Off The Air) digital channels they are getting, please check out this site:
www.antennaweb.org/

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Louisville, KY
2 in stock at Oxmoor store
1 in stock at Green Tree Mall
--as of 2:00 p.m. Oct. 10, 2011.

I bought 2 at the Oxmoor store @ 1:30PM...The manager said he had 2 in stock so I got them both. Don't make a big trip to check. If you can get one, it's worth it. Before I was only able to get Fox somewhat intermittently with a homemade coat hanger antenna, some RCA rabbit ears, and a Passive Phillips HDTV antenna. Now I get ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS.
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Instructions on how to "store" channels:

It took me a minute to figure this out so for anyone who thinks the instructions suck, try this:

So for example, I want to watch NBC (TV Channel 4, or 4.1). First thing you need to do is get NBC to come in on the TV clearly, so fiddle with the direction and "gain" settings (Mid for most channels) and once NBC is crystal clear on your TV then sit close to the box so you can see the display clearly. Press and hold the "Store" button on the remote, its the only red button on there. The wording "Direction" will start flashing on the box. You've already got the direction set if you have NBC coming in on the TV clearly, so just hit the button again, then "Channel" will start flashing, push 4 on your remote (the display will change to "- - 4"), then push "Store" one last time and you're done. Basically now the antenna remembers the position it needs to turn to for you to watch NBC. So when you're watching TV, you will need to change the channel on your physical television to 4 (or 4.1 for HDTV) and then push channel 4 on your antenna remote. You will hear the antenna turning to the correct position to get NBC and if you wait a few seconds it'll come on loud and clear. Hope that helps.... repeat the process to program all your channels.

Reception Flowchart [fcc.gov] | Wave Length Table [kyes.com]

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will check out my local radio shack.
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Quote from davidbix View Post :
http://www.radioshack.com/product...Id=3912573

Had been $50, then $20. Looks like they're getting rid of it (to make room for a new model again?), but it's not yet discontinued so you can verify inventory online.

This is the successor of the well-regarded mushroom/UFO shaped antenna (reviewed by here [avsforum.com] by EV at AVSForum) that was discontinued a while back and considered one of the better indoor antennas on the market at the time.

You can rotate the UHF antenna position with the included (and probably a little too tiny) RF remote or by pressing the buttons on the device and it can store presets for 100 different channels.

For VHF, unfortunately it just has rabbit ears, which don't work very well for digital TV. Thankfully, most channels (including those that were VHF when they were analog) nowadays are on UHF channels and the channel number you see is a "virtual" channel number in most cases that corresponds to their old analog channel.

Still, some markets (including major ones like New York) have have major stations on VHF, so YMMV. Check http://antennaweb.org/ to see if any of the channels you want to watch or on VHF.

At any rate, if you're looking for an indoor TV antenna, this is by far the best deal you will find.
Could you explain what this is for? I have a new HDTV but I wouldn't want to pay Comcast for the free channels... Will this work with my TV? What kind of channels will I get? Is this a good product... I apologize in advance if the questions seem silly... Never really used something like this before....

Thanks a lot
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Any TV made from 2007 on (including the last CRT SDTVs) will have a digital over the air tuner, so yes, it will work with your TV to try to get in local channels without cable. Outdoor antennas work best, but if you're unable to use one for whatever reason, this is a very good indoor antenna and by far the best deal you'll get on one of this quality.

Also, over the air is the best picture quality you will get, as cable and satellite companies recompress the video, making it more pixelated and whatnot. This doesn't include Verizon Fios, as they have enough bandwidth to provide the same stream that comes over the air.
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if you put aluminum foil on the long protruding metal parts, the reception gets better. also if you hold it and stand on one leg, i hear works as well.
WOW! Why bother to answer the person if you're just going to be a jerk?
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if you put aluminum foil on the long protruding metal parts, the reception gets better. also if you hold it and stand on one leg, i hear works as well.
FOX TV viewing positions.
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Could you explain what this is for? I have a new HDTV but I wouldn't want to pay Comcast for the free channels... Will this work with my TV? What kind of channels will I get? Is this a good product... I apologize in advance if the questions seem silly... Never really used something like this before....

Thanks a lot
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This type of device is EXACTLY what that is for! If you don't have a cable or satellite provider you hook up an antenna and you will be able to pull in your nearest markets over the air channels in HD. For example if you lived in Taylor or Warren, Mi (Suburbs of Detroit) you would be able to pull in all the Detroit local stations in HD.

SO, for $10 you DEFINITELY want one of these. You may or may not be able to get ALL your local market channels depending how far you are from the major city but you should get some channels in HD for no additional fee.
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This type of device is EXACTLY what that is for! If you don't have a cable or satellite provider you hook up an antenna and you will be able to pull in your nearest markets over the air channels in HD. For example if you lived in Taylor or Warren, Mi (Suburbs of Detroit) you would be able to pull in all the Detroit local stations in HD.

SO, for $10 you DEFINITELY want one of these. You may or may not be able to get ALL your local market channels depending how far you are from the major city but you should get some channels in HD for no additional fee.
i'm just jelous that person never had to use bunny ears. my dad use to make me stand on one leg with one of these things. i broke one once and my dad handed my ass to me, it was that precious. don't let me tell you what happened when i broke the knob on the sony trinitron.
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i'm just jelous that person never had to use bunny ears. my dad use to make me stand on one leg with one of these things. i broke one once and my dad handed my ass to me, it was that precious. don't let me tell you what happened when i broke the knob on the sony trinitron.
OIC...Carry on then! I guess we should all be grateful those traumatic childhood experiences didn't leave you a bitter husk of a person..... laugh out loud
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Any TV made from 2007 on (including the last CRT SDTVs) will have a digital over the air tuner, so yes, it will work with your TV to try to get in local channels without cable. Outdoor antennas work best, but if you're unable to use one for whatever reason, this is a very good indoor antenna and by far the best deal you'll get on one of this quality.

Also, over the air is the best picture quality you will get, as cable and satellite companies recompress the video, making it more pixelated and whatnot. This doesn't include Verizon Fios, as they have enough bandwidth to provide the same stream that comes over the air.
Quote from Renaissanceman View Post :
This type of device is EXACTLY what that is for! If you don't have a cable or satellite provider you hook up an antenna and you will be able to pull in your nearest markets over the air channels in HD. For example if you lived in Taylor or Warren, Mi (Suburbs of Detroit) you would be able to pull in all the Detroit local stations in HD.

SO, for $10 you DEFINITELY want one of these. You may or may not be able to get ALL your local market channels depending how far you are from the major city but you should get some channels in HD for no additional fee.
Thanks for the reply guys!!! It shows as in stock for me... I think I will buy it for $10 Smilie

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thanks, may check it out later.
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In my experience here in South Carolina I have tried all kinds of antennas. Walmart is the easiest place to buy some, and I tried several antennas, amplified and not amplified. What I have found out is a regular inexpensive set of rabbit ear antennas gave me as good or better reception than almost anything else I tried.

The amplified antennas turned out to be worse than regular rabbit ears. I even built one of these homemade antennas [doityourself.com], and it works great (looks ugly but works really well). I also can attest to the DB2 [amazon.com] working incredibly well because I have one set up inside my house, and it's what I use all the time now.


I am certainly not TCing, but I am curious as to how well this Radio Shack amplified setup will work compared to anything else. I may buy one just to try it since it's cheap (and maybe I can unload it on ebay).
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Thanks I'll check out my local store. I was going to make a DIY antenna, but for under $10 this seems to be the cheaper route. Plus it's aesthetically manageable.
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I bought one of these a while back (at a little higher price) and was able to get only one channel...of course, this depends on your location, and will vary greatly from one city/state to another.

Great price though. Thumbs up.
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