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381 33 November 24, 2019 at 05:36 AM
What is everyone using for a good HDTV Antenna?

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What is everyone using for a good HDTV Antenna?
Depends heavily on your location (terrain, distance to and locations / strength of tv broadcast antennas).

http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?o...3&Itemid=1
is a good tool to estimate tv signal strength at your house.

Using the city listed as your location, it looks like it should be pretty easy to get quite a few channels at your location (tvfool results are more accurate with a complete address)

The tvfool report [tvfool.com] color codes channels based on signal strength / the type of antenna required. The polar plot shows the compass direction to a particular transmitter.

Basically most any antenna should pick up the channels to the south in green (depending on where it is in your house, higher is better). Some antennas will pick up more channels than others and some may not pick up the channels in the VHF band.

Personally, I'd try to put an antenna in your attic for the best reception and to keep it out of sight.

I would avoid amplified antennas (not powering on the amp is also an option).

Buying local has the advantage of simple returns if needed. There are a lot of garbage antennas on amazon, if you buy there, try to stick to 'name brands' you can find elsewhere.

Here are a few possibilities in no particular order:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Onn-In.../297203962
https://www.walmart.com/ip/GE-Pro.../557144300 (attic)
https://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-In.../110777779
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mohu-M...a/50940927 (might not have enough gain)
https://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-Su...t/10828410 (attic)
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/mohu...Id=3488006
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insi...Id=6353061
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insi...Id=8233003
https://www.solidsignal.com/pview...BLADE100VC
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insi...Id=6204529
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ante...Id=5851201
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ante...Id=5894080
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/rock...Id=5976403
https://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=HDB4X
https://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=FV-HD30

https://www.amazon.com/Channel-Ma...B00PKLOA7I
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYMVPVX
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018BZJNS/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0024R4B5C/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DNJZ58M/
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make your own fun and will probably work better than the one you will buy

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/bui...v-antenna/
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Get rid of your dining room chandelier and install this more dignified and elegant device:



Stick with established antenna manufacturers, like Winegard, and avoid junk like Terk. An HDTV outdoor antenna is just a regular old-style VHF-UHF antenna with a good UHF section and no support for actual analog channels 2-6 (about 54 MHz - 82 MHz) because they're no longer used for TV.
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Get rid of your dining room chandelier and install this more dignified and elegant device:



Stick with established antenna manufacturers, like Winegard, and avoid junk like Terk. An HDTV outdoor antenna is just a regular old-style VHF-UHF antenna with a good UHF section and no support for actual analog channels 2-6 (about 54 MHz - 82 MHz) because they're no longer used for TV.
Thanks for pointing that out, I was going to post the same nod
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make your own fun and will probably work better than the one you will buy

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/bui...v-antenna/
These two diy designs are better:
https://www.instructables.com/id/...DTV-plus-/
https://www.digitalhome.ca/ota/su...rmance.htm
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Outdoor antenna. There's a guy on YouTube that reviews and installs hundreds of antenna.

The best signal Locast app (100% legal nonprofit) on Roku and other wifi smart devices.

OTA antenna made by Master Channel, RCA

Indoor antenna too weak.
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Those DIY antennas usually don't work nearly as well as the theory says they should.
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I use a ge optima. https://www.target.com/p/ge-ultra...poQAvD_BwE

I have it in my second floor window. I get about 30 stations, all located around 20 miles away in a few different directions.
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Inside the house, a Mohu Leaf [amazon.com] should do the job.
Outdoors, a bow-tie antenna [amazon.com] is the best option.
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Grabbed a small Free Vision outdoor Winegard a few weeks ago at Homedepot for around $8.00. It's pretty compact and works just fine indoors. Way way better then the Mohu Leaf it replaced!!!!!! Wish I would have grabbed a few of them.Frown
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Grabbed a small Free Vision outdoor Winegard a few weeks ago at Homedepot for around $8.00. It's pretty compact and works just fine indoors. Way way better then the Mohu Leaf it replaced!!!!!! Wish I would have grabbed a few of them.Frown
That's a good deal on a good antenna if you aren't in the sticks.

I've had good results from an older RCA antenna that I call the bat wing. Walmart used to sell them for a similar price point. It's chintzy and a pain to assemble with 2 hands, but it works way better than you'd expect (if properly assembled). Similar to this: https://www.rcaantennas.net/indoo...u=ANT1052Z

The only reason I may discuss or include the mohu is that it has higher WAF. Though, attic mounted is my preference anyway.
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That's a good deal on a good antenna if you aren't in the sticks.

I've had good results from an older RCA antenna that I call the bat wing. Walmart used to sell them for a similar price point. It's chintzy and a pain to assemble with 2 hands, but it works way better than you'd expect (if properly assembled). Similar to this: https://www.rcaantennas.net/indoo...u=ANT1052Z

The only reason I may discuss or include the mohu is that it has higher WAF. Though, attic mounted is my preference anyway.
Hunting cabin is in the Sticks and I was able to pickup another Freevision at Homedepot for $9.00 last night.SmilieSmilie
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Hunting cabin is in the Sticks and I was able to pickup another Freevision at Homedepot for $9.00 last night.SmilieSmilie
Well, more accurately depending heavily on how far your are from the transmitter and the terrain, some people may require something larger with more gain.

It's maddening how few tv antennas actually list the antenna's gain or give you a plot of gain vs. frequency.

Homedept had a lot of year end / new year clearance last time I was there, but I didn't have time to browse.
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