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Old 08-31-2009, 11:52 PM   #1
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Outdoor antennas.


I know very little about HD digital over the air outdoor TV antennas. I would like one that will pick up as many stations as possble. Anyone recommend a very good antenna and an amplifier. (preferably a omnidirectioal one)
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Padden: The sky's the limit where antennas are concerned. If price is not a prime factor, you can't go wrong on any of the most elaborate antennas available, particularly if you are in a fringe area. I live in a typical metropolitan area and use a basic low-end antenna, Winegard HD-1080 (about $55). It works fine and without an amplifier. I don't use a rotator since I am due north of all the channels of interest. Luckily, I am at a fairly high elevation overlooking the transmitters in the valley. You will find that pointing the antenna is very critical; once you find the signal, there's scant little variation to the right and left of it. Your digital TV set has a signal strength meter which is a help. The beauty of digital is that while it's highly directional once its captured you won't be plagued by ghosting, fuzziness and the other glitches inherent in analog transmision.

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I know very little about HD digital over the air outdoor TV antennas. I would like one that will pick up as many stations as possble. Anyone recommend a very good antenna and an amplifier. (preferably a omnidirectioal one)
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:46 AM   #4
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My own rule of thumb is, if you buy an analog TV antenna, it's good for about 2/3 of the mileage stated. If you buy a digital antenna, it's good for the full mileage stated. Note that there is no structural difference (or any visible distinguishing characteristic) between an analog antenna and a digital antenna.

If your earlier reception was full of ghosts and fuzziness and snow, then digital reception is likely to have a lot of breakups, checkerboarding or even solid blue screening unless you get a better antenna.

Directional antennas tend to have better mileage ratings than omnidirectional antennas and can often eliminate those breakups that are the digital equivalent of analog ghosting.
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