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Name:   lakngulf - Email Member Reply
Subject:   TV Antenna, another try
Date:   5/5/2017 3:37:55 PM   IP ADDRESS: 155.254.14.158

Anyone using one of the new-fangled TV Antennas? Lot of hype on the internet about coverage and reception. I know they will not get the espn's and fox's/cnn's of the world but I have about decided these are not needed. I am looking at options for my Mother's house out in the country, with no hills or trees to impede reception.

One that interests me is LAVA HD8008 Ultra 4K Omni-Directional Amplified Outdoor HDTV Antenna





Name:   MrHodja - Email Member Reply
Subject:   TV Antenna, another try
Date:   5/5/2017 8:01:20 PM   IP ADDRESS: 76.26.151.153

There's a significant bovine shinola factor in the name itself.  There aren't any channels broadcasting in 4K, heck they aren't even broadcasting 1080p.  And they all broadcast in HD, but that shouldn't make a bit of difference in the antenna.  Two things are important, though.  Amplified is good if she is a distance from the broadcasting tower(s).  However, if she is interested in channels from one particular area an omnidirectional antenna is a minus.  Be better off with a directional antenna that will collect more of the signal(s) from the desired direction.

As an example, ATT UVERSE recently had a spat with WSFA in Montgomery and that station wasn't covered for a while.  The solution was an eight dollar set of rabbit ears from Wally World.  HD came in just fine.  However, orientation of the antenna was critical...turn it as little as 15 degrees one way or another from the "sweet spot" and the signal vanished.

Unless one is on a pure fiber optic cable feed, the broadcast signal will be a digital signal impressed on an analog carrier of some description.  And even fiber is the modulation of an analog source, light, but the frequency of the light is so high that a light/no light signal can be impressed at the sending end and detected at the receiving end at an exceptionally high rate.

So, important factors are how far your Mom is from the transmitting antenna(s) and where the stations are that she wants to see.  The rest is mostly marketing gobbledegook.

i know you only asked the time and not how to build a watch, but......





Name:   Shortbus - Email Member Reply
Subject:   TV Antenna, another try
Date:   5/5/2017 8:04:13 PM   IP ADDRESS: 75.137.207.126

https://www.antennaweb.org/Address

 





Name:   BamaNana - Email Member Reply
Subject:   TV Antenna, another try
Date:   5/6/2017 5:10:49 PM   IP ADDRESS: 75.107.208.143

we bought :    this one and love it. It comes in even in the worst storms. Just follow the easy instructions,  





Name:   MrHodja - Email Member Reply
Subject:   TV Antenna, another try
Date:   5/6/2017 6:07:28 PM   IP ADDRESS: 76.26.151.153

Would seem to solve the two most critical components, signal strength (36dB is a kick a$$ amplifier) and antenna orientation to the signal source (rotatable).  That being said, TV signals don't propagate through dirt and rock so well.  Unless he can erect a pretty high mast LNG may still have trouble picking up Fungummery signals.





Name:   lakngulf - Email Member Reply
Subject:   TV Antenna, another try
Date:   5/6/2017 6:54:42 PM   IP ADDRESS: 155.254.14.158

It is for my Mother's house.  Looks like the Bham stations are the strongest.





Name:   MrHodja - Email Member Reply
Subject:   TV Antenna, another try
Date:   5/6/2017 8:34:37 PM   IP ADDRESS: 76.26.151.153

Ah, yes.  Senior moment.  Must have left my brain somewhere along that three mile walk through Arlington....  The rotatable directional antenna with amp should do it.  If all the stations are in the same general direction an omnidirectional antenna would not be an advantage.







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