I bought something like that, couldn't get it to work too well. I
called the local antenna guy, he came to my house and laughed at the
antenna, then sold me one that works like a charm for $60. It's a 3'
by 4' frame with 8 bow tie antennas on it. Got it in my attic and get
more than 2 dozen channels with great reception. Sorry I don't have
more info about the antenna he sold me, but I don't think it's
We've been through this before. Not all digital is UHF. Around here,
several of the major players are still down in the VHF band, and yes,
they are on their permanent assignments.
I meant to put up a replacement roof antenna last summer, but never got
around to it. (Can barely get 3 stations with what is left of the old
antenna.) Couldn't decide between conventional with a rotor, or a
'flying saucer' omni with an amplifier. (need to cover about 200 degrees
to hit all the stations.) In the meantime, I have had middling success
with rabbit ears on top of a camera tripod, and one of those
indoor-style flat square antennas with an amplifier, stuck in the front
window. (RCA something or other- local BigLots had them for 20 bucks
rather than the 40 a real store wanted, so I figured what the heck.)
Both are very fussy on direction, so sometimes it takes awhile to nail
the station I want, and I can only get the PBS station on cloudy nights.
But I did manage, for a couple hours one heavily cloudy night, to get
Milwaukee channel 6 for a couple hours, all the way on the other side of
Lake Michigan, 3 counties in. 'E-layer tunneling', I think they call it?
But to answer OP's question- when visiting my father down in Lake
Charles, I did try one of those outdoor-spec amplified flat antennas,
and little or no luck. Don't know if it was local conditions, or if the
one he had was damaged. (Climate down there is brutal on anything
outside.) Bottom line is, there are a ton of variables, and a few feet
up or down, or side to side, or a small angle change, can make something
work or not work.
Correct -- here in Sacramento, 2 stations (the ABC and PBS affiliates)
are VHF permanently (one back at their original channel 10, the other
moved from 6 to 9). Annoying because they came in great with a small
flat antenna on their temporary UHF stations, but I had to dig out the
old rabbit ears to get them now.
In many places, stations moved away from VHF 2-7 (VHF-lo, which
requires the largest antenna elements to receive), but even that isn't
And many (most?) markets had UHF analog stations for decades (I
remember 18, 20, 22, 24, 30, 57, 61 growing up in the Hartford
market), so I'm not sure where people get the idea that the analog=VHF
and digital=UHF. Some people may be able to use a UHF-only antenna,
but many need exactly the same combo they had before.
I suggest using www.antennaweb.org to determine what stations you can
receive, where they are, and the type of antenna required.
There's nothing special about a "digital" or "HD" antenna, except
perhaps that digital signals have some error correction, so there's a
sharper "shelf" -- you may get a perfect picture where before you had
a slightly fuzzy analog signal, but may get a very badly pixelated or
no picture where before you had a very snowy but usable analog signal.
I had a similar experience. I have a 10mi line of sight to the antenna farm (I
can see the collision lights at night) and thought the amplified Philips UHF
blade antenna would work well.
After the digital transition, one of the local stations returned to its VHF
frequency, the remainder stayed UHF. Strangely enough, the station I had the
most problems with was a UHF station. I finially took the blade down last week
and replaced it with a smaller classic combo design. It works perfectly.
Untrue. Some analog is on VHF, some on UHF. Some digital is on UHF,
some on VHF.
Many (not all) stations are using UHF now, instead of VHF. This has
nothing to do with digital, and started several years earlier.
Here, the channels that had analog on VHF, have digital on VHF. The
channels that had analog on UHF, have digital on UHF.
Also, HD or SD has nothing to do with what antenna you need.
The best digital antenna looks exactly like the best analog antenna.
The requirements are less for digital, so a good analog antenna is way
overkill, just the way I like it. I'm running a fringe antenna 40
miles from the towers, and it is like cable. I do have a rotor and
amplifier, the rotor is a waste of time at this point, but it used to
help with analog. The amplifier is highly recommended.
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