Does anyone have a good source or product they like for an Indoor
antenna that would be used by several different devices?
I have the usual T antenna that comes with the receivers but find it
lacking. In my last house there was an antenna in the attic and a
booster in the basement then a distribution panel to hook up to it
worked great but if there is an equal but smaller (simpler) one I would
like to try that.
Thanks for any help, Rich
When we bought our new house, it came with a built-in intercom system
that also had a built-in radio. The antenna is actually just a standard
300-ohm dipole stapled in a "T" formation to the rafters in the attic,
and it works great. Of course, we're only about 20 miles from Tampa so
we would probably get the major FM stations even *without* an antenna.
A dipole has to be 1/2 wavelength for maximum efficiency. You can get
more "gain" by adding additional elements, but that increases the space
required and may mean that you will need a rotator. Amplifiers might
work but you have to know that they introduce noise (hiss).
I recently installed a large FM antenna from Radio Shack in my attic. Best
$25 I ever spent. I had two little amplified antennas, went through the
hang a wire on the wall phase. The antenna in the attic makes my radio
sound like a cd. I did not hook up any kind of amplifier or rotator, yet I
can easily pull in around 15 FM stations, maybe more.
Before installing the antenna, I did some reading. One person wrote that
people hook up cable and instantly get great reception. Then when it comes
to pulling in FM radio signals, they hang a wire on the wall and expect
miracles (like I did).
Go with the large FM antenna if you are in a weak signal area. The antenna
I bought was around $25. Of course, wiring and mounting add to the price.
I am very pleased with the results.
I'm 30 miles from the antenna farm and the only way to get a decent
fm and tv signal is with an antenna in the attic. From there, I
distribute with coax thru an amplifier to every room in the house.
My next project is to move the antenna to the roof so I can pick up
flawless HDTV off the air. That involves calling the home owners
association and tell them I'm fixing to violate the deed restrictions
and then site the federal regulation that takes priority over the deed
restrictions and home owner association rules.
Because it's all about YOU, of course!
I'm rooting for your neighbors. I hope they sue your ass off,
brick your windows and poison your pets. Damned self-centered
jerk. If you want to live in a trailer park, why did you buy
in a nice neighborhood?
It's the law, jerk. You don't like the law then complain to your
That's funny, really. Here I am wrapping myself in a fed regulation
and my real attitude is that if someone comes on my property and says
the word 'code', I blow their head off with my 45. You see, I live in
Texas and you don't trespass on personal property.
Isn't it ironic?
Not really. When you but a home in a plan that has protective
covenants as part of the sales agreement, you are making a
statement that you want to have that protection, you want any
new owners to have it, and you want it to last in perpetuity.
To go back on your valid legal agreement that you signed of
your own free will because some ridiculous new law overturns
it, that's a total lack of character being shown.
Original poster is using an excuse to back out on his word,
all for HIS benefit, and screw the other people who are part
of his legal pact. He's raising the "Trash" level of his
community, lowering everybody's property values. That's a
selfish pig in my book.
Covenants are not part of a SALES AGREEMENT, if they were they could
have been negotiated at the time of purchase!
They are in fact part of the DEED and move with the land.
The Federal Government through the communications act preempted both
local government restrictions and private covenant restrictions
related to antennas, the law is not "ridiculous" it is the law and the
rules the FCC implemented to promulgated it!
Ok the thread is dead. I started this as a simple discussion of if
anyone had a good recommendation for an indoor antenna. Simple as that
now its got people into a snit over nothing..
TID.............Thread Is Dead....
The method I used to buy the best indoor antennae is go to a store
with an easy money-back return policy. Buy a half dozen antennas,
pick the one that does the job best and return the rest. Personally,
I was surprised that a $12 antenna worked a lot better than an $82
I don't listen to the radio anymore, MP3 pirate, but when I did, I found a VHF
TV antenna was great for FM. The band is right between channel 7 and 8 (6/7?)
so old antennas that were peaked for 2-13 do great. Find one in a garage sale.
The bigger the better. Put it in the attic and hide it from the HOA pricks.
Rock on dude ... and look at alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.1960s
On 07 Aug 2004 05:02:03 GMT, email@example.com (Greg) wrote:
The feds have stated that HOA restrictions can't stop you from
installing TV antennas or satellite dishes. Hook to the TV and the FM
radio, and you're legal.
Many antenna restrictions are in place due to underhanded negotiations
by CATV providers. There have been cases where CATV providers refused
to wire a new development unless the restrictions were in place.
Tall masts and large arrays may require permits from local
governments, but that's another story.
Enjoy your antenna.
Being legal is fine, but sometimes it just ain't worth it, if you have to
put up with whining from pissy neighbors the entire time you live there.
Personally, if I had the attic space to spare, and if the antenna would work
well from there, I'd be inclined to do it that way just to keep it out of
the weather. Standing up antennas on a roof mast is a chore for young
people, and tilting them back down to do repairs after everything has rotted
a few years is even less fun.
Having said that, if altitude was the only thing that would get me the
reception I want, yes, I would pay somebody to put up something as tall as I
needed. Of course, I'd never buy in a neighborhood with silly-ass covenants
like that anyway. It'd be a dealbreaker for me.
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