My parents recently purchased an Accurian HD Radio for me. Unfortunately, the included antenna does not pick up the desired radio stations (from Albuquerque, New Mexico) in HD, although most can be heard with a moderate to thick layer of static. I live 100+ miles away from the transmitters and I am trying to find one that will a) Fit on top of an entertainment center and, of course, b) bring in Albuquerque's Class C stations from 100+ miles away.
After a lot of searching, I have found what I think might be a good compromise between performance and size (hopefully). I am looking at the RCA ANT3022 (can't post the URL-please look it up on eBay if you want to see it). Before I buy one, though, I need to know whether the antenna is passive or amplified. The seller lists it as passive in the title, but in the product description, it's listed as passive. I have read that most passive antennae do something to mess up the HD signal...so if that antenna does turn out to be amplified, could I just not plug it in and use it as a passive antenna?
Quick question: it wouldn't hurt anything to just set the antenna on top of an entertainment center with no mounting, would it? I'd imagine that it'd be okay, but I just wanted to check with the experts first. Also, would a cable with F-connectors at both ends be sufficient to make a connection to my radio? Or would additional things need to be purchased?
If anybody has any suggestions for a compact, efficient antenna, please let me know! Thanks a million for the help!