Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity
Thanks Rick, thats great info. How do you like your Terk TV-1 and Terk HDTVa?
I'm still kind of on the fence about the HDTVa. If you had asked me a couple of months ago, I would have recommended it without hesitation. The reception is VERY good under the right circumstances. It is designed to pull in distance and/or weak signals, and thus, it is very directional.
Many people have been unimpressed with this antenna primarily, I think, because it is so directional. In many areas, people have signals coming from more than one direction; in which case, this is not necessarily the right antenna.
I do have a major complaint about the HDTVa. The VHF dipoles are severely restricted in their range of motion. In my area, most of the UHF stations are in one general direction, but I have one VHF station in a slightly different direction. Because the VHF dipoles do not have 360 degree movement, it is impossible to position the antenna to pull in all of the stations at the same time, so I ended up buying a second HDTVa and combined the two signals. This works but is not acceptable for most people.
Recently, I purchased a Terk TV1 and a Radio Shack double bowtie and combined them for use in my bedroom. The reception with this setup is almost as good as the two HDTVa's but not quite primarily because I don't have an amplifier attached. However, I think I like this setup better because I can focus the antennas completely independently. I might try adding an amplifier later if I have problems with signal strength.
Based on my observations, the TV1 and HDTVa (powered off) perform pretty much equally for VHF reception. The HDTVa edges out the Radio Shack because of it's more directional nature. However, both of them perform well.
All of this information is subjective since it is based on visual observation of both analog and digital reception. Unfortunately, I don't have any equipment at the moment with a signal meter, so I don't have any concrete numbers to validate those observations. I'm hoping to pickup a couple of digital converters soon and do some experimenting to see how the signal strengths compare between these two setups. I'll get back to you later on that.