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post #1 of 15 Old 01-17-2012, 06:06 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey Everyone,

I am looking for the best Antenna option for my a relative who lives out of state. I have attached the TVFool Signal Analysis. I was thinking of the Terk HDTVi or the Terk TV5 would be fine. He wants to pickup PBS stations as clearly as possible. Have any suggestions?

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Just about any old cheap anteanna should work with signal that strong. The man thing is that one of the PBS stations is hi-VHF and they are 100 degrees off from each other. But as I said shouldn't be an issue. A for "clearly" with digital you are either going to get a picture or not. It's not like analog in which the picture gradually gets worse until it doesn't come in.

Something like this should work just fine and it's $10. Also the turk tv5 is an amplified an antenna. Your relative definitely doesn't need an amplified antenna.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-Basic-...tenna/10983714
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He was complaining that there is a particular PBS station that he is not getting that shows Downton Abbey on Sundays.

I guess I will just encourage him to move the antenna around or to the window.
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What about this RCA ANT1500? Seems like a good antenna.
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What about this RCA ANT1500? Seems like a good antenna.

No that is not a good antenna, particularly for VHF. You need rabbit ears for VHF, and in Atlanta that includes NBC and PBS. For a strong signal area, the basic rabbit ears and loop from Radioshack should work fine. And the HDTVi from Terk is a good design as well, but more expensive. And you may want to get some RG6 cable and a barrel splice to optimize best placement of the antenna.
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The basic rabbit ears and loop from Radioshack should work fine.

He has a basic Rabbit Ears antenna, and it does not seem to pick-up a strong signal from the PBS station in Athens, which will be showing Downton Abbey on Sunday.

We already bought the RCA. I guess if it doesn't work, I will just have him return it.
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Judging from all the good reviews, that RCA antenna be fine.
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Always include a location when starting an antenna help thread. Too much of this is geographical. See my edit.

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Most RCA flat antennas look nice, but seldom work well. They are marketed to people who want something prettier than a rabbit ear/loop antenna, but performance is sub-par. This budget RS antenna should work very well for that TVFool, with the dipole rods extended no more than about half length each. If it doesn't work, either the building materials (stucco, foil insulation, concrete walls, metal siding, etc.) are preventing signals from getting to the antenna, or the antenna needs be moved away from sources of interference. Any electrical/electronic device may interfere with TV reception, particularly VHF channels WXIA and WGTV. Even the TV can give off interference.

Put a longer cord on that budget antenna and move it around the room. Near a window facing the towers often works best. Get it away from electronics. To add more coax, use a barrel splice. Trial and error will likely find a hot spot for good reception. It's just like a cellphone in a dead spot. Move it just a few feet and it often works much better.
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Thanks for all the advice arxaw.

Personally I have the Terk HDTVi and have found it to be AMAZING! On the first floor it can pick-up DC stations. When I have used it on the second floor it gets stations from Delaware.

If the RCA doesn't work well, I am going to recommend buying the Terk.
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The antenna I suggested should work fine. But if you like the terk, buy it. It's a waste of money for his location, though. His stations of interest are not distant, at all.
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When I wanted to pick-up the PBS station here in Maryland, the only thing that seemed to work was the Terk. The PBS station was about 22 miles away.

He wants to pick-up that PBS Station in Athens, which is about 10 miles away. So...I am not sure if a RS Antenna will cut it.

The Terk HDTVi is only $26. I actually bought it because so many people recommended the Terk on this forum.
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Since the HDTVI uses rabbit ears for VHF and the PBS station off Stone Mtn transmits on VHF 8, it should come in just fine on rabbit ears off the "back" of the antenna. Arrange the dipoles to simultaneously optimize reception reception of channels 8 & 11 as the dipoles are basically bi-directional, just like the rabbit ears on the RS budget antenna. The directionality of the UHF section of the HDTVi will certainly help fight multi-path, should it be present.
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Thanks for the advice ProjectSHO89.
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Apparently the RCA is working great and is much stronger than the standard rabbit ears my relative was using.
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