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retiredengineer's Avatar retiredengineer
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There is a new review of indoor flat antennas at:

www.hdtvexpert.com/?p=2279
tylerSC's Avatar tylerSC
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I didn't realize Radioshack no longer carries the basic $5 bowtie. I thought I still saw it on the shelves the other day. But it sounds like the Mohu Leaf and Walltenna are best choices if you want a flat panel style antenna. Interestingly, Solid Signal now offers their own HD Blade flat antenna that looks very similar to the Walltenna. And it does not have the cable attached so you can set up your own configuration with an amp if necessary.
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After checking the RS website, it appears they have also discontinued selling rabbit ears. A huge thumbs down to RS. That's terrible.
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I am going to Radioshack tomorrow and buy a remaining bow tie and rabbit ears. Those rabbit ears work very well as an FM radio antenna, so you would think they would still carry them. Afterall, the name of the store is RADIOshack. Although they seem to me calling it just The Shack more and more. But how could you not have a basic set of rabbit ears for radio and TV reception? How unbelieveably stupid.
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.....But how could you not have a basic set of rabbit ears for radio and TV reception? How unbelieveably stupid.

What do you call rabbit ears? They have the 15-1874, the 15-246 and the 15-254, as well as other indoor antennas.
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They have a basic set of VHF only rabbit ears which allegedly they are eliminating. Sorry to hear that. And they also have the basic rabbit ears with UHF loop combo antenna, which is one of the better budget indoor antennas. Hopefully they are keeping that one.
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The RS budget combo antenna is an inferior UHF antenna to the classic bowtie. Why would RS stop carrying the bowtie, per unit price? Charge more for the bowtie, don't get rid of it. Terrible move RS.
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Radioshack also used to sell a 2-bay bowtie which was a very good UHF antenna. It had a reflector screen and was supported by its own stand. Channel Master also used to make a similar model.
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In todays marketplace meager sales equals a dropped or discontinued product.I guess most retailers are falling in line with the Walmart plan.If it doesnt sell millions of them they are gone.
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But how could a store called Radioshack no longer have a basic set of rabbit ears? For VHF and FM radio? I use one of these rabbit ears with an FM radio receiver, another with an HD Radio, and yet another added to an attic UHF antenna for RF13. Rabbit ears should be a basic staple of any decent electronics/antenna store. But they seem more interested in cell phones and computer accessories now.
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They're trying to rename themselves as simply "The SHACK".

Pretty soon, it will likely change to "Outhouse - Lower Level" when they finish going down the crapper.
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