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Hello,

I would need some advice buying an indoor antenna, I currently have a terk Hdtva antenna, it gets almost all the channels I want but its big problem is that I constantly have to move it around to receive different channels.

after looking for various antennas online, I would like to buy the Winegard Winegard SS-3000 or the Quantum FX ANT-102.

I think the winegard would look a little better in my living room but I don't know if it would me more "omnidirectional" than the Terk HDTVA.

Would it be a good choice ? here is what I have found on tvfool, I currently have a lot of trouble receiving FOx (WFFF-DT)

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d990015e3c3360f

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Probably neither would be the best choice.

The "Quantum" antenna is a marketing gimmick, basically it looks cool so you'll buy it.

The Winegard is a good indoor antenna, but is not appropriate to your location due to its internal amplifier and your proximity to some of your broadcast facilities.

FWIW, the concept of the omnidirectional antenna sounds great to customers, but to the technical person, it is known to be highly susceptible to multi-path, the bane of digital reception. I've heard it said numerous times that "an omni antenna receives equally poorly in all directions".

Because the direction to the US towers forms an almost 90 degree angle to your local towers, it is probably unrealistic to expect a small indoor antenna to be able to reliably pick up both sources without adjustment. Moving an indoor antenna around is a common fact of life.
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Thank you,
so do you think the Winegard SS-3000 would not offer a better performance than the Terk HDTVA ?
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Neither is going to do what you want. There is no "easy" set and forget solution for your situation.
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Neither is going to do what you want. There is no "easy" set and forget solution for your situation.

Could he have 2 antenna connected by a an A/B switch? yeah that might be a pain having to switch back and forth but he'd have a better change of getting in what he wants.
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Or... just get up and move the antenna. wink.gif

OTOH, trying to get stable reception from a x-mitters 77 miles away with an indoor antenna??
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Terk HDTVa would work better than that Winegard. However, Winegard makes very good outdoor antennas, which would be best for 77 miles.
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In order to receive FOX, amplified is the way to go. I think the SS-3000 is superior to the Terk. A local chief engineer agrees. You might also consider the Leaf Plus.

There are remote controlled A-B switches if you want to go with the 2 antenna idea and don't like to get up in order to change the switch. 2 antennas are better than 1 sounds good to me. Good Luck.
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I can't imagine him being able to get a 77 mile station reliably with any indoor antenna, amplified or not.

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Why is an amplified antenna like the winegard no good for stations that are close to you? I thought an amplifier would help pull in all stations regardless of strength.
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Too much power will overload the tuner and wipe out the signal.
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Amplifying an already strong signal often puts the amplifier into the non-linear region of operation causing clipping and other types of signal distortion, notably IMD. Think of what happens when a cheap radio amplifier is turned up too loud. It turns to loud noise.
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