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post #1 of 11 Old 08-13-2012, 05:07 PM - Thread Starter
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I ditched cable and bought a 32 inch flat panel TV/ with no cable service
Bought RCA multi-directional amplified digital flat antenna from radio Shack
Only gets 4 channels!

Think a Terk or Clear Stream work better?
I live in providence RI 02906, urban neighborhood, busy street, near Brown University. In attic.
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p.s. for what it's worth tried this out at the store in seekonk mass and got the same four channels.
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Those multidirectional antennas are weak in all directions and strong in no direction. The Terk HDTVa may work better, as it has a good UHF element, as well as rabbit ears for VHF. And the Clearstream 1 at Walmart for $59 works well, but may or may not recieve HiVHF depending upon your location. Do you know if you need VHF or just UHF? Those flat panels don't always work that well for VHF. But the Mohu Leaf is one of the better reviewed flat style antennas.
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thanks Tyler. i think I need VHF for local football and PBS, NBC etc. will check Terk.
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Try the Terk Antenna. I use the Terk TV 5 antenna and it picks up stations from 30 miles away.

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thanks. wonder how that differs from TerkHDTVa
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I've also heard some good things about ClearStream? anyone experienced with that?
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The Clearstreams are good antennas, but they are optimized for UHF. They may or may not receive HiVHF. They have the CS1 at Walmart for $59, so you can give it a try and return it if it doesn't work out. Sometimes adding an amp can stabilize a signal from dropouts. And Wamart has a low noise inline amp from RCA for $15.
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Hello, Rich:

This is your tvfool report for Providence:
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d9900a7436961df

With signals that strong, a preamp would probably be overloaded, unlesss something in your attic (like an aluminum foil vapor barrier or aluminum siding) is making the signals much weaker.

This is your tvfool report for Seekonk:
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d9900beafa85090

I think this is your exact address tvfool report:
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d99000a44c6ed6c

What four channels do you get?

You should be able to get the first 5 that are listed: Fox on real CH12 and CBS on CH13 are VHF; NBC CH51, ABC CH49, and PBS CH21 are UHF. All are coming from about the same direction, so aim your antenna at about 85 degrees magnetic. This would give you the main networks.

The real channel number, not the virtual channel number, determines what type of antenna is needed.

What channels do you want?

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Since you have strong signals, that Clearstream 1 will probably get VHF as well as UHF. It does at my location. But then again, location.
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This may be anecdotal, but I live near LA with a strong signal. I have tried several indoor powered antennae, but they were not satisfactory (weak signal strength). Believe it or not, I get great signal strength on two of my smaller TVs using plain, old rabbit ears that I picked up at garage sales! For my primary tv/antenna, I use the small footprint, inexpensive Channel Master 2016 that's mounted along the side of the house (that could have been placed in the attic).
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....Believe it or not, I get great signal strength on two of my smaller TVs using plain, old rabbit ears that I picked up at garage sales!...

I'm in Henderson, Nevada, about a mile from Black Mountain, where the primary broadcast towers are. I too get very good reception from "rabbit ear" type antennas (four in our house). One I got at a dollar store for (you guessed it) a dollar. Radio Shack, Walmart, and Big Lots all have decent indoor antennas under $20 that you can return if inadequate. Worth a try before you sink some real money.

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