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can I use a classic T antenna run across my front wall (old school FM style) as a UHF/VHF antenna?

I'm in a first floor apartment with 4 story brick buildings on all sides of me and 3 floors above me. I've played with positioning rabbit ears but I have not been able to get clear reception, free of dropouts and I am missing my PBS station.

I wanted to build a DIY antenna the coat-hanger with four V's but due to WAF and the need to get it as high as possible it doesn't look like that will be happening.

so would mounting a ribbon of wire around the top corner of my room or around the whole room's crown give me better reception?

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They sell those type of FM antennas at Radioshack. They are made of twinlead flat wire. They can work for VHF and possibly UHF depending upon signal strength at your location. You can always buy it and return it if it does not work. Or use it on an FM receiver.
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can I use a classic T antenna run across my front wall (old school FM style) as a UHF/VHF antenna?
I'm in a first floor apartment with 4 story brick buildings on all sides of me and 3 floors above me. I've played with positioning rabbit ears but I have not been able to get clear reception, free of dropouts and I am missing my PBS station.
I wanted to build a DIY antenna the coat-hanger with four V's but due to WAF and the need to get it as high as possible it doesn't look like that will be happening.
so would mounting a ribbon of wire around the top corner of my room or around the whole room's crown give me better reception?

Post your tvfool results so we can get a better idea of reception in your area. Generally those T-antenna set-up work for FM and VHF. You might get lucky with UHF.
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Wildwillie's Bowtie-In-Loop and Dreamcatcher outperform VHF-Rabbit-Ears+UHF-Loop in BOTH Hi-VHF and UHF Bands:
http://imageevent.com/holl_ands/loops/bilnorefl [Follow directions exactly, do not substitute a different wire size.]
http://imageevent.com/holl_ands/loops/dreamcatcher

Separate Hi-VHF and UHF Loops (whether Circular or Square) can also be used with a UVSJ VHF/UHF Combiner:
http://imageevent.com/holl_ands/loops

However, that might not provide enough Gain for your indoor location, in which case you might want to
try the M4 (10.0"x9.5") Super-4-Bay fabricated using either wire....or 3/4-in Aluminized Mylar tape:
http://imageevent.com/holl_ands/multibay/4bay
Note the comparison chart....be sure to avoid building the much too small U-Tube Defect....

As for any antenna...location, location, location...be sure to point it towards the towers, keep away from metal,
try to "look" through a window if possible....or perhaps mount it IN the window....perhaps using 3/4-in Mylar Foil.
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Post your tvfool results so we can get a better idea of reception in your area. Generally those T-antenna set-up work for FM and VHF. You might get lucky with UHF.


If you would like to share these results with others, this page can be referenced as:
  http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d2df931b2492edc

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If you would like to share these results with others, this page can be referenced as:
  http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d2df931b2492edc

You shouldhave no problem getting stations with a conventional indoor antenna like this one from Radio Shack:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103077

You need to aim primarily to the East.
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