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post #1 of 7 Old 04-11-2002, 06:33 PM - Thread Starter
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I have seen many people note the Radio Shack bowtie ant., and I wonder if I need to install an outdoor ant.? Can I just use my RCA ant. that I have been using for years? I receive fair reception for my local channels here in Dallas. I assume that you just pull down the HDTV locals and then tune them in digitally with your set-top box.

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Well what exactly is a $30 RCA antenna?? You mean like rabbit ears and a UHF loop? Yeah, that can work. It just depends on all the other variables like distances from the transmitters and such.

But I use one of those type antennas on one of my 2 digital tuners and it receives 3 out of 4 of my local digital channels. I do need an outdoor one for the other channel which is stupidly low power.

Anyway, try it and see.

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From some of the reviews of Terk antennas, you might be better off with a wooden coat hanger. At the very least they are way too expensive. If that $30 RCA is already installed, give it a try before you start spending money on other things, if it worked for analog, it will certainly work for digital.
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I gotcha fellas. So if I live in an area that has strong power signals, a piece of tin foil would do. If you live in the sticks with a low power station far away, you may need a serious ant.? Correct me if I am wrong!

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The 80" Radio Shack outdoor antenna is on sale, and does a great job. Stay, far, far away from Terk.
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Stay away from Terk! Get a real antenna. Try contacting Warren Electronics a get A Channel Master 4228 Bowtie! THE BEST FOR RECIVING HDTV SIGNALS! www.warrenelectronics.com !
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