Originally Posted by jujujulia
Hi, I'm a newbie here and I'm not sure if I am posting in the correct category - please let me know if not! I have a question about antennas. I discovered it's possible to watch TV without subscribing to anybody's service, and with a little rabbit-ear/circular antenna (Philips SDV2270/17) I hooked up a new LG 34" tv and get perhaps eight or nine channels.
I was able to pick up a large antenna from Craigslist, the type you mount on your roof. It has a pole that should be able to turn (the control looks exactly like the one we had when I was growing up in the 70s). But mounting it is going to be a huge endeavor and I don't even know if it's functional. Somebody cut the wires coming out of the motor pretty close, so that in itself is one small task; nothing compared to physically getting the thing secured up there and running wires, etc.
So my question is this: will it be worth it? Will I get more channels with this big old roof-mounted antenna, or better reception on the ones I do get? (One of them freezes up all the time, conveniently during the FIFA world championships right when players were about to score goals).
I sure am appreciative for this forum and this community. Thanks in advance for your help and knowledge. (I'm ignorant about TV, but can help you if you want to learn a foreign language).
Thanks a lot in advance.
I believe you came to the right place
If you can provide pics of the antenna and rotor mechanism, you may get help. Many of us here are cable-cutters. For my part, I have Dish because my wife loves her movies
We all had to start somewhere. The only stupid question is the one not asked
For my part, I have an outside antenna combined with Dish. I live approx. 50 miles from the broadcast transmitters for NE Mississippi. Outside antenna is the way to go. I looked up your Philips antenna, and it appears to be an indoor model. IMHO, for OTA reception, outside antenna is the way to go.
PS: There is no such thing as a digital-only antenna. Your antenna can receive digital TV signals. That said, you need to research what channels your stations are actually broadcasting on. A station that may advertise as being on Ch. 4 (VHF) may actually broadcast on a UHF frequency (in my case, ch. 35).