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post #1 of 11 Old 11-20-2003, 08:37 AM - Thread Starter
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I was talking to a colleague and HDTV came up. I mentioned how I was going to probably jump in to the HDTV world in a few months, and was going to probably use an attic antenna to get the locals that are currently broadcasting digital signals. He said something to the effect that you could wire an antenna to a nearby electrical outlet (the ground wire, not the actual wires used to supply electricity) and it'd act as one big antenna.

This doesn't sound like it'd work very well, and could qualify someone for moron status. Anyone want to confirm or contradict what I was told?

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I just saw one of these being offered (figgin spam) and was wondering if it would work as well. Cost is ~$30.00 and if it works I would certainly try one out.
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It didn't work in my house , but I'm 20-25 miles from the towers and the outside sheathing of my house is foil covered. If it works, great, but be prepared for a real antenna...

You CAN put antennas on your owned and/or controlled property...
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Just use a regular attic antenna.

If this really worked, everyone would do it.
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Stupid as it sounds?

In a word, "Yes." :rolleyes:

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my understanding is that it makes a terrible antenna. In general you should avoid having your antenna in contact with any large amount of metal or plastic. Your house electrical stuff is either too big and anything it picks up dissipates, or it's made of the wrong materials or it's the wrong shape and pointing in the wrong direction. I would think that getting this to work would be a total fluke. you need a device that is specifically designed to fit your reception needs such as desired channels, distance and direction, interference, etc.

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Thanks guys... it didn't pass the smell test, but wanted to verify it before I start any antenna research.

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Yeah, I was trying to get by on the cheap as well.....looks like I have more research to do.
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You don't have to spend alot to get an antenna that works. $30 -$75 depending on your situation is all you really need to spend to get a reliable well made design.

A few of the members who are at a distance greater than 60 miles, sometimes install a tower or a tall mast. This is where you can really start to spend money.
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Stupid as it sounds?
Worse. It's a waste of money.

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From what I've heard, my biggest problem would be multipath related, if I have problems. I live in the city, apparently near the towers. We don't have much on the air yet though... the CBS station, a low-power UPN that may be too far away (about 40 miles) for now at its power level, and that may be it for New Orleans at this point in time. I think a couple more are expected to be broadcasting soon though.

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