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Anyone has this $17 antenna (maybe coupled with a preamp) picking up signals from beyond 20 miles of source? If so, what's the signal strength registering on your STB? Thanks.


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yep, with no amp.


Signal strength 90-98% depending on station. This antenna has been a fantastic piece of equipment for me.


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Yes, at 21-23 miles, also with no amp.


Signal strength is 95-100 for 2 stations, and 65-70 for 2 other stations.


And if it doesn't work for you, you can always take it back.


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You mentioned signal strength - is there an easy way to measure this if your receiver doesn't have a built-in signal meter? I own the new Panasonic HDTV/DirecTV receiver and it has no meter for the HDTV/SDTV inputs.


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I am approx 15-20 miles (line of site) from transmission. I was able to pick up all but two DTV feeds. I ended up returning it and getting a Winguard attic antenna that picks up all DTV feeds just fine. You just have to try it.
 

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I am right about 20 miles from all 6 of the metro detroit stations and register about 95% on all of em with the RS Double Bow Tie antenna and NO preamp.


I am on a second floor with good line of site.


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Opiwan,


Are you able to say 95% because your receiver reports that information, or do you have another device that can measure and report this for you?


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i stopped by my local RS today, looking for a $17 double bowtie antenna, but came up empty-handed. i found model 15-1851 for $29.99; is this the model that you're using or is there another one?


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Originally posted by js:
i stopped by my local RS today, looking for a $17 double bowtie antenna, but came up empty-handed. i found model 15-1851 for $29.99; is this the model that you're using or is there another one?

here is what you are looking for
http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...%5Fid=15%2D623


Cat.#: 15-623


you will also need a 300 to 75 ohm adapter. If you can't find it ask for help I could not find it on their web site.


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The discreet antenna looks like Terk50. It looks impressive,

but didn't cut the mustard for me, whereas $19 double bow

tie works perfectly.



Anyway, as far as 300-75 Ohm adapters go, they are

$1.99 ( a buck off $3.99 list price). Available @

RatShacks everywhere.


OTA antennae are coming back in a big *g way (to rephrase

the heroin dealer from Pulp Fiction) and RS will ride

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 Inline amp model #15-1115

I use the inline amp above with the double bowtie. Its pricey at 30 bucks, but like anything at the rat shack, you can return it for a full refund. that price is new btw, at the stores it might still ring up at 24.99.


The bowtie rocks, it's really good at resolving multipath too.(at least in my urban surroundings anyway)

At 17 bucks, readily available and fully returnable, it should be the jumping off place for anyone trying to get ota hd. If it doesn't work by itself, try adding the aforementioned amp. It was the only way I can recieve anything ota. If that doesn't work just return it all and try something else.


I gotta admit, the rat shack crew don't know hd from vd, but they never hassle ya about returning stuff.

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The small $17.99 antenna mentioned earlier (Cat# 15-623) looks

like a DOUBLE bow-tie in shape. The small $29.99 antenna

also mentioned earlier (Cat# 15-1851) looks like a SINGLE

bow-tie in shape. Is it better than the $17.99 antenna?



[This message has been edited by Will (edited 06-14-2001).]
 

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I have to agree that the double bowtie antenna is great. I have tried very expensive and much more sophisticated antennas and never got anything except for with the RS antenna. I think it is because of the multipath problems here in NYC. The only other antenna that worked at all was the stealth antenna and that one seems a little harder to "aim". It is hard to believe this is the best that I can get, but so far it is.


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I'm a newbie here. I will be setting up my DTC-100 with an XBR400 today. Does the RS Double bow tie only bring in UHF signals, or can I use it to pick-up Channels 2.1-13.1 as well? Thanks!
 

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lariat:


The only channel scheduled to be broadcast digitally in the VHF spectrum (2-13) in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area is WFAA ABC affiliate Channel 9 (Channel 8 Analog). My UHF only Channel Master 4228 has sufficient gain for Channel 9. All other digital broadcasts are in the UHF spectrum.
 

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Opiwan,


Are you able to say 95% because your receiver reports that information, or do you have another device that can measure and report this for you?


Craig
Craig,


The Dish 6000 has a meter to report your signal quality.


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Originally posted by lariat:
I'm a newbie here. I will be setting up my DTC-100 with an XBR400 today. Does the RS Double bow tie only bring in UHF signals, or can I use it to pick-up Channels 2.1-13.1 as well? Thanks!
Your channels 2.1 and 13.1 may not be VHF at all. Decimal'd channels are actually remapped by the receiver if remapping info is transmitted by the broadcaster to keep the numbers "familiar" for viewers. What you need to find out is whether these digital channels are actually UHF in origin. But, in answer to your question, any real VHF reception you manage with the RatShack double bow-tie antenna (or any UHF-only antenna for that matter) will be generally very poor (and most likely as "bleed-through" via the antenna lead-in). Suggestion: for you afficianados of the 15-623 who've determined that it's adequate for your usage, do yourselves a favor. Get a balun with screw-on terminals for 300 ohm twinlead and a female "F" connector for 75 ohm coax. If you can only find the type with a male "F" connector, that's OK, too. Just be sure to also buy a female to female 75 ohm "barrel" connector. Snip all but ~4" of the attached 300 ohm twinlead from the 15-623 and attach the aforementioned balun to the remaining 4" still attached to the antenna. Then run RG-6 coax ("F" male connectors at both ends) from the balun to your receiver. Doing away with as much of the 300 ohm twinlead as possible will make your reception much less prone to stray RF interference. You'll also now be a certified HMAS (He-Man Antenna Specialist. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif )


[This message has been edited by Ray H (edited 06-15-2001).]
 

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Ray H,


Pardon my ignorance but what is a "balun"?


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