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I am currently constructing a townhouse and plan to buy an HDTV set. It's getting close to that time where they are starting to run the electric wires and I need to know which antenna I should go with so that I can have the wire run "inconspicuously".


The Best Buy guy told me that Terk has an indoor attic antenna that works great for HDTV. I like the fact that it is indoor, but are there better options?


The townhouse is in Ellicot City which is located to the south of Baltimore.


Your feedback and help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Dean
 

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To Viper72:


Before you buy an antenna, go to

www.projectorexpert.com


and read the articles on DTV antennas and reception.


Most of the Terk antennas are not suitable for UHF DTV reception, unless you are very close to the transmitter site and have a fairly unobstructed path. These antennas are combo VHF/UHF designs and have more gain at lower frequencies (Chs 2-13).


The HDTV60, TV55, and TV35 all come up short to designs like the Channel Master 3021, 3022, 3023, and 3028 for UHF reception.


Here is the DTV table of allocations for your area (Washington DC not included):


MD ANNAPOLIS 22 42 349.5 265.0

MD BALTIMORE 2 52 1000.0 305.0

MD BALTIMORE 11 59 1000.0 305.0

MD BALTIMORE 13 38 1000.0 302.0

MD BALTIMORE 24 41 50.0 326.0

MD BALTIMORE 45 46 50.0 386.0

MD BALTIMORE 54 40 140.8 349.0

MD BALTIMORE 67 29 50.0 250.0


The first number is the existing analog station, and the second is the DTV channel it has been assigned to broadcast on. Note that all of the DTV allocations are on UHF channels, so it makes no sense to use a combo VHF/UHF antenna and sacrifice gain.


KC
 
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