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    Best Antenna (Inside)

    Hello. I was directed to this site and was told that you all are very knowlegeable with the information that I need.

    Unfortunately, I have absolutely no idea about any of this so I am relying on you all to help me. I have a television that has a built in digital tuner, but I am in need of the best antenna (reasonably priced?) that I can use to pick up the channels in the area. We will not be able to use an outdoor antenna. We will have to rely on an inside antenna. There are a lot of hills in the area so I am hoping that this is even possible. I am posting the link below for your reference.

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    Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give.

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    Do you have a pair of Rabbit Ears? You can hook those up and it will help give an idea as to your possibilites.

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    If you wanted to try an indoor style antenna.

    Terk HDTVa
    Quantum FX ANT-102
    Radio Shack 15-1892 UFO

    You could also get a

    Channel Master 4221HD
    Kosmic SuperQuad
    AntennaCraft G1483


    and hang them in a window facing East South-East. Behind the curtains.

    A...

    Antennas Direct DB2
    Antennas Direct ClearStream2

    are also good possibilites....perhaps with a small amplifer, like the KitzTech or Motorola BDA-S1

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    Quote Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity View Post
    Do you have a pair of Rabbit Ears? You can hook those up and it will help give an idea as to your possibilites.
    No, unfortunately, we don't have any. To be honest... I am guessing if we can get just a few channels it will be better than nothing, so I am willing to just try whatever you guys might recommend.

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    Wow, most of your channels are 2 Edge which means there are some hills, trees, or something blocking your reception.

    Escapvelocity, just thinking aloud here but are you sure an indoor antenna is going to cut it? I know the HDTVa is good, but she has a little bit of distance between her a few of the broadcast towers. It's really an interesting map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity View Post
    If you wanted to try an indoor style antenna.

    Terk HDTVa
    Quantum FX ANT-102
    Radio Shack 15-1892 UFO

    You could also get a

    Channel Master 4221HD
    Kosmic SuperQuad
    AntennaCraft G1483


    and hang them in a window facing East South-East. Behind the curtains.

    A...

    Antennas Direct DB2
    Antennas Direct ClearStream2

    are also good possibilites....perhaps with a small amplifer, like the KitzTech or Motorola BDA-S1
    Where can you purchase these? Can you please tell me the best place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clueless View Post
    No, unfortunately, we don't have any. To be honest... I am guessing if we can get just a few channels it will be better than nothing, so I am willing to just try whatever you guys might recommend.
    Just a recommendation here, but where ever you purchase from, make sure they have a good return policy just in case the one you purchase doesn't work.

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    Radio Shack 15-1892 UFO Radio Shack
    Kosmic SuperQuad Me
    AntennaCraft G1483 Summit Source
    KitzTech Amp direct from KitzTech

    All others, I recommend Amazon.com for good return policy and fast shipping.

    Note: Eagle Aspen DTB2UHF 2 Bay is the exact same thing as the Antennas Direct DB2 and cheaper. $22 shipped from Amazon.

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    Do yourself a favor and get 15 to 25 ft of extra coax cable and one of these...



    So that you can walk your antenna around and find a sweet spot where the reception is better. Then after analyzing the room. You can select among the better spots, taking other criteria into consideration. Like convenient location, out of the way, etc.

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    Terk HDTVa
    Quantum FX ANT-102
    Radio Shack 15-1892 UFO


    All the above have integrated amplifiers.

    The others ont the list dont. Most of them will likely benefit from an amplifier.

    The 4 bays (Kosmic SuperQuad and Channel Master 4221HD) and Hoverman are the best you will likely do, indoors.

    KitzTech or Motarola BDA-S1, are good amplifiers, low noise....for them.

    The DB2 (and the Eagle Aspen clone), with amplifier is likely to be a bit better than the units with integrated amplifiers, but not much. The ClearStream2 a bit better than the DB2 and amp....but not as good as the 4 bays and Hoverman.

    If you wanted to give it your best shot, first try, then the Kosmic SuperQuad is the way to go. However the Channel Master 4221HD, is a bit more interior friendly....more interior friendly than the AntennaCraft G1483 Hoverman as well. Meaning its dimensions and profile are bit smaller, and its materials a bit more refined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity View Post
    Channel Master 4221HD
    Kosmic SuperQuad
    AntennaCraft G1483

    and hang them in a window facing East South-East. Behind the curtains.
    Or in the attic. The added elevation would be a definite plus. The TVFool numbers here are based on the default height above ground level (20 feet? not sure). So, the numbers in the living room could be quite a bit lower than what we're seeing here. I've got a hunch this situation calls for equipment that performs significantly better than any run-of-the-mill, set-top antenna will, so my vote is for putting one of the three antennas EV mentioned above in the attic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity View Post
    Radio Shack 15-1892 UFO Radio Shack
    Kosmic SuperQuad Me
    AntennaCraft G1483 Summit Source
    KitzTech Amp direct from KitzTech

    All others, I recommend Amazon.com for good return policy and fast shipping.

    Note: Eagle Aspen DTB2UHF 2 Bay is the exact same thing as the Antennas Direct DB2 and cheaper. $22 shipped from Amazon.
    Just one more question please. Do you recommend one of these more than the others?

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    Oops. Nevermind on the which you recommend. I missed your previous post.

    Thanks again!!

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    I segmented them into 3 categories.

    These are indoor antennas....and are the tops of available indoor antennas for performance. But they are the lowest gain units in among the 3 groups discussed here. Among them, they are about equal. All 3 of these units have integrated amplifiers.

    Terk HDTVa
    Quantum FX ANT-102
    Radio Shack 15-1892 UFO

    The next grouping is a small but significant step up, when combined with an outboard high quality amplifer (see list below). Neither has an integrated amplifier. Both are technically outdoor antennas, but are commonly used as indoor antennas, because they are relatively small and unobtrusive. The C2 has the advantage of nice rounded edges, nothing to poke kids with...plus a bit more gain....its also more expensive and a tad larger than the DB2. These can be conveniently hung in a window facing the transmission towers, which is a prime location and likely sweet spot. Curtains can be drawn over them, to hide them from view.

    Antennas Direct DB2/Eagle Aspen DTB2UHF
    Antennas Direct ClearStream2

    The next level up is the 4 Bay or the Hoverman...also outdoor antennas, but some people use them indoors. These can also benefit from a high quality outboard amplifier(see list below). These would be great in the attic as well. If going the attic route, the Kosmic SuperQuad is preferable to either of these, because it has vastly superior VHF High performance, and you have one VHF High station, albeit it one of your strongest ones (which is good), it also has significantly greater UHF gain than these other 2, better than an 8 bay! If using in a living area, then the Channel Master 4221HD is probably the most desireable....as its a little more refined and compact than either of the other 2. These are also good hung in windows.

    Kosmic SuperQuad
    Channel Master 4221HD
    AntennaCraft G1483 Hoverman

    KitzTech = This is a fantastic amplifier, well built and cream of the crop low noise. Also, its made in Canada!

    Motorola BDA-S1 = I have this amplifer, its slightly more noisy than the KitzTech, but its nice. 2 dB noise vs KitzTechs's 1 dB.

    If you mount in the attic, then some other amplifiers may be preferable.

    Winegard HDP-269
    AntennaCraft 10G212
    Channel Master Titan 7777

    Do yourself a favor and get a Female to Female F Connector Adaptor/Splicer and 15 to 25 ft of coax, so that you can walk your antenna around the room and find sweet spots where the reception is better. Then after analyzing the room. You can select among the better spots, taking other criteria into consideration. Like convenient location, out of the way, etc.

    Where can you buy these items?

    Radio Shack 15-1892 UFO Radio Shack
    Kosmic SuperQuad eBay
    AntennaCraft G1483 Summit Source
    KitzTech Amp direct from KitzTech

    All others, I recommend Amazon.com for good return policy and fast shipping.

    Note: Eagle Aspen DTB2UHF 2 Bay is the exact same thing as the Antennas Direct DB2 and cheaper. $22 shipped from Amazon.

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    Almost forgot...these are called Barrel Female to Female F Connector Splicers/Adaptor


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    "EscapeVelocity" You have been awesome! Thanks so much for your help!!

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    Youre very welcome!

    That last post may be publishable! If I do say so myself.

    Let us know what you decide and how it turns out.

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    Im editing that last post and amalgamating information for earlier posts in this thread, to make a sticky post or blog post.

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    I purchased the Terk HDTVa antenna and it is working great. It is picking up all of the local channels and that is exactly what I wanted. Thanks again!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clueless View Post
    I purchased the Terk HDTVa antenna and it is working great. It is picking up all of the local channels and that is exactly what I wanted. Thanks again!!
    wow. score one for the dtv team. lol. Glad to see you fared well with the HDTVa. I tried the amplified version of that antenna a year or two ago and got poor results. That was of course before I started learning about all of this stuff. Now that I look back on it, it was probably due to overload caused by the amplifier.

 
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