Best indoor TV antenna for 2013?

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#1
Which indoor TV antenna works best for a bedroom? It's the only room that I don't have cable and I don't want to spend the money for cable in that room because it's only used part time by guests and family members.
 

nbound-au

The Graveyard Shift
#2
It depends on many variables...

How the room is positioned (eg. north-facing)
The structure of the house (what its made from)
which storey its on (eg. ground floor)
whether there are windows (eg. west-facing window)
how strong the stations are in your area (post your TVFool report)
whether they are all located along a single heading
If you need VHF stations
and so on.

For best results, unless you are close to strong transmitters, antennas should be mounted outside. (Or possibly in the attic, as a compromise)
 

hawtsauc3

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#4
Depends on where you're located. I'm near a major metro so my living room uses the RCA indoor antenna which costs like $10. I was at target and needed another set, but all they had was a GE set which appears to be working just as fine in my bedroom and also cost around $10. The key with the $10 sets is to get a splitter and then a longer coax so that you can move the antenna to whichever spot in the room gets the best reception. Most of the negative reviews on the cheap antenna are either ppl living in the middle of nowhere, or people who refuse to put the antenna where it gets better reception. My antenna in the living room looks better behind the tv where it's hidden, but i get twice as many channels by putting it in the open.
 
#5
The key with the $10 sets is to get a splitter and then a longer coax so that you can move the antenna to whichever spot in the room gets the best reception.
Just to be clear, you only need a splitter if you want to connect two or more receivers to one antenna. A splitter automatically reduces gain by at least 3.5 dB -- whether or not you use the splitting function. With indoor antennas, it's often better to buy an antenna for each set, and use a plain old coax connector to increase the length. Or you could get coax with a female F connector on one end and a male F connector on the other. Either way, you should only lose 0.5 dB. I definitely agree that most $10 rabbit ear / loop antennas need longer coax leads.

Most of the negative reviews on the cheap antenna are either ppl living in the middle of nowhere, or people who refuse to put the antenna where it gets better reception.
Sage comment.

Rick
 

Fringe Reception

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#6
The key with the $10 sets is to get a splitter and then a longer coax so that you can move the antenna to whichever spot in the room gets the best reception.
Wrong.

A double female 'F' fitting from Radio Shack and a second length of coax (RG-6 preferred) is all you need.

Jim

 
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hawtsauc3

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#7
Wrong, again.

A double female 'F' fitting from Radio Shack and a second length of coax (RG-6 preferred) is all you need.

Jim
First off nice of you to respond considering i've been the only one writing on this forum for the past month and a half. second of all FREE is cheaper than 99 cents. f fitting is more ideal but locally the f connectors are the same price as a splitter is in stores $4. splitters come free from the cable company. as i stated in the other thread i've experienced ZERO channel loss due to the splitter. while multiple splitters in a complex setup probably causes problems, for the average 1 cable to 1 antenna connection it wont cause much of an issue.

Your comment would have been advised to say that an f splitter is probably more ideal and cheaper instead of coming off as a flaming pompous douchebag.
 

Fringe Reception

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#10
... as i stated in the other thread i've experienced ZERO channel loss due to the splitter. ...

Your comment would have been advised to say that an f splitter is probably more ideal and cheaper instead of coming off as a flaming pompous douchebag.
hawtsauc3,

Consider this is not your private thread and others are looking for accurate information on the same topic. Just because you personally have not had a reception problem using a splitter instead of a proper coaxial fitting does not mean it is good advice for others.

Furthermore, any unused ports on any splitter should be closed using 75 ohm Port Terminators as pictured below. They stop the ingress of unwanted and potentially competing RF signals as well as noise sources such as from an electric motor.

Because I am educated in this field and you are not is no reason to throw insults.

Jim



 

nbound-au

The Graveyard Shift
#11
First off nice of you to respond considering i've been the only one writing on this forum for the past month and a half. second of all FREE is cheaper than 99 cents. f fitting is more ideal but locally the f connectors are the same price as a splitter is in stores $4. splitters come free from the cable company. as i stated in the other thread i've experienced ZERO channel loss due to the splitter. while multiple splitters in a complex setup probably causes problems, for the average 1 cable to 1 antenna connection it wont cause much of an issue.

Your comment would have been advised to say that an f splitter is probably more ideal and cheaper instead of coming off as a flaming pompous douchebag.
sorry your moderator skills cant keep the trolls in check and i have no choice but to call people out for what they are. do your job and i wont have to call people out.


We understand it may have worked for you in your specific situation. But, its not something that we should be recommending as a course of action for others, as it is counterproductive.

I would suggest that you cool off your attitude aswell, there is no need to hurl abuse just because someone disagrees with your stance. They probably have good reason to do so. (And in this case they do!)

Lastly, you arent the only one who has posted here in the last month and a half by a looooong way, not even close. You have 11 posts since you joined, I have more than 25 posts in the past week alone. Both Pogi and Fringe also have rates above yours.

I do hope to see more posts from you in future, Im sure you have things to contribute.... Just be cool about it :)

I disagree with mods, other contributors, and normal users/guests from time to time... But just by playing it cool, we are all still good mates at the end of day:drinks:
 
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hawtsauc3

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#12
We understand it may have worked for you in your specific situation. But, its not something that we should be recommending as a course of action for others, as it is counterproductive.

I would suggest that you cool off your attitude aswell, there is no need to hurl abuse just because someone disagrees with your stance. They probably have good reason to do so. (And in this case they do!)

Lastly, you arent the only one who has posted here in the last month and a half by a looooong way, not even close. You have 11 posts since you joined, I have more than 25 posts in the past week alone. Both Pogi and Fringe also have rates above yours.

I do hope to see more posts from you in future, Im sure you have things to contribute.... Just be cool about it :)

I disagree with mods, other contributors, and normal users/guests from time to time... But just by playing it cool, we are all still good mates at the end of day:drinks:
Sorry i get a bit standoffish at times. So my sincere apologies, was a bad day. But I am going to test your theory as my tv in my living room has decided it does not want to receive NBC anymore and i want more channels in my bedroom so i need an additional COAX. so i will be picking up f connectors to see if there is a difference from the free splitters comcast gave me. If you are correct i will mail you a beer! or i guess $5 since that's probably legal.

PS comcast has already started raising their internet rates by me so this cord cutting business is probably affecting them pretty hard. Luckily im ditching my cell contract with sprint for a no contract plan with tmobile so that should help offset my bills.
 

MrPogi

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#13
sorry your moderator skills cant keep the trolls in check and i have no choice but to call people out for what they are. do your job and i wont have to call people out.
... No problem with my moderation skills. I could have given you the ban hammer.
I think you could make some contributions and decided against it. Welcome aboard.
 

hawtsauc3

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#14
tried the f connectors which were $4. no luck with NBC in my living room. So my options are swap the antenna that i have in my bedroom to see if the rca one got messed up, or i might just have to move the antenna altogether. or i could try and make a grabbit ear but idk what i'd be doing.
 

MrPogi

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#16
tried the f connectors which were $4. no luck with NBC in my living room. So my options are swap the antenna that i have in my bedroom to see if the rca one got messed up, or i might just have to move the antenna altogether. or i could try and make a grabbit ear but idk what i'd be doing.
If you want to make the Grabbit Ears or a nice 2 or 4 bay antenna suitable for indoors, we can point you in the right direction.
 

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