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Fringe Reception

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#21
:welcome: mn shutterbug,

I have a 10" Haier that came with a single telescopic whip antenna and its a poor excuse for a 'real' antenna. Although rabbit ears should be an improvement, could you use a small "outdoor" antenna such as a DB-2 indoors? It measures 13" x 19" x 5".

Here's a link to an article I wrote about my TV that includes a photo of a DB-2. I hope this helps. http://www.dtvusaforum.com/content/601-haier-hlt10-10-portable-dtv.html

Jim
 

mn shutterbug

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#22
Actually, the only place I can see myself using it as a TV is in my backyard patio. In that case, I'd be better off putting a splitter on my cable and running another short piece of cable to the patio table.

Thanks everyone for your assistance.
 

dkreichen1968

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#23
I'm inclined to think that maybe the antenna is the problem. This TV has just a single antenna. Would actual rabbit ears work better than a single antenna? A person can pick these up for $6.50 on Ebay.
Well, it needs to be a UHF loop or bow tie antenna rather than "rabbit ears". The ears are for VHF, and you don't have any VHF stations in your area. The single antenna you have now is only for very close stations, and they don't work well for that.

This: Budget TV Antenna : Indoor Antennas | RadioShack.com or this UHF Outline Bow-Tie Antenna : Indoor Antennas | RadioShack.com

Not This: VHF Dipole : Indoor Antennas | RadioShack.com
 

mn shutterbug

DTVUSA Jr. Member
#25
I just got done checking out the antennas at RS and nothing worked. The $12.99 budget antenna did nothing, even outisde. I then hooked up an amplified HDTV antenna and plugged it in and scanned the channels and failed again. It must be the area I live in. An outdoor antenna may do the trick but it isn't important enough to me to go that route. I give up. It was worth a shot.
 

Fringe Reception

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#26
mnshutterbug,

Do you have access to another TV to try? Something could be wrong with your tuner.

Jim

PS I had another thought. Do you receive FM radio at your location? If those signals are getting thru to you, there's no reason why TV signals shouldn't reach you.
 
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Fringe Reception

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#28
:welcome: Lizzie,

We need some information to be able to help you. Please go to TV Fool and provide your information including the maximum height where you could put an antenna. This free survey will provide you with a map that pinpoints where your TV channels are actually located in relation to your TV antenna. Then, post the resulting URL here for us to study.

We also need to know what you are currently using for an antenna, and is it indoor or outdoor.

Jim
 
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#29
Cbs

HI all can anyone tell me why I cannot get CBS in Tampa Fl? I have tried and tried and am on my 3rd antenna, what about the Cleartv antenna? thanks
 

dkreichen1968

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#31
HI all can anyone tell me why I cannot get CBS in Tampa Fl? I have tried and tried and am on my 3rd antenna, what about the Cleartv antenna? thanks
Your antenna would need to be good for VHF-high. CBS is on real channel 10 in Tampa. I don't know all that much about the Cleartv antennas, but they look like Mohu Leaf/Winegard Flatwave clones, so I doubt they work the best for VHF-high.
 
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#32
Sorry for coming in as a guest, the registration page seems to be a little off today. I'm new to OTA antenna selection and am just looking for a bit of advice. Things have changed quite a bit since I last crawled up on the roof to adjust the antenna...40yrs ago! Here's my TV Fool link:

TV Fool

I'm not looking to do any heroic, just looking for a solid roof mounted (I'm guessing) antenna that's no more than 20' tall.

Thanks!
 
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#36
Antenna for converter box

It says I am supposed to get one channel on one and twenty or more on the other I am getting no reception because the cable companies are taking over when this first came out I got better reception using my old tv now that I purchased an led tv it does not work at all
 
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