Anyone try one of the HD TV antennas claiming to give you free tv?

gunwalkergunwalker MemberPosts: 470 Member
Are they a waste of money or do some have merit? I see a lot of ads for one using your house wiring.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 3,606 Senior Member
    I have an RCA electric amplified exterior antena and converter box purchased at Wal-Mart. I don't watch alot of tv so it works ok for me. I get 7 or so channels currently. I used to get more. I need to upgrade the box/antena. I think that will give me more channels. I'm procrastinating.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,867 Senior Member
    edited March 9 #3
    I've seen those and think it's a scam. If it is the one I am thinking of, you plug it into your coax and then the other end goes into the electric outlet in your house to supposedly use the wiring in the house to pick up a huge array of channels. I am seriously doubtful. I have used indoor antennas for a while. They work fine, especially the amplified ones.

    Otherwise you are better off just biting the bullet. Sink a pole on the side of the house and get the big array with an indoor directional unit high enough to clear the roof.

    Really simple. Back in Miami I had one and we used to pull in channels from West Palm beach 90 miles away clear as a bell. 
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,052 Senior Member
    If you like four different version of the same channel, PBS and speak Spanish, they work great!!
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,148 Senior Member
    I tried one, and it works, but not very well. It mostly depends on how close you are to the broadcast stations antenna, because the signal is still the same type as pre-cable, satellite.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,106 Senior Member
    If you have a TV that was bought in the last few years all you need to pick up LOCAL broadcast stations is a regular antenna, preferably with a motor that rotates it. I can get all the Chattanooga, Knoxville, and sometimes Crossville stations doing that, but they're pretty much the same feeds, as in ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and a handful of independent stations. What you get depends on the TV market and the number of stations in your area.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,351 Senior Member
    We picked up a Mohu Leaf antenna and it doesn't pretty well for a $50 solution.  You won't get close to even basic cable variety, but for late night viewing before bed, it's plenty for us.
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 2,184 Senior Member
    edited March 9 #8
    tennmike said:
    If you have a TV that was bought in the last few years all you need to pick up LOCAL broadcast stations is a regular antenna, preferably with a motor that rotates it. I can get all the Chattanooga, Knoxville, and sometimes Crossville stations doing that, but they're pretty much the same feeds, as in ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and a handful of independent stations. What you get depends on the TV market and the number of stations in your area.
    What Mike said!

    If you live somewhere crowded, urban, city-ish, you can use one of those "Magic Sticks" and pull-in free channels. Assuming you have a fairly recent TV. If you're still using a tube TV you'll most likely need a converter box.

    If you live a bit more rurally, don't get an omni-directional like those Magic Sticks or "house wiring" jobs -- Get an outdoor directional Yagi style. Preferably, a motorized directional. They're pretty cheap and have very good range.
    Something like this:




    From Amazon:
    RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV antenna with 70 mile range (ANT751E)

    There's many others to choose from with greater range. Your choice.

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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,386 Senior Member
    I have an antenna on top of the house and get about 8 channels and as said 4 of those are PBS. I also have one of the digital HD indoor and all it brings in is PBS. I live out in the boonies.
  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,110 Senior Member
    we have several stations within eye sight and have tried a couple of them.

    The flat/sheet style works and i got a more expensive one.

    but what i notice about the DTV signal is that weather can affect the quality of the Signal.  If its windy/rainy it will play havoc with some channels.  

    if you are thinking of getting one, look at this site and see if there is any useful info.

    digital-television

    i used it to determine what i maybe able to use.  Most of the stations are close, but i was trying to pull in some future away.  

    you can google for a coat hanger antenna too.  I made one and it worked.  And my impression was that it may have worked a bit better than store bought.  It wont cost you anything other than time and maybe a few parts, but i had the lead - coax adapter.


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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,803 Senior Member
    I did a lot of research on this about 2 years ago.  The conversion to digital TV means that stations are going to move out of the VHF bands, ( 2 through 13 ) and move into the UHF bands,  You might be watching channel 2, but it is broadcast on channel 52 and your TV's digital converter places it on channel 2 in your set.  The older antennas with the 6 or 8 ft wide aerials are no longer needed in the digital world.  Most "HD" outdoor antennas are just quality UHF antennas.  Within a few years there will no longer be any TV broadcast in the VHF range and it will all be converted to UHF.  Antenna height, signal quality, lower line loss are still your friends.
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  • gunwalkergunwalker Member Posts: 470 Member
    Thanks guys.

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