Best Indoor Antenna??????

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  1. David*RT

    David*RT Stunt Coordinator

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    I connected a $20 RCA Indoor Antenna (#ANT130) to my HTPC and it was unfortunately a p.o.s. I could only pull in NBC and a couple of latin channels--all grainy.

    Can anyone recommend a great antenna that's better than the RCA.

    Budget is no concern............
     
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    I purchased a Zenith antenna from Sears. It was $39. I use it with my Dish Network 811 reciever to pull in a total of 3 digital channels. ABC, PBS and UPN. The ABC is local so that is all I really need. I believe that it will allow the channels to come through in HDTV, but that might depend on the station themselves. Not sure.

    Guess the best question is what are you really trying to do, and are you searchin for digital or analog stations?
     
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    I heard good things about the Zenith. I bought one today. Better than the $20 RCA.....still lacks in terms of competing with a well designed roof mounted antenna.

    I getting NBC, UPN (grainy) and 3 latin channels. No PBS unfortunately. The stations are coming from a broadcasting tower 48 miles away with zero hills in the way.
     
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    If you say Grainy, am I to assume that your scanning for analog chanels, and not digital?
     
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    I'm scanning for ANYTHING I can get. [​IMG]
     
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    You should check out antennaweb.com as it will give you the info you will need to point the antenna to get Digital stations. I did it and now get ABC, PBS and UPN, and HDTV when they broadcast such a program.
     
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    In a similar vein- any recomendations for a good indoor FM radio antenna? All I got with my AVR was a thin copper strand.
     
  8. Chu Gai

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    David, what about splitting your incoming cable and routing it to your PC?

    A good company whose products merit consideration is Winegard.com (1-800-288-8094) who can give you some honest answers to your questions, let you know what you're up against, and provide you with a list of dealers in your local area. There you can address your particular concerns (urban, suburban, live high up, proximity of buildings (multipath distortion), and if they don't have a product they can probably direct you to someone who does.

    I believe that's www.antennaweb.org not com...an excellent resource.
     
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    Thanks ChuGai I'll give them a try.
     

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