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Hoping to watch Super Bowl in HD. Will these antennas work?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by BrentJ, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. BrentJ

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    I think the first is similar to the Zenith model. I am familiar with that one and it works very well. I'm not familiar with the second. My vote goes for the first one.
     
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    Check www.antennaweb.org to see what kind of signals you can get. The first antenna looks like the famous Zenith Silver Sensor.
     
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    Indoor Antennas don't fit in the antennaweb classification scheme. That's not to say that antennaweb is useless-- if nothing else, it gives you a nice bearing to the transmission tower. A (very) few stations transmit their DTV signals on the VHF bands, so if your fox affiliate is one of those, getting a fancy UHF-only antenna would be counterproductive.

    Most indoor antennas contain only a few antenna elements-- but some of the more expensive antennas combine the barebones loop and rabbit ears with a strong (though noisy) amplifier. The Silver Sensor is unamplified, but it does have quite a few elements. Perhaps the "Garbage In, Garbage Out" dictum applies here.
     
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    If you are in the yellow and green zones, try looking for the Double Bowtie Antenna that can be found at Radio Shack, it's what I use (along with a small 20dB antenna booster) for UHF ATSC (HDTV) reception.
     
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    Comparing the common antenna types. Note that "small indoor loops" fare particularly poorly. The common availability of cable and especially satellite limits the availability of the more exotic designs, though I was able to find a silver sensor at Sears. You may have to specially order the double bow.
     

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