Terk TV42 Clip-On Antenna...HD Capable??

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  1. John Doh

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    If I buy this clip on antenna, is it capable of receiving HD signals from my local networks, or do I have to go out and buy one of the big bulky antenna's and mount to the roof. I currently have DirectTV with a 18x20 multi-satelitte dish for HD, but cannot get local channels. If I can get OTA HD via this Terk TV42 antenna it would be optimal for my setup, thanks!!
     
  2. dave_brogli

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    I dont know how strong the antenna is or how far you are from your choice towers, but yeah you should be good to go!
    (assuming your probally within 20-30 miles of the tower)
     
  3. Michael_JB

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    It's capable but is also well known as being pretty much equal to just sticking a coat hanger in the air [​IMG]
     
  4. dave_brogli

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    yeah i remeber when I was looking at a clip on for my directv dish and everything I gathered from my findings was that there around the same range as a set top indoor 10.00 antenna.

    and hey, coat hangers work great..lol

    are you sure this antenna isnt only for the round dish?
     
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    Avoid the terrible terk and for half the price get a Channel Master model 4221 lowprofile antenna it will be 10x better!
     
  6. Jesse Blacklow

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    Avoid Terk antennas like the plague! They're shoddily constructed and extremely overpriced. If this antenna is just for putting on top of your TV, I would get the excellent Silver Sensor antenna, which is available online as well as at Sears or Best Buy. It looks like this:
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    Channel Master antennas are excellent, but I don't know if any of them would fit on top of your TV. They're perfect for attic or rooftop installs though.
     
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    I got one for $10 off a clearance rack somewhere just to give it a tray and I got nothing. My Silver Sensor can pull in all but one channel (WB-56 and those 2 mi outside of Boston know that it can't be done w/anything) and I'm 30 mi north of Boston in a valley.
     
  8. Patrick Sun

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    Radio Shack now stocks the Double Bowtie UHF antenna, I think they are around $15. This is what I'm currently using for my OTA HDTV reception.
     
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    There are two in Little Rock. KETS-DT (PBS channel 5) and KTHV-DT (CBS channel 12). There are others scattered all over the country.

    -Robert
     
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    So if I'm only 5 miles from the local towers, would my regular old set-top amplified antenna (loop 'n' rabbit ears) be able to pick up the HD broadcasts?
     
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    In Atlanta, the NBC affiliate (WXIA) broadcasts their HD feed on channel 10-3 (and it's not a re-mapped channel via the PSIP data). Since my antenna doesn't pull in VFH all that well, I don't get NBC in HD at the current time.

    Aaron, there's nothing magical about HDTV reception, as long as you have a normal, conventional antenna that can tune in UHF channels. It'd help if it also tuned in VHF for the odd OTA HD channel as wel.
     
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    The ABC affiliate here in OKC is broadcasting on channel 7-1 which is mapped to 5-1. I would love the Silver-Sensor except for that little catch.
     

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