Before I buy this…

…this being Paper Thin Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna, can I get some feedback?  I don’t have cable, and don’t particularly want it, either; but local news/programming might be nice.  The problem is that my area is where audio and video reception goes to die, so I can’t really get a good signal from the cruddy antennas I had on the old TV.

Suggestions welcome.  Including “Actually, Moe, try this instead.”

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  • Patrick Thomas says:

    Isn’t there some antenna that plugs into an outlet and uses the homes wiring as your antenna?

  • Neil Stevens says:

    Get a powered antenna. The amplification can help.

  • BigGator5 says:

    My Suggestion: Just get the cable. You get the local channels piped into your house crystal clear and much more. You will also not be at the mercy of the weather. I’m not saying you have to get digital cable, but damn dude, at least come into the 1990s. Both you and my bloody parents have this insane notation/fear of cable, what is your beef dude?

  • Just Dave says:

    If you’re moderately handy, here’s instructions on how to make your own antenna from coat hangers and a few other easily obtainable parts:


    I did it, and it works fine for me. There’s also a video for an improved version (just search for “improved coat hanger antenna”), although I haven’t tried that.

  • Dan says:

    I installed an HD antenna at our house about two months ago.
    I think we’ve watched about 3 minutes of over the air programing since then. If you are used to going without, I predict that you won’t make much use of it.

    The only use I can really think of is as a back up source of information in the event of a local disaster. You know, one of those disasters that disrupts the internet, but leaves local power up and running.

  • Kresh says:

    One thing to be wary of; HD antennas are directional and need a clear line of sight to the nearest broadcast antennas. This is why I don’t have any local televisions, despite buying a powered HD antenna; all my windows are facing East or West. The local HD broadcast antennas are to my North and South.

    This may have changed and antennas might not be so dependent on direction. I stopped caring and just hooked up a PC to my HD TV and started watching stuff that way. No local news though. Not that I’ve tried. Youtube looks great though!

  • BigGator5 says:

    And your paying how much for internet? Don’t tell me you are using dial-up?

  • acat says:

    I’ve got a 1950s-style roof antenna – it came with the house – and with a signal amplifier added between it and the TV, HD comes in fine.

    They don’t *have* to be mounted on the chimney, they work equally well tucked into the attic.

    Cheapskate-tip: if you can find a neighbor who has an antenna and a DirecTV mini-dish, they’ll probably let you have the antenna for free.


  • jon spencer says:

    Call and talk to this company.
    I have bought equipment from them and at times they have suggested the less expensive option.
    It helps to have the distance from the transmission site(s), the hight of the tower, the hight of your house and if there is any thing in-between (like a hill) before you call.
    The channels that you are trying to receive is also important information for them.
    A good over the air antenna, rotator and booster is not inexpensive.
    Not to mention if you are going to need a real tower and not a roof mount.
    Self install of everything is a option and would save a bunch.

  • Josh Reiter says:

    Plug in your address and it will tell you the compass bearing to your closest broadcast towers and the distance. Then it will recommend which antennae works best for your situation.

    Out where I live the towers are about 32 miles away so I had to roof mount a medium sized antennae. It was about $35 at Fry’s for the antenna. I had a satellite dish on my roof from a previous dish network subscription. So I just remove the dish from the mount and bolted the antenna to it. I tried the indoor antenna and even tried an old aerial antenna mounted in the attic but it was frustrating when reception would blink in and out during a game or right in the middle of weather news. But since I’ve installed an antenna on the roof most of the channels come in crystal clear; sharper than cable and satellite IMO. Although NBC is flaky at random times. But it seems for me most all the broadcast towers are group together nice and tight but NBC is another 5 degrees SSW. So it comes down to, everything comes in fine except NBC or NBC is great but everything else is choppy. They even make a remote for your antenna so you can twist a dial back and forth a servo on the antenna will slew it back and forth so you can point it to the optimal direction for a given channel. Though I admit that’s getting into a obsessive nerd levels of antenna tech.

  • BCochran1981 says:

    This is just..well..embarrassing. I mean, how many techno gadget toys do you have? And we’re talking about an antenna for your tv? /facepalm

  • BigGator5 says:

    BCochran1981: I agree.

  • BCochran1981 says:

    I’m beginning to wonder if Moe has to light a fire underneath his car to get it started BG5? Or maybe use a handcrank?

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