Any recs on a TV antenna?
I have a wall mounted flat screen and no cable. Here is the model.
I'd like an antenna that ideally snugs behind the TV or something or is otherwise less conspicuous than massive bunny ears.
Advise please! Thanks in advance.
I guess phone a guy who fits them.
The antenna at my apartment building is shared by 6 different units, and if you have tried to share an analogue antenna across multiple devices before, you'll know why we tried once with that and gave up.
So we bought an internal antenna, had mediocre at best results with that. Tried two other types of internal antenna, picked the best of the three, and bought a signal amplifier/filter to go with it.
We got reasonable reception on two (public access and SBS, which is in foreign languages approx. 50% of the time...) out of six channels, and unwatchable results on the other four channels.
So now we have satellite.
If you have VHF channels still, you are going to have more problems getting them all in than just UHF channels.
If you need an indoor one, I use the the Monoprice antenna. It's pretty good, and as a bonus it is compact and you could install it outside without worry.
It isn't as ghetto as you might expect. You can google it and find some good plans.
I'm about a mile from the CBD of the state capital. I have clear line of sight out my apartment back door to two transmission dishes...
Basically, you got lucky.
Or basically you got unlucky?
I can speak from personal experience that outdoor antennas mounted to a roof are going to function orders of magnitude better than any indoor antenna. You can buy them in kit form from a hardware store or online. It takes about an hour to assemble and another hour to mount. We just mounted ours on the chimney because they never used the fireplace (being that it was Florida). My friend had spent over $100 on this fancy indoor antenna that was supposed to be the best of the best, but we still saw a huge boost in signal quality from a $50 outdoor kit and some odds and ends from the hardware store.
Tested in the same location, out of curiosity?
Yup. Same exact place. These results will not be as dramatic in other states as they are in Florida due to the flat terrain. If you live in a very mountainous area they tend to use smaller but more numerousness transmitters, where as in Florida they use larger, but more sparse transmitters. You want to get the antenna up as high as you can get it.
We did this over the course of 3 years, at 3 different apartments, with a $10 antenna I got at Radioshack over 5 years ago. Wasn't luck.
And for an indoor antenna, this is what I used to great effect.
It's also EXTRA cheap