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I have no cable/satellite service, I use an antenna to get my TV
signals.  I have a good roof top antenna for my TV set but use a cheap
rabbit ears antenna for my computer (it's too far to run a cable to the
computer) and naturally I don't have nearly as good reception or as
many channels as I do using the rooftop antenna.

I'm hoping someone can recommend a good but not too costly antenna that
I could use for the computer, I know the stores are full of them but
I'm hoping for some first hand experience here.  I'm in Phoenix, AZ and
have Walmart, Target, Costco, etc. available here...

TIA!

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Anyone?


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Sorry - not ignoring you but I don't use an indoor aerial and can't help
with a recommendation.

SteveT


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Response is much appreciated.  With MSFT killing this group on their
own servers I wasn't sure how many had seen the question.

I believe I'll start my search by taking my existing rabbit ears and
trying to do some re-location within my computer room and see if I can
gain a few channels.... Unfortunately, I haven't many available places
I can put it within reach of the cable....


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Hi, XS11E.

Just in case you are still monitoring this practically-defunct group, still
looking for a reply to your 9-month-old post...

Our new (20 years ago!) home was pre-wired for TV cable, but we never
subscribed.  We bought an omnidirectional TV antenna from Radio Shack for
about $100.  It looks like a very large all-white pizza.  We mounted it on
its pole in our attic.  Then we cut those 5 cables running to the bedrooms
and living room and, with a handful of connectors that we also got at Radio
Shack or Wal*Mart, we connected those coax cables to the antenna.  (A few
splits and filters were involved.)  Ever since, we've been able to connect a
TV to the cable jack in the wall of each room.  When we got digital
converter boxes last year, we just connected them between the wall and the
TV and now have digital TV on our old analog sets.  While we do get digital
static and occasional weather-related outages, at least 95% of the time we
see TV that looks perfect.

We live about 30 miles from the TV towers in Austin, TX, and 50 miles from
San Antonio.  We got about a dozen channels before the digital conversion;
now we can get about 30, but many we don't care to watch.

My TV tuner card also uses one of these "cable" outlets and I can watch
those same channels on my computer, via Windows Media Center (or Hauppauge
WinTV or Pinnacle TVCenter).  With coax cables, distance from the antenna or
the wall jack doesn't seem to matter.  ;<)

RC
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I have no cable/satellite service, I use an antenna to get my TV
signals.  I have a good roof top antenna for my TV set but use a cheap
rabbit ears antenna for my computer (it's too far to run a cable to the
computer) and naturally I don't have nearly as good reception or as
many channels as I do using the rooftop antenna.

I'm hoping someone can recommend a good but not too costly antenna that
I could use for the computer, I know the stores are full of them but
I'm hoping for some first hand experience here.  I'm in Phoenix, AZ and
have Walmart, Target, Costco, etc. available here...

TIA!

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Thanks, I am.
 
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I found this:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3740645
But it's out of stock....

I'm not sure it's a solution for me, I'm using a roof mount antenna for
my TV which works VERY well and a rabbit ears setup that works not so
well for my computer with TV tuner.  I could fix it with a splitter on
the roof mount antenna and a cable to the computer but..... I'm no
longer able to get into the attic and using most tools is difficult so
I suppose the fix is to get someone to do it for me but that's going to
be expensive, probably more than buying another antenna for the PC
which bring me back to my reason for asking.

I'll see if/when that antenna becomes available again.


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Hi, XS11E.

Yep, that looks like mine.  I don't see the dimensions there; mine is about
24" diameter.  We used rabbit-ears only before this, but were constantly
adjusting the direction.  This antenna says "omni" directional, but I've
still spent a few sessions over the years rotating it a few degrees, then
yelling "Is that better?" to my lovely assistant in the living room - who is
too interested in watching Maury to notice which reception is best.  :>(
And I have to aim for the best compromise among the various channels.

Having the coax cables already installed in our walls was a major benefit.
If I had had to install those, I doubt that I would have tried this.  But
the antenna has a coax connector on the bottom, so it was easy to make the
physical connections.  Hardest part was making sure to step on the 2x4's
hidden under the insulation in the attic so I didn't fall through the
ceiling as I chased the cables.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

RC
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San Marcos, TX
rc@grandecom.net
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3508.1109) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1




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Thanks, I am.

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I found this:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3740645
But it's out of stock....

I'm not sure it's a solution for me, I'm using a roof mount antenna for
my TV which works VERY well and a rabbit ears setup that works not so
well for my computer with TV tuner.  I could fix it with a splitter on
the roof mount antenna and a cable to the computer but..... I'm no
longer able to get into the attic and using most tools is difficult so
I suppose the fix is to get someone to do it for me but that's going to
be expensive, probably more than buying another antenna for the PC
which bring me back to my reason for asking.

I'll see if/when that antenna becomes available again.


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Thanks, I couldn't find the dimensions either.

I'm only lacking a couple of channels using the rabbit ears, I'll
probably just live with it for now.....


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