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Antenna suggestions (in a way, very bike related)(7 posts)

Antenna suggestions (in a way, very bike related)teacherguy
Dec 4, 2002 10:00 AM
I just moved into an appt. that is upstairs of an older house. I figure if I can forsake cable I can use that dough towards a new rig. Can anybody suggest a good indoor antenna? I have access to an attic that is basically empty. Can I put an outside attenna up their? I know that this isn't the best question for this forum, but I also know there are a lot of very wise people on here so I would appreciate any advice. Thanx
You can always do what this guy did...mohair_chair
Dec 4, 2002 10:17 AM
It looks terrible on the roof, but apparently it works well.
re: Antenna suggestions (in a way, very bike related)brider
Dec 4, 2002 10:23 AM
Regular old rabbit ears (about $20) and a powered booster (also cheap, but don't remember what it is off the top of my head) should do a lot. In my area, I'm in the shadow zone of a valley, so broadcast channels don't come in well. I get 2 networks, and one PBS station (and one network is getting fuzzy -- I think the cable comanies set out signal scramblers to get people to buy cable). Worth a try. However, you'll definitely miss Tour coverage come July (te only thing I miss about not having cable).
We did itAndy
Dec 4, 2002 10:25 AM
We installed our antenna in the attic and it works just fine.
I'm about to do that very thing ...Humma Hah
Dec 4, 2002 11:05 AM
... I just moved from a house in which I installed an outdoor antenna in the attic about 18 years ago. That antenna is still like new and works great, unless the roof is covered in deep snow. All of the local stations are off in the same general direction, so there's no need to rotate the antenna.

I have a similar antenna at our W VA cabin, but it is free to rotate, which I can do by hand. It doesn't work great, but then again, the only station in range is about 150 miles away thru the mountains.

I just bought, and am about to install, an outdoor antenna for inside the attic of our new home.

I've been using Radio Shack antennae, the "90-mile" model. Larger ones are usually difficult to mount indoors due to their size.

Be sure you get a grounding block, and ground it to the building electrical ground. This is a cheap part, but it helps protect your stuff if lightning hits nearby.
Another reason to get a steel bike, use it as the antenna.. ;-)SnowBlind
Dec 4, 2002 1:17 PM
re: Antenna suggestions (in a way, very bike related)micha
Dec 4, 2002 2:54 PM
Even cheap old rabbit ears (for VHF channels 2-13) and a wire ring (for UHF channels 14-99) work pretty well in an attic. The trick is to limit your signal losses (called attenuation) on the way down to your TV set. If your indoor rabbit ears/wire ring combo has a flat 300 Ohm wire coming out of it, get a cheap 300 Ohm-to-75 Ohm (round) wire adapter from Radio Shack and run a 75 Ohm round, shielded cable from the attic into your ANT IN plug of your TV set.

As others have said, an outdoor antenna in the attic would be even better.