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All about TV reception - Cut the cable!

HD Digital UHF VHF

I just bought a new fancy "Smart" TV. It has all the latest digital & HD qualities.

Wow. To cut the cable I need an outdoor antenna. Wait- I have one from years ago to receive local channels. Do I need to buy a new fancy one for HD?

The answer is NO!

As all ham radio operators know, an antenna just receives any signals in the range of the antenna and in the spectrum of the antenna. Example: rabbit ears will not receive a signal from 100 miles away.

It is the receiver that translates the signal into whatever it is whether audio or video or otherwise. So all you need is an antenna with enough gain to get the available signals.

Here are a couple of articles that help clear it up.

There’s No Such Thing as an HD Antenna!

and

No Such Thing As an HDTV Antenna!

2019 update. I purchased a LiveWave antenna that is advertised all over the web. It uses house wiring as an antenna. IT DOES NOT WORK.

So I decided to buy a good antenna. I currently have an outdoor antenna but it does not receive all the available channels. I opted for a better quality outdoor antenna with a built in amplifier. When it arrives and I test it, I will post results. This is the one I opted for from amazon:

It has a rotator which I really don't need but has the longest reception distance claim. We'll see if it works.

My current antenna is a single bowtie.

It works but does not get all channels as well as our large antenna used with our house TVs.
They are connected to a large Yagi type.

 

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