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Tom_M

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Posted: 09/07/19 06:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Digital has been an industry "Buzz Word" for decades. It has been tagged onto almost everything electronic. There will be "Digital Antennas" for many more years.

Here's a link to a thread by SCVJeff who did an extensive test of the Batwing vs. the Jack:

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27171026.cfm

When the analog TV was shut down, many TV stations moved their digital broadcasts from the UHF band back to the VHF band. About 25% of TV stations are now broadcasting on the VHF band. You need a larger antenna to receive a good VHF signal, thus the Winegard Sensar aka Batwing is a better choice. The Jack performs poorly for VHF.


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Bill.Satellite wrote:

EVERYONE "should" squawk at the term digital antenna as there is simply no such thing. However, when you are trying to sell an antenna "digital" is a great marketing word and has been found to successfully sell antennas. A wire coat hanger stuck into the coax port in the back of your antenna will also receive the digital signal being broadcast so I guess your wire coat hangers could legally be sold as a digital antenna.
It's not the antenna that is digital. The signal the antenna receives is digital.


Those digital coat hangers are getting scarce, most are plastic now.

Anyone remember when they sold color TV antennas?





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I bought a $35 antenna at WM, use an app on my phone to locate the stations bearings, set the antenna in a chair pointed to the right compass bearing , and watch all the TV we want. It looks like the picture below but was way cheaper, different model.
clicky for antenna
Most of the time it lives on the ladder, if direction is wrong the chair comes into play. 50 foot coax to the coax line in on the outside of the trailer.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

OTA antennas have changed very little since we went to digital TV (properly called ATSC). The signal coming in is still electromagnetic waves. The big difference is that the frequency range has been drastically cut. This is a bonus, because they got rid of the VHF-Lo band (the old channels 2-6) which required a large antenna for best reception.

Even though they kept VHF-Hi (the old channels 7-13). Most (but not all) broadcasting is done on UHF (only the old channels 14-36)

In short this means that more compact antennas work quite well ! There are several video on YouTube about DIY antennas for very little money.

One thing that has not changed, the higher you ca get your antenna, the better the signal will be.


You may be surprised to find out how many stations are still on VHF-lo and even find that more are moving there under the current repack plan as well those moving to VHF-hi. You can see the moves being made in the consolidation here:

Repack Plan


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