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Old 04-27-2005, 05:47 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I've found www.antennaweb.org to be a very useful site. If you give your address it will tell you the nearest TV station towers and the compass orientation of each one of those! SO useful. In fact I used the web site to help me install and point a Terk 55 indoor/outdoor HD antenna. I put it in the attic, though in retrospect I ought to have put it just under the eave of the roof, outside. I got ABC and PBS but NBC, FOX, no. I'm kind of in the fringe area. Beyond 20 miles, really, the reception isn't always the greatest. But after all that struggle, I'm now back to digital cable!! Heheheh .
Anyone know other good websites, if so please post!!
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Old 04-27-2005, 07:07 PM   #2
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And the point of your post is??? Doesn't anybody ever listen to anything we say on this thread? That Terk 55 is about as useful as a 2x4 for picking up TV stations.
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Old 04-28-2005, 05:48 AM   #3
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OMG! Another Terkey!
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antennaweb.org really needs to update their info more frequently as there have been multiple digital channels pop up in the past year in my area and they have not updated their maps.
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Old 04-28-2005, 06:24 PM   #5
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And the point of your post is??? Doesn't anybody ever listen to anything we say on this thread? That Terk 55 is about as useful as a 2x4 for picking up TV stations.
Hi Tiger, the point of my post is, simply, that members of the Forum might benefit knowing of any other similar websites. Antennaweb was perfectly accurate regarding the location of digital towers in our area. I could not get the other stations because they were almost 20 degrees in another direction. Its not the fault of the Terk, which did a great job of the two stations I did get. Heck, for $80 I think it did fine.
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Old 04-28-2005, 08:45 PM   #6
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And for the same money, you could have gotten a real antenna that would have gotten ALL your TV stations!
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Old 04-29-2005, 06:10 AM   #7
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It never ceases to amaze me that people walk into BB, Circuit City, or wherever,plunk down hard earned money for garbage antennas and expect stations to appear on their screens with spectacular images.With all due respect, Rogerman, you should have done your homework antennawise.As Tigerbangs said, that Terk tv55 is about as effective as a 2x4-absolutely right.Run, do not walk back to where you got the Terk and get your money back and spend it on real hardware,like the CM 4228 or check out antennasdirect.
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:01 AM   #8
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terk antennas are grabage, they are overpriced also, you will do better with lot cheaper channel master, winegard antennas.
i bought almost all terk brand (they are easiliy available at BB and CC stores) none of them work, then i bought an RCA antenna from Home depot for $35 and worked great, there are some droputs but that is because of power from Towers. I am getting all channels without any problems.
i bought a bowtie atenna (bowtie loop antenna) from Radio shack for $3 and works better than $80 TerK antenna.
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I'm looking to get a good antenna but can't afford to pay $100 right now I saw this one on walmart's site that is $40 and says 150 mile range. Its like what I've seen on other sites called the supersonic hd or something. I recently spent $15 on a cheap little CLEAR TV hd antenna that Looks like a mouse pad.lol funny thing is I get between 29 and 31 channels with it. and have had upto 39 channels come in depending on weather. I was interested if anyone knows if these antennas are any good?

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Old 11-30-2015, 05:24 PM   #10
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Your first red flag should be the 150 mile range. That's not even theoretically possible. The best antennas are available online at Winegard, Antennas Direct, etc. Never seen any good ones in a retail store.
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Old 12-01-2015, 01:59 PM   #11
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I use a beer can and aluminum foil, works better then the TERK.

And an antenna rated at 150 miles is for those that still believe that the Earth is flat, or live in a severe atmospheric ducting zone and can get those channels that come bouncing over the horizon.

There are exceptions, I live at about 3800 feet,(up in the boonies of the Sierra Nevada's) I have by luck a direct shot at the TV transmitter towers for Sacramento California about 120 miles away from me, those towers are 1200 feet tall at sea level, I get most of those signals without problems, but when the weather changes they tend to drop out.
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The "ClearTV" and the "Lava" antennas are both crap.

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You can find both Winegard and Antennas Direct antennas in retail stores....
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[QUOTE=Terryl3;1390348]I use a beer can and aluminum foil, works better then the TERK.

And an antenna rated at 150 miles is for those that still believe that the Earth is flat, or live in a severe atmospheric ducting zone and can get those channels that come bouncing over the horizon.

And you wonder why ppl dont listen to you guys on here. rude remarks make people go elsewhere.

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You can find both Winegard and Antennas Direct antennas in retail stores....

Maybe crape But I pick up 31 to 39 channels on the clear tv, as too 21 at best with my old 1st gen DT Antenna. I was asking an honest question and all I got with exception to 1 person was rudeness. So I'll simply buy what I want and do what most others on this forum seem to do. Ignore the rude little kids who want attention.. Good bye forum.
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I lump Terk consumers in w/ that same group that would buy Bose products.
My antennas are big and ugly, but they work.
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First determine which frequency bands you need to receive (VHF-low channels 2-6) (VHF-high channels 7-13) and/or (UHF channels 14-about 60).

Most areas have no VHF-low band channels and many have at least 1 VHF-high band station.

Look at www.tvfool.com and determine the REAL channels you can receive - usually with a signal NM(dB) above 15dB - weaker signals require more equipment = $$$.

You can usually get an outdoor antenna for relatively strong signals for less than $50.

Avoid like the plague antennas with built-in amplifiers and rotators, they are mainly cheap Chinese junk substituting a cheap amplifier for a well designed antenna elements.

After determining which bands you need - go to a site like www.solidsignal.com and look at their antennas, most except for deep fringe antennas, are less than $100 and many are less than $50.

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