[mythtv-users] ATSC antenna recomendations

George Rapp george.rapp at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 03:24:44 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 7:44 PM, Michael Lynch <lynchmv at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 5:37 PM, Richard Shaw <hobbes1069 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > It depends on what your willing to "look at" everyday in an indoor
> antenna.
> > I have an Antennas Direct DB2[1] and it works very well but may be
> > considered "ugly" for indoor use, it's also somewhat directional so it
> would
> > probably be a good idea to go to antennaweb[2] and see what directions
> your
> > signals will be coming from.
> >
> > Richard
> >
> > [1] http://www.antennasdirect.com/DB2_Indoor_antenna.html
> > [2] http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx
> >
> Personally I have had great success with the 'stick' (think boom box)
> antenna that came with my Pinnacle USB tuner for OTA reception.
> That being said, I've still got this on my todo list:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQhlmJTMzw
Probable bad netiquette to re-visit a year-old thread, but I just wanted to
endorse the YouTube video cited, which shows in details how to build an HD
antenna using coat hanger wire.  I had all of the parts on-hand, and was
able to build the antenna in a single morning.  I mounted the antenna inside
the house and connected it to the ATSC input of my Hauppauge HVR-1600 card,
and ran a channel scan as recommended on
http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hauppauge_HVR-1600.  The card was able to find
all 12 virtual channels predicted by antennaweb.org, including one that's
34.1 miles away that I didn't really expect to work.

Having said that, this is definitely an antenna you don't want to be highly
visible.  My ultimate goal is to run coax to my attic and put the antenna up
there, but for now it's in an inconspicuous place in my wife's office
(inconspicuous to me, anyway, since I'm rarely in there ... 8^)

George Rapp  (Pataskala, OH) Home: george.rapp -- at -- gmail.com
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