Reddit reviews RCA ANT111E Indoor Digital TV Antenna, Non-Amplified, 40-Mile Range
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High Quality, New, Very Durable Hdtv; Energy Star Certified; Sleek DesignResults may vary depending upon location, distance from towers, terrain, broadcast power, etcEnjoy top-rated HDTV network programming and your favorite shows for Free with no monthly fee or subscriptionSupports up to 1080i HDTV broadcasts for high-quality picture and sound and FM radio broadcastsIntegrated loop for digital and analog channels 14-69Dipoles extend and adjust for digital and analog channels 2-13No-scuff pads protect your furniture’s surfaceDesigned and engineered in the USA and meets or exceeds CEA performance specifications for indoor antennasNote: Kindly refer manual provided for troubleshooting tips
Oh man. Brace yourselves, I am a total Amazon junkie. (Note: These may not all be BIFL, but I'm responding to the OP in specific.)
And, saving the best for last:
EDIT: As requested by /u/Mogrix, I posted List Part II: Electric Boogaloo, with more items from my Amazon history.
Hey, Question 6. OTA should be an option. If you only want to watch your local team's games, you don't need anything else. In this era of ridiculous numbers of channels and massive cable packages, sometimes a simple antenna is all you need. I hate that people don't even consider it an option anymore. Buy-in is literally $8.
No converter box. Any newer-ish TV doesn't need one. All I'm running is this directly to my TV and watching NBC in HD right now.
First, don't buy anything branded as an HDTV Antenna because it is marketing at it's finest. A 50 year old set of rabbit ears will work just fine. I am down near RIT and use some simple rabbit ears I got off of Amazon for $8 and I get all of the channels that are broadcast in the area with no connection issues. I've been using them for over a year and wouldn't go back to paying for cable since I rarely watch TV.
Also, go to the TV Guide site and then in the top left tell it your location and tell it you have an antenna and it will list the available channels and what's on.
I recently added one - just to get Severe Weather alerts.
So I went for the cheapest.
Turns out the quality is fantastic (read a few reviews on it).
if you order it now you can get it in time for the game on wednesday if you have prime.
or you can go to the game too i suppose.
Dude, plug some rabbit ears into your tv. They are super cheap and give you an HD signal
That's a strong enough signal, even an RCA ANT-111Z would work fine. Also available at walmart. Point it due north, and do a channel scan. You actually have a strong enough signal, that a paperclip would probably get a few stations.
Also keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "digital antenna". An antenna is an antenna and is cut to a specific frequency. It doesn't matter what's being broadcast on it. So long as there's a signal, it will work. The only difference is the receiver, (in this case, your television). "HD Digital Antennas" are a marketing scam. if you have an antenna from the 70's, it will work today just fine.
put a ball point pen in your mouth and close your eyes and you should be able to see everything perfectly... changing stations i can't help you with.
problem you have is you are just a few miles from some strong broadcast towers and you want to pickup stations at a long distance. and this won't happen normally and the use of an amplifier will wipe out all your signals because you will overload your tv set's tuner once you go over about 90db
your only hope to pick up baltimore stations is to point a directional antenna northeast at baltimore
see but look at your signal strength .. for DC you are in the mid 70's db and for baltimore you are in the 35's
it is like twice as strong and the DC stations are close to the top margin where you overload your tv's tuner.
Remember these signal levels are only approximate but your distance of 2 to 4 or so miles says $10 rabbitear antenna is all you need.. but baltimore might not be an option .. I think unfortunately all you are going to be able to pickup are the stations that say GOOD on your Rabbitears listing
try something like this
or maybe something like this pointed northeast at baltimore
I am in delaware and I try to get Baltimore and Philly and .. I am equally about 50-60 miles out and I use huge antennas and the strongest amps you can get.. and it is rough getting signals from 2 markets because
Look on your tvfool report... see all the A and C boxes on the left of your table readout .... that means those channels have interference from other stations that are nearby .. meaning trying to get both DC and Baltimore might lose you every station with a A or a C red box... Or maybe not.. you never know until you try..
but I have those problems where I live and some days its just a crap shoot as to which tv stations are going to be available.. and even the really strong 5 out of 5 bar stations get knocked off.
so yeah .. its cool .. give it a shot.. im just saying don't be surprised heh because it can get weird trying to do what you want to do.
EDIT: Fixed the link
Same boat here. Oddly enough, this has had the best performance!
I've tried several others. Unfortunately there will be a lot of trial and error. One person's killer antenna might not work in someone else's apartment due to how NYC is laid out.
I bought this one ($8, Amazon Prime) and it works great. I'm watching PBS right now.
This one. If you're interested.
A basic indoor antenna should be able to pull in a lot. I have [this] (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000HKGK8Y) and get my channels a similar distance out from the broadcast towers. Obviously YMMV is the name of the game with antennas, but you can always return it if it doesn't work for you. Looking at that report though, I'd start as cheap as possible and only swap for higher quality if you run into difficulty
Any old pair of rabbit ears will get you all the Chicago stations from where you are. No need to get anything more expensive than these.
Its just local broadcast channels that are already free through an antenna which can be had for the same cost as one month of the service.
For local news: http://smile.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111F-Basic-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B000HKGK8Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1415372867&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=rabbit+ears
agreed. torrents for tv shows are illegal im assuming?
anyway, i am close to NYC as well (20 mi.) and using this antenna (http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111F-Basic-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B000HKGK8Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1409327444&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=rca+antenna) with no luck.
wondering if i did something wrong.
Find out if your local public library uses Hoopla (a Netflix-like service that has movies, TV shows, audio books, etc.) and if it does, get yourself a free library card and you will have a nice library of movies and shows at your disposal. My local library just became a part of this last week so I've only begun exploring it, but it's pretty sweet. And free.
If you have a friend who has Comcast or a similar cable provider, ask nicely for their log-in and you can stream some live cable TV channels and have access to almost-full current TV series. My father was kind enough to lend me his username and password, but I admit that I rarely use this for anything other than watching films that haven't yet arrived on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
And, obviously, get yourself an OTA. I have this one on one TV and this one on another TV. Both are great, and both are inexpensive.
>I got this basic indoor antenna off Amazon.
You could probably get better reception with ye olde $10 RCA antenna.
I have two of these and they work great for indoor use: http://amzn.com/B000HKGK8Y
I have this. I live near 13th and Ogden. It's cheap, but works well.
I'm going to echo the other two responses: although I did it for years, free cable from the coax wall jack is impossible anymore (it's now encrypted and requires a tuner box). However, you can get ~40 channels OTA (over-the-air) including the major networks by using an antenna (go here and put in your zip code). For ~$50, you can get one that works and looks good. For ~$10 you can use some "bunny ears". And for ~$5 and half an hour you can actually build your own (and it works amazingly well!). I've done all 3 and had no problems getting enough channels in the metro area.
I have this sub-$10 one and it picks up all of the locals just fine in Amherst.
But it also depends on where you have the antenna placed indoors, how many interfering sources are around it, etc.
OP shouldn't have any problem getting all the Buffalo locals in his location.
I also have an outdoor antenna (around $100) that gets me a lot of the Toronto stations.
You have a LOT of VHF. Go get a good pair of rabbit ears(the sticks) with a loop $10.
Depending on the screen door that could be the worse thing for it.
I live in a brick house and have tried these 3 antennas with varying results
I found that the cheap $10 RCA rabbit ears worked just as well as the more expensive ones. All 3 had difficulty bringing in a consistent broadcast of NBC but that probably has to do with where I'm located. If you don't mind the eye sore aesthetics I'd go with the RCA and then work your way up price wise if it doesn't bring in the channels you want. The TERK is an eye sore as well and has balance issues. The feet at the bottom aren't wide enough to balance the thick dipole antennas. And the amazon basics 50 mile high gain model didn't perform any better for the price difference in my circumstances.
If you post your TVFool.com report we can help you pick a good antenna for your area.
But if you want to try an antenna you can either make an antenna or get a Cheap rabbit ears with the loop / flat center thing and see if you can pick any thing up with either of those.. (or you can try a metal uncoated paper clip bent like an L in the antenna port of the TV, If you have any very strong signals very close to you, it should pick it up)
Just a FYI, if you do want an antenna, don't fall for "HD Antenna" marketing. The HD TV is set up by the broadcaster, and picked up by your tv tuner. All antennas are just conductive metal (usually copper or aluminum) shaped to pick up the different Radio Frequencies. Not much more. It's why rabbit ears are moveable, so you can shape them to pick up different VHF signals better.
I'm in Madison near research park and I have problems pulling in WAFF too. But I also have the cheapest antenna around, so I figured that was to be expected. http://www.amazon.com/RCA-Indoor-FM-HDTV-Antenna/dp/B000HKGK8Y/
I get all the other local channels just fine.
Yeah, I have had some luck. Honestly, you probably won't get many channels, but ABC comes in really well and a couple others.
I bought this one:
My one warning on this is that if your tv is over 4-5 years old, it may have some compatibility issues. If you have a flat panel, it should work for you.
And if you have a really solid internet connection, you can usually stream whatever you want. However, the quality if doing this isn't great, but to me it's preferable solution.
that's what I have and it works great. Only trouble is that it doesn't like my computer very much. I have to turn it off if I want to watch certain channels. If you're computer is nowhere near the antenna, you should be fine.
It looks like those two channels are in the VHF range which that antenna you linked to is not optimal for.
Try a set of rabbit ears. The dipole setup is better for VHF. Even something cheap/silly like this:
It doesn't look as fancy, but that's what picks up VHF.
If the room has a east facing window, try placing the antenna closer to that window and as high up in the room as possible.
There are two problems and you hinted at one of them. According to your TVFool report ABC and CBS are VHF and your antenna sucks at picking up VHF signals. The second problem is that those signals are "2Edge" signals which means there are two objects between you and the antenna which may block the signal (hills/mountains/buildings). When you're on your TVFool report you can click on each broadcaster and see what the horizontal signal looks like with your local topography, when you look at WJLA-TV (ABC) you can see there is a large hill between you and the broadcaster. Now the good news is that you receive ABC with the antenna in the window which means there is hope you may receive CBS too but with a different antenna. There are a few suggestions I can give you:
You can try a pair of rabbit ears and see what they're able to pick up. This is the cheapest option. They're usually better at picking up VHF signals than the flat antennas such as yours.
If the rabbit ears don't work then I would pick up the Winegard Freevision antenna and see what you're able to receive with it in the window (Homedepot is cheaper than amazon and has a better return policy). You can also grab a Winegard LNA-100 Amplifier if the antenna alone doesn't pick up the signal (amazon is usually cheapest). You will need to purchase a coax cable to connect the Freevision antenna to the tv and another coax cable if you purchase the amplifier (I believe you also need a male to male coax adapter to use the amplifier away from the TV, if you use it right next to the tv you don't need another cable or adapter but it may not work as well compared to closer to the antenna). You can mount the antenna on the window using clear 3M command hooks.
if you want to use an antenna for basic HD OTA tv, any cheap one will work. I have two of these $7 ones and they pull in HDTV without issue. Don't bother with anything more expensive, you don't need it
I use this, which is less than half the price, and it works great. I do live in the middle of the city, though.
Here are some various examples.
3. "When saying "indoor TV antenna," many people probably think of the old "rabbit ears" design that looks like two metal sticks coming out of a base to catch signals, but modern day antennas don't necessarily look like that. "
> The cheap one needs to be repositioned to go from WXXI and Fox/ABC to NBC.
You get ...
That was my experience with this antennna... can't beat it for the price.
But I ended up just plugging into the TWC jack... it has pretty much the same channels on it even without paying for cable.
If you have an old "rabbit ears" style antenna (like this one), the loop is for UHF, the two extendable poles are for VHF. The main reason one would get separate ones, is in the case of fringe reception where they want antennas dedicated to the different bands to get the best possible signal. But for your location that is overkill.
If you wanted to try something slightly better than the Mohu, you could try a Winegard FreeVision. It could also be mounted outside (or in the attic) if it doesn't get good enough reception indoors. But isn't too big that it would look out of place if it works indoors.
I see your antenna is a "flat" antenna which is typically UHF only (real channels 14 and up), but ABC is on channel 9. You need to get yourself a VHF/UHF combo antenna.
Another possiblity is the signal is so strong, you're getting multipath reception (same signal bouncing off buildings). That can confuse the tuner and it just produces garbage. In that situation you need a directional antenna that ignores bouncing signals. Those don't really exist for indoor antennas (mainly outdoor)
Sorry, I'm an old fart who grew up before cable TV. I forget sometimes most people here don't recall those days!
Rabbit ears: https://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111Z-Durable-Antenna-Rabbit/dp/B000HKGK8Y
They actually work pretty well.
I'm not the OP but have the same question. Here's my TVF report:
Do I need something like this:
Thanks for your help in advance!!
I'm downtown in a major city and struggled greatly with getting any decent reception. It killed me when they nixed Aereo... I have tried several of the flat antennas, hoping I could hide it nicely. The only way I've been able to get all of the major channels has been with one of these.
Its ugly, to it works pretty well for me.
>There's also a way to hook in through the standard television rather than through the cable box. You won't get cable but you'll be able to watch the regular standard television without having to worry about your parents changing the channel on you.
I can't help but feel like there's a simpler solution in that case.
input your zip code here and see how far the towers are from you:
Most non-amped antennas will reach up to 40 miles, which should barely include Prineville. Depending on your geography, might be or might not be worth getting.
I have a simple $10 rabbit ear antenna and rarely have problems with it. Usually only when it's windy (weird), or it's a really, really popular broadcast, like the Super Bowl, which i find interesting (and annoying)
I got this $9 antenna from Amazon, and all the local channels come in (I'm in JP).
It works absolutely fine. My friend/neighbor with a Leaf doesn't get any better reception than I do.
This is the antenna I use. Cheap and it works most of the time, it will really depend how close to the towers you are. Here's a link to the FCC's site where you can figure out what kind of coverage you should get. It's down during the shutdown, check back afterwards.
Ok, I got one. Now what?
Thanks for the reply.
I'm going with this
I live like less than 2 miles from Sutro Tower which broadcasts like all the channels so I think it'll get the job done with ease for way less.
Ditto on the antenna.
I bought this one on Amazon for $10 and can pull in at least 20 HD channels with pretty good reception. I live in metro Indianapolis though.
Thanks so much! You think these from amazon are good enough? https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000HKGK8Y/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1523019374&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&amp;keywords=rabbit+ears&amp;psc=1
I picked up this antenna a few weeks ago and the signal strength on the main channels I use it for (CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, etc.) are really spotty. It cuts in and out and it's just not doing the job. Half the time it's flat out unwatchable.
Ok thanks again. I'm going for the one linked below.
In January I moved in to a new apartment and inherited an old TV, but also didn't want to pay for cable. Depending on the TV you have, you may also need a converter box. I bought this converter box and this antenna. I skimped a little on the antenna since the converter box cost so much, so if you don't need one, I would recommend spending a little more on a better one. It works decently, but I live in a city and the signal often cuts out when buses go by on the street or planes/helicopters pass overhead.
I did the HDHomerun:
Ahh ok. So could I just buy the cheapo rca brand bunny ears that are like $8 from amazon and use them? Also, would it make sense or be helpful if I used a splitter and used both antennas or will the rca ones be able to get it all?
I will probably run out to target or somewhere to get it, but I didn’t know if that worked either. I’ll check google when I get a chance too.
This antenna is $6.99 right now at Amazon. The information from a real-life test might just be worth the tiny investment.
The elements in those small, flat antennas are just too short for VHF low signals. Before you buy something expensive you should really try a traditional antenna with rabbit ears.
I think I'm going to get this at some point soon. Thanks for letting me know about that, I really had no idea.
I live roughly 40 miles away from the broadcast tower. I am using a RCA DTV/UHF/VHF antenna I got from the store for $10.00. I also have used an Magnavox Mant300 amplified antenna.
You could try something like this if you wanted to try for an all-in one solution, but it may not have the UHF range that you need.
If you are using an amplifier then it is more than likely overloading the tuner. You are in a good enough signal area that this would likely get you the channels you want: http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111F-Basic-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B000HKGK8Y
I was hoping you had something in mind... :)
A friend got one of these:
... from a local random store and just installed the loop part. Easy to rotate but you need a flat place to put it.
I wouldn't worry about distance claims for a indoor antenna. They are pretty much all bogus.
You live so close to the stations you probably don't need an external antenna. THESE would work for your local stations:
Thanks. How can you tell if an antenna is good or vhf? I assume the thin paper antennas are no good for vhf.
Also my Walmart doesn't have any rabbit ear antennna in stock so will have to order online. Do you think the rabbit ear aantennna will be able to pick up the non vhf channels I currently get?
Also what do you think about this one?
Or should.i just get this big dog https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0024R4B5C/ref=cm_cr_srp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8
Or this guy. https://www.walmart.com/ip/2018-Newest-Amplified-HD-Digital-TV-Antenna-Long-80-Miles-Range-Support-4K-1080p-Older-TV-s-Indoor-Powerful-HDTV-Amplifier-Signal-Booster-18ft-Coax-C/791697500
If you want PBS, CBS and ABC which is VHF-Hi signal you will need something less discrete (i.e. rabbit ears). VHF requires a larger antenna.
With signals like that you can probably do just as well with basic rabbit ears, like these, as anything else.
Hey so, I ended up getting the rabbit ears https://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111E-Digital-Antenna-Non-Amplified/dp/B000HKGK8Y/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 and i'm able to get NBC really clearly, but I can't get any of the other channels even though they're all coming from the same direction. Do you know why that might be?
Was worried about that. I checked out TVfool.com and Antennaweb.org. If I even had a bit more going on to the west I might be in luck, but I never even get direct sun in my apartment, not at sunrise nor sunset. Should I look for plain rabbit ears or the kind with the loop in the middle? Something like this?
Yeah, I think I might go with the kind that have both the rabbit ears and the loop like this one. Hopefully the rabbit ears will help me pick up the VHF channels.
So, something like this?
would this antenna do the trick. Just looking for the most simple basic setup. http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111-Basic-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B000HKGK8Y/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395881731&amp;sr=8-5&amp;keywords=antenna
Oh my gosh thank you so much! I had no idea how any of what TVFool told me actually applied to antenna shopping. So something like this would work?
I also assume we'd need one for each TV.
You have a great looking tv fool report. With that reading, start small. Try a cheap pair of rabbit ears. If that doesn't work, invest a little more in a leaf antenna.
Whichever one you try, keep it in line of sight of a window facing the Southeast, if possible.
Here is my tvfool report:
I'm looking to pick up the first 6 stations (all the green ones). All UHF other than CBS and PBS which are VHF-Hi. I'll be in an apartment and really only able to employ an indoor antenna. Will that be possible? Have a window facing east. What might my options be?
Might a basic RCA antenna such as this work? http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111F-Basic-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B000HKGK8Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1405000340&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=rca+basic
What about the "leaf" type of antenna?
I'm a newbie so I really appreciate the help!
Just noticed this thread right after I made a post about this. below is my original post:
So I just cancelled my cable after they doubled my cable bill and now I am trying to figure everything out. It took all weekend and part of Monday but I think I have managed to get sickbeard, couch potato and SABnzb all set up and functioning! I have everything streaming to our tv's with Rokus and the PLEX app. Now I need to tackle OTA to prepare for football season.
Here is my TVfool report: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&amp;Itemid=29&amp;q=id%3de1c67178617b76
All I really need to get are ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.
Do you think I will be ok with an RCA standard indoor antenna (http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111-Basic-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B000HKGK8Y/) or should I get something else. Is there anything else I will need that I am forgetting? Any advice is welcome. Thanks!
Destroys the Leaf Antenna: http://www.amazon.com/RCA-ANT111F-Basic-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B000HKGK8Y