Best radio & tv antennas according to redditors

We found 3,032 Reddit comments discussing the best radio & tv antennas. We ranked the 534 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/KetchinSketchin · 365 pointsr/AskMen

Software Defined Radio

For $30 you can get a USB dongle that will let you pick up all kinds of signals. ATC talk, plane location ADS-B data, standard AM/FM and shortwave stations, CB, all the power/water meters in your area, even pager traffic.

Check out /r/RTLSDR Half that subreddit is people picking up NOAA satellites, which is cool, but I'd start with the simpler stuff. Just pick up a local FM station and go from there.

u/ShotFromGuns · 266 pointsr/BuyItForLife

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.)

  • $9 butter keeper. (I bought a slightly different one that's no longer available, but it's the same basic design.) Keeping butter that isn't for cooking or baking in the fridge is for chumps. Mine is always perfectly spreadable room temperature while staying fresh for weeks... sometimes months.

  • $9 TV antenna. I didn't own a TV until a few years ago, and it didn't have a built-in antenna. I don't watch much broadcast TV, so I grabbed the cheapest one I could find. Case in point for why digital is better than analog, this one picks up every digital channel perfectly.

  • $13 shoe rack (now $18). Over the past year of living in this flat, I'd developed a bad tendency of kicking my shoes off at the bottom of the stairs just inside the front door. This looked like a cheap piece of shit, but I figured for the price I couldn't go wrong. Now almost every single pair of shoes I own is in one spot where it's easy to grab—and, more importantly, everything's out of the way of people coming in and out of the house.

  • $14 jug of earplugs (50 pair). Essential for sleeping with the window open in loud neighborhoods, sharing rooms with snoring friends on a trip, or sharing beds with snoring dudes or gals you're sleeping with. These were also my go-to earplugs for shows until I got a pair that's better for listening to music.

  • $22 electric kettle. The coffeemaker in our office puts out water that isn't nearly hot enough for a proper cuppa, and I got sick of microwaving it to boiling a mug's worth at a time. No bells and whistles, but it's performed perfectly since day one, with no breaking-in period like you get with kettles that have plastic parts in contact with the water.

  • $32 32'/10m HDMI cable. Ran it between the computer in my bedroom and the TV in my living room, allowing me to watch all kinds of streaming TV and downloaded videos with friends in a spot more comfortable than standing in front of my desk.

  • Slightly over the $50 limit, but $53 space heater. My best friend and roommate is one of those dudes who's built like a furnace, and our place uses radiators for heat. We had a few days of him sweating his ass off even with the thermostat set to 68, before I realized that we could just turn it way the hell down, and I could heat my own bedroom separately. This sucker dumps out a ton of heat, with a slew of features to sweeten the deal (my favorite being the remote control).

  • Another that's slightly over, but $55 garment steamer. Collapses small enough to fit pretty much anywhere I've ever needed to store it, puts out steam within maybe 30 seconds of turning it on, and with a full tank has enough water to steam as many items as I've ever needed to do in a row. I haven't touched my iron once since I bought this thing, and my only regret is not buying one as soon as I started college over a decade ago.

    And, saving the best for last:

  • $43 heated footrest. Hands-down, this is one of the best things I've ever bought in my life. I was looking for an unobtrusive, unobnoxious way to help myself stay warm in the office, which tends to be chillier than my taste year-round. When I opened it up, I was skeptical, since it looked like a cheap injection-molded piece of shit. Now, I'm pretty sure I'd rescue it from a fire before my mother. I don't want to imagine ever trying to get through another winter without it.


    EDIT: As requested by /u/Mogrix, I posted List Part II: Electric Boogaloo, with more items from my Amazon history.
u/wafflesareforever · 100 pointsr/RTLSDR

I'm one of them. I just went ahead and bought one of these without having the slightest clue what I'm doing. My wife will be highly unimpressed when this thing arrives and I have only a vague idea of what I'm going to use it for.

u/rfidtag · 81 pointsr/technology

This just happened to me too. I simply went on to amazon and ordered a Mohu Leaf for $35 from the warehouse deals.

It picked up like 50 channels here. Best thing I purchased in a long time.

u/cftw · 39 pointsr/RTLSDR

Seems there is definitely a learning curve to RTLSDR. Reading it reminds me of this video Retro Encabulator

Edit: TL;DR Seems like get this then download one of these and finally have fun.

u/droid_mike · 32 pointsr/AskMen

Spend $30 and get one of these USB dongles + antenna and listen to all sorts of radio transmissions, from local police, fire, and scanner trasmissions, to FM and AM radio, to shortwave and HAM radio from around the world.

Speaking of shortwave and HAM. you can listen to all of that using a virtual radio on the web. This will connect you to folks who are sharing their software radios with the world. You can tune in and listen to any band they are able to receive. Go here:

u/PainMatrix · 30 pointsr/pics

That looks like the leaf. I tried it in my place but couldn't really get good reception. Well done OP.

u/hlharper · 21 pointsr/pics

I got the Mohu a few years back. I really like it.

Mohu Leaf

u/Tinfoil_Haberdashery · 20 pointsr/techsupportmacgyver

Their radios can't tune to FM. I'm not broadcasting on the channel the store uses for communication, I'm broadcasting on an FM radio channel. My radio will switch over to my coworkers' frequency if there's any chatter on that channel, then switch back to the (unused, in this area) FM radio channel I've got my audiobooks playing on.

I use this SDR. My handset has a scanning feature that could theoretically have done the job, but this allows me to survey a much broader spectrum much more quickly.

u/ElGuaco · 18 pointsr/redsox

You don't need an outdoor antenna unless you're in a very rural area. Most indoor antennas will pick up stations within 40-50 miles. I just got one and I can get stations in RI and NH. Boston broadcasters are rock solid and I'm actually thinking of dropping cable.


u/Brass_Orchid · 18 pointsr/RetroFuturism

I doubt that it had coax. Probably just the old screws for bladed UHF/VHF antenna wires. So another adapter after coax.

u/tiglathpilesar · 17 pointsr/rva

If you don't want to subscribe to Hulu and want the same, a $25 digital antenna will give you access as well. Gets a bit spotty when it's really storming outside, otherwise works pretty well.

u/LNMagic · 16 pointsr/todayilearned

Just for the record - there is no such thing as an HD antenna. It doesn't matter to the antenna what kind of signal you use, only the frequency and amplitude (and direction, I suppose). It's the tuner that's HD, or SD, or analog.

That said, I recommend either buying this or adding this or to an existing antenna (assuming there is a VHF station in there area that has a broadcast you want).

u/akatherder · 16 pointsr/technology

The three channel you listed are just standard over-the-air "network tv" channels. You can pick those up with an antenna for free. I think they're actually pretty damn good HD quality these days.

I've heard the "leaf" antennas are good:

You can go crazy and get huge outdoor antennas, but I don't think most people need those. /r/cordcutters and /r/ota should have some pretty decent info you can search up.

u/funbob · 16 pointsr/amateurradio
u/sam210723 · 15 pointsr/RTLSDR

Tune to 145.8MHz while the ISS is overhead and you should see a constant signal. If there's nothing there, wait about 2 minutes for the next image to start. Once you have the signal, it can be decoded using something like MMSSTV, MultiScan 3B or even Robot36 for Android. Edit: They're using SSTV mode PD120.

You'll generally get better results with a directional antenna like the one I used but it is possible to receive signals from the ISS with an omnidirectional antenna. The one that comes with the dongles from China isn't all that good, but the telescopic one bundled with the v3 dongle is much better.

u/xG33Kx · 14 pointsr/RTLSDR

No no no. Do not get the cheapy $10 ones, get the official RTL-SDR Blog dongle and do it properly. You won't be sorry for spending an extra $15. If you're that hard up for $15, you won't be able to afford either making or buying a reasonable antenna that will get you worthwhile signals anyway.

As Ron Swanson said: don't half ass two things, whole ass one thing.

u/kscannon · 14 pointsr/technology

We got one of these, It reaches alot farther then the 60miles but we have it up aways and the land is rather flat.

u/Blrfl · 14 pointsr/whatisthisthing

> giant antenna / ligtning rod thing

Ah, kids these days... :-)

Those are antennas, and there are two of them. The brass-colored one is a directional UHF/VHF TV and FM antenna, probably pointed toward the transmitters for most of your local over-the-air TV stations. The silver one at the top of the mast is probably an omnidirectional FM antenna. They look to have 300-ohm twinlead cable, and you'll probably find the other ends terminated on wall plates with two screws. Since there are separate antennas, one probably goes to where a TV might be situated and the other to where a stereo might go.

If they're not in the way of anything, leave them there or make use of them. To connect them to current equipment, you'll need a 300-to-75-ohm balun, also called a matching transformer.

u/bargit · 14 pointsr/cordcutters

i've tried a bunch and overall this has worked best. the only downfall is that its an odd piece of equipment to have sitting around, so if you have somewhere to hide it great.

u/LeFrancoisDillinger · 12 pointsr/cordcutters

This is all you need for your UHF/VHF needs. It picks up all local affiliates: NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and CW.
RCA also has a Signal Finder app that will show you where to point it for maximum reception.

I cancelled DirectTV Now when Sling picked up Discovery. Now Sling lost Fox Sports SW. I’m probably going to head back to cable.

Also, you are not dumb. Good luck!

u/veydras · 12 pointsr/technology

I just purchased something similar at my local Home Depot and it has worked amazingly especially as a college student who wants to keep low utilities and bills.

u/BowlOfZombies · 12 pointsr/Parenting

I bought one of these:

And it picks up 3 different PBS stations within a 35 mile radius. If you're worried about losing the awesome PBS shows (and they are), maybe look into a digital receiver?

u/myroller · 12 pointsr/chicago

Do you mean this antenna?

The description is piss-poor so I can't tell you if the antenna is the problem. To pick up channel 2.1, you need an antenna that has a VHF section (at least a hi-VHF section). A lot of cheap antennas, especially those that advertise as "HD Antennas" are UHF-only antennas. And people also make the mistake of adding an amplifier to their antenna (hey, more power can't hurt, right?) and many of the cheap amplifiers are designed for UHF only and effectively block the VHF band.

Since there are no specs given in the description, I can't tell you if the antenna is the problem.

CBS broadcasts on Channel 48.3, not 48.1 or 48.2.

Try this experiment: Tune your TV to channel 32.3 (that's right 32, not 48). See if CBS comes in. If it does, then you need to rescan on your TV in order to make it come in on 48.3.

But if you get nothing on 32.3, then you need a different antenna or to position your antenna differently. Try leaving your TV tuned to 32.3 and slowly move your antenna around to see if you can get it to come in.

Unfortunately, Channel 48 is a Class A channel. That means it is not as powerful as the other major channels. It comes in great in the city limits, but fades as you go further.

u/Houseofdon · 11 pointsr/grandrapids

I would not recommend the Leaf. Not because it isn't a good product, but because Grand Rapids has a couple unique and, frankly, annoying traits when it comes to our local broadcasts.

First, the actual broadcast towers of most of our stations are quite a long distance away from the city. WOOD-TV's tower, for example, is down south by Gun Lake. By the time these signals reach the city, they are weaker than what you'd find in most other markets of this size.

Second, most antennae, including the Leaf, are optimized to pick up UHF signals. As luck would have it, most of the GR stations broadcast in the less-common VHF spectrum. The literature of the Leaf will SAY it works fine for VHF, but that hasn't been my experience.

I tried the Leaf at my house in NE GR and could only get WGVU and FOX. I returned it and got a larger unit that I mounted in my attic. I am able to get ABC, NBC, FOX, WGVU, and another half-dozen stations like Ion that I never watch. The only semi-local station that I'm not able to get is CBS out of Kalamazoo due to the longer distance.

This is the unit I bought:

There are a number of options out there, but make sure you get one that specifically talks about its VHF capabilities. In general, mounting an antenna in your attic or an upper floor will give you much better results. If you can mount on the outside of the house, you'll get even more.

u/ImJacksLackOfMorale · 11 pointsr/Staples

Item | Price
Hisense 32H3B2 32-Inch 720p LED TV|$149.99
Amazon FireTV Gaming Edition| $139.99
Amplified HDTV Antenna|$29.99
Cheetah Mounts: Wall Mount & HDMI cable|$24.96
Classic 73-inch Love Seat Living Room Linen Fabric Sofa | $210.50 + $69.49 shipping

Use the remaining money to stock the fridge, get your easytech to mod the FireTV with Kodi. If you don't want to stock the fridge you could use the remaining money on small appliances (coffee machine, instant hot water machine, etc)

u/Patq911 · 11 pointsr/RTLSDR

it's actually not 2$, it's 25$.

you plug it in, install the drivers, install SDR# (program) and then press receive. you then get a waterfall and you tune to a frequency and see if anything is there! FM is easiest at around 80-110Mhz, the stock antenna should be able to read that easily.

hoped this helped.

u/loveshercoffee · 11 pointsr/whatisthisthing

This is the thing you want. It's called a matching transformer. They're probably even less expensive at a place like Walmart if you have one locally. A hardware store or big box home improvement store likely would have one as well.

u/mrmojorisingi · 11 pointsr/nfl

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.

u/WaffleSports · 10 pointsr/vegas

Here's an 11 dollar solution to getting the Super Bowl in HD.

HD antenna

u/EcksTeaSea · 10 pointsr/hometheater

So yeah, I'm sure my placement is trash and everything is overkill for my tiny apartment, but it sounds amazing and I couldn't be happier.

u/GuiMontague · 9 pointsr/canada

I'm surprised there are analog channels still around. I love OTA TV and cut the cord a long time ago, but I thought we'd completely switched over to digital in 2011 (two years after the US killed analog TV).

I don't know what reception is like in deep rural areas, but if you live within 100km of a major urban centre you can probably pick up its digital transmissions. You just need a TV with an ATSC tuner—any TV manufactured after 2007 will have one built in—and a sufficiently sensitive antenna. If you have the land to put up an antenna mast you're even better off.

If you live near an urban centre you can get by with "rabbit ear" antennas. Even in Toronto I only got about three stations on my rabbit ears until I upgraded. I own a Terk HDTV-A now. I got about twenty stations in Toronto, and in the US I get lots more. Most of those Toronto stations came from Grand Island New York, about 90km away, but you can do a lot better than an indoor antenna if it's important to you.

I love digital OTA TV so if you have any questions I'd be happy to try to help.

u/NewLifeInAustralia · 9 pointsr/news

We've been without cable for years. Between Netflix, Hulu, a decent HDTV antenna and torrents, I don't think we miss a thing. Sure, we may have to wait until tomorrow to see it, but we DVRed everything and watched it later anyway. If you can do without random flipping, go for it!

u/nonfamouswentz · 9 pointsr/ravens

You don't really have to pay for local channels either. Just buy an antenna! Cut the cable this year and got this thing to replace it. I get about 30 or so channels for free.

Gotta stream Ravens games through like mostly since I'm on the west coast

u/project_valient · 8 pointsr/bullcity

Buy a 50 mile antenna from Amazon or BestBuy: I have this one and depending on the TV I hook it to I get between 20 and 35 channels, local news, NFL, works well.

u/spoocs · 8 pointsr/RTLSDR

Get the V3 blog dongle. Has a txco so signals will not drift, bias-t to power lna's or whatever, better build quality and does direct sampling HF with just software. Nice antenna kit ( ) with this one - or just the dongle - . Spec sheet on it -

u/hdsrob · 8 pointsr/cordcutters

While mine isn't in the attic, I've done basically what you are interested in with 3 TVs and at HDHR Prime.

I purchased a Terk amplified antenna, mounted it on a shelf in an upstairs bedroom, and connected it to the existing coax.

What I did was find the main splitter behind the house, and sort out what cable was running from that location, and just switch it to the input side of the splitter. Then plugged that run into the antenna.

The antenna I have is the one below (not sure it's the best for your situation, but it works for our area).

If you go into the pictures on that listing, you'll find someone that mounted it in their attic.

u/kekforever · 8 pointsr/RTLSDR

looks like i found the most beginner friendly version, but i think you pay the premium for not doing the leg work of hacking a wal-mart dongle or whatever:

u/tk423 · 8 pointsr/nyc

For indoor antenna its hard to beat the Mohu Leaf Paper-Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna.

Its about $40 on Amazon and provides the best quality reception of any indoor antenna I have had. (Some channels depend on your line of sight, particularly PIX for some odd reason).

EDIT: Amazon link

u/Tripleberst · 8 pointsr/cordcutters

You need an antenna.

Boston should have some great channels if you're near the city. Enjoy.

u/canesfan2001 · 7 pointsr/cordcutters

Get this bad boy:

My only problem was it was TOO good for my area (I have some green channels). It would catch the signal AND the little bit of signal bouncing off the buildings near me would cancel it out and cause interference.

I fixed it by pointing it in the wrong direction at a weird angle, which meant it now only picks up the small reflected signal on those good channels. My picture has been crystal clear since that day on every channel, rain or shine.

Not to say you will have that experience exactly, but it's a good antenna.

u/Xb3am · 7 pointsr/cordcutters

I got this antenna. I average about 30 miles to all the major stations in my area and I mounted the antenna inside my attic with a low noise amp. Looking at the signal map you provided I think a similar setup should work for you. Good luck!

u/ylph · 7 pointsr/whatisthisthing

I think it's a digital TV antenna, terrestrial (not satellite)

Here is a pretty similar one.

Another pretty similar design

Looks like it's one of those generic Chinese no name designs sold as FP 9000 from many different online vendors - for example this one shows the same configuration as your photo.

u/WhistlesG0WooWoo · 7 pointsr/gamecollecting

What you need is the RF adapter for your nes (assuming that you have this part) and then you need a 75 to 300 ohm adapter. Or If I read your post wrong and all you have is the screw terminals on the end of the RF adapter (if you are using one from a different machine that is older) you would need a 300ohm to 75ohm adapter. Here are some links :

u/k6usy · 7 pointsr/cordcutters

You might need a antenna balun.

75 to 300 Ohm UHF/VHF Matching Transformer

u/crander47 · 7 pointsr/television
u/ohgreatnowyouremad · 7 pointsr/television

Since no one is linking you for some just need something like this.

Use this to find your nearest transmitter location and get an antenna that reaches that far in range.

u/jjayzx · 7 pointsr/RTLSDR

This is typically where people start -

u/Armsc · 7 pointsr/hometheater

So you're looking for a 5.1 home theater to replace/upgrade your current setup. Since you like the Pioneers of your current setup here is what I came up with.

AVR - Denon X1200w refurb $400


  • Mains: Elac B6 $280

  • Rears: Elac B5$230

  • Center: Elac C5$180

    Sub - SVS PB1000 $500

    Yes I know it's over budget but you could scale back to the B5 for the front to get it even closer but since you like stereo music I figured the larger B6 would be appreciated. You could if you wanted also also scale back the rears to something different I just went the matching tone throughout the setup.

    I chose the ELAC's because you liked the Pioneers sound. The ELAC's are supposed to be close to the Pioneers but more refined in just about every way.
u/ripkenkid8 · 7 pointsr/hometheater

Purchase List:

Optoma HD27 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector - amazing image quality and extremely bright - can almost watch the screen with all the lights on:

Homegear 100” HD Motorized 16:9 Projector Screen W/ Remote Control - works very well, packaged and arrived in great condition:

Yamaha RX-V379BL 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver with Bluetooth:

2 ELAC B6 Debut Series 6.5" L & R Speakers by Andrew Jones:

1 ELAC C5 Debut Series 5.25" Center Speaker by Andrew Jones:

AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable:

Monoprice Affinity Premium 14AWG Braided Speaker Wire:

VideoSecu 2 Heavy duty PA DJ Club Adjustable Height Satellite Speaker Stand Mount:

Projector Mount - VideoSecu LCD/DLP Projector Ceiling Mount Bracket:

2x LED Lighting for Bar/Couch:

u/ShinyTile · 7 pointsr/hometheater

Receiver $1100

Front LR $1300

Center $1500

Rear LR $1600

Atmos Bounce $2100.

Upgrade moves: B6 instead of B5, Elac B4 or B5 for rears (Eh, I don't think you need it.)

u/HulksInvinciblePants · 6 pointsr/hometheater
u/bhove · 6 pointsr/crtgaming

Protip: don't buy the Atari switchbox or whatever, get yourself something like this. The quality is way better, it's more reliable, and cheaper. Pair it with a female rca to female coax adapter.

I love how you've hooked it up in the meantime.

u/InspectorVII · 6 pointsr/toronto

I would opt for something like this.

While it isn't the most attractive antenna, it does get really great reception. I have been through several panals and loops which have all required a far amount of adjustment which isn't ideal.

u/Stormier · 6 pointsr/cordcutters

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).


u/reh8388 · 6 pointsr/Rochester

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.

u/amarine88 · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

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.

u/MikeFive · 6 pointsr/cordcutters

NHL Gamecenter

MLS Live

NBA Gamepass

NFL Gamepass

You can also watch NFL games free over the air with a cheap antenna depending on your location / how close to the broadcast towers you are. In my case I had to use this $45 outdoor antenna that I simply mounted in place of the old DirecTV satellite. I'm about 30 miles from towers and I could probably use a slightly larger one because occasionally I get a little bit of static or signal drop.

Even if you paid for every one of those streaming services and bought a $100 antenna you'd be paying less yearly than a cable subscription.

u/CatrickStrayze · 6 pointsr/technology

The Mohu Leaf antenna is the one I use. It picks up stations from the two cities that I'm in the middle of, each about 30-35 miles away. Plus, it's made in the USA. They also make a powered version that is supposed to get even better reception, but I can't speak for that one since I don't have it.

I use that antenna and Amazon Prime or "other" streaming sites for movies.

u/shamam · 6 pointsr/AskNYC
u/zagaberoo · 6 pointsr/SanJose

We get nothing through the built in antenna in our TV, but with this antenna taped to the window we get pretty good reception on a decent range of stations.

u/emeterio_o · 6 pointsr/thebachelor

ABC is broadcast for free over-the-air. All you need is an antenna! I personally bought this one: Mediasonic Homeworx HW110AN Super Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna - 25 Miles Range

It works well for the price but you may want to spend a little more to get better reception.

u/Kraz31 · 6 pointsr/philadelphia

Can't speak to outdoor antenna but I have this indoor one and it picks up ABC (WPVI-HD 6.1): 1byone Digital Amplified Indoor HD TV Antenna

That said, I'm in Fairmount and 20 floors up so it probably helps.

Have you checked the FCC coverage map to see if ABC has strong coverage in your area:

u/HailWolf · 6 pointsr/UTAustin

It's on ABC. Just buy one of these (to avoid the evils of Time Warner) and tune in.

u/jftuga · 5 pointsr/Athens

I live in NW Athens. I have a ClearStream 2V. I can pick up Channel 2 ABC, but it is choppy. Fox 5 comes in about once a week, extremely choppy.

Other non-mainstream that come in:

  • 2-6 wsb-tv, non-hd
  • 5-2 waga, non-hd
  • 8-1 gpb hd
  • 8-2 kids
  • 8-3
  • 23-1 religion
  • 34-3 wuvg
  • 34-4 escape
  • 36-1 watl-dt myATL
  • 36-2 bounce
  • 69-1 wupn hd

    I might get an antenna amplifier to see if I can get Abc and Fox to come in better. If you want to try this, you really need to "go big or go home" as they say. Since I got my antenna for only $10 this is it for me. You need an even bigger antenna that I have to get Atlanta stations.

    Also, does anyone know of someone who installs roof antennas? My roof is a little too steep for my comfort.
u/odieoss · 5 pointsr/Sacramento

If you are in Sacramento proper and have a southwest facing window the old school and super cheap rabbit ears will do the trick. I use [this antenna] ( You'll see on top is a flat piece that extends out - that is what gets the VHI-Hi Band. I mounted it on the roof, point it just west of south-west and get all of San Fransisco's channels on cloudy days.

u/dabears22 · 5 pointsr/Cordcutting

Get an HD Antenna and you'll be able to get CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC. They're $15-$20 on Amazon.

u/EPerezF · 5 pointsr/chile

Como sale justo US$29,95 no paga impuesto. aprox 6 lucas de envío a Chile usando Amazon


u/safariari · 5 pointsr/GNV is your best resource for this question. Just input your location and it will list each channel you can get and what kind of antenna it would require.

That said, 5-6 seems about right. I live on the east side and using this amplified indoor antenna I get FOX, ABC, CBS, PBS and their associated channels. NBC is on a low-power VHF station out of Newberry that I can't seem to get, but I don't have any signal issues with the channels that I do get.

u/jupiterslament · 5 pointsr/toronto

For what it's worth, I first got a monoprice antenna and picked up nothing but City TV and CBC.

I then got the unamplified version of this thing and pick up pretty much all the networks listed on the right.

Admittedly... I face south. But just saying the antenna does make a huge difference cause I still faced south with the terrible monoprice antenna too.

u/appoaf · 5 pointsr/Charlotte

Ok, here's a plan that will cost you NOTHING if you don't like it.

Assumption: Your TV has an HD Tuner built-in, this is key. Let me know if you need more clarification on this.

Go somewhere and get an "HD Antenna." They range from thin indoor panels to big gaudy outdoor arrays. Make sure they have a powered amplifier as well (think most do). I would recommend a store first, so you can try one (smaller/cheaper), then take it back if it doesn't work out and try another, once you've found the perfect one, either keep it or buy it online for 50% of the store cost. There are a LOT out there, and the right one depends on a LOT of variables (elevation, obstructions, interference, etc). I have the Terk Klingon Sword looking one. It's more of a directional antenna, but works fine pointing North to split the difference of the two closest sources. I have mine pointing out a window, and then have it plugged into the the main splitter of the house (outdoor TWC junction box) to feed to all my TVs. The good thing is, you only need one antenna. Point it where you think first, then do a channel scan. Your TV should have a signal meter. May take two people yelling if your antenna is far away from your TV. Too far one way may mean Channels from the East coming in great, and Channels from the West not coming in at all. Fine tune and then repeat the channel scan to find the sweet spot! It may take a couple hours, but just think of the pleasure you'll get from never paying for cable and calling TWC up to tell them to go Fuck themselves!

Just message me if you have any more questions or need more details. I have 4 HD TVs and they all receive CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, PBS, WJZY, UNC, and more off that one antenna.

Also, don't get too discouraged if the first one doesn't work worth a shit, I tried a flat panel one first and it wasn't worth a SHIT. Then I tried another terrible one with the same result. Good Luck!

u/kermityfrog · 5 pointsr/cordcutters

I live in a condo/apartment, so can't have a huge outdoor antenna. I'm currently using a leaf-type antenna and am pulling in only 7 channels. I live under the shade of the CN Tower (it's 800 metres away!). I tried one of these Terk indoor antennas, and got the same number of channels as the leaf-type, so I returned it. Any other options? I don't want something huge that I can't hide behind a bookshelf or furniture.

u/Fetti4MyYeti · 5 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

it really depends on where you live to what direction the towers are at. Check out and see what is around you, for me i live on the west coast so i only really needed to point north or south. So i bought two of these badboys and pointed them towards where i got the most (this will be lots of going up and down a ladder to tweak them) and buying various other things like boosters cause the signal degrades really fast after 10ft or so. I invested around $500 for everything and maybe a little more but i get nearly 100 channels, around 20 or so HD channels and i pay nothing a month. I will admit it was alot of hard work and took a toll on my back but giving the finger to my cable/dish provider was well worth it :)

u/wheelsno3 · 5 pointsr/movies

Dude, plug some rabbit ears into your tv. They are super cheap and give you an HD signal

u/rambleonfreddy · 5 pointsr/LAFC

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.

u/Cl3v3landStmr · 5 pointsr/Louisville

WHAS is a VHF station. I live near McNeely Lake Park and have a HD7694P mounted in my attic and get pretty good reception.

u/--0_-_0-- · 5 pointsr/nashville

I pulled the dish down and mounted one of these on it's bracket.. I get every channel around.

u/sivartk · 5 pointsr/cordcutters

If your channels are all in the same direction just get a directional antenna as it will do better pulling in stations from further in that direction than an omni-directional antenna. Something like this RCA Yagi antenna.

I personally prefer -- uh trust -- something that resembles an old school antenna, but maybe that is just my bias and how well the antenna in my attic works that is an "old school" (pre-HDTV era) antenna.

u/The_Music · 5 pointsr/RTLSDR

Tools used:

RTLSDR Blog Dongle

Default antenna at full attention, mounted on my bedroom floor on a metal pizza pan.

SDR# For tuning to frequencies.

AcarsDeco2 for decoding the transmissions.

u/CollateralFortune · 5 pointsr/homelab

Cheap acurite temp/humidity sensors. Use an rtl_sdr to capture the data and use rtl_433 software to decode it.




With this software

u/Bill_Money · 5 pointsr/hometheater

TV Samsung UN55KS8000 - $1,799.99 Reason why I am going w/ the 55 is most manufcaturers don;t really make 60's anymore. if they do they aren't the best of their models.

As for the sound system






should put you right at $1500

you can go from the elac B6's down to the B5's to save $100

u/A_Bag_Full_of_Poops · 5 pointsr/hometheater

A setup you can't go wrong with:

  • Denon AVR-S710W - $269.99

  • Elac B5s (front L/R) - $199.99

  • Elac C5 (center) - $179.99

  • Elac B4s (surrounds) - $149.99

    For the subwoofer, I think you should stretch your budget a bit and get either an SVS PB-1000 ($499.99) or an HSU VTF-2 MK5 ($599.00 incl. shipping).

    The above package with an outlet price PB-1000 has a sub-total of $1249.95.

    The Denon receiver supports bluetooth, AirPlay, and Wi-Fi so you should be able to play music from your phone (or control a media server through your phone). As for wires, there's not really a cost-effective solution to avoiding them, other than hiding them behind your drywall or something.
u/kreimerd · 5 pointsr/cordcutters

Yeah you need a larger antenna. Those flat antennas have never worked for me. There's a lot of marketing hype on antennas, but it usually comes down to height and direction. I've got one of these on my roof and I went from spotty signals with 3-4 channels to around 40 channels. I live like 20 miles from the signals I'm picking up too. I ran coax to every room in the house with a tv, sending them all to the basement, where I connected them all together with a splitter and sent the one coax up the side of the house to the roof.

u/iwtwyad · 5 pointsr/321

WESH is the toughest to get, from my experience. I live near downtown Melbourne and here's what I did:

I have this antenna mounted to this pole and run into this amplifier, which then goes to all of my TVs. The pole must be placed as high as possible where the antenna can point towards the northwest.

I used this website to get the number of degrees the WESH tower is from my location, then used a standard compass to point the antenna directly at the WESH tower.

Not only do I get WESH, but I get every other OTA channel that I know of, and a whole bunch that I wish I didn't.

u/hollow_hippie · 5 pointsr/Austin

Here, copying my comment below:

I use this one:

Looks kind of weird but I just put it on the wall behind my entertainment center. Haven't had any issues but go over to /r/cordcutters for more info on which one might work best for you. A lot of resources there.

u/Jdeguzman · 5 pointsr/chicago

I have the Mohu Leaf and it picks it up great. but it also depends on what floor he is on, distance from the tower, etc.

u/dardin · 5 pointsr/Tucson

I picked up one of these a month ago after cutting cable. I have it near a window and it picks up about 29 channels, though half or more are in Spanish. The local HD channels which is all I care about look great.

u/TMWNN · 5 pointsr/sanfrancisco

Yes to all of your questions, assuming that your TV has an over-the-air tuner.

I use another model, but the Moho Leaf is an antenna with very strong reviews. Or, start off with a $15 Radio Shack model.

u/Lemzz · 5 pointsr/technology

This one is actually a lot better. I use it and it tunes ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, and a half dozen other things in perfectly clear HD. I have it mounted behind my TV, but you can put it anywhere and hook it to your coax system.

I'll emphasize again that this tunes HD, which even on a cable provider like Comcast or Warner is usually an EXTRA charge. It's a great option for me since the only TV I usually watch is on the main networks.

u/redditballs · 5 pointsr/Frugal

If you live in an urban area, you will most likely get the signal to watch your major sports on ABC, FOX, NBC, & CBS in HD with this. I am watching Jeopardy right now and watching the hockey game tonight.

Put your zip code here to see what kind of signal you will get.

u/ChrisF79 · 5 pointsr/cordcutters

Couldn't you get a cheap HDTV antenna? The Leaf is phenomenal and picks up signals for me that are around 40 miles away.

u/DolitehGreat · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

If you're looking for something like this at a similar price point, I can at least recommend this stand. Been using it for around three years and I've had no problems. Little bit of a hassle to set these up alone, but once I got them set up they stay where I want them.

u/mariolovespeach · 4 pointsr/houston

I would try a better antenna. I have used this in my attic for over 5 years. Make sure to use a quality coax RG6 quad shielded cable (something like this). Use AntennaWeb to help you aim your antenna.

With this I've been able to pick up CBS in College Station from Katy

u/Tyler-Swift · 4 pointsr/grandrapids

Do you have issues with WXMI (FOX) and/or WOOD (NBC)? Those two are fairly close to the WWMT tower so it would be odd if you are experiencing problems with one but not the others. Check with and see if your antenna is pointed in the right direction, or something.

Joining two antennas could cause issues as the "static" from one might combine with the perfectly good signal from the other. They do make filters for this, but they are now hard to find in stock. For example Channel Master CM 0578 JOIN-TENNA. These will pass a certain channel from one antenna, ch 8 (which is ch 3.x, WWMT; Slightly confusing), and everthing else from another antenna.

I use a small yagi in my attic, but I'm not in a wooded area and have a good line of sight.

u/beezerhale · 4 pointsr/cordcutters


I had great success with this antenna. My stations (all 28 available) are spread all around me. This antenna picked them all up, with the farthest away being GPB (PBS) 43 miles.

u/CarpeNivem · 4 pointsr/cordcutters

If that's the "today only" price, what is the regular price?

Also, how does this antenna compare to the Winegard FV-30BB, which is what I use now, and I'm reasonably happy with it. It does, however, receive a particular channel only sporadically, so I've been considering replacing it with something else, if I felt that alternative would work better. Is there any reason to suspect this might be that alternative?

(Somehow I doubt it - no offense, of course - but I'm just asking.)

u/Drefen · 4 pointsr/Atlanta

The major networks broadcast over-the-air as well as through cable. If you dont have cable but want to watch the shows, you would need an HD antenna attached to your television or TV tuner card in your PC. There is no monthly fee or cost beyond the antenna unless you want to add a DVR of your own.

What Aeroe does is moves the location of the antenna to their own data center and permits you to stream that same content over the interwebs to you PC or laptop. They justify the monthly expense by offering DVR service and "leasing" you the antenna.

u/No_Eulogies_for_Bob · 4 pointsr/ottawa

Almost same thing happened to me with Rogers. My promotion ended, they refused to give even a little bit. Nope no way. I threaten to leave. They say "don't let the door hit ya." So I bought a Flatwave antenna, NCF internet and am only on my cell phone now. Been 3 years and have not looked back.

u/oakgrove · 4 pointsr/Atlanta

Use or to find out the general direction of the towers from your location. The major ones are all roughly Midtown. You want to locate (and point) the antenna with as unobstructed a view of the towers as possible.

Having the antenna behind the TV is nice for aesthetics but it isn't helping your signal. First try moving it, if you can. If you have a convenient window facing the towers, then you can try this antenna.

u/TMH01 · 4 pointsr/crtgaming

You need to convert the HDMI out to RF with something like this:

Then use a coaxial to antenna adapter like this:

You'll also need a coax cable to connect the two.

u/peckrob · 4 pointsr/HuntsvilleAlabama

Central Madison. I have a Channel Master CM-4228HD in my attic connected to all the TVs in the house. Works great, and I never have to mess with it. I get all the major channels and their subchannels, and a bunch of low-power primarily religious stations that we never watch.

u/unclexrico · 4 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

u/ZippyTheChicken · 4 pointsr/ota

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.

good luck

u/MeowMixSong · 4 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

u/booooooze · 4 pointsr/sandiego

Live in Golden Hill, don't have great line of sight to the two hills that local TV comes from, here's my experience, though I don't know how applicable:

  • As others have mentioned, KPBS and FOX broadcast from the same location as NBC. My TV has a signal strength thing somewhere in the tuning menu, tune to Fox and fuck around with your antenna until you've maximized the signal, then try scanning for NBC.
  • Walls and shit block signal. Try running it outside. But you'll also get signal loss for every x feet of cable.
  • Ultimately, our house must have lead walls or something, because none of the indoor antennas would pick up shit for us. We had to resort to something like this. (Fry's will have an assortment of them in stock). It's big and bulky, but it works well. Unfortunately, it's a bit directional, but that's generally OK, as if we point it at Mt San Miguel (Fox, NBC) we still get the stuff from Mt Soledad pretty well (except when a plane flies over, which is every 5 minutes on Sundays).
u/bostonwhaler · 4 pointsr/savannah

PBS is the most difficult channel to get in the Savannah area. I sometimes will get it with my ghetto "rabbit ears ziptied to the roof" setup here in midtown. PBS is 32 miles away (vs. 16 or less for most others) which is out of the range of the Leaf.

Get yourself a TVFool report:

A good economy antenna is the RCA/Audiovox ANT751. If positioned properly (WNW), you should have no issues pulling in PBS.

Edit - /u/thebassdude is the local DIY antenna guru as well. Give him a shout, and/or check out some of the "build your own antenna" tutorials online. You don't need much more than some old wire coat hangers and a scrap piece of wood.

u/cudenlynx · 4 pointsr/LifeProTips

If you want the best HD signal on ALL channels I would recommend

The Rabbit Ear and other ones like the one mentioned by /u/barefootbandit8 are ok for getting a few channels to come in clear. However, you will find that you are constantly trying to adjust the antenna depending on what station you are watching.

By installing the RCA ANT751 in your attic, you will get more than 90% of your channels to come in crystal clear and you will never need to adjust your "rabbit ears". Take the time and money to install a long term solution. You and your family will be happy, trust me.

u/greenrangertp · 4 pointsr/nashville

Use one with bunny ears/VHF Elements! Unless you are really close to WSMV/WNPT towers, those flat one's have a hard time receiving their signals because they are VHF channels(WSMV-High VHF, WNPT-High VHF). Those flat antennas are made for UHF only signals and won't get the VHF signals well, so you need one with both.

Like this.

or this

EDIT: WZTV appears to have changed from VHF-Low to UHF, recently.

I gave you the signal chart for where I'm at in Nashville, but YMMV depending where you are in relation to the towers for the respective stations here in Nashville.

**I'll update this as needed.

u/csguydn if you need my help, DM me.

u/kefkaisbad · 4 pointsr/GNV

Actually, it's just a VHF (low band) broadcast versus a UHF broadcast, and the tower is in Newberry. Those "leaf" style indoor antennas have trouble picking up VHF broadcasts, but something like this should work.

u/wobwobwob42 · 4 pointsr/boston

Thanks NBC for fucking people who use antennas! Because who needs a strong OTA signal anymore?

Everyone should buy one of these $6 tv antennas and see how SHITTY cable TV looks and sounds. Yes they still work and dont buy a stupid "digital" antenna, the TV signals are so strong around the city that stirpped coax and some tinfoil would work.

u/kiddslopp · 4 pointsr/appletv

I would maybe post this question to/browse

I currently have this configuration. I have a HDHomeRun Extend and two Apple TV's. The HDHomeRun Extend will only give you access to over the air tv, where I live that is about 15-20 channels. I wouldn't go as far as saying its a replacement for a 100 VIP cable package. There will be channels that are simply not offered OTA for free. It is more along of the lines of local or basic programming.

You can go here and input your location to see available channels and what type of antennae you would need

Here are some links to what I have for pricing.

u/sonsonmcnugget · 4 pointsr/cordcutters

6ABC Philly is super hard to pick up as it is VHF-Low. My 1ByOne antenna most of the time is able to pick it up (I am in South Jersey about 15 miles directly south from the tower). 1byOne antenna here.

I added Locast to my Roku which doesn't have Philadelphia yet (coming soon), but it lets me watch New York's ABC so if there are national abc shows or college football you want to watch you can try to watch them on there. If it's local news and stuff you are looking for on ABC then you'd have to go the Vue/Yttv/DTVNOW route if you can't get it through antenna.

u/Saysbadman · 4 pointsr/cordcutters

I like the 35 mile amazon basics antenna better as you can use a superior cable instead of the thin built in cable on the other brand. Rg6 cables work great, and they don't cost much
AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna - 35 Mile Range

u/hvdc123 · 4 pointsr/boston

Just get an rtl-sdr dongle for $25 and be done with it. Unless you snag an old crystal scanner at the swapmeet for $15.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/RTLSDR

RTL-SDR v3 is like $20-$25. Has a little antenna and seems pretty versatile from what I understand.

It seems like a good starting point. I picked one up not too long ago, then magically shelled out around $400 for other shit.

u/sdr55 · 4 pointsr/RTLSDR

From his description it is either:


Both are great starter receivers although there are a few small differences between them. Some people start with the really cheap ~$11-12 ones, but frankly they suck. $25 for a proper one isn't much.

u/MinhoSucks · 4 pointsr/RTLSDR

Spend the extra 5 dollars and pick up this one. It has a metal case for better heat dissipation/noise reduction, 2 antennas, and a more common antenna connector.

u/ThisHandleIsStupid · 4 pointsr/RTLSDR

I got one of these a couple of months ago and it works great. If you're new to SDR (like I am) I think it's a good deal.

u/bloons3 · 4 pointsr/RTLSDR

I've had good experience with this one:

26$, gets you an antenna and the SDR (nice one too).

u/Zecellomaster · 4 pointsr/RTLSDR

No problem!

Yes, this is a V dipole, specifically it is this kit from the RTL-SDR website.

The dipole was attached to a flexible mini-tripod (included in kit), then placed on a brush pole at the handle part, which was then stuck in the ground under a tree (as the mulch was easier to do this with).

The laptop/dongle is usually ~1.5 meters/yards away, and I try to position myself away from the where the satellite is during the pass.

No LNA is used, I only use WXtoIMG for decoding, SDR# for DSP, and Orbitron for tracking in order to calculate doppler shift, where a plugin automatically changes the SDR# frequency.

I have been doing this since Saturday last week when I got the kit and set up all the programs. I've been bitten by the APT bug, and receiving/decoding the images is really addictive!

u/gumpgraves · 3 pointsr/HamRadio

If you want to listen then you do not need a license (as indicated by rock_vbrg). I assume you already have a computer (what college student doesn't), so I would start with one of these: you can listen to the air traffic plus a whole lot more. It also gives you the option to do a little more advanced stuff without having to re-invest in hardware. Check out making it into an ADSB tracker :

You can run it with a windows machine using SDR# which has a lot of plug ins for different digital signals. Or you can use GQRX as your front end on a linux machine. There are Rasp-Pi options to run it as well, it is is a little swiss army knife for receiving radio. Browse through the archives at to see if anything interests you. And look at all of the available software for these little things here:

Then if you want to take that next step and get involved, get your license (which i highly recommend). Hope this helps.


u/forkworm · 3 pointsr/RTLSDR

Here! Even better if somebody 3D Prints you a v dipole bracket for them.

RTL-SDR Blog R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO SMA Software Defined Radio with 2x Telescopic Antennas

u/DwarfVader001 · 3 pointsr/RTLSDR

It depends on what you want to do with the setup HF, vhf, ect. Personally I would start out with an sdr setup like this
I've bought 8 of these little sdrs over a few years for monitoring the the entire 2m and 70c ham bands and occasionally playing around with weather sats. They are essentially the baofeng of sdrs.
If you're interested in a higher quality sdr I would look into something like an airspy r2 or mini.

u/suddenlypandabear · 3 pointsr/amateurradio

For $20, the RTL-SDR Blog v3 stick is very good and has some features that matter in practice. Bias tee for LNAs if you end up needing to use one (needing a long antenna wire going outdoors is a common reason), aluminum enclosure, a good TCXO, and some ESD protection.

Aside from the actual SDR, the antenna will make a huge difference and you can do reasonably well without spending a lot of money for something fragile and non-portable.

You can get a kit that includes the RTLSDR v3 and a cheap looking but useful "rabbit ears" antenna (see important note below!). It's obviously not a great antenna, but I've used it for receiving NOAA weather satellite images, since you can arrange it as a V-dipole. It's also really lightweight and portable, and if you accidentally break or lose it, or if you leave it outside and it rusts, they sell them separately for a few bucks.

For a slightly more durable and capable, but still really cheap and portable antenna, take a look at the N9TAX Slim Jim. I've had one of those for years and love it, because it can be easily hung up outdoors and taken back down quickly. He makes a few variations, but the one in the link comes with a 10ft cable and SMA connector on the end, and has a built-in velcro wrap for coiling it up and storing/transporting it. It's designed for the 2m and 70cm ham bands, but for receiving with an SDR I've used that antenna on everything from commercial FM all the way up to 1090Mhz ADS-B.

(If you do get that rabbit ears antenna kit, make sure you open the little plastic housing on it and look for wires that might cause a short circuit between the 2 antenna elements. There should be a little resistor connecting them for ESD protection, but there should not be bare strands of wire shorting them directly.

That happened on mine every time the wire moved, and it severely harmed reception until I fixed it by snipping the stray wire strands off. It may also cause damage to the SDR if the bias tee gets activated while the antenna is directly connected and shorted like that, which is more likely than it sounds because the normal TV drivers for the SDR chipset in linux apparently turn on the bias tee by accident, not knowing that there's a bias tee circuit in there).

u/mooglinux · 3 pointsr/RTLSDR

I suggest either the RTL-SDR Blog kit or the NooElec NESDR SMArt Bundle. The RTL-SDR V3 has one advantage over the SMArt, which is that it has a bias t.

Both kits include a selection of antenna. Attach the magnetic mount to a piece of metal, and go to town.

u/ElectronSpiderwort · 3 pointsr/amateurradio

This is the one I just replaced my older one with. It is totally worth $5 more for the TCXO option.

u/ironhydroxide · 3 pointsr/RTLSDR

I am using the RTL-SDR v3 (
And at the moment have been trying to setup GRC to visualize/capture as I don't know enough about the sensor to know that what i'm capturing is actually from the sensor, or from something else.

From my understanding the sensors periodically send temperature data, as well as presence triggers. Though I do not know if it's an immediate packet sent as soon as motion is detected, or just a change in the data on next periodic update. I have tried to correlate room entry (motion) with the sensor triggering, but haven't found anything conclusive on a delay. Sometimes it seems immediate, others it seems like there's a minute to 5 minute delay before the ecobee software shows presence detected.

The ecobee thermostat shows presence in 5min blocks if I review the "follow Me" data for my thermostat. I believe the sensor has a much higher resolution of motion/no motion though.

u/gurueuey · 3 pointsr/hometheater

All in one systems are just a step above HTiB systems in regards to quality. The only advantage is that you don't have to get an entirely new system if something fails. What do you have currently? It's possible that there's enough to use to fill in while you save up for more components.

With a $700 budget, here's what I'd recommend:

Receiver ($189.99): Denon s710 Receiver

Subwoofer ($138.00) Dayton 1200 12" subwoofer

Speakers option 1 ($89.99 + $96.99) Pioneer Andrew Jones Bookshelf pair + Pioneer Andrew Jones Center

Speakers option 2 ($229.99 + $179.99) [ELAC B5 Bookshelf pair]( 014GSEQWE%7CB014GSER6O%7CB014GSEUJ8%7CB014GSEVFQ) + ELAC Center Channel

Option 1 total: $514.97 without shipping, taxes, or accessories. The Pioneer speakers are among the best budget speakers around right now, especially on sale. Some people think they sound a little veiled, so if super crisp highs are your thing, I'd consider alternatives.

Option 2 total: $737.97 without shipping, taxes, or accessories. Yes, a little over budget assuming $700 is your limit. However, it's worth it for the increased sound quality. The ELAC Debut series are one of the hottest speaker lines out there right now, and most reviewers agree that they're worth every penny. There are also alternatives in this ballpark by EMP Tek, Chane, Infinity, etc.

Why no rears? You sacrifice too much in the front speakers by trying to get the whole system at once in the budget. As a matter of fact, if you wanted to you could skip the center channel as well and just buy a 2.1 to start. Remember though that any system you buy needs to be the same series across the front three. You can either purchase identical speakers for the rears later, or look at dipole/bipole speakers, or purchase some cheap speakers off Craigslist for rears. Now, all of this is assuming that you don't have any audio gear. If you already have some older bookshelf speakers, you can use those for surrounds, etc.

u/SpartanG087 · 3 pointsr/hometheater


Center: ELAC C5

Sub: BIC F12

Receiver: Denon S510BT

Speaker placement can be hard to figure out, but that all depends on the space. 3.1 is fairly easy even in small areas. I had a small living room and this worked out great for me.

When a better idea of the space you have, I could give you a build on what I'd do based on your budget.

u/crazykoala · 3 pointsr/whatisthisthing

Yep, twin lead cable. You should be able to adapt that 300 ohm flat to the more modern 75 ohm coaxial cable using one of these. Those adapters are fairly common and available at Walmart, hardware stores, etc. If you have an antenna on your roof it is probably connected to that. If you have a tv with a digital tuner (most flat screens have one) you might be able to tune in digital broadcasts in your area.

Will I need a new antenna to get digital TV?

If you are in the USA or Canada check the TV Fool web site to see if there's free tv in your area and what direction to point your antenna for best reception.

u/Butt_Pocket · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

75 ohm antenna

thing that makes impedance 300ohm

They work the same, the adapter is to hook up rabbit ears to use for a fm antenna

u/b0ltzmann138e-23 · 3 pointsr/financialindependence

One more thing the article didn't touch on. If you live close to a city you can most likely get an antenna for one month's worth of cable. That will give you access to the national channels / local programming. It's not much, but it's entirely free after you pay for the antenna.

Two very popular antennas are the MOHU Leaf and the Terk Indoor antenna

To see where the towers are in your area - you can look at antenna web - I am sure there are other sites, even better ones.

EDIT: If you don't want to spend the money on the antenna and want a little weekend project; you can make your own antenna. Google coat hanger antenna or something or try something like this

u/Pennysboat · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

It really depends on where you live and whats around your house. I live about 10 miles from most of the major antennas and don't have much elevation to compete with. I get about 20 good signal channels, most of them in HD. I am using this antenna and just put it on some of the beams in my attic:

Its worth a few hours of your time to give it a try. If it doesnt work as you hoped, just return the antenna to the store or amazon for your money back.

u/svferris · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I spent the time to make this too and was quite underwhelmed by the performance. I ended up with a Terk HDTVa, which completely blew away the homemade one.

I live in San Diego and I pick up all the San Diego channels as well as most of the Orange County and Los Angeles HD channels.

u/kevarh · 3 pointsr/rochestermn

I lived on 25th St NW and had pretty good coverage, KTTC, KXLT, PBC (Iowa an KSMQ), KAAL, and KIMT. I moved further north and west and dropped Iowa Public Television, KTTC and KXLT.

I have this antenna indoors.

Check out Antenna Web, they are a pretty good indicator of coverage.

u/ylsf · 3 pointsr/toronto

Yeah, I would hope this is obvious to most people but I guess it is good for those that don't know. Definitely recommend getting a better antenna from somewhere besides Bestbuy. If you want a cheap antenna, dollarama was selling some RCA ones for $3 but if you are going to spend over $20 look for something like this:

(Model sometimes goes on sale for less than $50 from The Source).

u/icantrecallaccnt · 3 pointsr/ota

I'm a ways out in the burbs and this works great indoors.

u/wildjokers · 3 pointsr/Omaha

I have had this Terk amplified antenna for about 8 years:

I used to live near 168th and Pacific and it got all channels great, would sometimes have to point it slightly toward Gretna to get Fox.

I now live 37-41 miles from the broadcast antennas and I have the same antenna in my basement (not next to a window) and all channels come in perfectly.

The Terk is a little more expensive than most antennas but most people speak highly of them.

u/FitFedditFez · 3 pointsr/television

You wouldn't be likely to notice a modern HD antenna. There are also indoor ones.

u/junkmale · 3 pointsr/entertainment

I got mine via Amazon. I don't think I've been to a Radio Shack or a Best Buy in about 5 years.

u/ARCHA1C · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

The Terk HDTVa is an Amazon favorite.

Do you have cable Internet?
You may find that plugging your cable into your tv/digital tuner box and scanning for channels may yield you more channels than you can get OTA.

I canceled Directv a couple of months ago.
I'd built my own DB4 antenna and I was able to pick up 9 HD channels.
Today, out of curiosity, I took the cable (coax) out of my Comcast cable modem and plugged it into my TV.

I now get 40+ channels.
20+ are HD.

Now I have a splitter in-line before the cable modem.
One cable goes to the tv, the other to the modem.

It's worth a try!

u/_tip_ · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

i use this [amazon] indoor antenna and it works great. and use this [tvfool] to point the antenna in the optimal direction

u/JazzFestFreak · 3 pointsr/NewOrleans

Congrats on your cutting the cord.

/u/FoxtrotSamual has many good points. You need a GOOD antenna. You need to be patient where you place it and what direction you point it to get channel 12 (12.1, 12.2, 12.3).

I figured I was savings $80/month so I would spend some money upfront. I bought this antenna.

I also bought a small powered coaxal amp to put right by the antenna. I then tied the amp into my (now unused) cable wiring. This gives every TV hooked up to the old cable great antenna access.

This site shows you the general direction you will need to point.

Finally, I did buy a HDhomeRun device to accept antenna signals and push into my wifi network. Now every computer, and mobile device has access to broadcast TV.

Good luck! it has easily been 2 years now. a savings of nearly $2,000!

u/2old2care · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

IF you can get an 8-bay antenna on the satellite mount and IF you can aim it approximately south, you will get some reception. Otherwise you will almost certainly need a rooftop antenna.

u/troyhough · 3 pointsr/lincoln

I am just north of I80, in north Lincoln. I get them (12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4) flawlessly. I have my antenna mounted at the highest point in the attic and pointed towards Omaha.

I use the antenna below. If you are patient and keep an eye on it, you can get it for $85-90.

Channel Master CM-4228HD High VHF, UHF and HDTV Antenna Channel Master

u/pi3832v2 · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

>I got this basic indoor antenna off Amazon.

You could probably get better reception with ye olde $10 RCA antenna.

u/UnicornToots · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

u/getyashinebox · 3 pointsr/Frugal

agreed. torrents for tv shows are illegal im assuming?

anyway, i am close to NYC as well (20 mi.) and using this antenna ( with no luck.

wondering if i did something wrong.

u/idontusejelly · 3 pointsr/Denver

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.

u/spamlet · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

u/ECgopher · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

A basic indoor antenna should be able to pull in a lot. I have [this] ( 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

u/guga31bb · 3 pointsr/technology

I bought this one ($8, Amazon Prime) and it works great. I'm watching PBS right now.

u/digiblur · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

You aren't out of luck with those channels but you will need an outdoor antenna with possibly some height to it. An amp might not be a bad idea either. I pick up several stations like this with an antenna 20 feet in the air, with an amp split to 4 TVs.

This is the antenna I use: Winegard HD7694P High Definition VHF/UHF Antenna

But I would go with the bigger model if you can, just make sure it is VHF and UHF.

I can't speak on the DVR too much as I have tried several options from the channel master dvr to the tablo but ended up going with a HTPC with 3 tuners, NextPVR and Plex for viewing anywhere. That's an advanced solution though.

u/MrNagant · 3 pointsr/Chattanooga

OTA is great. You really don't need a great antenna to get the big channels NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS. They are all on the Signal Mountain Ridge. As long as you don't sit in a ridges RF shadow, something inside should work well.

I have this antenna and it is total overkill.

I have it pointed at the mountain and the rear of it actually picks up PBS from Chatsworth, GA.

I bought this antenna and pick up ION from Canton, GA.

You buying one antenna for one TV, or one antenna for multiple TVs? You can easily tap into your existing coax. You'll just want to probably replace your cable provided distributor with an amplified distributor.

u/snyderversetrilogy · 3 pointsr/ota

So the satellite dish is on the side of the house then? If the coax cable is coming out of the attic vent near the roof peak you might be able to mount the antenna at the roof peak. This is the antenna I got (they have it at Walmart): It works great, for me at least.

u/colossalfalafel1216 · 3 pointsr/phoenix

So I tried the high end Mohu style indoor antenna, and had to buy a larger outdoor antenna. The indoor had inconsistencies in video quality or video loss. After putting an outdoor one up, we've had no issues.

This is the one I picked up: RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna

It's been up for about a year and a half, great so far

u/musjunk22 · 3 pointsr/ChicagoSuburbs

Try r/ota. Also check out I'm in Batavia also and I had to use an outdoor antenna to get more than a couple channels. If you look around town you'll see a lot of different outdoor antennas. We're just a little too far from most of the Chicago transmitters to get a reliable signal indoors. I got a very good outdoor setup from Olmstead's downtown. I installed it myself but they do installs also if you're not the DIY type or have a fear of heights. It was more than $150 for the smaller outdoor antenna they have plus a small mast. I used a chimney mount, they only sell tripod mounts.

You could go the bargain route. I think this antenna may have good results RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna with 70 Mile Range

u/kevlarlover · 3 pointsr/Chattanooga

Yup, I live in North Shore (in one of the valleys - bad place for TV reception), mounted an antenna in my attic (not even an exterior one) and I get all the channels in crystal-clear quality.

If you're up on a hill or in a flat area with few obstructions, something like an amplified Mohu Leaf will probably be enough; if you're somewhere like me where reception is a challenge, you'll need something like this: - maybe with a separate amplifier.

u/KalenXI · 3 pointsr/HamRadio

In my experience unless you live close to the TV stations those "black rectangle" antennas are at best mediocre for UHF stations and terrible for VHF stations. Do you have an attic you could put an antenna in? If so you could try getting something more directional like this design. If you don't have the space for a larger antenna I'd recommend looking for something that at least has a traditional "rabbit ears" element that you can extend to pick up the VHF channels better.

u/MSUBREW · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I spent $45 or so for the RCA attic/outdoor antenna and it works great and I get all of the channels you mentioned with perfect quality. Here is the antenna.

u/lafreniereluc · 3 pointsr/ottawa

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Hey Antonio, figured you may find my post interesting. I used to live around the Riverside/Hurdman bus station, with a set of VHF/UHF cheap antenna, I used to get most channels since I was up high in an apartment. 5 years ago, I moved to the burbs of Barrhaven (townhome). My tv was in the basement, so I interconnected coax cables up to my second story and had that same antenna there and barely got anything.

I proceeded to invest in a better antenna. After some research, I settled on this one:

It's a little large, but for myself, I was able to install inside my attic so it's completely out of sight. Pointed it at the Gatineau hills (the source of the signals) and programmed my tv.

I get a VERY SOLID set of channels that work through all weather.

They include channels: 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14, 24, 30, 40, 42, 43, 60, 65.

u/OreoRants · 3 pointsr/PleX

The Winegard Pre-Amp is what made the biggest difference for me.
I use the RCA Yagi for my antenna, and it has been solid.
This site can help you aim and know what you should get pretty easily as well.

Good Luck!

u/rob132 · 3 pointsr/NYGiants

Get one of these:

And one of these:

If you live in an area that's too far from the antenna, you can get 2-14 from your cable provider for $10 per month (that's what I do. I got all the channels with my antenna expect for FOX)

Sign up for the DVR service for $5 per month, and you're all set.

Oh, I forgot the hardest part.

During the giants game, you have to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. No cell phones, no social media. A glimpse of the score ruins everything.

u/4-string · 3 pointsr/houston

I've used this antenna with great results. Installed in attic with all channels clear. I'm on the edge of third ward.

u/BattleSausage · 3 pointsr/Pensacola

Here is it mounted to my fence, and this is the amazon link. It can be pole mounted, but what I would do is grab a 4x4x8' and put it in the ground 3 feet, then mount it to that. I am sure your landlord won't have a problem with that.

u/ryanhollister · 3 pointsr/Austin

I had directv previously. went up to the roof, took the dish off. put this guy ( on the mast and reused the wiring directv conveniently dropped throughout my house. works perfectly, get all the channels on all the tvs without an amplifier. I live in cedar park.

u/N3t_runn3r · 3 pointsr/PleX

My HDHR Prime works near perfectly with a good attic mounted antenna.( My Plex DVR is pretty good but I'd say still a work in progress. Many people do not realize that the right antenna mounted high is EVERYTHING.

u/BiffBiffkenson · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

About 14 miles out all in the same direction but ABC, PBS and CW are high vhf channels that an indoor antenna may have issues with.

I use this and have a similar situation in relation to the closest tower. I went from a paper clip (nothing) to rabbit ears (had to keep adjusting them, PITA) to putting the linked antenna in the attic. I get about 55 channels now. My attic is 45 ft above ground.

If I had ONLY wanted uhf channels I'd have been fine with some sort of indoor antenna but for the occasional sports - NFL games, College football and basketball an antenna with vhf elements was necessary for CBS in my area (also about 14 miles away and LOS). Not a huge sports fan anymore but its nice to have the option.

I was going to try a winegard freevision which I could have mounted in a window but I went straight to a bigger antenna in the attic. You can get the freevision at Home Depot and if its not right for you return it.

u/Jon_G · 3 pointsr/nashville

I live 11 miles outside of Nashville, and had problems picking up anything besides NBC and PBS with a set-top antenna. Upgraded to a setup like you are looking at; outdoor antenna that fit in my attic ( ) and added a preamp ( )

I pointed it towards the ABC/CBS/FOX towers and crossed my fingers. Fortunately, I was picking up all the major networks, PBS, and a bunch of independent stations. somewhere around 45 stations/substations total. Works great, couldn't be happier.

The problem you may is that the broadcast towers are on the far side of Nashville from you. You may have to go with a large outdoor pole-mounted antenna to pick up anything.

Not sure if my setup is good enough to work in Murfreesboro. You could order it from amazon, hook it up without mounting anything to test it, and if it doesn't work, return to amazon.

u/THECOACH0742 · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

Okay, so here's the thing. Flat antennas like that Terk and the Mohu leaf are terrible at receiving VHF frequencies. It's not what they're made for.

Back in 2009, when the US made the switch to digital, the majority of broadcast stations switched over to UHF frequencies, while some were allowed to stay in VHF-Hi. This means, that for most people, a flat indoor antenna will get all the channels they want. UHF is easy to receive on small, simple antennae. While for some people, like you, the channel you want is in the VHF-Hi frequency, which requires a completely different design.

If you really want an indoor antenna, you should look at the Winegard Freevision. It is designed to receive both frequencies fairly well and with your proximity, you should have no problem with the channels you want.

I hope this helps!

u/set723 · 3 pointsr/Athens

I'm in Commerce, and using this antenna (not kidding) mounted in the attic to pick up ABC and GPB:

It's a cheap plastic piece of junk thing but it works. I primarily have it pointed toward ABC tho. The other Atlanta channels are about 5 degrees of from ABC I think, so this antenna can't get them, and I haven't gotten around to messing with it more.

I'd like to get this one or one like it to pull in from two different directions and get everything, but I haven't gotten around to testing the current setup to see if it'd be worth it:

Anyway, there's various sites where you can check to see what your chances are to pull in some channels. On mobile and can't remember if the top of my head.

u/TrouserPudding · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

So your TVFool report is way worse than mine, but we are in the same general area (I'm further away in central bucks). As others have mentioned, 6 and 2 are VHF.

I started out with this:

It's cheap, it looks cheap, it feels cheap. It's been up for a year and a half and it works great. I thought it was just going to be a starting point, but it's totally sufficient for everything other than VHF.

To solve the VHF issue, I got this:

Works great for channel 6, kinda shitty for everything else. I mounted it on the pole just below the first antenna.

I figured a combination of the 2 would be perfect. Since the first antenna has a preamp in it, I needed a diplexer that would pass power on the UHF side. This was surprisingly hard to find documented when searching - I suppose it's too "technical" :)

So I ended up with this:

Mounted it right below the second antenna and everything is working absolutely great.

This is all on the roof of an outbuilding about 20 feet AGL. It goes inside to my office where it hits a splitter. The low side of the splitter goes to an HD Homerun and the high side goes to an underground feed to the house.

It took some time for me to get to this as a solution, but I'm really pleased with it.

Quick edit: the combination of these two antennas is so light that they are mounted in a metal adjustable flag pole holder that is screwed to the roof peak of the barn with a 6 foot piece of black iron pipe in it as a mast. Cheap and simple.

u/Otdole · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

Help from the more knowledgeable would be appreciated. I live in zip 23508--here's an AntennaWeb map of the area.

I've got a non-amplified [Mohu Leaf antenna] ( mounted in a first-floor window facing south. The antenna is connected via a 25-foot good quality coax to a Tivo box.

My reception is terrible. Lots of pixilation and audio dropouts.

My research led me to think that the Mohu Leaf was an adequate device for my situation. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

u/RedStag86 · 3 pointsr/drunk

Save more and drop cable completely. I promise you won't miss it between Netflix and Hulu. You could also get something like this if you find yourself missing broadcast channels or the news. One time purchase, and it's free TV from then on! Plus, over the air signals are actually of higher quality than what your cable provider compresses and sends to you.

u/tonofclay · 3 pointsr/baltimore

I live right outside Baltimore and have used one of these:

It works very well and the picture is great.

You can use this site to figure out the best place to put your antenna based on the direction the stations are coming from

There are outdoor antennas as well that you could get but in my opinion the Leaf indoor is the easiest

u/ummonommu · 3 pointsr/technology
u/miket019 · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I cut the cord 6 months ago, went from paying $140 a month to $35, I got rid of everything except internet. It was a no brainer, can't believe it took me that long to get rid of cable.

For television, I got the Paper Thin Leaf anthena from amazon and it works perfect.

u/eyestalks · 3 pointsr/phoenix

We only have over air signal, and we swear by our Leaf. It's inexpensive, looks great, has the strongest signal of the 5 we tried, and gives us lots of channels. We watch about 20 channels, and more are available that we just didn't program.

I'm at Camelback and the I17 and only have a little trouble with distant channels during severe storms.

u/Anotherscientist · 3 pointsr/Atlanta

I just did a ton of research on which TV antenna would work best in the north/east sides of Atlanta. My $20 Target version wasn't cutting it and I wanted something a little bit better.

This one comes out on top. Apparently you should stay away from amplified antenna if it's kept in doors, as the amplification can actually keep it from getting more channels. Amplification is better for outdoor antenna and a money-making gimmick for indoors. With this Mohu one, I jumped to getting almost 90 channels from the 50 or so I was poorly getting with my cheapie one.

u/sleepytimegirl · 3 pointsr/personalfinance

We have one similar to this. Mohu Leaf 30 TV Antenna, Indoor, 40 Mile Range, Original Paper-thin, Reversible, Paintable, 4K-Ready HDTV, 10 Foot Detachable Cable, Premium Materials for Performance, USA Made, MH-110583

u/AcidsEcho · 3 pointsr/xboxone

This is what most people are using successfully for OTA in the US:

I recommend this antenna:

Edit: Oops, you already have an antenna. Oh well, Ill leave it there for others.

u/megustareddito · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Thanks! I am actually using two, this for the middle and right monitor, and this for the left one.

I decided to use two stands because no three arm monitor stand I could find gave me the angles I wanted.

u/Thisiswhereicomment · 3 pointsr/Juneau

I cut the cord and have a digital antenna/Netflix. I live downtown, use a FlatWave antenna, a [digital converter box] (, and am able to get all four of the networks you've listed plus 4 other stations (mainly PBS). Its great and I won't ever go back. /r/cordcutters and TVFOOL are great resource as well. I know of some friends on the back loop who have had reception issues with antennas but downtown has been no problem. Hope this helps

u/ArchDucky · 3 pointsr/arrow

I got this one

It picked up FOX, CBS, ABC and NBC all in HD. CW was standard.

u/garyconditsmistress · 3 pointsr/phoenix

I live in north Scottsdale and everything else comes in fine, but even with this monster I can never pick up 12.

u/Chewza · 3 pointsr/Browns

Fox and CBS in Cleveland are on Hi-VHF frequencies. You'll need something better than the cheap panel antennas. This might do what you want.

Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V TV Antenna, 60+ Mile Range, UHF/VHF, Multi-directional, Indoor, Attic, Outdoor, Mast w/Pivoting Base/Hardware/ Adjustable Clamp, Sealing Pads, 4K Ready, Black - C2-V-CJM

u/tvtoo · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

Since your patio probably faces north/west and you're 30 miles away from the transmitters, how about another solution -- hire a company that usually does DirecTV or Dish Network installs to install a ClearStream 2V on your roof for about $100-$150.

You can easily find one by googling (direcTV installer, Dallas TX) or (dish network installer, Dallas TX).

It looks like a satellite dish, and because you have a satellite installer doing it, your management company/landlord/super should give them roof access just like another other resident installing DirecTV/Dish.

Roof will give you a great reception of everything to the south. Just have them use their iPhone compass app or install an Android compass app and point the antenna to 193 degrees.

Also, buy them an RCA Preamp to install, to lock in a signal before that long run of coaxial down to your apartment.

u/nateatwork · 3 pointsr/Maine

Hey, I can help you!

First, get a dual UHF/VHF antenna. This is the one I use. You can buy one on Amazon or at the South Portland Best Buy for $99.99.

This antenna should pretty much pick up NBC, ABC, and CBS no matter where you mount it. I have mine indoors on the first floor.

To get FOX, you'll need to point the antenna so that it's facing almost due north. The FOX antenna is up near Farmington for some reason. You may have to mess with the direction a little, but you should be able to get FOX in crystal clear HD with great reception.

These are my experiences over on Woodford St in Portland. Best of luck to you!

u/trickdoll · 3 pointsr/Jeopardy

you can get a cheap antenna and get it from your local station

i have this one, as you can see the reviews aren't very good but it does the job for me.

u/mistakenotmy · 3 pointsr/projectors

You need an antenna and an ATSC tuner.

The antenna is needed to receive the broadcast. Something like the one below.

The link below will let you know the estimated signal strength in your area. Make sure you can pick up an NBC station.

Then you need a tuner so you can turn to the correct channel and output to the projector. Something like below.

u/Wokkin_n_Wowwin · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

OP here - just letting you all know what I bought and how it's working out...

  1. Homeworx HW-150PVR ATSC Digital TV Converter Box with Media Player and Recording PVR Function/HDMI Out

  2. Homeworx HW110AN Super Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna

  3. Any old USB hard drive -- I had a 500gb one laying around.

    Reception great, does exactly what I wanted.

u/imapeacockdangit · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I got this for $6, non-amplified, 25 mile range. Very happy with it.

There are a lot of instructions for homemade antennas if you feel crafty. is a great resource to figure out exactly what your needs will be based upon your address. (Distance, direction, elevation, ect)

u/hitek89 · 3 pointsr/ottawa
u/NatenLogansDad · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

Winegard FL5500A FlatWave Amped Digital HD Indoor Amplified TV Antenna (4K Ready / ATSC 3.0 Ready / High-VHF / UHF), 50 Mile Long Range

u/nemoran · 3 pointsr/baltimore

Depends where you live and what your home is like. In Hampden/Wyman Park, I'm like a mile from TV hill so I've picked up channels just using a paperclip before. My advice for others considering it would be to run a TV Fool report for your address, and gauge from there. In most cases within city limits, the indoor Wingard FlatWave should work just fine. (That one's amplified but you may even be able to get by with the non-amplified version, too.)

u/morpheus647 · 3 pointsr/triangle

I'm in South Durham and have [this one.] ( It's mounted in my garage and I get all the big network local channels perfectly. It works' in my house to, only reason I have it in the garage is because I have a cable splitter there that goes to all the outlets in the house.

If you have a Costco membership it's way cheaper there than on Amazon.

u/an_old_methuselah · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

With the older version of this antenna and this Preamplifier I get NYC channels most days and mid-NJ and Albany sometimes. NYC is 90 miles from my house in CT. The further afield channels are 100+ miles. And it's not even mounted outdoors. It's in my attic at slightly above sea level elevation. I also run a filter for FM frequencies.

YMMV of course, but that's my experience with it. Not sure if the new version is better or worse than the older one I have. Haven't had a need to try it.

Good luck!

u/TomahawkJackson · 3 pointsr/fresno

Add something like this to your media mix, and they can both go fuck themselves over their little dispute.

Our media mix right now is an nVidia Shield TV with Amazon Prime, Sling, and Netflix + an OTA antenna for the rare times we want to watch the local news.

u/tcat7 · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I never thought an indoor flat antenna would work for me. Stucco house, foil faced plywood/tile roof, big hill and power lines towards the towers. I'm getting 21 channels clear as Dish provider. Just face it at 209 degrees on wall or cabinet and should work fine. Cheap way to test it. ($25 at Amazon).
I bought this one.

u/L_Bo · 3 pointsr/thebachelor

Obviously it's too late for tonight but for the future, I bought an antenna on Amazon and it works alright - I sometimes have to reposition it and it would work better if my tv was by a window but it's ok. You just plug it into the tv and it should pick up abc and a couple other stations. I got this one: 1byone HDTV Antenna - 25 Miles Range with 10ft High Performance Coax Cable but I'm sure there are more reliable options for a little more money. I finally broke down and got it since I've never found a good way to watch things like the bachelor live without cable :-/

u/josvm · 3 pointsr/Addons4Kodi

I don't know why you are getting downvoted because it's the best answer. Local channels you can receive for free as long if you have an antenna. you can get 25mile radius ones for $12.99

A friend of mine uses an antenna and has been extremely reliable for her.

u/nixtamal · 3 pointsr/vegas

If you need a good digital tuner option try -- I bought this and am very happy with it. You'll need an antenna to hook up to it -- usually a good idea to get one you can put on a window like -- and you're good to go. One nice thing about the tuner I got is you can hook an external USB hard drive or USB flash drive up to it and get DVR capabilities.

u/rellik522 · 3 pointsr/Roku

RokuTV has a digital tuner, but you still need to connect an antenna to the coaxial jack for reception.

I have this antenna from Amazon and it does a really good job in a more urban area.

u/SentientUnivers · 3 pointsr/olympics

The Canadian Streams are always high quality, and I think there are ways to make it look like you are in Canada to get past the restrictions.

Other options, maybe a relative or roommates relative has satellite and you can explain the pickle you're in and can borrow their satellite login email and password. It doesn't affect anything else other than getting you past the stupid timer so I've found. NBC streams haven't been so bad this year.

Universities or coffee shops closeby sometimes have satellite TVs set up, look around, they usually have NBC primetime at very least.

Grab an antenna that you can plug into your computer to pick up tv signals. They're pretty cheap now. Again, kinda stuck with primetime options here too, but it's something.

My experience this year has been better than most, though it took some setup.

  • I started by learning about each of the sports and making a list of what days and times the things I was interested in would be happening

  • Then I borrowed a login from Grandma

  • uBlock Origin helped with banner ads, and manually cleaning up some of the weird page elements, but the video ads only got blocked when I added a r/Pihole to my network.

    So now, if I'm up at 5a I can watch r/curling narrated by a late night jazz radio host live with, at most, the occasional two second "Commercial Break" splash screen. If I sleep in I just watch the streams as I want, and try to avoid spoilers.

    I haven't bothered with primetime, so I don't get the bad commentators, I don't see any ads, I can skip the parts that are slow, and I have thus far watched everything I've wanted to from the comfort of my bed. But it did take some setup.
u/treenbeen · 3 pointsr/ravens

Buy an OTA Antenna. You get a full 1080p picture on WJZ which is compressed even on Fios. Even when I had cable I preferred watching on an antenna.

u/nuxenolith · 3 pointsr/CFB

Eh, I would splurge a little bit for an antenna with a 50-mile range ($30 on Amazon), especially for those of us living in Metro Detroit. The difference could mean being able to pick up stations in Toledo.

For those who are curious, you can calculate the range to local stations with this website, and make a decision accordingly.

u/mikeluscher159 · 3 pointsr/statenisland

Depending on where you are on the Island...

I'd go for something like this

1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna - 50 Mile Range with Detachable Amplifier Power Supply for the Highest Performance and 10ft Coax Cable

Go for a window, as high as possible, facing towards Manhattan

You'll get all the basics, and something's you might have never seen before

u/penndotsucks · 3 pointsr/CFB

Not the person you responded to, but I have this one and it works well for me. I would caution against getting an antenna without checking your local signals and availability though. You can do that here - it's pretty accurate for me at least and I get 17 channels, which includes CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX.

I watch 95% of my games during the season using my antenna or someone's log-in for ESPN/BTN.

u/JoeMorrisseysSperm · 3 pointsr/rva

Have a fancy antenna in MD. Works great and everyone remarks on the clarity. I have the major networks (CBS, NBC, FOX) and a few other garbage channels that I never watch.

u/vegasflavordave · 3 pointsr/vegas


This works great for me. Picks up around 30 assorted channels, including all the major networks in HD.

u/imsoupercereal · 3 pointsr/redmond

I can only get channel 7 and 13 consistently, and then all the random ones. The new TV will get channel 4 sometimes too. We're using this one and tried this one with the same results.

Honestly, so little football is aired locally anymore you're probably going to have to find other means to watch. Thursday night games were on Twitter last year, and Sunday Night games were free from (I think) NBC. A couple of people mentioned Sling, but PS Vue is rated better. It works decently well as long as you're not using the Fire Stick, and you can access directly through ESPN and some other apps.

u/sk9592 · 3 pointsr/AndroidTV

I have a couple things going for me. My TV has a built in digital tuner and I live in a major city with access to over 50 OTA channels (most of them crap admittedly).

Up until a couple years ago, you could take for granted that any TV you bought would come with a digital tuner built-in. It's become less common now on newer TVs since eliminating it is a cost cutting measure and OTA just isn't that popular.

However, if you check your TV and it had a coaxial digital antenna input, then all you need is one of these antennas:

If you don't, then you will also need a tuner box that outputs HDMI or whatever:

If you want to watch/record to your computer rather than watching on your TV, than you need a TV tuner for your computer:

As I mentioned before, I live in an area where I can get dozens of channels over the air, including Fox. My parents on the other hand live in the middle of nowhere and can get maybe two OTA channels, neither of which are Fox. Watching the Super Bowl OTA is not an option for them and many other people. I would recommend punching your street into this site to get a rough idea of what channels will be available to you:

u/jsz · 3 pointsr/Charlotte

i have one of these and am in the huntersville area and get the big local networks crystal clear, not sure about the other random channels, ive never tuned into them

u/Dandw12786 · 3 pointsr/GreenBayPackers

Amazon makes a really great one. I got the 50 mile one and it's pretty great.

u/NoFunPat · 3 pointsr/baltimore

In regards to your Antenna recommendation:

For those of you who aren't already cordcutters, you should visit r/cordcutters for advice on where to point your antenna using TV fool. You can get your TV fool report at:

The local weather station for Baltimore is 45-2 (it's a substation for the local Fox affiliate).

If you're in the city, using something like the Amazon Basics 35 mile antenna ($25) should allow you to pick up the local stations:

u/cuweathernerd · 3 pointsr/amateurradio

Just launched a balloon this week using this set-up. It worked beautifully. I'm assuming you're following the makezine article? If so, be careful to adjust the values of a couple of the surface mount resistors in the software because the trackunio expects values of like 10kOhm and the article lists like a 6.x kOhm one. There are variables to do so either way.

A few quick notes: learned the hard way, it's better to over-inflate your balloon than under inflate it. A difference in 1m/s ascent rate can have big effects on your time to go retrieve things. It pushed us into a really heavily forested area and made retrieval hard. I'd make a complete dummy payload that you attach to your filling apparatus, so when that lifts off the ground, you know you have the right mass + free lift. Then remove the dummy payload and attach your real flight line. It can be hectic at launch but our transmitter worked for much longer than the 4 hour duration of the flight (used disposable AA lithium batteries) so you've got some time to go. Likewise, our CHDK hacked camera worked well past landing. Patience at launch will save you frustration later.

Secondly, the trackunio code we used wasn't well configured when it comes to repeats. I thought I had fixed it but apparently I didn't flash the most recent code over to uno. Anyway, we ended up asking for repeats through the whole flight, and not just when we were less than 5kft above the ground. I feel pretty bad about this because balloons cover a big area and I don't want to clog up 144.390. In hindsight, I should have tested this by setting my threshold below my current altitude when I was driving around.

For recovery, i found typing the exact lat/long (in hours, min, sec) into and putting it in pedestrian mode to work beautifully. Got us to within 50 feet of the balloon, with a countdown of how far away we were. This was great.

While I used aprs droid to decode things out of my 2m radio, I actually got better performance from a cheap sdr receiver and gqrx. We didn't fail to decode a single packet with that set up and a cheap magnet mount 2m antenna, while APRS droid + the dedicated radio missed a couple. I'd highly recommend the little dongle if you don't have one. They're loads of fun outside the ballon.

Finally, just in case you've not seen them balloon performance calculator and landing predictor.

u/VA7EEX · 3 pointsr/amateurradio

Welcome to the sub! Congrats on passing your Tech.

First up pick up an RTLSDR, these are great little receivers that will cover 30MHz-1700MHz which covers a tremendous swathe of spectrum. Definitely check out the different types of antennas you can make over on Antenna-Theory, the RTL-SDR blog and /r/rtlsdr

Then if you want to transmit on the post popular amateur bands for techs (which are local to your area) pick up a VHF/UHF Baofeng radio like a UV-B5, UV-82 or UV-5R. Not a whole lot of difference between any of them; I think the UV-B5 is the better one, since it has a better antenna and a rotary encoder. But it's very much up to you as to what you get (style > substance after all :) ).

Now from there its a question of what where you are. City? Rural? Nearby airport? Ports or ocean?

Edit: I should start linking to the wiki more often: Baofeng radios and Your First Radio are good places to start.

u/ka_re_t · 3 pointsr/RTLSDR

Cannot agree more. The Blog V3 has a kit with really good antennas. Should be available by itself for $11 on Amazon too.

u/rfv3 · 3 pointsr/shortwave

Afaik, all SDRs currently available support Linux and most (if not all) will compile on ARM. Many people have used SDRs on the Pi 3, so the Pi 4 should work fine. Your main considerations will likely have to be frequency range, sampling bandwidth, sensitivity, and cost.

For $30, [this](RTL-SDR Blog V3 R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO HF Bias Tee SMA Software Defined Radio with Dipole Antenna Kit is a good receive only starter kit.

Also, the Adalm Pluto often sells for $99, has better bandwidth, sensitivity, and can transmit.

But, with either of these, you'd require something like a Ham-it-up to operate on the lower frequencies. (<80MHz).

I'd suggest checking out for more SDR information. They also have a store on their site, but their SDR info still seems unbiased in my opinion.

u/eibv · 3 pointsr/RTLSDR

I think you meant this one, judging by the url.

/u/maxadmiral /u/LilVinny

u/allaanon · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Check out the unamplified flatwave antenna. Agree with upofadown that you do not want an amplified antenna with that strong of signal. This should be exactly what you are looking for...

u/dmisen · 2 pointsr/orangecounty

I've been using this antenna in both rooms with no issues until now.

I'll check out r/cordcutters for some tips.

u/DarrylAG · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I also had problems getting VHF channels. This antenna Winegard FL-5000 FlatWave worked for me.

u/lol_catd · 2 pointsr/OnceUponATime

Also, this is the antenna we use. Those ones that look like mouse pads are fine if you live in the city, but this one will get you way more from farther away.

ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount - 60 Mile Range

u/rcm_rx7 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

That looks pretty good compared to my report. I used to use a monoprice indoor/outdoor antenna and picked up channels 60 miles away (decent line of sight). This was used indoors and on the first floor. There were a few channels I didn't get, including a VHF one 90 miles away. I put an RCA ANT751 in my attic and pull that channel in now.

For my inlaws I wasn't able to pull in a very good signal with the monoprice because there weren't any broadcast towers that were line of sight. We bought a Clearstream 2V to put on the roof because it looks a lot nicer than the RCA antenna. It ended up working really, and you can use it indoors as well.

So my recommendation is the monoprice antenna, first, and then if you want something better, upgrade to the RCA or Clearstream depending on your decorating style!

u/ElDiario · 2 pointsr/askTO

I get all of those channels listed in your link except for NBC for some reason. I have a Clearstream 2V antenna attached to my chimney:

u/gpraceman · 2 pointsr/HomeNetworking

We are in Colorado also, Highlands Ranch. So, I just pointed the antenna towards Lookout Mountain and we get all sorts of channels. I have an amplified splitter, but don't really need to run the amplifier.

u/Speedstr · 2 pointsr/Frugal

I'm actually moving to a new place next month, and looked up HD Anttenna on Wirecutter's site, and they recommended the C2 Clearstream. They seem to do their reviews pretty seriously, and judging by the Amazon reviews-220 reviews, 4.6 star rating, It seems to be pretty favorable overall.

The only drawback for some people is that this is meant to be an outdoor antenna, and it's recommended that you buy the mount included version or buy a separate mount.

u/mazobob66 · 2 pointsr/GreenBayPackers

I live west-er of Madison (Mazomanie), and the "leaf" antenna kind of worked. Too many hills between Mazomanie and Madison. And too many big trees in my neighborhood. I ended up going with this antenna -

But for the OP, the leaf-type antenna should be just fine.

u/Zero1O1 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I use a Mohu leaf and I like it, but that one linked seems VERY expensive for what it is. For much less money, I would probably buy this if I needed a more powerful antenna.

u/JohnCarpenterLives · 2 pointsr/news

Just sign up for a Hulu+ free trial. Sign up for a Netflix free trial. They always have them going on.

I'm sure Amazon does too, but I never had a need to try them out so i can't say for sure.

Use that time to browse their content, and see if it works for you. Still missing some shows, or live sports? Pick up a $10 antenna and try it out! If you can afford cable, you can afford $10 to see if you can disconnect cable.

u/tonytroz · 2 pointsr/pittsburgh

I got this antenna for $7 on a NeweggFlash Deal:

I live in the south side flats and am able to get everything except ABC. It's pointing out out the window towards the west side of the city and I've heard ABC's antenna is in Oakland so maybe that has something to do with it. I've also heard that the cold, cloudy weather tends to hurt their signal more than most. I'll have to give it another try the next time we get a clear day.

u/sitdownstandup · 2 pointsr/nfl

Did not do so for me, just checked.

I recommend getting one of these if you had a TV and no cable:

u/SexHarassmentPanda · 2 pointsr/chicago

I have this:

Works in the suburbs, moving into Logan Square this weekend so I'll be able to update if it's still good there.

The Mohu Leaf and the Amazon Basics one should do the trick too. Don't get an amplified antenna. With how close the source is, the amplification is going to just amplify the interference.

u/mbpharmd · 2 pointsr/grandrapids

I use the cheapest antenna I could find on Amazon - less than $8.

I get everything but PBS as long as the antenna is in a window. I'm sure if I got an amplified antenna it would be even better. I live in Caledonia FWIW.

u/Z06Boricua · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I'm no expert, but being less than 10 miles away from all your major antennas, (you lucky bastard,) I'd be willing to bet that you would be perfectly fine with one of THESE. If that price bothers you, you can always try THIS. I don't know what your DIY antenna is like, but with either one of these you should definitely get most of those nearby stations... at least more than your current 4. Good luck!

u/Adundiddlydooman · 2 pointsr/GSU

I use [this one] ( that I bought from Amazon for about 8 bucks, and I only pick up 6-7 channels (mostly news stations). But you can go [here] ( and type in your address and it will let you know what antenna you need to pick up certain stations.

u/pjoshyb · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Definitely possible. Very easy if your monitor has HDMI.

First you need something like this.

Then you need an digital OTA antenna like this.

If you don't have HDMI you can get adapters to spilt to DVI or vga and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Plug them in and you are good to go.

Edit: just saw you have no speakers. Just about any set of powered pic speakers will do just fine. Probably need a 3.5 to rca cable to plug the speakers into the back of the tuner.

u/DerekGodwin · 2 pointsr/television

You could always use an antenna for local channels you know.

I bought this one a couple of years ago and it was good enough to get a decent amount of channels (around 20 different channels some being in HD). I do live close to the middle of town so that certainly helps in my case. If you live in a rural area you could always pick up an amplified antenna for a bit more.

Here's a bunch of links I found useful.
TitanTV to see what would be available via a TV antenna in your area.
THIS explains it a bit better than I can.

Visual aid network stations to determine the range antenna you would need.

This tool includes height in consideration of range.

It may be a bit unsightly but it's essentially free once you buy the equipment.

EDIT I somehow completely overlooked your comment about not being able to get OTA broadcast. I'm an idiot. Leaving this post anyways since I took the time to type it.

u/Arbotross · 2 pointsr/chicago

I bought this about a month ago, 5th floor in edgewater. We get plenty of channels and they all come in clearly.

u/marx2k · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I got one of these and it's honestly just as good as my other, powered antenna that I've been using for years. I honestly was not expecting that to be the case.

u/zapeta · 2 pointsr/Athens

When I looked at the HD over the air maps, I was discouraged too. I purchased the Winegard FL5500A FlatWave Amplified Razor Thin HDTV Indoor Antenna a couple months ago. It has a built in amplifier that you plug in to a regular power outlet which seems to make a ton of difference. We live on the 2nd floor in the northeast part of Athens and have it mounted on a west facing window that has a pretty clear view to the west - not many obstructions. We get all of the major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, CW) except NBC. We also get WPCH (Peachtree TV), WATL (My ATL), Univision, and some bible channels. We don't get PBS either for some reason. Obviously YMMV but short of having an antenna outdoors this is about as good as it gets. The Mohu Leaf is also a very highly rated indoor antenna but I don't have any experience with it. Good luck!

u/bourbonfairy · 2 pointsr/StLouis

Best one in the market, read the reviews. I have one in my attic, works great. My son has his laying on the floor of his house and he has no issues, too lazy to mount it.

u/Coolsam2000 · 2 pointsr/ottawa

Got mine from Amazon and has been great. I'm in a house just west of downtown and get pretty much all of the available channels.

Amazon also has a similar one now from a different company but for a lower price

u/k3rnelpanic · 2 pointsr/saskatoon

I had this issue and found out my antenna was UHF only. I ended up buying a Winegard Flatwave Amped off amazon and it works great. The non amplified version would likely work too as the towers aren't that far away but they had a good open box deal on the amped version. It is rated for both VHF and UHF.

u/randomfunnyword · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I went with the Winegard Flatwave Amped:

Winegard FlatWave Amped FL5500A Amplified Digital Indoor HD TV Antenna (OTA / High-VHF / UHF / Ultra-Thin / Black and White - Reversible / USB Power Supply) - 50 Mile Long Range

It works great for me, but I imagine it's all dependent on your area. Make sure you do your homework before selecting any equipment.

u/PhoKingClassic · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I've read a lot on Reddit recommending this; however I jumped on a deal ($40) for this one. I haven't received it yet, but really hoping it helps because I have trouble with NBC and ABC which are also VHF where I'm at.

u/vitracker · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

So, I've never had cable since I was at home with my parents but i'd like to have some access to local channels. The availability of stations is pretty limited, but I'd really like to access them as they do both have worthwhile content (news, weather, etc.).

I'm just trying to figure out if i should go amplified or not. I want to make a good choice as I'll probability have to buy online and returning things that way is a major PITA.

From reading the wiki here I'm pretty disappointed to see that they are 2 edge. Is there hope for me? I live about half way down a big slope towards the ocean.

from my research and needs I have narrowed it down to a couple:

Buy best I can likely return in store, so I'd like to go that route.

if you have any suggestions for me, let me know.

u/koick · 2 pointsr/Denver

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.

u/IpodHero178 · 2 pointsr/television

I purchased this antenna and it has worked very well since I installed it. While its price seems pretty steep (Amazon has a cheaper alternative. I don't know how effective it is though), you get the same channels and you just pay once rather than monthly.

u/nonfatnut · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I dropped U-verse a couple of months ago and at first went with a basic leaf antenna but I only got a handful of stations and they were often pixelated and would drop regularly. I moved up to this one Winegard FL5500A that was amplified and that made all the difference for me. Now I get 40+ stations but all I really wanted were the big networks and those come in crystal clear. The quality of the picture surpasses what I was getting with AT&T U-verse. Topography in my area is flat and my distance to the main tower is about 23 miles so your terrain could influence what channels you pick up. I put the antenna on an outside facing window about 8 feet up, the coax cable it comes with is almost 20 feet long so you have plenty of length to get into a good position for reception.

u/hocanada · 2 pointsr/regina

indoor. This model. I'm in eastview and get pick it up np with this antenna if that helps. Anything within 50 miles.

u/Veneroso · 2 pointsr/frontierfios

I went with one of these:

And then hooked it up to one of these:

I actually made two....

u/MGFusion · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

None of those antennas suggested would work in a purely Philly setup due to the presence of WPVI (ABC) and KJWP (MeTV). In this situation, I would recommend a Winegard HD8200U ( paired with a Winegard LNA-200 preamp ( Be warned, though, it's quite a large antenna-- but it's a real powerhouse!

I'm not too concerned about any of the UHF channels from Phila. Your weakest target station, WPPX-DT (5.7dB) would come in with a NM of 18.4dB, more than enough for a watchable signal, stronger stations like KYW and WCAU coming in at 30dB or so.

The problem here really lies with WPVI. Low VHF (and high VHF to a lesser extent) deals with the issue of manmade interference. Putting in 15dB of interference loss, and accounting for gains and losses, you're left with 9.3dB noise margin-- which, certainly is viewable but slightly less than the 10dB recommended minimum to account for dropouts.

If you were to get a separate antenna for WABC instead of WPVI, the HD7694P or a 91XG/UHF only antenna with decent gain would definitely be enough for Philadelphia's stations. Then, I would get a VHF high antenna (send link if you have one) and use a diplexer to combine the signals. That way, you're only losing 0.5dB insertion rather than 3.5dB. In the case you go with the HD7694P, you would lose WHYY (PBS) from Philadelphia due to it being on VHF high, but at the same time you would get WNET (PBS) from NYC due to it also being on VHF high. Finally, after the diplexer, I would again put in a LNA-200.

u/fewer_boats_and_hos · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

You need an antenna, tuner, and DVR. Since you use a ChromeCast, the Plex DVR is out (it only does time shifting for Android and AppleTV at the moment).

Tablo has a combined tuner (with 2-tuner and 4-tuner models i.e. you can watch/record 2 or 4 things at once) and DVR combo. Although you will need to purchase an external USB hard drive for some models.

Antenna wise, you could go with a Mohu Leaf if you're relatively close to Fox and CBS. Otherwise, go with this bad boy: and this bad boy:

u/payx6ran · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

At 55 miles you need a roof mounted antenna to get your stations as you found out inside antennas most likely won't work well at all. All of your signals are pretty strong and LOS even at 55 miles all but one in the same direction which is good but as others have said you want a combo antenna that does both VHF(lo-hi) and UHF such as the CM-3020 HD8200XL or the ANT3038Z I believe they sell a very large RCA antenna similar at Menards for $94 the last time I looked but unsure of the the model just look for the largest box and similar price. These antennas are all 12ft long and if you need something more compact with similar performance there is the HD Stacker TV Antenna.

For a pre-amp the LNA-200 would probably work just fine and it is cheaper than the Channel Master 7777 preamp but you may not need it depending on how many tvs you have but if you have like 4-5 then a preamp is a good idea. You should also be able to use the existing cabling before used for direct tv and hook it into the antenna.

u/jeffzacharias · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I have that same antenna in my attic and a similar TV fool report. I used the Winegard LNA-200 Preamplifier which really helped.

u/Cunundrum · 2 pointsr/ogden

Went from 12 channels with a basic antenna to 50 or so channels with one of these amplified antennas mounted in the same area.
I have it on the wall behind a picture frame near the TV. No aiming necessary.
It plugs into a USB port on the TV or comes with a wall wart for powering the amp.

u/n1ck1982 · 2 pointsr/westchesterpa

I bought the above HD antenna from Amazon. It's not bad. I've mainly used it to watch the NHL playoffs when they're on NBC. Otherwise, my fiancée and I stream shows and sports (mainly the MLB and NBCSN apps) through our Apple TV's (we cut the cord 4 months ago).

u/Frinky620 · 2 pointsr/eagles

The signal for most of the channels in our area is broadcast from those large towers near Manayunk. If you're in Fort Washington you should have no issues with reception. Check this map if you want to be sure:

Just need to pick up one of these:

and you'll be set.

I'm a little further north than you and have no issues doing this after cutting the cord. Definitely the way to go, and basically free after buying the antenna.

u/spit-evil-olive-tips · 2 pointsr/SeattleWA will show you which of the broadcast towers the signal is coming from (the Queen Anne or Capitol Hill towers). Sometimes angling the antenna so it's at right angles to the direction of signal can help...the 21st century version of futzing with rabbit ears and tin foil.

If you current antenna doesn't have one, the antennas with powered signal boosters (like this one) really help.

u/Billagio · 2 pointsr/nfl

I bought this one on Amazon:

Works great for NBC, but CBS and Fox are a little spotty (and I dont know how well it will play when the weather gets bad). Plus no ESPN obviously

u/RasKunt · 2 pointsr/StPetersburgFL

This one works for me.

u/sheckman16 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Will this do?
[](1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna - 50 Mile Range with Detachable Amplifier USB Power Supply and 10ft Coax Cable

u/DoumbekBang · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

For some reason I can't expand, view your tv report (I'm sure it's something on my side), but I can say that I have a few of these around my property and I'm truly impressed. Can't beat the price. I bought them at $30, but they're almost half the price this week. This one picked way more channels than what Best buy was selling (the Leaf)

1byone TV Antenna, 50 Mile Range Amplified HDTV Antenna with Detachable Amplifier Signal Booster, USB Power Supply and 10 Feet Highest Performance Coaxial Cable-Black

u/bobbyg27 · 2 pointsr/thebachelor

This probably won't help you tonight unless you Prime Now it (or go to an actual Brick & Mortar electronics store... I know right) but if you get a product like this one:

You can usually pick up free HDTV channels for the main network channels like ABC, CBS, NBC.

u/wocka219 · 2 pointsr/survivor

I'm not sure if it's because of my internet connection, but I've always had pretty bad experiences with, especially during highly watched episodes (I missed the climax of last season's fore making comp and almost cried). You can buy a pretty damn cheap antenna that you can hook up to any TV and get a fair amount of channels, including CBS. This is the one I use, and it works like a charm.

u/Evelyn_de_Rothschild · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Most somewhat newer TVs (~last 10 years) should have a digital tuner in them. You can install the antenna via the coaxial cable and plug it in to a power source. It can be USB on the back of your TV or USB wall outlet adapter.

Here is a good entry level one I've seen recommended a lot.

u/TheGlennDavid · 2 pointsr/Jeopardy
  1. Find your closest broadcast tower.
  2. Buy the appropriate distance antenna
  3. Watch TV for free.
u/EyeLoveHaikus · 2 pointsr/television

Here's a one time $30 cost for an antenna that picks up all the basic channels that carry big events like the Oscars and most of the important sports games. Also picks up about 50 other channels over the air.

u/mcslackens · 2 pointsr/television

Ah okay. The Vizio doesn't have a tuner, and that's a mandatory requirement to receive and decode OTA/Free TV signals. You'll need both an antenna AND a tuner. I've linked to some above to give you a rough idea of how much it'll cost you. There's no all-in-one devices that I'm aware of.

I can't speak to the quality of the tuner, but that is the same antenna I have connected to my P607, and it works really well for me.

EDIT: I want my banana sticker for coming up with a solution!

u/getcashmoney · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna - 50 Mile Range with Detachable Amplifier Power Supply for the Highest Performance and 10ft Coax Cable

u/JohnDoeMonopoly · 2 pointsr/funny

Most newer TVs can still be attached to antennas. A couple summers ago my dad and step summer cut cable and used an antenna to just watch over the air channels, and his TVs were all pretty new.

Edit: This one for example just seems to screw in to the coax on the TV.

u/puppymonkeydd · 2 pointsr/Vue

Get this
Make sure its up 20ft+ and watch it OTA

u/sutsu · 2 pointsr/statenisland

When I moved into my apartment 6 years ago, I didn't even bother with cable or an antenna, I just streamed everything. But last year around Super Bowl time I decided to get one. First I tried a 25 mile Amazon Basics one, which mostly worked but there were a few channels I wouldn't get without repositioning it. Then I got this. Works SO much better. I get all the basics, and although not everything is in 1080p, I don't have to move the antenna around at all. Then again, living at the bottom of Grimes Hill and having the antenna on the side of the apartment away from Manhattan probably has something to do with that. No picture but it's just sticky tape mounted to the wall. Setup was plugging everything in then walking around where I wanted to mount it to see where I would get the best reception.

u/hq_throwaway · 2 pointsr/houston

I've recently kind of made the switch. I'll mention my setup since it involves a bit of what you are using as well as some of the other recommendations:

I'm currently using some Apple TVs hooked up to the TVs. I know that from one of your comments that you are using an AppleTV (I'm using 4th Gen).

I've got an HDHomeRun, which transmits the Over The Air (OTA) over my home network (and am using this antenna with it).

It's worked pretty well for live TV. I've tried HomeRun's DVR software (which costs extra), but have had rather so-so results.

Anyway, if you do get an HDHomeRun, then on your AppleTV you will want to get the Channels app. It costs a bit (more than I'd like it to have, but eh...), and make sure that you buy it through the AppleTV, since there is a separate version for iOS, and if you buy it for iOS, you don't get the tvOS version and visa versa. Although the cost is annoying, it works quite well.

Right now I am trying DirectTV Now. It's been working moderately well (also I'm using a Gigapower connection through AT&T). I'll have to review in a few months whether I want to keep it or not.

Then, if you do happen to have some sort of other (DLNA) media server in the house (Plex, Kodi), then Infuse is a great app (and if you get the iOS version, you also get the tvOS version).

Another thing that I should also probably note is that with the HDHomeRun devices, none of them are actually wireless. So you'll have to have the device (and antenna) either by your router, or otherwise connected up through a wired line.

Anyways, it's been nice in that this set up has meant that I'm getting the local OTA channels a player for my media server, DirectTV Now, Netflix, WatchESPN, and a few more things all on one device now.

The funny thing is that it was really live sports that kept me with regular cable, but now between DirectTV Now/WatchESPN, I've actually got more sports channels than I did before, but at a lower cost.

u/jonkenator · 2 pointsr/boulder

It's hard to say without knowing which antenna you're considering. All I know that is that I tried a number of antennas without amplifiers ($15-150) and nothing worked. The amplifier changed everything for me.

Edit: this one looks promising at less than 1/3 the price. It might be worth a try.

u/Snowman578 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

The antenna i bought was the 1 by one

I don't think the antenna is the problem because i picked up channels with the old vizio with no problems what so ever. All i get with this tv is glitchyness. I'm not sure what would cause that. Bad Jack? Bad tuner? Tv not compatible?

u/CeilingFanJitters · 2 pointsr/KansasCityChiefs

Not I. I have this one in a bedroom and this one in the living room through a Sling box. I'm in Lenexa but both worked fine when I lived in Gardner as well.

u/chuckymcgee · 2 pointsr/television

I got an Amazon basics antenna which is real neat since it mounts on the wall basically flush.

u/misingnoglic · 2 pointsr/thebachelor

Buy this: AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV...

u/moYouKnow · 2 pointsr/baltimore
u/armeck · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I'm in the same area/town as you and have had success with the AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna (35 Mile version). I get all the local 3 letter stations, and about 8-10 more. One thing that does not come in clear, all the time, is the PBS stations.

u/tb21666 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I get 46+ channels in my area (Cleveland) with a 2014 version of this.

u/Cyno01 · 2 pointsr/DIY

Its this actually. And ive been meaning to do something about that, but figured id get around to it whenever they finally release this.

u/headzoo · 2 pointsr/statenisland

I get about 20 channels using a $20 Amazon basics antenna. Most of the channels are in HD.

u/dlf420 · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

I highly recommend this thing:

User guide here:

SDR# (SDR 'Sharp') Software here:

Picks up from ~170khz to 1.7Ghz without modifications. Even has a built in bias tee that can be enabled by software to power LNBs and the such.

Also you are not limited to that software. There are many that will work with that dongle. That's another thread, though.

u/Giric · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

I'd check this with /r/RTLSDR as well. If you have an up-converter or an receiver like this one, which has been modified for direct sampling for HF, (or, really, and modified RTL-SDR set up for direct sampling), then any antenna that will get you outside the steel and concrete box you're probably in is a good choice.

Apartments are hard for radio, especially since some of them only have one wall that's to the exterior. I had a balcony the last time I lived in one, and my receive was much better out there. I ran a random wire out through the sliding glass door and connected it to the telescoping antenna I connected to my SDR. It worked pretty well for anything. After all, I was just receiving.

I'm not really sold on the idea of active antennas. I have one, but it doesn't seem to really do much for me. Of course, this was a kit antenna, and my soldering skills are still abysmal, so I may have wired something in wrong.

u/SniffMarkers247 · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

>What modes/frequencies are you looking at using?

I really have no idea. To be honest, looking at the band allocations, I genuinely don't understand the difference between the bands. Is it basically just if there's people on a particular frequency, then you find another in your band allocation? I suppose it would be difficult to listen to the higher bands without having a huge antenna?

>Are you comfortable with used equipment?

Sure, but the only issue is that since I have no idea what to look for when buying amateur radio equipment, I don't know whether something is trustworthy or not. Since it's expensive electronics and stuff, I feel like that can easily go wrong and I might need a warranty/return, and used equipment scares me a bit. Nevertheless, if there's a way to make an educated decision when buying used equipment that you could help me with, I'd appreciate it.

>Are you near a city/town that has a club presence and possibly a club rig you can book time on?

There's a club presence but it's basically just a bunch of old guys who meet once a month to talk about ridiculously complicated electronics stuff which I don't really understand yet. I think (???) my university has an amateur radio club, so I'll try to visit them, but other than that I have no other contacts.

>Are you interested in exploration/listening/making contact? (SDR dongles can be a huge cost saver if looking at passive comms).

Not really too concerned with making contacts, more about learning about the equipment/science/electronics so that I can make projects of my own in my dorm/college so that I can talk about it to job interviewers. I have an SDR dongle, but I still really don't understand it that well. Can it basically receive everything that a regular transceiver can, but more? Or are there limitations? I understand that it can't transmit and that's cool, but I really get confused by the software aspect. Also, apparently my dongle has a direct sampling feature that can be accessed via software, but to get to the HF frequencies, do I need to actually buy/make my own special antenna just for the HF frequencies or can I use the little telescoping antenna included?

The big question I have is that there are so many frequencies/bands but I don't know what the difference is/what they're used for. All I'm doing now is just going up and down the regular FM bands while also slowly going through the RTL-SDR manuals to understand it. I just think it might be nice/helpful to actually have a hardware transciever that I can play with and hopefully learn about the hardware side when making my own systems/projects (which again, I don't know what I can do, maybe make some repeaters or something no idea) that I can talk about to employers in the telecom/networks field.

u/IsolatedVampire · 2 pointsr/RTLSDR

Sup all !
I just ordered a RLT-SDR Blog V3 with antennas (
And as a total newb on the hardware, what should I worry from the start? Should I put a metal base on the antenna that comes with it, should I use a indoor TV atenna or make a new one? Is there an easy way to start HF with it with not much hardware to buy? Any tips for a beginner with this model?

Apart from that I will read more about SDR while it arrives here, I don't know what to search from the frequencies yet haha. I use Fedora Linux and will use only *nix software and they look awesome! :D
Any tips welcome, and sure I will read the sidebar of course :) Thanks !

u/thxYukikaze · 2 pointsr/RTLSDR

What exactly did you buy? There might be a compatibility issue but if you bought something like this it should be relatively easy and will work on GNU Radio. Making a simple spectrum analyzer require something like 3 blocks and that's it. Here's a good link to get you started Also, if you're new to linux, setting up GNU Radio for RTL_SDR might be a little tough (you should just go easy route and just do the apt-get along with some extra dependency to be able to connect to your RTL_SDR) or might be an over kill depending on what you want to do. What exactly do you want to do? Another method is to use SDR# with things like wine, I forgot how I've done it but it's definitely possible to run SDR# on linux though it was kind of pain in the arse. I'd say if you want to do something kind of complicated, use GNU Radio, if you just want to look up nearby spectrum, use something like SDR#.

u/mahmahmonkey · 2 pointsr/RTLSDR

[this works great. ]( Blog R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO SMA Software Defined Radio with 2x Telescopic Antennas You might need a short USB extension if other ports are in use.

u/themacman2 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

HD Home Run. IF comcast gives out cable cards, you could network your DVR =, stop paying $30 a month for DVR Shit. You'd save the price of the DVR in like 4 months. OR, attach it to an antenna. I have one and attached it to this with a short Coax. Works well if your in an area with ok reception. If not, try this.

u/rollback123 · 2 pointsr/techsupport

With a digital convertor all you'd need to add is a 75 ohm to 300 ohm adapter like this:
to the cable coming off the convertor. Connect to the VHF antenna input on the back. Tune to channel 3 or 4 depending on how the convertor is set. Then watch away.

Can't tell from the picture. Is this baby black and white or color? Plus it has UHF up to channel 83. Old school!

u/sampsans-ape-spray · 2 pointsr/Mid_Century
u/mithikx · 2 pointsr/Android

Sorry, but please be assured that the next revision will have a UHF/VHF 300 ohm twin lead connector and include a dongle to convert to coax.

u/just_want_to_lurk · 2 pointsr/AskAnAmerican

oh shit.... yeah... they need to hook up to those VHF connectors.

Here ya go:

edit: aw shit.. i just realized that's the wrong direction :(

edit 2: there is only one solution.... you have to buy an old TV.

u/wickedcold · 2 pointsr/gaming

lol so was anything on a TV screen back then.

These fucking things.... I don't miss them.

u/TomBakerFTW · 2 pointsr/crt
u/AfricPepperbird · 2 pointsr/vintageaudio
u/contrarian1970 · 2 pointsr/gaming

If you bumped the tv THIS terrible thing would fall to the floor:

u/imwearingatowel · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Yep, speakers look like older banana sockets.

The TV connectors look like old 300 ohm antenna connectors (like this). You probably have/had a TV/FM antenna somewhere on the house or in the attic?

The middle plug is to control the rotator motor for the antenna.

If the antennas are still there, you can probably still use them with a 300 ohm to 75 ohm balun

u/jrz302 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

You probably need an antenna transformer/balun:

Also make sure it’s pointed in the right direction, or you won’t get diddly for reception.

u/officeaj · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I will be building an antennae as soon as my transformer comes in.

The reason for the question is because that is what was in my attic to begin with connecting some cables. Wasn't sure if it was meant for this or not.

Thanks for the replies.

u/mc_365 · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I own and use the HW180STB linked above and can confirm it is now compatible, at launch there were some issues with this model but they have been resolved. So you can ignore the post you see on the internet about the HW180STB not working or incompatibility. The HW150STB has DVR features the HW180STB dose not have DVR features the usb is for media playback not recording. I live in Jersey City right outside of NYC, I can see the WTC Tower from my window, with a indoor directional antenna, I've got the Terk (similar to the Zeneith) I can get all the networks and a lot of the Latin and Public TV stations, like 20 channels in HD. I've had to play with the antenna placement but I've got it just right. But depending on where I sit in the room I may get pixels on one channel or another. This is the trade off vs paying for cable. I think these are the 2 cheapest OTA HDMI boxes that are confirmed to work with the XB1

Here's my antenna

u/tmarkville · 2 pointsr/Dallas

I use this. It works pretty well. I have to adjust it more than I like but once you know where to point, you're good.

u/rehi3 · 2 pointsr/SandersForPresident also one last point watch your local news and read newspapers

u/jakematthew · 2 pointsr/CHIBears

Given your location, any antenna will work just fine. I've had great results with this one:

If you want something more discreet, I'd go with this one:

u/mechy84 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

If you have an HDTV, but a digital antenna. I got this one from Amazon for $40 and get about 25 channels, with about 10 in full HD. These include NBC,ABC,CBS,FOX,and PBS. Plus, after the $40 in itial purchase, it's free!!!!

u/just4atwork · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Right now I use this in the window of the lowest floor of my house. And this on the main level. They both work pretty well when setup outdoors, but i get nothing if they are inside. This is why I want a dedicated antenna outdoors. I don't think I need a particularly strong antenna for the stations I want to get, and I wanted something that won't be too large. This is my TV fool report. I am only really interested in FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC.

u/DarthSnoopyFish · 2 pointsr/television

I got this for our TV. It works great. It gets quite a few HD channels.

u/dsatrbs · 2 pointsr/newjersey

Get a better antenna so you can watch it? NBC 4 broadcasts on UHF, so a good small directional antenna would be like the amplified Terk HDTVa or if you are closer to NYC, the unamped Winegard FlatWave... in either case, make sure the antenna is pointed at the direction of NYC.

Orrrr, find a livestream online?

u/anotherusername23 · 2 pointsr/Atlanta

Sports are the one thing that you are going to lose when cord cutting. It has gotten better recently, for example I watched the Olympics via Amazon Fire stick.

An antenna is going to give you the basics NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, PBS. There are a handful of other decent ones, then a whole bunch crap. Religious channels, Spanish channels, religious channels in Spanish. Most channels have 2-3 "extra" channels, but unless you like reruns from the 60s they aren't that interesting.

I live in EAV and have [this antenna].( I bought it 10+ years ago so there is probably better stuff out there now.

u/GaryV83 · 2 pointsr/Pensacola

I live pretty close to the corner of Fairfield and Gulf Beach, so I wouldn't say that makes me the definitive authority for the West Pensacola/NAS area on antenna television, but I think it makes me pretty close to being an expert on the subject.

This is the model of antenna I have, made by Terk. The main element is relatively average in size, as illustrated by the picture taken with the water bottles. If I were to estimate, though, I would say it's about 12" tall and 18" wide and deep. The "rabbit ear" elements, though, are inestimably tall. It sits on top of our rather large (6' tall) entertainment center and easily can touch the ceiling with them. Fully extended, though, they're probably about 36" long, each.

Now for what matters: reception. In all honesty, it's not entirely bad. I regularly receive: 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 15.1, 15.2, 21.1-5, 23.1-4, 33.1, 35.1, 35.2, 42.1-3, 44.1, 55.1, 55.2, and 58.1. All-in-all, not too bad. Now for the bad news: there are a couple of channels that are intermittent, if present at all. Fox is one of those channels. As a fan of football, this infuriates me! So I researched the signal levels for our area. Alas, Fox is one of the weakest stations for our area. It's based out of the west end of Mobile. So, unfortunately, if you're like me and are craving any shows from Fox (like my fiancee does for Glee), you're going to have no choice but to go with an outdoor antenna.

If you want to shop for that locally, try RadioShack. Truthfully a great selection there. Otherwise, every review I've gone over has pointed that the model of indoor antenna I have is one of the best on the market. Good luck out there!

u/associateOne · 2 pointsr/pittsburgh

I noticed this yesterday as well. I have one of these I picked up awhile ago:
that works pretty well for me. I'm also in the East End.

u/Vic_Sinclair · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Have you tried an amplified indoor antenna like this:
I'm 30 miles away from my transmitters and get next to nothing with standard rabbit ears, turn on the amp and they all come in fine.

u/AuralContinuum · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

u/Telsiph · 2 pointsr/Frugal

Thanks for the link, I did some exploring on there. If I understand the setup properly, all I really need is an antennae like this one

per TV. Each of my TVs are flat screen HDTVs which should have digital tuners by default. I'm thinking about doing the exact thing you described here. I will call up and cancel all digital cable, purchase 1 Antennae per tv (as I really am only interested in channels 2-60) and then have Netflix and High Speed Internet and I should have every channel I need!

This sound about right?

u/expatinpa · 2 pointsr/Frugal

I have this one and I'm very happy with it.

u/thelonegunmen84 · 2 pointsr/baltimore

I can confirm this as a comcast internet only and also antenna user.
What you are describing are unencrypted QAM channels.
Your TV will need to be to have a QAM tuner built in to receive these channels via your cable modem.
In addition, I also use this indoor antenna

Edit, via both QAM and my ATSC tunner via antenna I receive HD for fox,abc,Cbs,NBC.

u/seifer666 · 2 pointsr/Guelph

I dont have one currently but I have installed them.
and yes your location is a major factor. they aren't too influenced by trees and what not but height is very important. put it outside, and put it high. if you live on a hill youll get more channels then a guy in a valley.

the channels form kitchener if you care about that would be so strong that it doesnt matter

the main differences.

you will get many less channels. basically no specialty channels. youll get the CBC, global, ctv etc. PBS and fox should come unless you are in a bad location. no discovery or TSN anything like that. but obviously, there is no monthly fee.

the picture quality is excellent, and there should be no problems with reliability. since its digital basically you get it perfectly, or you dont. its possible you might have a channel right just on the border of reception that breaks up, in which case you basically wont watch it at all. storms should not have a big factor, and if so it could even be a positive factor on your reception.

also I hope 90% was a big underestimate on your sat reliability, if you have it aimed properly it should be more like 99% mine doesnt even go out when its covered in ice, only right before a giant rain storm, and then generally is back within ten minutes.

I dont install lots of antennas, mostly satellites, but if you have other more specific questions I can try to answer them for you.

that link you provided didnt really say what type of antenna it is or anything. personally i would install an antenna like this, but probably one that bends in the middle so half aims at toronto and half aims at US

u/yetshi · 2 pointsr/slingtv

use a channelmaster CM-4228HD mounted on a mast beside your house.

for a mast use 3 chain link fence rails bolted together at the joints

the antenna clamps to the top of the mast with the U bolts supplied with it and the mast itself in mounted to a base concreted into the ground

use a chain link fence terminal post as the base

the terminal post is set into concrete inside a sono tube cut in half so it is 2 feet long

1 80 pound bag will fill 1 foot of 8" sono tube so you will need 2 bags total

you will need a mounting bracket to hold the mast in place against wind

mount the bracket to the face of your roof directly over where you want the antenna mounted

use a post holer and make a hole 2 feet deep directly under the opening of the bracket attached to the eave of your house, sink the tube into the hole and fall with concrete

push the terminal post into the concrete and through it 1 more foot so that 3 feet is above ground while making sure it is aligned with the bracket and as vertical as possible.

allow the concrete 2 or 3 days to cure then assemble the antenna and mast in your yard being sure to bolt the sections together securely

attach your antenna to the top of the mast and zip tie your coax cable to the mast making 2 drip loops on the line one at the top and another at the bottom.

stand the mast upright and put it into the base.

go to

and put in your address it will show you compass directions and distances to broadcasting towers your AGL is 30 feet.

turn the antenna face so its pointing in the direction of the largest grouping of channels.

of you have channels in multiple directions you can mark the mast with a line and mark the base mount with lines directing you towards station groups then turn the mast as needed to bring in different stations.

u/botroy · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

You just need a bigger boat.... I mean antenna. This is what I use in my second floor spare room (with cable running to the first floor TV):

u/UpsideDown_CT · 2 pointsr/NewLondonCounty

Rad, that's what i thought. What do you have for a scanner?

I have one of these I have yet to install.

u/ravebaebie · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Probably not, especially since indoor antennas are unregulated & they blatantly lie about range (also those things are too small to receive large-wave VHF) (real channels below 13).

Try this instead:

u/Eli_Sisters · 2 pointsr/ota

I'm on the opposite side of St. Louis. I'm probably a little closer at around 70 miles away, maybe. Anyway, I'm basically doing what you want to do in reverse. I pick up the St. Louis stations and pick up a couple Cape locals on the backside of my antenna.

As far as gear, I'm using an Channelmaster 4228HD and a Channel Master 7777 High Gain preamp I have no affiliation or preference for Channel Master, it just happened. Anyway, with this setup, I can get all the St. Louis full power stations (2,4,5,9,11,24,30) and two from Cape on the backside (12,23). I receive 46 about half the time. I will occasionally receive a few of the southern Illinois stations but I've not optimized (aimed) my setup for those.

Actually with this setup, I once received all your locals via ducting for a few hours.

As they say, buy once, cry once. Don't chase around with those garbage Amazon antennas. Get a big antenna from a reputable company i.e. Channel Master, Winegard, Antennas Direct etc. Then get a decent preamp also from a reputable company. Redo your wiring with new RG6 with NO splices or splitters. Finally point your antenna toward the St. Louis cluster of stations (you have enough dbs to receive you locals without pointing. I think you'll be able to get those St. Louis stations especially since you received them on a garbage antenna.

u/thatturkishguy · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Thanks for your help guys I'm thinking I need a roof mounted antenna and need to get the DC channels. I see that these are recommended with in the antenna guide Xtreme Signal HDB8X-NI 8-Bay VHF/UHF HDTV Channel Master CM-4228HD High VHF, UHF and HDTV Antenna will one of these work?

u/intravenus_de_milo · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

hang this on the wall and you'll have a lot better reception.

Powered antennas are just no substitute for real aerials, even if you're using them indoors.

u/ericmoyer · 2 pointsr/cordcutters


While looking at Channel Master, found this one.
Channel Master 4228

How does this rank among those other recommendations?

Right now the Clearstream is on first floor behind tv.

If I go with one of these attic ones, will that get me PBS and most of the other channels on that list?

Anything else to recommend? I have to wire out of attic for two TVs.

u/john300dpi · 2 pointsr/Bend

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)

u/newtolou · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

u/refugefirstmate · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

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:

They actually work pretty well.

u/antennaTVuser · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

  • I see you're concerned about not having a visible antenna/wire but that's probably not an option with over-the-air TV. Try some rabbit ears (VHF) plus loop (UHF). This is what my parents use and they get reception at 20 miles distance:

    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)
u/holden1792 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

u/hbdgas · 2 pointsr/Rochester

> 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.

u/Schadenfreuder · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I use this, which is less than half the price, and it works great. I do live in the middle of the city, though.

u/skottydoesntknow · 2 pointsr/boston

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

u/Det-Ant · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

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.

u/GreatScottThisHeavy · 2 pointsr/ota

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.

u/RamonaFalls · 2 pointsr/LosAngeles

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.

u/phr0ze · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Your TV should have an Input called TV. Your TV should have a screw in cable connection on the back. Buy any cheap antenna ($8), screw it into the back of the TV.

Then go to your TV menu, select setup, find the area where it asks if you have Cable or Air (Antenna). Select Air/Antenna. Find another section where it says scan for channels. Start an auto scan. When it is scanning it should show number of Analog channels and Digital Channels found.

Your TV will take a long time to scan. When its done, you should be able to change the channel with your TV remote.

u/contacternst · 2 pointsr/burlington

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.

u/juez · 2 pointsr/HuntsvilleAlabama

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.

I get all the other local channels just fine.

u/NecroFriedChicken · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

If you post your 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.

u/jermo5 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

If you want to test the waters, this is definitely the cheapest option. For an $8 antenna it does an outstanding job. I pick up about 20+ channels outside Charlotte, NC and the quality is impeccable. Looks great on my 60" LCD. I have at least 5 friends who have also used the same antenna and they all rave about it. It's worth the $8-9 to try it out! Good luck.

u/buffalo442 · 2 pointsr/Buffalo

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.

u/WiscoTrash · 2 pointsr/Denver

I have this. I live near 13th and Ogden. It's cheap, but works well.

u/bsloss · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

If it will fit in your closet a wineguard hd7694p has pretty good bang for the buck!

u/shackmonkey · 2 pointsr/Sacramento

I have this in my attic in Davis and it works great:

Winegard Platinum Series HD7694P

I built my own gray-hoverman antenna and had it in the attic. It worked pretty well, but had breakup on stormy days. Since switching to the Winegard, I’ve never had any breakup.

u/AlwaysSunnyInSeattle · 2 pointsr/Seahawks

I suggest one like this.

And the direction you point it makes a big difference. Use the first link I sent to see which way you should point it. You will probably have to make a few fine adjustments but I have helped several people put these in, in many different areas.

u/humantoy23 · 2 pointsr/PleX

We use this and don't live close to the stations. No failures in blizzards or storms.
Winegard Platinum Series HD7694P...

u/lampredotto · 2 pointsr/baltimore

I don't remember the exact model, but it was a Winegard. Something like this.

u/LzyPenguin · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Purchasing this one and will see how it works out!

Thanks again for your help. Really appreciate it!

u/kbfirebreather · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Thank you for the info. Yeah, I'm in a pretty crappy area. It looks like only one of the antennas I listed does VHF. That was the one I didn't really want to go with as it's the most expensive. I found a few other antennas that might get the job done. 1 and 2. Any thoughts?

I haven't really noticed any outdoor antennas in my area, but I'll have to look a little closer.

Does it matter what kind of roof mount I get? I keep finding "kits" for specific models, but no general roof mount.

u/Qlanger · 2 pointsr/nova

I have a large one in my attic. Radio Shack use to sell the great classic ones cheap. That is where I got mine.

It looks like this just larger and more arms...

Look for one like that. I get around 30-40 channels.

u/rrunning · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

As long as you don't live in an apartment, the antenna thing is super easy- just buy an antenna, preamp, and a long-enough coax cable. Then stick the antenna somewhere in the attic pointing in the direction of the right towers, have your TV automatically search, and it pays itself off with the first month's of savings. It seems like it might be a project, but it really isn't.

u/crftsmn · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I assume you are in a house and not an apartment. If that is not right this may not work for you. I live in Rockford IL for reference. Out local NBC affiliate is a VHF signal and was never reliable on indoor antennas. the other channels were just OK. So here is what i did. Maybe this will give you an idea one how to solve your situation.

This antenna

This strap and a mast similar to this one to mount to my chimney.

I used the existing coax that the previous owners of the house had used with their satellite system. It is easily 40' long but also has the grounding wire attached along the insulation which I attached to the antenna at one end and it was already attached to the electrical grounding stake at the other.

I started using an ancient single-output TV amplifier (similar to the one linked) my dad had lying around since I only have one TV. But I switched to this. It gets terrible reviews but I bough mine for $1 at a going-out-of-business sale so it was worth the shot. So far so good.

Now I get the locals with no problems and also get some channels for Madison WI including PBS which we lost when we cut cable.

There are other things you can get like pre-amps and higher grade cabling but I say start cheap and build as needed.

u/fact_seeker · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

The RCA ANT751 is another good one. It worked well for me to pick up signals 53 miles away in both VHF and UHF.

You'll have a difficult time determining the exact gain, but some suggest

Ch 7 to 9: 7 to 9 dbd

Ch 14: 4dbd

Ch 30: 5dbd

Ch 50: 6dbd

Others suggest something like:

ch 7: 7.2 dbi

ch 9: 7.2 dbi

ch11: 7.5 dbi

ch13: 6.3 dbi

ch14: 5.8 dbi

ch32: 7.3 dbi

ch50: 8.2 dbi

Edit: Based on this post, I suspect the RCA will be slightly better at VHF and slightly worse for UHF in comparison with the mediasonic.

u/Roginator · 2 pointsr/ota

You shouldn't be having trouble getting local stations towards Indy. If you use an amplifier below 20 miles you will probably overpower things. My brother-in-law has problems with PBS in Indy, so that MIGHT be a problem station for the Recast. But using the shortest amount of cabling possible, run a single cable to the Recast and use Fire TV devices to watch on your TVs. For an antenna the STEALTHtenna should work if properly aimed or this antenna.

u/OSUTechie · 2 pointsr/OKState

One thing that I have noticed is A.) Stillwater seems to be in a valley when it comes to TV singles, and B.) To get a strong OTA signal you need an outdoor antenna placed pretty high above everything else. If you can do directional that helps as well.

Don't forget that unless your tv has a built in digital tuner, you will need a digital converter as well. OTA signals are now all digital. You may also look at a signal amplifier but I have had mixed results with those.

When I first moved to Stillwater, I too thought man, I am roughly ~60 miles from OKC and Tulsa, I should be able to pick up both, but low and behold the best I was able to do is get OKC stations.

Something like this may work.

Side note: there is nothing different between and HD and a non-HD antennas, they just charge more for the "HD"

u/JMMD7 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Almost any outdoor antenna should pull in all the major stations since you're fairly close. Some Baltimore stations shouldn't be too bad either but they're 30 miles away. Looks like the DC NBC station is missing from the report for some reason.

Attic antenna might work equally as well.

Some options:

u/PabstyTheClown · 2 pointsr/GreenBayPackers

If you can get the Eau Claire feed, you should be golden. Might need a good antennae though. I bought a nice RCA unit and mounted it on the peak of my roof. I get a lot of channels. Live in Superior and can't quite pull in the Eau Claire station but there is always the streaming option.

u/chredit · 2 pointsr/Chattanooga


Ha! I just came here to recommend that antenna. I'm near Athens, and have two of these. One pointed toward Chattanooga and the other toward Knoxville. Even this far out, everything comes in clear for both cities except for some random dropouts for CH61 (Comet). Sucks when it happens in the middle of Stargate!


I second the advice the use AntennaWeb. It will show you the antenna "strength" you need for your exact location and which direction to point it.

edit: words

u/Sinitron2000 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

This is my report and I'm using this antenna in my attic. KCPQ (Fox) is hit or miss sometimes and Kiro (CBS) doesn't come in for me. I get all the other channels I'm interested in my area. My antenna works pretty good for my setup minus the previous missed channels listed. Hope that points you in a direction that's useful.

u/The6P4C · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

Have a look at the RTLSDR. Cheap enough that you can buy one and throw it away if it doesn't work, but I think it should do.

u/lmore3 · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

I'll link a $35 sdr kit. Gimme a bit

Edit: it's actually $27 on Amazon

u/badon_ · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

> Welcome! Another way to receive while you're learning is through the use of web SDRs or buying your own SDR (an RTL SDR dongle can be had for even less than the baofeng!) that way you can also listen to HF frequencies.

u/TheInsomniac03: Linky links:

u/w1ll1am23 · 2 pointsr/homeassistant

This is the one I am looking at getting. No guaranteed it will work, but I have something else I will be using it for that I know will work.

RTL-SDR Blog R820T2 RTL2832U 1PPM TCXO SMA Software Defined Radio with 2x Telescopic Antennas

u/molo1134 · 2 pointsr/RTLSDR

Get one with a R820T2, better sensitivity.

Listening is a great gateway to ham radio. You will be able to hear local VHF/UHF ham traffic with any rtlsdr. The one I linked includes the direct sampling mod, so you would also be able to hear HF traffic going long distances. More info at /r/amateurradio

u/zombieregime · 2 pointsr/flying

Here is the one I ordered. Seems to work pretty alright for what it is(the antenna mounts have no grounding plane and the dongle get a bit warm). But I can receive ADSB from barstow to almost san diego, and get a partial images from NOAA just having it suction cupped to my bedroom window.

Definitely would recommend to anyone looking to fiddle about with SDR.

u/watcherdata · 2 pointsr/hipaa

I'm 150 miles from one, and 175 miles from another. I'm assuming the pager carrier broadcasts the messages over a wide area, regardless of where the page originated.

This is the kit I'm using. Then you just use Virtual Audio Cable, SDRSharp, and PDW to receive and decode the data. There are tons of YouTube videos on it.

I work in IT as well, and hadn't heard of it either. It's alarmingly easy to do.

u/big0bum · 2 pointsr/RTLSDR

I bought this from Amazon.

u/bites · 2 pointsr/Baofeng

Out of curiosity what are you trying to listen to?

You can get a rtl-srd dongle and listen to that and a lot more with it from a computer.

I recommend this one but you can find outers with lower quality components for like $10.

u/shadyinternets · 2 pointsr/hometheater

piecing together the right way is much better than buying a crappy htib system for cheap.

and a 2.1 (2 speakers 1 sub) is more than enough for most things, especially listening to music or normal volume tv/movies in my opinion.

andrew jones moved to ELAC after Pioneer too, and brought his years of expertise to their lower price point too. it is a bit above pioneers, but still very cheap for how good it is supposed to be. i havent heard any of the elac ones yet, but they get a whole lot of great reviews and do look a bit higher quality. they are about twice as expensive though, some pieces a bit more. but, considering how low the AJ pioneers are priced it is still overall pretty low prices as far as speakers can go.

the AJ ELAC Debut center is $180 for example

also, i just noticed the AJ Pioneer Towers are on sale for $90 again. just in case you were considering new fronts too... i have 4 of these now (2 still boxed up waiting to be my rear surrounds after i finish reno on my other living room) and have given another 4 away as presents over the years. these are what really sold me on the AJ speakers. for the price difference i am as happy with them as my larger and far more expensive Paradigms.

u/mikeTRON250LM · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Ehh, I wouldnt want to buy new $400 speakers, but I tend to buy used quality gear with everything in life as its just such a better deal.

I started my home audio journey with Pioneer Andrew Jones Towers and bookshelves. they go on sale for about $70 a pair for the BS and 150 for the towers. I got a used 5.1 for about $300 (even though they were new in box) and I enjoyed those for about 2 years before my kids wrecked on of the towers. I would say they are a bit warm (lacking highs) but they had a solid bang for the buck if you aren't paying retail.

I guess if you insisted on buying used because you aren't comfortable with finding good deals, I would consider the following speakers.

  • Chane Acoustics - Buy LCR (two 1.4 and one 2.4) and save up for surrounds and sub
  • RBH Sound - buy three pair and use one as a center vertically
  • Q Acoustics - Buy two pair and save up more for a center and Sub
  • ELAC - Buy a pair of bookshelves and a center, save up for another pair of bookshelves for surrounds and a then a sub
u/FULL_METAL_HOODIE · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I wouldn't recommend anything that you linked. That Klipsch system isn't worth the money and subwoofer won't dig very deep. Spending $240 on the rears is too much money at this price point. I would go with:

AVR: Denon AVR-X1200 $320

Bookshelf L/R: Elac Debut B5 $200

Center: Elac Debut C5 $180

In-ceiling rears: Micca M-8C x2 $82

Subwoofer: BIC Acoustec PL-200 $249

Total: $1031

u/sircod · 2 pointsr/AndroidTV

Your Sonos system is certainly good, but that is mainly in the ease of setup and streaming service support. If you are willing to to run wires to individual speakers and just do streaming from the Shield or any other device you can get a much better system with a typical AV receiver and some good speakers.

I am currently using a Shield and the Denon AVR-S720W with a Vizio TV and the HDMI-CEC functions work great. I can use the Shield remote to turn on the Shield and it will turn the whole system on and switch to the right input. You would not need HDMI-ARC as all your inputs would be on the receiver.

For $1130 you could get:

u/ZeosPantera · 2 pointsr/Zeos

Ok. If you just wanted to go with a killer center I'd get the ELAC and be done with it..

If you want to stretch out to sub and center the Micca MB42x and the Dayton 10"

u/sputnikspiff · 2 pointsr/FortCollins

It's about 20' high and pretty clear LOS, except for a bunch of trees and reception is noticeably better on clear days after leaves have fallen. It's a very small and cheap antenna by the way but does the job, I had the same one when I lived in an apartment and mounted it on my porch and it was good there too. Perhaps the signal will be weaker in your case due to the building but you never know until you the DIY antenna and see what happens.

u/mnpilot · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I have this one in my attic and all of my stations are 26 miles from me and I have no problems. Plus, it's compact enough that I got it through the small door to the attic. And it comes with the mounting pole.

u/chrisblahblah · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I had been planning on mounting my antenna outside but I realized that it would be a little difficult to get it mounted where I wanted it. So I thought I’d try it in the attic before I started trying it outdoors.

I was pleasantly surprised it worked really well in the attic. I haven’t done a final install so it doesn’t take into account coax and splitter losses.

I’m about 25 miles from the antennas and I’m using this one...

u/Dinojeezus · 2 pointsr/Dallas

I used this one. If you're within 50 miles of Cedar Hill, it should work great.

u/MasterBeaver · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I started off with a similar indoor antenna. Reception was really inconsistent with two line of sight towers five and eight miles away. I eventually bought an outdoor antenna and put it in the attic. I'm now getting all the channels from both towers without any issues. I didn't add any additional amplification, and it's feeding three TVs.

u/benzimm86 · 2 pointsr/ota

So I live 30 miles away from the tv stations. I have a 70 mile antenna which is mounted prob 25ft up. I am having problems with cbs and NBC but not any of the other 61 channels I am receiving. Cbs and NBC will be at full strength and then drop to zero and lose signal for a few seconds. I can go hours with no problems but then will go hours with it going in and out. It's not getting pixilated, it completely drops and the tv says no signal.

I just installed this today hoping it would help

2-Port Bi-Directional Cable TV HDTV Amplifier Splitter Signal Booster with Passive Return Path

I also have this antenna

RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna with 70 Mile Range

u/BZJGTO · 2 pointsr/houston

As others have mentioned, aim your antenna at Missouri City. All the antennas are there (except one, Ch 2 I think).

Second, what antenna do you have? I've always had the best results with this $40-45 RCA antenna (can also be purchased at Frys, but price match it, they charge like $80). The flat window antennas almost always performed badly, as did the fancy expensive ones. This one is cheap, works wonders, and even includes a pole/mount. There's 135+ channels you can pick up, we'd try to get at least 70-80, but often got ~120.

Third, how many times is your coax split? Are you running a line directly from the antenna to the TV? Or did it go to your homerun/splitter then to your TV? Anything more than a split or two will require either a amplfied splitter, or an amp added in addition to the splitter (usually the large 8/9 way splitters in the attic are already powered/amplified).

Fourth, where is it mounted? Indoors, attic, outside? Are there power lines right next to your house between you and the main antennas? If it's in the attic, do you have any sort of radiant barrier (silver lining) on the roof?

Lastly, your digital tuner could be bad or broken. Only way to really test this is if you have other TVs or a standalone tuner. Since OTA TV isn't huge, most companies put cheap tuners in their TVs (even if the TV is expensive). They can also just wear out or get damage from surges. I can't remember for sure who had better ones. I want to say Samsung and one other brand usually had decent ones. I think LGs were on the lower end, and the really cheap brands were hit or miss. Been a few years, I can't remember this minutia clearly.

u/GoofTroop_PoopChute · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Dang, your signals from the SSE are strong and close. /u/Mr_You recommended bunny ears to me a week or so ago and I tried it but it wasn't quite good enough (I got ABC and FOX but nothing else...most of my signals were 20-30 miles out). I wanted to watch the football games this weekend so I got the best I could find from Walmart: this.

Once I got it hooked up, pointed toward my closest stations and positioned high enough I got a CRYSTAL clear, HD picture. I'm still amazed.

EDIT: It's not the antenna I was planning on getting but it seems to be working fine and is what I will stick with. This RCA and This AntennaCraft were the two I was deciding between. But, honestly, with how close you are to so many stations, I think the bunny ears should do the trick. If you feel like spending $40-$50 to get a solid antenna, by all means do that, but I think you'll be good with something cost-effective (which doesn't mean cheap).

u/Carlsinoc · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Search Amazon for outdoor antennas. Check the ratings and reviews. I bought this [Click Here]RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna

u/bpetras · 2 pointsr/SantaMonica

Not sure if you have an attic, but I mounted this in mine and it works great.

u/livErD69 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I got this:

It used to same mounting hardware as my Dish, and I hooked the coax right up to the TV. Took a little aiming, but much better than an indoor and about the same price.

u/ragingblackmage · 2 pointsr/philadelphia

I use this antenna in my attic, it gets all the major networks flawlessly.

compact outdoor antenna

This is by far the best guide for setting up an antenna that I've found, from the sidebar of r/cordcutters

how to use TV Fool

u/ignition386 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

After the recent channel repack, the Low-Power TV landscape in Dallas has become pretty messy. Many TV guides are wrong, TV Fool is now very out of date, and even Rabbitears hasn't been updated to reflect all the changes yet.

KODF is off the air while they work on building a new transmitter on RF3 (VHF-Low). It doesn't look like there has been much in terms of status updates, but their construction permit doesn't expire until Sept 2021, so they might be off the air for a long while. In KATA's case, the station shut down and surrendered their license to the FCC, so they will never be coming back.

Since so many LPTV stations went off the air, some subchannels ended up moving to other stations. Both UAN and LATV (from KODF) ended up moving to KHPK, which only recently came back on the air. KHPK is currently broadcasting the following: 28.1 - SonLife, 28.2 - UAN, 28.3 - LATV. I just tuned to 28.3, and it's showing World Class Boxing, so it definitely has what you're looking for.

KHPK is broadcasting on RF10 (VHF-High), so you'll need to get an antenna that can pick up VHF-High. The RCA ant1450bfw looks to be a flat-type antenna, which doesn't do well with VHF. I'm able to pick up KHPK with most of the time, but I'm way farther north than you, so you should be able to pick it up much better than I do. (While the antenna does include a mounting rod, I don't use it. I just placed the antenna on a shelf in my attic.)

u/thecowrunner · 2 pointsr/Reno

I'd recommend this antenna:

I tried a couple indoor antennas, both in my attic and on the side of my house, but they weren't able to pick up the towers on Slide mountain. I installed this antenna on the side of my house and pointed it Southwest. Never had any issues.

u/moresoup4u · 2 pointsr/AnnArbor

I have an outdoor antenna that I mounted to an old DirecTV dish and I get a lot of channels

highlights: local channels in clear HD, plus stations from Toledo, Jackson, Lansing. 56-1, 56-2, 56-3 are PBS stations. in total I have ~20 stations that are worth watching, with a handful of others that I've removed from the channel list (QVC, Religious channels, etc)

these past couple weeks there have been different NFL games on CBS Toledo and CBS Detroit so it was nice to be able to jump back and forth (11-1 & 62-1)

I use this antenna and this preamp

I'll probably mess with it more come Spring, a better preamp closer to the antenna MIGHT allow me to get CBC which would be awesome

u/gryffydd · 2 pointsr/olympia

I'm in the Hawks Prairie area and I have a smallish roof mounted antenna ( I only get Fox, TVW, and a few shitty Christian channels. I don't have an amplifier at the moment so I'm not sure if I could add more channels with one or not. But hey, for about $50 I get to watch a few football games.

u/DoubleHappyDave · 2 pointsr/Delaware

Dover doesn't have local channels, it would have to reach to Philly or Baltimore. I get Philly channels without a hitch in Middletown. I have this mounted outside about 12 feet off the ground. I am sure if I put it on the roof I would get more, but since I already get 3, 6, 10, 12, 17, 29, and many more that I have no interest in I haven't bothered.


u/ilikeyoureyes · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

You may find it's easier to pull in WMAR over UHF than it is to pull WHTM over VHF. I'm a little north of you in Manheim up on a hill, and WHTM still occasionally gives me some static. FYI this is the antenna I use.

u/funked_up · 2 pointsr/asheville

I use this antenna and get about 15 stations. We get all the networks in HD and some other channels those show old westerns and unsolved mysteries type shows all day. Our house is south facing and this antenna is mounted on roof so that probably helps with our reception of Greenville based stations.

u/tiphilly · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance on this. After reading about those antennas you listed, and I found another guide on reddit about what all of the stuff on TV Fool actually means, I decided to try out an RCA Yagi antenna from Amazon. I hooked it up this morning and it brought all of the channels in, including the VHF-High Fox that I couldn't get with the others. I just put it on the floor in my bedroom and the signal quality and % were anywhere from the 70s to 90s. Once I get it installed in the attic I'm sure it will be pretty rock solid. Anyway, thanks a ton. For anyone else that stumbles on this thread, here is the antenna I ended up purchasing and is working for me:

u/killing_time_at_work · 2 pointsr/InlandEmpire

I have an Amazon basics antenna for the bedroom TV. Works great.

For my living room TV, I have this RCA antenna. It's small enough to mount in the attic, or even in a closet. Costs a little more than the "leaf" type antennas, but range is great.

u/TA11221122 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

You're going to have a tough go with an indoor antenna. If that TV Fool report is accurate, you have really weak signal. Looks like you'd need at least an attic mount to get most of your regular broadcast channels. You might get away with something like the Winegard Free Vision, since you are on the fourth floor. I know FL is pretty flat, but how is your general area, lots of other buildings, etc?

u/PowerDuffer · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Tried removing the amplifier - - got zero channels.

We actually also bought a newer antenna. Do you think if I went through with the hassle of installing on the roof, we might get better reception? Or is it likely to be same result as now?

New antenna model here:

Barring that, my next step would be to try the lte filter.

Thanks again for your help.

u/pkulak · 2 pointsr/Portland

Here's what I stuck up in my attic:

Then use this to find out where to point it:

Basically, point it at SW Portland, so, in your case, probably just West will be good. I get every broadcast channel this way.

u/upofadown · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

You mentioned a built in rotor. From that and the price I assume that you currently have something like this:


    Just from looking at the picture your current antenna has some gain for the UHF band and no real gain for the VHF-high band. So we have to do better than that.

    Your TV Fool has all the popular networks coming from the southwest. So we need to figure out what required signals are not coming from that direction. That's because omnidirectional ("360 degree pickup") antennas tend to not work all that well and should be avoided if at all possible.

    With no other context, I would of suggested:

  • Winegard HD7694P

    ... or even ...

  • Winegard HD7697P

    ... pointed southwest.

    This might help when figuring out what channels the various transmitters listed on the TV Fool report are sending:

u/chronotronaton · 2 pointsr/PBS

>$50? I paid about $10 for this, and it works great:

This is the model I was referring to:

Personally, I live deep in the middle of nowhere. Only one of those models mounted at least 40 feet in the air will pull a signal from cities averaging 80 miles away from me. But when I scan for channels, I usually receive ~90. Not bad for a cheap antenna. So, if the model you suggested isn't strong enough for OP or anyone else trying to get PBS without paying YouTube for it, spend a little bit more and one should have no problems watching PBS and the usual subset of channels associated with it (NHK, PBS Kids, Create, etc).


u/mattfromtelevision · 2 pointsr/electricians

Analog TV broadcast is dead. There are no stations to receive any more.

However, If the cable in the wall is RG6 (75 ohm) then this cabling could be used to connect up a digital antenna like this one:

Say you have a cable connection in a top floor bedroom, you could mount the antenna just outside the window, run the cable inside, plug it in the the cable jack. With a little bit of cross patching you can route this to another jack in the house (where your TV will be)

You will need to locate the point in your house where all the cables run to. To trace these runs with a multi meter, you need to short the inner conductor of the coax to the outer shield using a piece of wire, etc. Then when you use your MM to test the lines for continuity, you will find the line you shorted out with wire.

Locate your two lines, then using an F connector pass through:

Couple them together.

There is no danger of shock, however, if your setup uses an RF amplifier, you will want to eliminate that, as it is now useless.

u/Phinster1965 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

You might also try a rotating antenna. I am 50 miles from Atlanta, and get all the networks plus at least 20 other channels. I got a cheap one from Amazon ( Only $35. It has been outstanding. I run it through a small amplifier too, but that should not be necessary since you are only 18 miles from the source.

u/knitwasabi · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Facepalm. This antenna...

Yes, all connections are tight and secure. Hasn't moved. Rescanned and all we can get is CBS. Rescanned on both tv and the Roamio, hoping one would do better than the other.

And yeah, Fairpoint. So f'ing sick of them. Cannot wait...$30 a month for gigabit, when I'm over $100 a month for avg 4 down/.75 up.

u/juanda2 · 2 pointsr/DaytonaBeach

I have the setup but not sure if I get those channels. what numbers are they? here's the antenna I have up on the roof:

u/llzellner · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

> Thoughts on this one?

It won't do 150 miles. No matter what it says, and no matter how many times you post it.


Are you interested in getting assistance with REAL ANTENNAS that might work? Or just want to accept the need a Digital 1080p 2000 mile super antenna marketing?

Start with the post from upofadown, with the antenna:
Winegard HD7698P

Then with the pre-amps

1 - KItztech
2 -Winegard LNA200
3 RCA RCATVPRAMP1R (has separate VHF/UHF inputs)
4 Channel Master CM7778

u/wollp · 2 pointsr/madisonwi

I live on the East end of Willy street and this antenna seems to work pretty well, there's probably other cheaper choices out there too.

u/Homomojojojo · 2 pointsr/chicago

I'd probably go with It works very well. Has better reviews than the RCN antenna and you can get a thin version with up to a 50 mile radius.

Antennas will work inherently better placed in a window and something like the Leaf is perfect for window placement.

u/Beautox · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I'm using the mohu leaf and am getting pretty decent reception. I'm in a 7th floor apartment so receiving the local stations is a breeze but the next major city is sort of iffy.

u/lechevalnoir · 2 pointsr/pittsburgh

Ditto and we use this: Mohu Leaf

u/welostmagic · 2 pointsr/thebachelor

Target and Amazon sell these! They're super-easy to set up. Just make sure you hang it from the top of the wall so you can get better signal. I have one and my parents do too and they've been great.

u/SakaguchiQuackers · 2 pointsr/Charleston

You're going to need an antenna or a small decoder the box from Comcast to continue getting local channels. I recommend a Mohu Leaf. The quality of picture you get over the air is going to blow your mind after what you've been watching.

u/Jam_Phil · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Yes, your cheapo antenna should work fine. I've got the Leaf version of that same antennae (this one) and it works great. There are occasional issues where I have to change the angle/location a bit in order to pick up a channel, but once I found the sweet spot in my room, that all seemed to go away. Haven't had to move it like a month.

If you're going to upgrade to the $100 antenna, it's really only worth it if you mount it on the roof. Did this at my folks place and it works unbelievably well. The biggest benefit is that we ran a splitter and hooked up three tvs with one antenna.

u/BriscoCountyJr · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I bought a Leaf antenna off of Amazon and that thing has been amazing. It's very subtle and barely notice it if you stick it close to a window or something. I get full HD channels for all the major broadcast channels (and PBS) and a ton of local channels. $40 on Amazon right now.

Paired it with a signal booter ( and have had zero signal issues. Disclaimer, we do live in the middle of a large city which might help.

u/narmer65 · 2 pointsr/houston

I agree with Virindi's assessment. For local channels I have this:

and it works well. The games are actually much, much crisper then Comcast and UVerse (yes, I have gone through both).

u/equivocalcat · 2 pointsr/techsupport

The Mohu Leaf is supposed to be incredibly good for its price range. They also have an amplified version.

Reviews (souce:

u/TurkAlert · 2 pointsr/technology

The antenna is pretty good, but placement was a bit of an issue - it took some time to find a good location near the TV. We get most of the major networks and PBS without a problem, but some get glitchy once in a while. I'm thinking about upgrading to this thin HD antenna, supposed to be easy to place and very highly rated. Hope your setup works out for you!

u/soggit · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

this may be worth trying if you have quite good OTA reception in your area. it can just be attached to the back of your TV so you never see it.

u/kevinstonge · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I get NBC via my HD antenna.

my $40 antenna gets me 20 free HD channels over the air.

u/frankieg33 · 2 pointsr/htpc

thanks for taking a look and giving me your thoughts!

I looked at the Ivy Bridge cpus and it doesn't look like anything is going to be worth it in my price range. Atleast not for now. I think I will drop down to the i3-2100T for the 35Ws (although it goes from HD 3000 to HD 2000).

Thanks for the info on bitstreaming. I think I will be fine, I won't be able to hear the difference anyway.

How are you recording broadcast TV? I am torn between an internal card and the HD Homerun. The issue I have with the HD Homerun is that my TV/antenna are in a different room than the router, so it may have to be the internal card. I feel like this one is fine. I have the Mohu Leaf antenna and it works perfectly. I am a bit confused about analog vs digital, but I am pretty sure I am 100% digital, not sure though.

EDIT: Formatting

u/MDBill · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Location within your apartment can certainly make a significant difference. But, not all TV tuners are equally sensitive either, so the TV equipment itself may also be part of the problem. Try moving the smaller bedroom TV to the living room location of the other TV set. Rescan using the smaller set with the larger set's antenna. If you still receive the 15+ (or so) channels on the small set, you're almost certainly dealing with a less sensitive tuner on the large set.

Otherwise you've probably got a location problem. Is the living room window north facing and the bedroom south facing? If I'm reading the TV Fool polar graph correctly, I'd expect your south facing results to be better than your north facing.

Also, most DT has moved to UHF now and old-style rabbit ear antennas are not the best choice for UHF reception. The Mohu Leaf (unamplified) improved my OTA reception. Of course no guarantees and YMMV.

u/Charm_City_Charlie · 2 pointsr/baltimore

A friend was telling me he used one that was about the same size and thickness as a laminated sheet of paper with a wire hanging off. He said that he got better reception with that than with his expensive powered antenna - not sure of the brand info, I'll report back if I find out.

Edit: It may have been this based on the reviews.

u/ashabanapal · 2 pointsr/Charlotte

I got a Mohu Leaf Antenna. It's great for what I need. Some locations may require a more high-powered antenna, but it gets great reception for my house and is very unobtrusive.

Time Warner blows. Between OTA, Netflix, and Redbox I don't miss them or DirecTV one bit. Their product is not worth what they charge.

u/michael73072 · 2 pointsr/thelastresort

Haha, thanks! If you are close enough for an indoor antenna I would reccomend the Mohu Leaf. I have mine hidden behind a painting above my TV.

u/pcj · 2 pointsr/tulsa

I recommend the Mohu Leaf, it has great range and picks up a ton of channels.

u/LasagnaWoof · 2 pointsr/redditcasual

This is the one I bought. I've had it for 2 years and it's worked out great. It's even cheaper now than when I bought it originally.

u/Remmib · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Qnix QX2710 and BenQ XL2420T

Monitor Mount

u/mammakjeks · 2 pointsr/battlestations

AX Accessories AX2200. Looks a lot like this mount from Halter(Amazon).

u/thatredpikmin · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

I am looking for something that can mount 2 27", is the halter version the same as tyke?

from the picture they look the same

u/darkmdbeener · 2 pointsr/battlestations

I use the quad version of this which was only 60

u/burnt_mummy · 2 pointsr/battlestations

[Here you go] ( second stand I've got from Halter have a single monitor from them and couldn't be happier.

u/AceHiStation · 2 pointsr/Workspaces

It's just a single $40 stand off amazon. Link here.

u/deadnside · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I'm planning on ordering this antenna later today. Thanks for your help.

u/anarchyreigns · 2 pointsr/Edmonton

I get seven channels with this:
I'd say that the quality is as good or better than cable for most of the stations, as the HD isn't compressed. I have the antenna plugged directly into the back of my TV. Otherwise I use Apple TV for Netflix.

u/Kichigai · 2 pointsr/Android

> I don't pay for cable so I have nothing to record

I don't pay for cable either. I use an antenna and I get about 30 channels.

>Private torrents have every show I've ever wanted basically unless it's some weird British show that I couldn't even DVR here even if I had cable ..

Well I happen to work in the industry, and I feel for me to pirate that programming would be a bit hypocritical of me.

AFAIK, however, you don't really see much pirating of shows like Meet the Press, nor do I easily see any ability to get any locally produced programming via pirating, including programs I worked on.

There's also a lot of oddball stuff that just isn't out there, or shows I just want to casually use as sort of background noise.

And then there's the fact this isn't using up some of my bandwidth cap with my ISP.

>I understand how the DVR is useful, but it's a lot of money/setup and again I don't want to pay for cable.

Well good news, it's not that big a deal. There are very basic and simple DVRs like the HomeWorx HW-150PVR, where all you have to do is add a USB hard disk. Pop an antenna and you're set. All done!

Or you can go a little more advanced. Get yourself a used computer for like $100 (I see some Core 2 Duo Mac Minis going for $100 and under on eBay, if you want something smaller), add a TV tuner (HDHomeRun Connect going for $77 on Amazon) and an antenna (I like the Winegard Flatwave since it has VHF elements in it and I live on the far side of the metro from the towers, $35 on Amazon, but depending on where you live you might only need an straightened out paperclip) and load it up with some software. You could use NextPVR if you want to stay in Windows, or if you're crafty you can use MythTV in Linux. If you like Linux, but aren't super confident you can use a pre-rolled distro like MythBuntu that has MythTV preinstalled and steps you through everything.

So that's about $200, plus $25/yr if you want more robust TV listings from SchedulesDirect (which I recommend). That's not that expensive, especially when you consider that's the price of a mid-range gaming GPU, and people spend twice that much on game consoles.

You could probably get that down a little cheaper if you look at busted laptops or trawled Craigslist for used PCs. You could run this on a Raspberry Pi if it had more RAM and faster USB disk access.

>Plus most WEB-DL's often look way better than any 1080p HDTV rip I've seen lately.

You should check your local broadcasters. They may be better than you realize.

u/pixelpops · 2 pointsr/regina

I'd recommend buying the one mentioned above,

We have it hidden behind curtains on our window and all the channels come in pretty strong.

u/reddelicious77 · 2 pointsr/regina

What part of of the city are you in? I'm in the North Central area - and I'm not able to get Global either - until I got an antenna. And it comes in perfectly, all the time now. (3/4 bars).

Heck, I was even able to get CTV and CBC without an antenna (was just using a coax cable as my 'antenna' - honestly, any piece of wire will work to some extent.)

You probably just need to buy a better antenna - FYI, this is the one I purchased.

There's also an amp'ed version of it, but considering the Global antenna is only like 15-20 miles out of town (I think?), if this one doesn't work - that one probably wouldn't either.

BTW, are you scanning for HD or SD channels? The beauty w/ HD (as you're probably aware), is that even if you get a minimal signal, the picture will be 100% perfect - unlike SD, of course - and it's even a slightly better picture than cable given how the signal is not compressed at all.

u/CaptCurmudgeon · 2 pointsr/panthers
u/okiedawg · 1 pointr/orlando

I have something like this. I have a home and it is attached my roof.

You have to run cables up the roof, but used existing cable lines.

I use it to power two HD televisions without any boosters. I get all the basic channels (Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS) 99 percent of the time.

u/FTLast · 1 pointr/ota

If by RCA Yagi you mean this antenna ( it is most definitely NOT crap. In fact, I just used one to replace an Antennas Direct DB4e. It's got decent VHF-Hi gain, which the DB4e did not, and for my purposes the UHF gain is acceptable.

BTW, it's a log-periodic antenna, not a Yagi, so it has better performance than you'd think based on its size.

u/Salivates · 1 pointr/cordcutters

After trying an indoor amplified antenna (where most stations are about 35 miles away) and getting just a few channels, I opted for an RCA Yagi antenna. Now I get over 120 channels. Available at Amazon and Walmart.

Do you need something that rotates like the one you currently have?

u/Rjs987 · 1 pointr/ota

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

Or this guy.

u/astroantoine · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Having done this process a few times now I HIGHLY recommend you try bunny ears on top of your TV first. You'll likely get almost every channel you want unless there are some major obstructions. (The Mohu Leaf is another one to try).

If you decide to do a directional antenna I recommend a small yagi antenna. I have a very similar one to this one and it is pretty fantastic:
RCA Antenna

You're probably not gonna need an amplifier at all because you're relatively close to the brodcast tower. The one at 318 looks like it gives you everything you need!!

Good luck!

u/motorgnome · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Yes, you will get more channels outside. I bought this one with the preamp. The mast looks like a dish mast. I mounted my on the side of my garage. With my old setup inside I got two channels. I now get six channels. With a bit more height I could most likely get the other channel that I am missing.

I used one of the coax cables from my sat dish that is near my new antenna to get the signal to my TV.

u/lext · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Thanks. I can get the HBU22 from RadioShack which is returnable in-store, so if it doesn't work out I won't be out anything.

How does the HBU22/33 compare to the RCA ANT751, GE 24792, Solid Signal Xtreme Signal HDB91x, or the Winegard HD-1080? I was trying to compare them and was wondering how they'd affect reception given the different designs they use.

u/bixbyvegas · 1 pointr/vegaslocals

Currently $37 bucks! totally worth it. I was lucky I had a dish to take down so I could reuse cabling and pole. I'm just under 30 miles line of site to the towers (point towards green valley ranch, then adjust with an app on your phone). I have 2 Samsung LED TVs, one is 5 years old the other 10. The 10-year-old tuner picks up more channels.

u/ddw119 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Thanks for all the input! To be honest, I've been geeking out myself about this subject ever since I first picked up those Detroit stations and realized that those channels were far more interesting than the ones broadcasting here in my hometown of Toledo. Lol.

And I had no idea that tropospheric ducting even existed! Who says you can't learn new things on Reddit?

Before your reply, I was thinking about picking up the compact RCA yagi outdoor antenna ( Is that one too small for the task? Of your antenna suggestions, I'm leaning more toward the Winegard model. Having low VHF channels isn't necessary, but I thought if I was going to sink a decent amount of money into an outdoor TV antenna, I should at least have all the bases covered.

u/linux203 · 1 pointr/lansing

For local channels in East Lansing, you don't need amplification or an extremely directional antenna. I'm near College and Dell and pick up Grand Rapids stations without amplification from a roof mounted directional antenna.

Look at the RCA ANT751R antenna. It comes with a mast and is affordable. is a good resource for antenna TV.

u/RockFourFour · 1 pointr/cordcutters

If by window mount, you mean one of those flat 'leaf' style antennas, you're probably SOL.

If you're talking a smaller outdoor antenna you could mount on the side of the house, something like this RCA antenna might get you those 55-64 degree channels in the green and yellow.

If I were in your position, I would throw up something like the Channel Master CM 3020.

It's huge, and goes on the roof, but it would most likely get you all those channels in red on your TV Fool report. It's not that difficult to install (I put one up for my father), and it is crazy powerful.

I know that's not what you want to hear, but your location's not great for reception.

u/mulliganx · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I am using an RCA Yagi Antenna inside now and I am receiving 30 Channels. There are better rated Indoor antennas then this, so I must say I do not agree with you. Still looking for a highly rated indoor antenna.

u/-Chase · 1 pointr/cordcutters

You can get a 70 mile antenna for half the price if you're cool with mounting outside or in an attic. It's the best selling on Amazon right now:

Edit: the one I bought is only 35 dollars now. Check the specs, but I know this can do 1080i at least. 1byone Digital Amplified Outdoor / Attic HDTV Antenna, 70 Miles Range with Power Supply Box for VHF and UHF Band

u/memebuster · 1 pointr/frederickmd
u/AllThatStuff · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I have this one in my attic. I can pick up channels from ~40 miles away. Nothing fancy, but does a good job.

RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna

u/kansurr · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Got my hands on this, free from a guy at work

Antenea ->

Do u think it will get much?

u/manhatinglesbian · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I have a very old version of this antenna in my attic. Your TvFool looks better than mine. Point it due South. Good luck!

u/joleme · 1 pointr/technology

if you live in an area that has a local signal and you can put up your own antenna I would recommend one like

You could get dr phil just fine, but if you mean the oprah network.... can't help there. Disney channel has free episodes online, and depending on your provider you can get a lot more episodes.

u/Baron164 · 1 pointr/ota

I picked up this Antenna and put it in my attic and it works really well. I'm also fairly close to the broadcast towers in my area. I'm about 15 miles away so I have pretty good signal regardless.

u/cyclone_bear_punch · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I bought the RCA ANT751 compact outdoor antenna and mounted it to an old dish mount that was on my garage. The bracket that came with it worked perfect. It gets a great signal. I live about 45 miles from the broadcast antenna. $45.98 with Prime. No power needed. Just coax, obviously.

u/jonahbek · 1 pointr/cordcutters

This was the one we bought.

I picked it because it straps right on the dish. All I had to do was pull off the piece that points back at the dish. We didn’t replace the roof though.

u/Fleemo17 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

The easiest thing to do would be to provide you a URL to it's Amazon page:


u/tatanka01 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I've never tried the bowtie antennas, so not sure about those, but they do look like they're already made up of multiple antennas combined (but all pointed the same way). In theory, you could connect two or more.

I'm using this antenna (RCA). Bought two of them and have the combiner, just need to play more. So far, we're doing okay with just one, but I had some thoughts of seeing what I could pick up in a different direction.

I think the only way you'll know if you have a multipath problem is if you try it.

Antenna rotators are another possibility.

u/CertifiedPublicAss · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Thanks for the reply. Yes, the train track is immediately, almost exactly, to the southwest. The trains are certainly more of an issue than the planes. I was contemplating setting this one up on a roof or a post:

u/ITdeity · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Would I need a preamp with either of those? Also, I have Amazon Prime, so I prefer to find something that is eligible. What do you think of this one?

Also, is ~3.5db loss common, or are there other kinds? I'm really at a loss concerning the splitter.

u/DiveBar · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I picked THIS up and recently put it in my attic. I could already get over 30 channels upstairs with a cheap indoor antenna. This will be hooked up to a Tablo. I don't have it hooked up yet but should see a few more channels.

u/modus · 1 pointr/philadelphia

You're going to want to use a directional Yagi antenna. I got this one and get ABC at 100%. If you need other types of mounting hardware, has a good selection.

Also, remember not to use an amplifier first. Using an amplifier unnecessarily, can overmodulate the signal.

u/durgandee · 1 pointr/Frugal

We get most basic channels. Can't remember off the top of my head but tbs, nbc, fox news and a lot of Canadian channels and Jesus channels. There are probably a lot more that I'm missing but you would get most common channels plus some. I bought this when it was cheaper: converter and also this: antenna. They tend to pick up frequency from traffic that passes close to our house(we are right next to a busy road). If you live away from a main road it would work well but ours is okay as is. Install is easy if you already have a mount from another dish on your roof. I am in between Portland and Salem and our reception is really good except for the static when trucks go by. I am considering buying another antenna and aiming it at Salem. If needed I can try and figure out specific channels for you when I get home. I love hearing my in laws bitch about the price of cable and offered to set them up with this if they buy the hardware. They refuse every time. This purchase saved me a lot of money this year. Let me know if you have more questions.

u/pete-aj · 1 pointr/cordcutters

For many years I used an OTA antenna in my attic and then I replaced my roof and got a gradient barrier on the roof (Doh!) and it blocked the OTA signal. I was using and it worked great for over 3 years. I installed it in the attic and used the FCC website ( and a compass on my iPhone to point it correctly and get all the stations (all DIY).

Since my roof issue, I figured I would get an outdoor antenna installed. I have a 2 story home so I hired a company named Mr. Antenna (great company, Google them in your area) , it came with a professionally installed very good and hefty antenna. They took care of getting the best signal and installed it completely. Works great and cost me about $375 including labor.

u/hypermog · 1 pointr/cordcutters
u/jdb9294 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I would get RCA ANT751 and point it at 344 (NNW) and you will be in good shape, you live in a good spot!

u/killerbs75 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I'm also in DFW and I have used this antenna:

Works great for me and has for some time now. I had it on a satellite mount on single story at old house and it worked great. When I moved it's now in attic. You can also buy this antenna at Home Depot.

One thing I've noticed that channel 5 lately has been really bad for me. This is after I've had a couple years of very reliable signal and all my channels are extremely strong. If you also just started having trouble with NBC 5 it might be a problem on their side.

u/rehab980 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Did you run a channel scan? Is hanging it from your attic an option? How about placing it outside, or balcony if you have one. You're going to need to change the location and experiment at this point.

Also, I've usually read that the Leaf will not pick up UHF VHF channels. This is the antenna I use, and I keep it in my attic.

edit: Corrected my statement. Thanks upofadown.

u/AKraiderfan · 1 pointr/philadelphia

If you're not in a hurry, check out the daily sale sites for antenna. , and usually has plenty good indoor/outdoor ones for about half the price of local retailers.

I got mine ( for like 25 bucks on 1sale, and I have it mounted on the second floor in a bedroom in fishtown, and I get everything clearly unless it is pouring rain.

u/LinguistHere · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Yeah, I use an antenna and a USB tuner. Works great. My wife and I record about four shows per week using Windows Media Center, and they're usually crystal-clear HD. The signal does drop sometimes, but rarely... Maybe one in eight recordings will have a five- or ten-second glitchy patch.

u/senatorbrown · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I got a Winegard atenna and it was much stronger than my old signal. It is just sitting on my window and it doesn't seem nearly as sensitive as the cheaper antennas I was buying. There are a few channels I don't get, but way more than before - and perfect quality. I may try putting it on the roof to increase my signal.

This is the model i got:

u/cheapGamer3001 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Those flat window antennas are pretty crap. Try standard rabbit ears+loop:

u/CuvisTheConqueror · 1 pointr/cordcutters

If your cheap flat antenna can get all the channels you need, then you probably don't need to get anything fancy. If you're only serving one TV, you can probably just get away with sticking your flat antenna on the window and running it to your TV. If you really want something attic based, you can try one of these:

I would recommend going with a Roku instead of the Fire Stick. Fire Sticks are notoriously poor performers, and Roku also has more streaming services available. It does have an Amazon app, so you're covered there.

u/GU-Ibiza · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Tower is always preferable, especially if you're already wired up there, but attics get great results too. Aiming to the transmitter locations on your report is of course encouraged as well, but that can always be adjusted when you're initially installing it and testing your scans.

Yeah, just put it up and do the channel scan. Very plug and play once you've settled on a location to install.

You can read owner reviews as well:

u/Darrena · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Thank you for the suggestion. It is a bit better and gets WNTV, WMYA, WSPA, and WYFF so that is an improvement. I do not get WLOS or WHNS but it is still an improvement.

I ran some cable through the window and placed it outside and the results were the same so it doesn't look like I will get any advantage from putting it outside other than height which I will try when it stops storming this weekend.

In the meantime I have ordered this: and I will see if it gets similar results inside since this current one is huge and got a "That really ties the room together" from my wife when she saw it... haha If it doesn't do any better I will return it.

u/dreamz7013 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Can you recommend buying on Amazon?.
No Home Depot around me

u/tidderdit · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Do you mean something like this?

u/alecksandros · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Hey I found this Winegard FreeVision FV-30BB HDTV Antenna model on Amazon. Is this the model you recommend?

u/BixmanJ · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Thanks for the suggestion. Is this what you're talking about?

u/independence21 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I've had 2 antennas that work for me in the suburbs in the range you are looking at.

The Wineguard is extremely directional but gets great reception.

The Clearstream is less directional but almost as good.

I will add that because of the distance between my antenna and my HDHomerun, I have an amplifier. The signal strength is improved but the signal quality is the same.

u/blasterx2000 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I also want to add that I have the Winegard Freevision on the roof which helps to pull in 3 VHF stations that I had a little trouble getting with the indoors antenna.

u/maddslacker · 1 pointr/Denver

Before the next game, get this antenna:

It'll work indoors or out.

u/charliegriefer · 1 pointr/phoenix

Check out Then also ask in /r/cordcutters if need be. They're a great group.

I cut the cord a while back. Tried the Leaf, but it wasn't great for us. Ended up with a Winegard that I mounted on the roof where the DirecTV dish was.

Shocked how many OTA channels there are. Can't recommend the winegard enough.

u/ronin722 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

It won't be behind the TV if you have it wall mounted, but maybe you could hide it behind the stand below the TV. I've had good luck with the Winegard . Plus it's got VHF and UHF reception. I just built a little base / stand with a dowel and a piece of 2x4 and zip-tied it so it stands on its own.

u/dapala1 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Don't amplify. This works great for me connected to three tvs at once:

You're in a pretty good location to get most of the stations available without much trouble.

u/hattie29 · 1 pointr/GrandForks

I can get a lot. Usually cbs, 4 wdaz channels (one of which is the cw), 2 nbc channels and 4 or 6 pbs channels. I can never get them all at the same time though. I usually have the move the antenna around to get certain ones and then others go out.

This is the antenna I have:

It's inside too. I'm sure it'd be better if it was mounted on the roof.

u/flargenhargen · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I only have experience with 2 different antennas that have worked (I've bought a bunch which didn't)

my gf has a fool report similar to yours, I bought her a cheap monoprice antenna and it sits in her office. Works nice. Drives 3 tvs. But with your potential, I'd get a better one to get all the channels you can.

I have a really shitty report, and I use this shitty antenna in my attic, and it works pretty well. Drives 4 TVs. I will probably be upgrading to a roof mount next summer.

an indoor antenna will be subject to a lot of other things, like are you in an apartment with many walls between you and source, are you behind a big building, hills, trees, etc. in any case, I'd definitely try another model before giving up. good luck!

u/ColPaint · 1 pointr/ota

> Those are for urban areas with strong signals.

Yea I just moved out here from the Denver area and got around 40 channels with that antenna, I feel like I got my money out of it so no big loss there.

My dad said he tried this one out and it didn't work so he returned it, to me it looked like a pile of plastic.

We would prefer to have an outdoor antenna if possible. Should I be looking at getting a separate amplifier or are antennas with the amp bundled okay? I'm not even sure where to start looking other than here.

u/entropywins8 · 1 pointr/AskNYC

I set one up for a relative in Westchester like 6 miles from city limits.

I had to buy the powered kind, like this, the non powered didn't work.

Amplified HD Digital Outdoor HDTV Antenna 150 Miles

u/Barge108 · 1 pointr/Eau_Claire

I live pretty close to Woodman's in Altoona. I have the best flat-panel antenna I could buy from Walmart, and I can only pick up channel 13 reliably. When I lived off Main Street in Eau Claire, I could pick up channel 18 as well with the same antenna. I've been meaning to buy a proper outdoor aerial antenna like this one

u/Mrtheboyfull · 1 pointr/PleX

oh wow so your saying that in a 150miles radius you only get 2 channels??

u/isforads · 1 pointr/PleX

I had the same issue and it ended up being poor signal. Plex kept stopping the recording after a couple minutes, so I installed the HDHomeRun software and watched the live feed - sure enough the video was crap.

Found a channel that was coming in clear and had Plex record a show on that channel, which it did with no problem. Fixed everything by adjusting the antenna.

Edit: If it matters, this is with an HDHomeRun Connect. Here's the antenna I am using, works great:

u/chaos36 · 1 pointr/FortCollins

I have this antenna . It works great for me a little north of Fort Collins. But I have a co-worker go bought the same one and says he can't get anything in South Fort Collins. Not sure if it is location or something on his end.

One thing I did notice, I hooked it up to where the dish used to be and used the same wiring. I had to disconnect the wires from the splitter in the garage and hook up the cable from the antenna directly to the cable that went to the receiver. With a splitter in between I couldn't get a signal.

u/The_Illuminated_One · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I bought a $30 outdoor antenna off amazon, never put it outside and it picks up literally twice as many channels as any of those bullshit indoor antennas.

u/LairdFatFat · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I don't have one, yet, but my Dad does.

We live in rural NWGA.
Here is his tvfool report:

He is able to pick up all the major channels out of Atlanta, along with some independents.

u/bakedtateO · 1 pointr/cordcutters

[link](Amplified HD Digital Outdoor HDTV Antenna 150 Miles Long Range with Motorized 360 Degree Rotation, UHF/VHF/FM Radio with Infrared Remote Control

u/-johnstamos- · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I live 20 minutes south of you, literally in the middle of the woods. I got one from Ollies for $25, has a powered amp, rotates, and a crappy remote. I put it in my garage. Works awesome. I do have to turn it now and again to get channel 2, but i just have to press a button. Got it 2 years ago. I know the Ollies in Hamburg has them still. It looks like this one: Amplified HD Digital Outdoor HDTV Antenna 150 Miles Long Range with Motorized 360 Degree Rotation, UHF/VHF/FM Radio with Infrared Remote Control

u/drewjy · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I really appreciate the feedback.

Here is the TV foo:

I've been looking at this antenna, purely based on ratings/reviews:

u/vermontgirl · 1 pointr/Patriots

I live in the middle of Nowheresville, VT (but am thankfully in market). Last year I bought this 150-mile antenna. It works great- I get CBS, NBC, several PBS stations and a few random channels. I'm able to watch 80% of the games (things get a little frustrating when the weather's poor, though). I did supplement with SlingTV last year but won't this year- we've upgraded our internet to very fast fiber and I will be checking out r/nflstreams for the non-CBS/NBC games. I think if you have Amazon Prime, you can stream TNF this year.

u/ronnastie · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Bought this 150 mile one 3 months ago and put in attic as my HOC is very picky-- Works great!
Amplified HD Digital Outdoor HDTV Antenna 150 Miles Long Range with Motorized 360 Degree Rotation, UHF/VHF/FM Radio with Infrared Remote Control -- Less than 40 bucks

u/droppedpackets · 1 pointr/cordcutters

So I am using this antenna -

I am able to pick up fox, abc cbs -
TVFOOL report:

Edit- the antenna is pointed north west slightly to pick up abc.. it is on the roof about 15' above ground

u/PA2SK · 1 pointr/technology

I cut the cord years ago and have no intentions of going back. One suggestion - look into an HD antenna similar to the Mohu Leaf:

I get razor sharp over the air programming. A lot of it is mindless daytime tv but it's really nice having live, local news, that was the one thing I was really missing.

u/Mr_You · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Because it's not designed for VHF stations which still exist in a lot of markets. In the Amazon link provided it even states in the Customer Q&A that it can't pick up VHF efficiently.

I would love for VHF to go away for TV and reuse that spectrum for broadband internet service, but it may be a while.

u/Chiparoo · 1 pointr/askscience

I will be watching it from a Mohu Leaf HDTV Antenna.

Actually, my fiance and I are moving in about a week, so we dug it out of our already-packed boxes and put it back up just so we will be able to watch Cosmos live tonight!

EDIT: I'm apparently being downvoted for linking an antenna. That's exactly what bobpndrgn asked someone to do?

u/atheisthindu · 1 pointr/Frugal

I purchased a lifetime license for PlayOn and the channel runs quite well on Roku.

For live sports, I got myself a Mohu Leaf Antenna.

Enjoy the cordless living!

u/TomH_squared · 1 pointr/technology

Well, if you're still in the 20th century, sure. Now there's the Mohu Leaf, which I've heard is quite good

u/glatts · 1 pointr/DIY

I live in a studio apartment in NYC so right now I just use my ThinkPad and connect it to my TV via a DisplayPort to HDMI cable. I tend to delete stuff right after I watch it, so I don't really have a need for that much space. I also share a Netflix account with my sister and I have Amazon Prime, so I will go to those services first before downloading something. I also have an Xbox that sometimes carries the load and I will typically stream those services through it. Then I have a Mohu Leaf antenna to watch live sports on the networks (the uncompressed quality on that can be amazing). Most of the shows me and my girlfriend watch we get through downloading via the pirate bay or other sources after it airs. We both tend to work late so this works out fairly well and we don't have to wait like 8 days or something silly, they're right up in HD a few minutes after airing.

Right now it is mostly a manual process. Our building has free FiOs WiFi so everything just gets connected to that (and as a result that's why things like chromecast, apple TV, or streaming from the PC to the Xbox won't work). I am a big football and hockey fan who live out of market from my home teams, so those are really the only two services I consider purchasing directly from their sources. (But to be honest, this past season I just used VLC to stream the Gamecenter NHL games and the Netherlands VPN trick combined with the Madden 25 deal to watch NFL).

If this was to be more of a "permanent" setting though, I would definitely look to upgrade to a stand-alone PC that would solely function as an HTPC. Also, as I said, my process right now is pretty manual. I would love to have it be more of an automated process, and having a dedicated machine with a larger hard drive would help. But right now this fits my needs fairly well and has a minimal impact on my wallet. If you'd like to know more or want to build your own, check out:

  • /r/htpc
  • /r/cordcutters
  • /r/hometheater
  • /r/buildapc
  • /r/Plex
  • /r/xbmc
  • /r/seedboxes
  • /r/torrents
  • /r/BaconBits
  • /r/thepiratebay
  • /r/VPN

    For specific streaming info for the NHL and NFL:

  • /r/hockey/wiki/vlc
  • /r/FMstreams
  • /r/cordcutters/comments/2cstpa/nfl_20142015_guide
u/daylight_rock · 1 pointr/CFB

Good HD antenna: $40. We like the Mohu Leaf. Check this map for your location's channel lineup, but you'll very likely get CBS/NBC/ABC/FOX for free, forever.

Apple TV: $99. If you can acquire cable/dish login account login credentials from a friend or family member that isn't cord-cutting, you now have every ESPN channel (and the SEC Network, and the Longhorn Network) in HD for free.

Those credentials also probably work for Fox Sports Go, which means you'll have FS1 and FS2, although there's no Apple TV app for that.

u/punchdrunklove · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Here's mine:

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I haven't purchased an antenna yet as I'm completely new to this. Some background: I live in Manhattan in an apartment building so I'm assuming I can pick up some strong signals?

I've done some research... Will the Leaf Metro suffice or should I get the Leaf 30 (or something else entirely)?

u/ImNotAaronPaul · 1 pointr/cordcutters

The Mohu Leaf is's a link. Check out the Amazon reviews. I have owned this for 2 years and get fantastic rec

u/coltsblazers · 1 pointr/AskMen

In regards to TV... If you watch basic channels, buy a Mohu Leaf. For just a one time fee of $30-50 depending on the model you get, you get all the basic stuff for an easy to set up antenna that works well.

I honestly only use it for football, but I get a good portion of the games now rather than buying cable or satellite.

u/HayesNSean · 1 pointr/lincoln

I believe I have an omnidirectional antenna, It is just a flat box, that lookls like a sheet of paper, sort of looks like the picture on this item here. Do you know why I wouldn't be able to find ABC?

u/Sharks2431 · 1 pointr/television

I don't know the quality of that specific model, but I use an indoor, unamplified Mohu Leaf and it works great.

It's as simple as plugging it in, hanging it up on the wall and doing a scan with your TV. You may have to move it around to find the best picture, but it's usually easy to find a sweet spot.

u/Corncobtacular · 1 pointr/cordcutters

You have a similar TVFool Analysis to me, i.e. very close to a good number of towers.

I have had excellent reception with this Mohu Leaf from Amazon. Simple as hell to set up and got all of the "green" channels according to TVFool page.

EDIT: Note that the Mohu is excellent at picking up the UHF channels, but the VHF channels don't always come in as well (though i still get them)

u/wrong_bananas · 1 pointr/cordcutters

most states have laws that require landlords to allow tenants to mount roof antennas on request. Check with yours.

Either that or a Mohu leaf is a pretty good indoor one

u/SuperAwesomeFace · 1 pointr/pics

I recently upgraded from bunny ears to the mohu leaf metro. Best decision ever. I get twice as many channels and they don't glitch. I recommend searching for a map of the towers around you so you can see how far away they are and determine the range you'll need.

u/TWISTED_PENIS · 1 pointr/xbmc

The reception really depends on where you live. But you can go to to see what sort of reception you'll be pulling in. As for an antenna, I have an indoor one. It does the job really well...very minor tweaking was required and it works great!

u/trshtehdsh · 1 pointr/vegas

Cut the cord this week - got us this: set it up in the attic and tied it in to the prewired cable, voila. it picks up so much. Set up a HTPC for the rest of things. Au revoir, expensive tv subscriptions!

Now we just have to figure out how to watch Pittsburgh football out here.

u/mhkesler84 · 1 pointr/raleigh

Fellow Jeopardy Freak here. I was hoping when I got Kodi that my Jeopardy cravings would be satisfied beyond the horrible YouTube videos out there, but I was disappointed.

That being said, I get ABC 11 no problem with with this guy from the Cameron Village area.

u/fozzie33 · 1 pointr/boxee

I have the live TV thing, and got one of the paper-thin antennae's, i pick up about 30 channels, (DC metro area)... i think it works pretty well... on my other TV, i use my roku and enjoy having the Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus... definitely miss that on the boxee though.

If you live in a good metro area, i recommend the live-tv adapter... get this antennae and you will get most digital channels (

u/Trendy2 · 1 pointr/HuluLive

With a digital antenna, yes. Uncompressed HD as well - looks 5x better than what Hulu Live was sending. I just use the Mohu Leaf antenna, about $40 and they work really well in our home.

u/oorza · 1 pointr/nfl

It was available last season without a DirectTV subscription and it's available this year without one as well:

You can't watch locally broadcast games on the service though, because of the NFL blackout rules (not DTV's fault, the NFL's fault)... you can buy a HDTV tuner card + antenna for your PC for under $100 total (a + b) and get the OTA HDTV streams on your PC via Windows Media Center. You will either get great quality or no TV at all because it's a digital signal, so don't worry about fuzziness like old pre-digital OTA TV signals.

u/djangobliss · 1 pointr/boston

I also have a couple of Leafs (Leaves?) and get a great reception in a basement as well as above ground. They're reviewed very well

u/MoreLogicalThanYou · 1 pointr/technology

Throw in an HD antenna for the networks since it's a one time cost.

u/tipsqueal · 1 pointr/politics

They did away with analog antennas. You can get digital antennas and get your local channels in HD. You even get sub-channels, so some of your local news channels will have a sub-channel dedicated to the weather.

Example antenna:

u/Gtarumble · 1 pointr/xboxone

I tried a bunch of antennas and settled with $39 Mohu Leaf :

It gets all the channels in HD. It's a very thin indoor antenna that you can just put it behind your TV.

u/79ford · 1 pointr/Frugal

I've picked up this antenna and have been extremely happy with it.

u/sparklingwaterll · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I like the mohu leaf, its discrete and very cheap. I think its the perfect one if your just outside a city. 5 to 30 miles. I would also recommend find a friend or parent etc that does have cable. Ask them for their cable/sat user name and password. I give my friend access to my Netflix for his password. Then you can use it to log into all the web streaming those channels offer, HBO, Showtime, Stars, FX, AMC, TNT etc. Basically all of them. The account can be used up to 5 different unique locations. So you wouldn't be depriving your benefactor of anything.

Edit: I am in NYC too. Keep in mind if your in Manhattan you will have to experiment with where to put the antenna because the buildings interfere. But my friends in North Jersey and Brooklyn get great reception with no problems with the mohu.

u/yasire · 1 pointr/pics

I got this one which is very similar. It's a great antenna.

u/the_zero · 1 pointr/cordcutters

The did the same in my area a few weeks ago. Bought a leaf antenna and now I get 3x the SD channels, but now in HD.

u/jayessaych · 1 pointr/Frugal

It sounds as though you've pretty much got it.

This is the antennae we use and it works well, although if I had to do it over again I'd go with the amplified model. Using the unamplified version we only get ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, and CW.

u/pbebbs3 · 1 pointr/Seahawks

An alternative that I purchased when I cancelled cable was the Mohu leaf digital antenna. The image quality is sharper than cable, it's free after the antenna and you get all of your local channels. If the Hawks are on FOX, CBS, NBC. You can watch them all this way without dealing with the low quality Internet streams. If they play on ESPN, go to the bar or BWW. Hope this helps.

u/Cartman372 · 1 pointr/simracing

I have tried multiple stand setups.

My original setup was a dual monitor stand from Halter Link. This wasn't really a good stand. Alignment was sub par and the quality of the stand was also sub par. It's near impossible to get two monitors lined up properly.

After that I went to a Vivo triple stand Link. This was even worse as over time the arms began to sag and no amount of adjustment could line everything up properly.

After wasting money on these awful cheaply built stands, I decided it was time to get a proper stand. I went with a WSGF Ultimate Desk Stand v2 Link and haven't looked back since. It was by far one of the best purchases I've made for my computer and would recommend nothing less than Ergotech.

Here is an older pic of my setup

The Ergotech/WSGF stand offers individual adjustment for each monitor, allowing perfect alignment. This is definitely the most well built stand I have ever used and I can't see myself replacing it ever. Lifetime warranty!

Seeing as you only want a triple stand and you don't want to spend a ton, I can only recommend this Link. The Ergotech Triple.

u/killersquirel11 · 1 pointr/AskBattlestations

>Is it possible to use multiple mice on one machine

Yes. I've done so many times (but they will all control the same cursor, unless you want to set up some VM voodoo)

>Is it possible to use one of those touch screen monitors along with multiple normal monitors

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work, but if you want to test it out, see if a computer shop that sells touchscreen laptops or all-in-ones would be willing to attach a second (non-touch) monitor to the laptop/all-in-one, then you can see what the experience is like. I would assume that touching anywhere on the touchscreen would bring the cursor to that monitor, but that's just an educated guess.

>Is a setup like this even possible

Yes. Very possible. Some notes I'd like to add:

> one section for say, sound (with audio equipment, studio monitors, mic, etc), and another for art (with a tablet or possibly a touch screen monitor) and another section for everything, which could be used for programming, gaming, or just general use.

I feel like all of this could be done with a normal-sized desk.

  • Studio Monitors -- wall-mount or floor mount these
  • Audio Equipment -- I have no idea (as a non-audio-nerd) what this would entail, so no clue for how to minimize the amount of real-estate it would take up
  • Mic -- Either get a boom mic which can be mounted off of your monitor, or have it to one side of the keyboard (left side if you're right-handed)
  • Touch-screen monitor -- Buy a wall-mount or clamp-on desk mount. Then you have room to shove your keyboard under it if you aren't using the kb
  • Tablet -- Use this wherever is comfortable. You can move the keyboard back as mentioned above to give more room

    Everything else:

  • Normal set-up -- Keyboard + mouse + mousepad. If you don't use numpad or arrow keys, you could get away with a smaller 60% keyboard (shoutout to /r/mechanicalkeyboards)

    That's my two cents' worth, at least.
u/Vendor101 · 1 pointr/pcgaming

I edited and added a link. I can't make a unique link with my customization, but it literally is just the 72" version and black on black.

I got a dual monitor stand on amazon because there's was too much money.

Anything else you can ask but I think that's all there is to it. And so you know, I fucking LOVE my desk.

u/Grizzly_Adamz · 1 pointr/DIY

I would buy two of these and one of these.

u/pariah13 · 1 pointr/pics

See if he will spring for this to:

I have one and it's fantastic.

u/frankzotynia10 · 1 pointr/buildapc

yup its a kul ES-87 with the extra white top. The monitor stand is this guy paired with this thing

u/Liquidus_Dragon · 1 pointr/buildapc

Get a stand with adjustable arms.

I personally use this [Dual Monitor Mount] ( and I would highly recommend it.

The "seamless" all depends on the width of the bezels of the monitors.

u/ylnialp · 1 pointr/battlestations

Thanks. It's called Halter Dual LCD Monitor Stand. I got it from
Here is the link.

u/iamgmolnar · 1 pointr/battlestations

i used this.. It's incredible in its quality and function for its price. Best decision i've bought thus far.

u/mpe214 · 1 pointr/battlestations
u/AzuraDM · 1 pointr/buildapc

I've been pretty happy with this option. It has a clamp and also allows you to drill a hole in your desk to secure the mount, if you can't clamp it.

However, mounting the monitors to a desk as narrow as yours would put them uncomfortably close to your face. Have you considered a new desk first?

u/getoverclockednerd · 1 pointr/gamingpc

Check this post for the adjustable single stand.

This is the dual monitor desk mount I have.

u/synuser · 1 pointr/buildapc

I got my desk years ago at Staples. L-shaped with plenty of room and surprisingly has lasted 6+ years now. Here is a similar one for under $90:

I have this mounted on it with 2x 23" monitors: [Dual Monitor Stand] ( monitor desk&qid=1449002418&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1)

u/zdmetal · 1 pointr/battlestations

This is the stand I'm using. Just got the monitors and stand about two weeks ago, and love it all so far. Was using just a single 24" before.

u/applesauce_lover · 1 pointr/battlestations
u/citronauts · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I'll pay for the solution, she cannot mess with rabbit ears. She is in a wheel chair with limited mobility and eye sight. I don't think she even understands what the internet is.

I have prime, would this work?

u/M0nkeyWithAGun · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I would go with vue, simply because you have the 28 day cloud dvr option.

you have access to:

  • HGTV
  • TLC
  • Food channel
  • TBS (which has friends)
  • TV everywhere, so you can watch TBS live on east coast and west coast feed. As well as other channels that are supported by tv everywhere.


  • no lifetime on vue or sling
  • sling does not come with TLC
  • Not sure what Southern fibernet offers

    I would wait till monday and get a fire tv on sale (hopefully) when amazon has prime day.

  • Fire TV


  • a roku


  • windeguard antenna
  • Hauppauge Tuner for xbox one


u/hoha_haze · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Thanks for the feedback. They are on the 5th floor and face directly south.

Do you think this antenna, facing south, will still grab the CN Tower channels AND perhaps some of the US content?

Winegard Company FL-5000:

u/EarlKlugh13 · 1 pointr/toronto

I have the Winegard Flat antenna and it works quite well. I bought it because the cable was longer than most (15 feet) and could reach from the TV to the south-east facing window better.

In the west end, I get about 15 channels including: CBC (English & French), CTV, OMNI 1&2, PBS, Think, TVO, Christian channel, Global, City, some Buffalo channel, and the best of all... BounceTV.

In the past I have gotten CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, and CHCH.

u/epictetusdouglas · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I have Winegard Flatwave antenna:
It works very well.
As the other poster mentioned, get a Roku, it has the most content. Look at the shows you watch most, then check which services offer the best value for you. You have lots of options that will save you money.

u/TrifectaLoser · 1 pointr/321

I'm in Port St John. I get ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, WBS (and more) from a simple indoor, flat antenna. The one in my "den" (smallest bedroom) isn't even on a window, just hung from the ceiling. The ceiling has a plant hook, and I got a cheap swivel on a hook from amazon to clip to the antenna. The swivel makes it easy to angle the antenna. I paired it with an Channel Master OTA DVR, and I can record shows.

Two tips: (1) hang the antenna, don't lay it flat near the TV, and (2) roll up and zip tie the unused cable from the antenna to the TV input. For some reason, leaving it loose degrades the signal.


Swivel hanging clips:

Edit: Also, I just notice you said you had an "amplified" antenna. If you are within 50 miles of the station, you do not want an amplified antenna. They don't just amplify the signal, but also noise and distortion. Try turning the amplification off (If you can), and rescan for channels.

Also, near a window is good, but having the antenna higher is more important.

u/realpelican636 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

This is long.. but don't be scared!

Getting local TV over the air is similar to getting a radio station over the air. All TVs sold in the US contain the necessary cards to support broadcast TV. However, TV has all moved to Digital, which means you can't access channels unless a re-scan on your TV to find them all first. Re-scanning is pretty easy to do, just go into your TV menu, usually it's under "Channel" or "Signal" or something like that.

Before even looking into an antenna, you'll need to figure out how close/easy to receive the station you're looking for will be. I've linked the FCC site below, put in your address and see if it's towards the top of the list. There's also TV Fool, which tends to be more detailed but slightly out of date. Check both. Also take into account if you live in a building with thick walls or in a neighborhood with a lot of trees, they will make signals harder to receive. If you're in the green on both TVfool and the FCC sites, it should be possible to get it with an indoor antenna.

I'm assuming you're going to want at least Newschannel 9 (Chattanooga), with the callsign WTVC. TVfool has a callsign lookup with a guide for indoor/outdoor reception. Plug "WTVC" in there and check your neighborhood. It looks like that station still broadcasts on Channel 9, so you're going to want an antenna that supports VHF at least, more on that at the very end.

If you've checked the resources, and getting the stations you want over the air is possible, it's time to get an antenna. You can spend really as much as you want, I've linked to the Winegard flatwave below which is recommended by the sub and fairly cheap. If the rating an TVfool for the station you want is below 50 or so NM (dB) there's an amplified version.

u/puh-tey-toh · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Sorry, what is VHF and UHF exactly?

And is this the one you're speaking of for $30?

u/mdmarra · 1 pointr/Roku

Actually you can still get plenty of content over-the-air with an antenna. Rabbit ears are still sold, in fact, though they are rarely the best antenna option nowadays.

I get ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, plus a dozen lesser know channels in HD with a $30 antenna.

u/TwistedBlister · 1 pointr/vintagetelevision
u/entactogen · 1 pointr/RTLSDR

75-300 ohm balun is what you need, I'm experimenting with antennas at the moment too.

u/SturgeonMcGuai · 1 pointr/crtgaming

First, you'll want a UHF to VHF adapter, then connect that to an RF modulator. Most VCRs should be able to to this, or you can get a standalone modulator.

u/oddsnsodds · 1 pointr/vintageaudio

Coax is ~75 ohm impedance; Twin lead antenna cable is ~300 ohm. You can strip coax to connect it to the 75 ohm lugs, or you can buy a matching transformer to connect it to the 300 ohm lugs:

u/CrackAnus · 1 pointr/audiophile

75 to 300 Ohm UHF/VHF Matching Transformer

Not usually used in home audio, except for some forms of radio.

u/fdjsakl · 1 pointr/cordcutters

New antennas are much smaller and better for around $100 or less for what you need.

You have strong stations, so you might want to just hook it up there in the attic and see how it works, the coax adapter you need is this.

u/Artbrutist · 1 pointr/vintage

you may also need something like this

u/LolYouFuckingLoser · 1 pointr/whatisthisthing

>Highly unlikely any modern device will work connected to that input

Ideally I'd like to get an NES or something running on it. I'd love to be able to get something with emulators working through it, but I'd be happy with almost any old console. I'm hoping it can be part of a little nostalgia battlestation.

> You probably don't have the right converter.

Will the RCA on the front require a converter? I can't just plug in the video portion of a normal RCA? I grabbed one of these from Amazon to see if I can't get something through the antenna. Not too hopeful about it, but it's cheap so I'll give it a shot.

>If you do get it working, you're going to be really unimpressed with the picture.

That's half the point, honestly. I have a perfectly good, more modern CRT TV that I could use but my girlfriend insisted that I should at least try to figure out a use for this old thing. Which honestly didn't take much convincing; I've had this TV for as long as I can remember. I've watched Hercules, Xena, Star Trek, Pokemon, MadTV, The Wayans Brothers, etc etc on this thing as a kid.

u/SgtMac02 · 1 pointr/Cordcutting

> If you use romex (3 conductor house wiring)

Yes! That's the stuff. So, theoretically, I could leave it completely intact and simply connect all 3 wires at the end where it has to connect to the balun?

Yes, I was referring to the WRDW station

I'm just using a standard 75 to 300 Ohm UHF/VHF Matching Transformer and a bunch of wire (or coathanger for the basic one I tried first). Are you implying that there is something wrong with the one I have or that there are different types? What should I be using instead of this one?

And I'll note that I'm still confused by the fact that my box says it's receiving a signal on that channel, but not showing me anything, and not picking it up on the autoscan.

u/NichoNico · 1 pointr/videos

I'm in Toronto, bought a hd antenna for 50$ a couple years ago and i get 10-12 channels consistantly, in full HD which is nice.

Actually this is it... Looks like its $100 now but look around

u/ReadFoo · 1 pointr/ota

We've used a Terk antenna for years but we're around 15 miles from the transmitters, works great indoors, upstairs in the closet attached to our Tablo DVR:

u/Mines_of_Moria · 1 pointr/philadelphia

I got this:

It works well, I get something like 20 channels. It does occasionally stutter or have issues, but for the most part the signal comes in clear. We pretty much use it to watch the news. It worked extremely well for the super bowl. I would be a little reluctant to watch a show I really cared about with it, as there is a good chance you would miss pieces of the show when you lose signal from time to time.

u/gbk · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I tried like 3 different indoor antennas and this one worked best. It has an amplifier and works not too bad even with my poor choice of locations (living room) not near a window.

u/choast · 1 pointr/cordcutters

hey, I live about 18 miles from boston! in Hull, to be exact! as far as bruins on antenna i think you're outta luck. they have a contract with VS for the next few years i believe, which is a subscription channel.

also, here's the antenna i use (buy one used off amazon, alot cheaper), ocassionally it will lose reception a tiny bit, but after some fine tuning it comes right back in perfet 1080.

u/someguy235 · 1 pointr/asheville

I got this one (it's on sale right now), and it works pretty well. I'm right off northern Charlotte Street, and I get 3 of the 4 major networks (CBS doesn't come in well), as well as a few other random channels. I think 7 or 8 total after I filtered out duplicates and kids channels. It's good enough to watch a couple hours a week on.

You do need to figure out which direction to point the antenna though, to get the most (or any) stations. I used antennaweb and the compass on my phone for that.

u/faultlessjoint · 1 pointr/Braves

Are you in the immediate Atlanta metro area? If so, get a digital HD antenna and watch them over the air. I'm assuming they are all broadcast locally.

Something like this. I'm not in or around Atlanta but I would definitely assume the games are broadcast locally OTA.

u/primesuspect · 1 pointr/Detroit

My roommate got this antenna and now people can sports on our TV.

u/LasciviousSycophant · 1 pointr/nova

>Are there any HDTV antennas that are both?

Yes. The problem is with the "HDTV" buzzword. There is nothing different between an HDTV antenna and an old set of rabbit ears or the spidery antenna mounted on the roof, i.e. the radio carrier signal is the same. It's just that the content is now digital, and in some cases, Hi-Def.

>Would this be considered "dual-band" or something?

Yes. You want an antenna with both VHF capability and UHF capability. So one with dual long, thin antennae (the VHF part), and a round loop or other geometric contraption (the UHF part).

One popular combo antenna is the Terk HDTV antenna. It has a funky looking UHF part, plus a couple of VHF antennas hidden at the back.

>And does this just essentially mean that WJLA and WUSA haven't gotten on the bandwagon of offering HD over-the-air, and only do SD over-the-air?

No. WJLA (7-1) and WUSA (9-1) each have a full-HD main channel, plus two auxiliary channels (7-2, 7-3, 9-2, and 9-3, respectively).

u/creativeembassy · 1 pointr/AskElectronics

I have a Terk amplified antenna, and it's fantastic.

I live in nowhere, PA, and with this thing I get all the major networks (5 of them!) from up to 80 or so miles away. It sits inside my living room, on top of a bookshelf pointed out the window. It DID require a good deal of adjustment though, and we'll lose a network or two during terrible weather. No other complaints here. Make sure you get the amplified version.

u/arkeetek · 1 pointr/ottawa

I made a coat hanger antenna following these plans. 8$ of parts, 10$ amplifier and it beats my 80$ RCA antenna. I'm in Vanier surrounded by buildings and manage to get channels from Herbert's Corner.

I also use the Terk HDTVa, it works great! Terk makes quality product IMO, worth the price compared to the generics.

u/Rob26536 · 1 pointr/ottawa

I use this antenna. It works very well for me, I get all 14 local channels, however I live downtown in an 8th floor apartment. I'm not really knowledgeable enough to recommend an antenna for your specific needs, however I have found many posters on this website are quite antenna savvy and may be able to help you more. Good luck!

u/funkmastamatt · 1 pointr/funny

I've had this one for going on 8 years now...

I would recommend it, it looks a little goofy, but it works wonderfully. Some might recommend getting a powered antennae because it might help boost reception but I feel like that is just more wires and hassle. This guy can perform with the best of the powered antennae out there.

u/1l1a · 1 pointr/toronto

does it matter which way im facing?
im facing north and i live in thornhill

is this the same of this one

u/i4ybrid · 1 pointr/technology

I have this, but I live in a city. I don't know what kind of antennas are out there if you live in the country.

u/cheeseburgerhandy · 1 pointr/xboxone

the only thing i really watch on tv is football but it's great to be able to pause or rewind if i need to. i bought bundle with the mohu 50 in hopes that i'd be able to get the hd fox channel and it worked! old antenna couldn't pick it up

u/wazzel2u · 1 pointr/canada

I bought this one. It is very popular and easy to find on Amazon or in many stores. The full non-surplus price seems to be about $40

u/buddybar · 1 pointr/cordcutters

If you don't mind, I'm going to piggyback and ask a question. I went to the antennaweb site. My stations are 44 miles away (live in rural IL). 2 of the stations say small multi-direction with 2 stations being Medium multi-directional. What would suggest for this? Am I looking at a rooftop antenna? Something internal?

EDIT: HERE is the map. Honestly, I only care about the lines going to the left, so I might not need a multi-direction antenna.

HERE is the TVFool. Like I said, I'm really only worried about the top 4 stations. Anything after that is simply bonus type stuff.

I'm thinking of something Like This maybe not this exact one, but something close.

u/C0rdt · 1 pointr/Edmonton

Global is the second toughest to get a signal after CTV I find. Experiment with different antennas... I use this one and it really depends which way you orient the actual antenna "element" as well as the base.

(note don't buy it here it's actually cheaper locally)

u/hotdoug1 · 1 pointr/burbank

I'm in an apartment building (sandwiched between other apartment buildings) near John Burroughs and I kinda get a some reception. Initially I had something like this ( That got everything, but I needed to turn it different directions to get different channels, which was annoying, so any DVR option was out.

I have one of those window antennas now and I get everything except for CBS, I think, but sometimes it also craps out on the channels I do get.

u/Jethro_Cull · 1 pointr/philadelphia

I have a new AppleTV w/ Netflix and Hulu subscriptions. I also use my parents password for cable TV channels like FX, ESPN, and NBCSN. I also use this antenna, which works great 100% of the time:

u/KingKapalone · 1 pointr/cordcutters
u/elvisdechico · 1 pointr/apple

This one is great, if you don't have the option of installing a rooftop antenna.

This site will tell you which direction to point it for specific networks in your area. Most networks are on UHF, so you may not even need to extend the rabbit ears that are built into the Terk (rabbit ears are for VHF stations).

Good luck!

u/mastergat · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Yeah, I could find a way with the pole.

Since I live in Canada, this one is almost the same price, what do you think about it?

u/nssone · 1 pointr/milwaukee

I have this antenna Channel Master CM-4228HD High VHF, UHF and HDTV Antenna

It's indoor in my attic. I can't seem to figure out why it won't come through for me. My TV Fool report says that it should come through. I'll figure it out at a later date, I guess. I won't be in my current house forever.

u/cd6020 · 1 pointr/ota


This is the one I purchased. I mounted it in my attic. I am around 50 miles due west of downtown Chicago (where almost all signals in my market originate). This antenna works great. I have solid reception across all the channels. It didn't take much to adjust the reception.

u/Nintendork316 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

What's the best under $100 indoor/outdoor VHF one? I was looking at this one on Amazon.

u/DrGrinch · 1 pointr/glasgow

Plugging an amplifier into an amplifier won't help at all. From the sounds of things you've got a challenge with height or building configuration. Not sure what your situation is there, but an outdoor antenna may be your best hope.

This is what the people who are serious about free OTA TV here set up:

u/vrstud · 1 pointr/ottawa

Keep in mind, there is nothing special about an antenna that makes it "HD". An old pair of rabbit ears will pick up the signal. The challenge is with the receiver. You need a TV newer than 2007 to properly decode the HD signal.

I have a 8 bay channel master and can pick all the channels in the area on both towers.

u/amygdaloidal · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Thanks for this. Wasn't aware of the mapping factor. Re: The Channel Master, did you mean this one?

Since it's OOS through Amazon proper and per your edit, I might try this cheap Digiwave alternative to get my feet wet.

u/hi_internet_friend · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I hired a guy to come out and he used a device to put this antenna 40 feet in the air (where mine would be on the roof):

Here's my TV fool report:

I don't think TV Fool accounts for the hill that is directly in front of my house and the tall pine trees that I believe are blocking a UHF signal.

u/debiski · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I bought [this] ( "multi-directional" antenna made by Channel Master last month from Amazon. I live between Milwaukee and Chicago (approx. 42 miles to each city) and the antenna claimed to have a 180 degree span (with an 80 mile reach). It does indeed pull stations from both places...87 channels in fact. Many are repeated, as both cities provide a lot of the same stations, but it's nice to be able to get news from both places. I would highly recommend this antenna.

u/Hello_Data · 1 pointr/slingtv

I've been using this antenna (mounted in my attic) for about a month and it's been great. I wanted something that picks up VHF and UHF and live 35 miles SW of Chicago. I'm currently using a Sling Blue 7 day trial which I like except for that fact that you can't record anything (but most shows are available on demand). Yesterday I got an email from YouTube to try YouTube TV free for 30 days ($35 / month thereafter) and decide on Sling vs. YouTube TV in the next month.

u/js66174003342 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I am a similar distance away from the NY towers in a different direction (NJ) and use the CM-4228HD antenna with the VHF retrofit kit from Antennas direct, and the UHF channels are rock solid, plus I can get channel 7 reliably. I am still unable to get channel 11 and their weak-ass signal.

u/beyeg · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Here is the antenna that I have in my garage rafters. I pull channels from over 120 miles away. If you were in your attic (multi story house) in theory the higher up you have it, the better your reception will be. It's worth the price.

u/dubbfoolio · 1 pointr/Livermore

Just want to update the thread should anyone stumble upon it. I was able to Chimney mount this antenna (about 20 feet from the ground) to get all major networks and over 100 channels. Although at ~15 feet I was not able to get NBC. Also couldn't get it in the attic.

u/Shermdog444 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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:

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 ( or should I get something else. Is there anything else I will need that I am forgetting? Any advice is welcome. Thanks!

u/ndirish357 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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?

What about the "leaf" type of antenna?

I'm a newbie so I really appreciate the help!

u/lra919 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.

u/epcot82 · 1 pointr/cordcutters
u/Mechanical_Monk · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.

u/Th3Beard3dOn3 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Was worried about that. I checked out and 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?

u/imafart · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Hey so, I ended up getting the rabbit ears 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?

u/Swedemon · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.


u/boilerhuskie · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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:

u/raptir1 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.

u/Internaltheory79 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.

u/flumpis · 1 pointr/technology

I think I'm going to get this at some point soon. Thanks for letting me know about that, I really had no idea.

u/flyers25 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.


u/Atheist_Simon_Haddad · 1 pointr/cordcutters

This antenna is $6.99 right now at Amazon. The information from a real-life test might just be worth the tiny investment.

u/BusyPooping · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.

u/cbayls42 · 1 pointr/Frugal

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.

u/jimphreak · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.

u/JLebowski · 1 pointr/

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.

u/Shogunner · 1 pointr/cordcutters

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.

u/dalesd · 1 pointr/atheism

Ok, I got one. Now what?

u/MrGulio · 1 pointr/Omaha

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.

u/flyingmountain · 1 pointr/boston

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.

u/signde · 1 pointr/nashville

i live in davidson but in a weird place of bad cell phone reception and even worse tv reception. i had no issues getting most all the local channels with a cheap indoor amazon basics antenna. like others had mentioned, nbc turned out to be the problem child and after research i found it uses a different band than most of the other locals. i believe it has vhf high. i did some research on antennas with a better than normal sn ratio in that band.

i can say that this one works for all the locals, including nbc:

i placed it in my attic.

i ended up having a different issue though. i live directly in the BNA good weather flight path. planes flight right over my house all day long. every time one does so, i lose all reception for a minute or so. after read this is a common problem i ended up subscribing to youtube tv and being done with it. if you don't have low flying planes then you shouldn't have an issue.

u/red_dog007 · 1 pointr/ota

I pick up ION out of Atlanat that is 2Edge 60 miles out. My antenna is pointed at 296° and ION comes in from 150°.

This bad boy picks itup from my attic crawl space which is just big enough to fit this antenna. Winegard Platinum Series HD7694P Long Range TV Antenna (Outdoor / Attic, 4K Ultra-HD Ready, ATSC 3.0 Ready, High-VHF / UHF) - 45 Mile Range

I get 55% signal, anything over 48% on my TV is reliable. From the Antennas I have 30ft RG6 that goes into a powered distributor and feeds two TVs, one with a 75ft run.

u/Andrroid · 1 pointr/personalfinance

I used to use the flat style indoor antennas that other people are linking to but now that I have an attic, I have moved up to this.

Those flat style ones can almost never pick up VHF channels whereas this one can as well as providing better reception for UHF channels.

u/Apk07 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I put a ClearStream 4V in my attic and I've been pretty happy with it. I use a pre-amp with it since I'm running the cable through my basement, along the side of the house, then into the attic (rather than fishing wires through the attic). If your dish's coax runs through the attic/roof then it'd be even easier to tap into that line.

Obviously it would be ideal to have the least amount of obstructions as possible, so if roof-mounting is an option, you should go for it. Get a bigger oldschool antenna (like one of these) and you can probably mount it to the same pole or receiver as your dish.

u/DuggyMcPhuckerson · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Well. Let’s see here. I first purchased this antenna and this mast holder once I made the decision this year to cut the cord. Reading this sub, I quickly realized that I could use this mast amplifier to obtain about 10 more channels and this distribution amplifier to run the signals into 7 rooms of my house.

I configured and tested my setup in the middle of the summer thunderstorm season so I installed this UPS to prevent the brownouts that were occurring all too often during this time. I still had two television sets that were analog/CRT, so I purchased this set top converter which gave me the added bonus of Broadcast DVR when I purchased this flash drive to plug into them.
I then purchased two Roku3 units to supplement my broadcast programming. I also discovered that even when using a dual band router , I was only able to obtain a reliable 18 Mbit wireless stream in my far bedrooms from my Laundry Room equipment location. While this was sufficient for managing two simultaneous streams of HD for now, I was concerned that we would need to have 3 or 4 simultaneous streams or need to upgrade for UltraHD in the next year or so. I then purchased some Cat5e cable and ran 3 separate cables to each of 7 rooms and centralized all the lines into this switch which acted as my Ethernet distribution network.

I had an idle desktop PC with an AMD FX-8350 processor which I upgraded with gigabit LAN, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and five 3TB Disk Drives. I installed Plex Media Server based on recommendations from this sub and I have been torrenting like a madman to fill a little more than half this disk space in the past 4 months. I connected the media server to my Ethernet switch via a Gigabit link and have had no issues with lag even while transcoding on the fly. I plan to purchase some more streaming devices which will probably be Roku3 or Chromecast units depending upon the price and suitability.

My next step is to look at high quality music streaming and how I might integrate some vintage (1980s) audio equipment into this setup.

u/southhedge · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I believe this is the on. I’ve been using it for about 10 years. I had the roof replaced recently and I couldn’t bring myself to pierce the new shingles for the tripod. I instead installed it in the attic. It’s performed ok, but I would like to throw a bit of money and time into getting a more reliable signal. I get really poor results during bad weather.

Tvfool to follow

u/fshagan · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I've never heard of "ahere" as a manufacturer, so I suspect it's a marketing company rather than a company that actually makes and tests the antennas. You have gotten some nice suggestions for antennas people know to be good.

I had good luck with both my ChannelMaster CM4228, but it's large; probably too large for your attic. This ClearStream 4V didn't work as well for me for a very weak VHF station, but my brother in law is using it and likes it. They make a 60 mile version that is smaller and can probably fit in your attic space.

I think upofadown's suggestion for either a Winegard HD7694 or ChannelMaster CM-2018 are good choices. But they are 78" long, and they can be hard to fit into small spaces.

u/boib · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I just got the Winegard 7694 this week for the attic. Works great, no amp, I get all the channels :)

u/c53x12 · 1 pointr/rva

I've got this beast mounted in my attic pointing toward downtown RVA.

u/shottothedome · 1 pointr/PleX

I got this for $35 and put it in the attic. I get every channel I should and no interference. i do run it through a amplifier. Just in case you have problems with the flat indoor type that get poorer reception

u/stonecats · 1 pointr/ota

buy it now - don't hesitate;
it's rarely this cheap and
amazon prime had 30day returns - they pay shipping.

and if hd7698p does not work for you, little else will.

u/bitchkat · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I'm almost exactly in the same area as you. I have this antenna mounted on the garage roof (not even near the peak of the 2nd story). I get great signals even with trees in the front yard. I mounted it on the old Dish mast and use the same coax. I just had to replace the Dish splitter because it is also a filter and filtered out a couple of stations.

u/SaysNothingImportant · 1 pointr/ota

I was thinking that, but then I found this review which unfortunately is exactly my scenario. Hard to ignore that one.

So, HD 7694p vs ANT751... Which one offers better vhf-hi capacity?

u/In_Other_Words · 1 pointr/Gwinnett

I don't know an installer, but I thought I'd share my experience. I installed this in my attic and am very pleased. I get all the basic ABC/Fox/NBC type channels in HD, plus dozens of small time channels. I didn't have to climb on the roof and I prefer it to not be visible.

Also, check this site for a list of channels in range:

u/Jmoshua14 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Would something like this work? I only ask because I can pick it up at my nearby radioshack? Thank you for your help, by the way.

u/bling26 · 1 pointr/lincoln

I put one in my attic that works fairly well. Some day I might put outside however not sure how much more it will help. TV Antenna - RCA Outdoor Yagi Satellite HD Antenna w/ 150 Mile Range (70+ Miles from Broadcast Epicenter) Attic or Roof Mount TV Antenna, Long Range Digital OTA Antenna for Clear Reception, 4K 1080P

u/nathan118 · 1 pointr/ota

I'm 30 miles from the towers, with my antenna in the attic, and I get everything fine.

Its an RCA off Amazon...tons of great reviews.

RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna

u/snuka · 1 pointr/Frugal

Yeah, you can't cheap out on a shitty antennae like that. Step up your game a little bit with one like this and you will be much happier.

u/stonedat9am · 1 pointr/orlando

I don't know most of the technical stuff, but I have this antenna
In the Ocoee / Winter Garden area and I get all the major channels (sometimes NASA too on a good day). The trick is to get that baby as high you can. I also have it spliced to 3 TVs.

u/weiss27md · 1 pointr/Austin

I'm in the same area too, I have this antenna. I tried adding an amplifier I had from another antenna but that still didn't work. I have the antenna in the attic, pointed south, southwest.

u/fuzzo · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I'd suggest trying a simple cheap antenna before you lay out $80. HDTV reception is very strange. Sometimes a simple antenna will get better results than a highly tuned one depending on conditions. I've been through three expensive antennas. None of them outperformed this one, and sometimes my homemade rig outperforms it. The sun has a lot to do with it, especially in the spring and summer. The setting sun can 'bend' the signal such that no antenna can detect enough to make a solid picture.

My advice is to experiment with cheap versions before buying expensive and being disappointed.

u/crazedlizard · 1 pointr/canada

I personally recommend this one, the RCA ANT751R:

Note that this is quite a large antenna designed for the roof or attic. I have this set up in my attic and once it's pointed precisely at the tower I never lose signal on any of the channels. You can look at to see what you can pick up and what direction to point the antenna.

u/Biggen1 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Here is the one I have in my attic:

Works great. It took me a couple days to figure out the best spot to mount it up there to pick up the most transmissions. I'm in a newer house with radiant barrier applied to the underside of the roof decking so the attic kills most signals because of that barrier. Even with that issue, I can still get about 20 stations from that RCA antenna I linked.

u/bradclarkston · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I'd probably start with a cheap amplified antenna like the [Sobetter]( Amplified-Outdoor- Digital/dp/B078TH4JT4) ($37 & 150 mile range) and go from there. Your pretty borderline for a non-amplified unit and my pick would be more than the Sobetter -- RCA Yagi ($42 & 70 mile range).

u/bigmoose27 · 1 pointr/ota

Thank you! I figured the 150 mile mark was garbage.

On Denny's website, do you know anything about the EZ-HD antenna? Also, how does it compare to this...

u/lcdramerica · 1 pointr/Birmingham

A little late but I recommend this

u/Scribe08 · 1 pointr/cordcutters roof mount this and point it south west. Smoke a joint 🤦‍♀️ TX Grab a beer and call it a day.

u/chris21914 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

It's the hardest I'm same situation as you antenna needs to b 25 feet high at least aim it at the empire State building 289° magnetic if ur on the south shore and u need a preamp and than a regular amp right b4 what ever ur using to watch it
Winegard LNA-200 Boost XT HDTV Preamplifier, TV Antenna Amplifier Signal Booster, HD Digital VHF UHF Amplifier
Channel Master CM-3410 1-Port Ultra Mini Distribution Amplifier for Cable and Antenna Signals
TV Antenna - RCA Outdoor Yagi Satellite HD Antenna w/ 150 Mile Range (70+ Miles from Broadcast Epicenter) Attic or Roof Mount TV Antenna, Long Range Digital OTA Antenna for Clear Reception, 4K 1080P
This is what it takes to get that channel

u/centro7710 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

For comparison, I originally ordered this style of antenna:

But ended up using this style, as it was more consistent in signal, especially with VHF frequencies:

u/hankrearden · 1 pointr/Atlanta

I'm in downtown so I'm really really close but I have this one and the mini version. I'm only using the big one now but the mini worked fine for a couple of weeks. I really don't know why I bought both of them but I did so here we are. I also don't know why I bought these over the Mohu Leaf which seems to be the big name brand version of these things.

The only thing I don't really like about them is the cables. They're 15 feet long and don't detach but mine is duct taped to the back of my tv so I only need like 3 feet of cable.

You might want to consider running through the tvfool signal analysis thing. Maybe /r/cordcutters could make recommendations based on that, too.

u/metabug · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I have the Winegard Company FL-5000 FlatWave HDTV Indoor Digital Flat Antenna. It's pretty much the exact same design so I can vouch for this type of antennas.

Before I had a conventional RCA UHF/VHF amplified antenna. I had to adjust it all the time depending on which channel I'm trying to watch since it's directional and it also required a power source. If you have something like that still, it's worth a upgrade.

u/fatvoodoo · 1 pointr/boston

I'm out past 128 and I get every channel with a flatwave antenna:

u/technologiq · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Considering how close you are to your towers:

u/jdaar · 1 pointr/politics

I use this one:

I live 58 miles from the TV stations, and I have this installed inside at 7ft. behind my media center to please the wife and it works great, I think i payed $120 for it. I also use plex media server, and will soon have MCEBuddy for my comskip gui/mp4 conversion because commercials suck and I'd rather transcode from ts to mp4 while asleep than while watching.

And if you have a modern game system, they're a high energy consumption media player, but the PS4 media center is awesome. I use it because it has mk4 support for rips I haven't yet converted and it will sense the HDHomeRun as a DLNA server, so you can watch live TV from the PS4, if you're willing to deal with a horrible file tree based interface.

u/jgns · 1 pointr/DirecTV

I've never used tvfool. How about this indoor/outdoor antenna?

u/ST90744 · 1 pointr/Whittier

Looking on shows Whittier has pretty bad reception. That being said I use Antennas Direct Clear Stream 2V and get pretty decent reception. I bought mine at Best Buy for $100 but you can get them on Amazon for $79.

u/rlpn · 1 pointr/cordcutters

The channels I want are like 57 miles away. I was thinking about getting this antenna (seems to be a good indoor antenna) but I don't know if will be able to reach that far.

u/mojo_13 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I was 45 miles away and got this antenna and it worked perfectly in my attic. I would run a TVFool and see if you really need a tower. I then got a Tivo OTA with lifetime and a couple Tivo mini's and my house is ready to go. No reason to go back to sat unless that is what you want, there are many other options like many have showed here.

u/iheartbrainz · 1 pointr/Denton

It was mounted to an interior wall behind my tv but we stopped picking up a few channels, so I took it down and it's currently just sitting on my media cabinet under my tv. It's about 10 feet from an exterior wall. My roommate has one that looks like this and it's mounted right next to a window on our west wall and she picks up channel 8 most of the time, as well as all of the other channels.

u/phineas1134 · 1 pointr/ota

In a similar situation, I had good luck with a Clear Stream 2 and VHF Retro Fit Kit.

This comes with both I believe.

Its kinda pricey, but it worked well for me.

u/DM725 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

ABC 7, its facing west.

ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor...

That is the antenna.

u/imminenceRedefined · 1 pointr/asheville


I get all the major networks locally with one of these in my attic, without amplification:

As always with OTA, YMMV.

u/thraxst · 1 pointr/ota

Interesting, I hadn't seen that ClearStream 2MAX, only saw the ClearStream 2V before. Seems a lot cheaper than the one I saw listed on Amazon, but has one less piece? Not sure what it is.

u/degeneraded · 1 pointr/cordcutters

i got impatient and purchased this antenna

Would you advise returning and getting your recommendations?

u/FriendlyITGuy · 1 pointr/Connecticut

I have This antenna on my roof and live in Columbia. I pick up WTNH without issue.

u/kionae · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I've got an Clearstream 2-V mounted on my roof, and it's been working great for me.

u/molingrad · 1 pointr/Brooklyn

I get nearly 35 channels in Bay Ridge. Get a decent antennae and point it at the empire state. You should definitely get all the networks and PBS from Coney.

I got this

You're not too far away so should work for you. Just check first.

u/RobieFLASH · 1 pointr/cordcutters

ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount - 60 Mile Range

I didn't read your post, i ordered this one, its one of the ones recommend by the subs information page. Do i have to ground this one?

u/spilurum · 1 pointr/cordcutters

That's nothing. Have you got a TV Fool analysis already? If not, do an analysis to figure out the best azimuth for reception.

Get yourself a Clearstream 2V (or even a 4V if you're serious about it) and a Winegard digital signal booster and you should be able to get most, if not all, channels clear and solid.

That's the exact setup I have, and I'm anywhere between 35 and 45 miles from all of my stations. I get all but one in as if I was living in the city.

u/zaphod2012 · 1 pointr/Acadiana

I live near Comeaux High and have No problem with KLFY here.. I get channel 10-1 with 8 of 10 on the signal meter..

I use a Samsung dtb-h260f ATSC tuner

This Clearstream antennae mounted on top of my chimney

u/Necoras · 1 pointr/Denton

I have this one mounted on my roof. It's worked well for years. I don't recall there being ranged models when I bought it, but it was about $100 in 2012. You'll need a clear line of sight of the southern horizon for the best reception due to the distance we are from the DFW towers. Higher is better; you'll want at least 25-35 feet off the ground. The top of a 2 story home is easily high enough. YMMV with a 1 story without a taller mounting pole.

u/pjhile · 1 pointr/cordcutters

After doing a bit of research myself, I plan on buying this one soon:

u/EL_Senor_Guapo · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I bought one of these...

very very happy with the results. It helps I'm withing 15 miles of towers