Sunday, June 1, 2014

Is there a way to get high quality pic on hdtv without hdtv cable box?

Jerry N

Consumer interest in free over the air digital- HD TV is definitely on the increase. The number of visitors to our web site has skyrocketed over the past year, mainly do to the introduction of free over the air digital - HDTV.
Choosing the proper TV antenna for a particular location is the main issue for most. Many consumer's have a tendency to purchase antennas that are to small to do the job, digital reception is an all or nothing proposition, you're going to want a strong signal. Also, there is a misconception that all digital - HDTV broadcast signals are on the UHF band (14-69) Currently it's true, many broadcaster's are transmitting their digital signals on UHF, because much of the VHF band (2-13) is currently being used to broadcast analog TV signals. However, when the digital transition is complete on February 17th of 2009, the date set when broadcasters will turn off their analog signals, things will change. There are only a handful of broadcast locations across the U.S. that have plans to remain 100% on the UHF band, most areas will have both VHF and UHF digital stations. This means if you purchase a UHF TV antenna now, chances are you may loose the ability to receive a portion of your digital channels in the future. Some areas already have VHF digital stations.

My best advice is to purchase a TV antenna that is large enough to be certain it can easily receive all of the digital broadcast signals in your area, even during poor reception conditions. The antenna should be VHF/UHF capable, unless you are absolutely certain all of your stations are currently UHF, and will remain UHF after the digital transition is complete. To determine the channel number your area digital stations currently broadcast on now, and the channel number they plan to broadcast on after the 2009 analog shutdown date, visit http://hraunfoss.fccgov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf. When you visit this site, start by finding your state and then the city where your area stations are located. The channel number that appears in the first column is the current digital channel number of that station, the second column is the current analog channel number, and the third column is the tentative final channel number destination. The third column is the channel number where the station plans to permanently broadcast their digital signal. VHF channels are 2 - 13 and UHF are 14 - 69. If your not sure where or what stations are available in your area, visit This is a great site to visit, it will provide the city location of the stations in your area and much more.

HDTV Antennas?

I live in Shorewood WI, on the outside of Milwaukee and i was wondering, what is the difference between an HDTV antenna and an off-air HDTV antenna?

Television antenna technology has been around for 60+ years. Tried and true. Physically there is no difference you will still pick up broadcast signals either digital or analog.
I have the one listed in the link below installed in my attic with about 100ft of coax to my receiver. I pick up 18 OTA channels. and the uncompressed HD quality is outstanding, (not to mention it's free!).
I've also provide a link to a site that if you input your address it gives you a list of what channels are available in your area and the compass direction of where to point the antenna.

Remember, television waves travel in straight lines rather like light rays and do not bend much around obstacles. Consequently, wherever you live, your receiving antenna should be as high as possible and in the clear, so that it gets the best direct signal from the broadcast tower.
Reflected signals, also called multipath signals, from hills, tall buildings, trees, etc, arriving at your antenna a tiny fraction of a second after the direct signal from the transmitter will affect the signal. Trees and their leaves reduce television signal strengths, and create complicated reception patterns around your antenna. Trees both attenuate and reflect radio waves, (due to the water and moisture in them). So depending on signal strength, distance from the tower and amount of trees and foliage will all determine how much success you will have.

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