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Old 11-02-01, 02:16 PM
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Antenna for local TV stations

I need a small outdoor antenna to receive local stations. I'm less than 10 miles from the transmitters, which are all located at the same site.

Does anyone have experience with any of these models, and/or does anyone know how they compare with each other?

Channel Master StealthTenna Model 3010 without amplifier

Terk TV50 with switchable amplifier

Terk TV55 with switchable amplifier
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Old 11-02-01, 05:29 PM
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Stay away from Terk - I have never heard a single positive thing about them.
ChannelMaster is pretty good stuff. You can always add a pre-amp if you feel it is necessary.
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Old 11-03-01, 11:17 AM
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If you have to mount it outside, I would recommend Channelmaster (Home Depot) or Wineguard (Lowe's). If you can mount it inside your attic, you might save a few bucks picking up a Radio Shack knock-off. They work just as well but aren't built quite as strong. If you are only 10 miles and all of your Digital Channels are UHF, you might first try a TV top Bowtie Antenna that usually sells for under $20. Good Luck!
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Old 11-03-01, 09:18 PM
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It turns out the Home Depots in north Jersey don't carry TV antennas, and Lowes stores around here carry Philips-Magnavox antennas. I didn't even know Philips-Magnavox MADE outdoor antennas, although they look similar to most other brands. Any opinions on the quality of this brand?
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Old 11-04-01, 09:16 PM
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Since you are less than 10 miles away, have you tried a small TV top antenna yet? Mounting one outside seems like alot of trouble if one of the smaller ones will work.
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Old 11-04-01, 11:23 PM
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I'm less than 10 miles away from local stations, but I actually like "DXing" to pick up whatever other signals are out there, both TV and FM radio. Besides, the top-of-set antenna is too touchy, not to mention ugly, so I decided to make an outdoor antenna my weekend project.

Unfortunately it's November, so despite starting off with a nice day, I ran out of light and good weather before I could finish. I assembled the Philips-Magnavox antenna, a brand that turns turns out to be licensed to a company called Gemini in New Jersey, although I don't know if they actually manufacture it. It's bigger than I expected, so I'd better be hauling in some solid signals with it when I finally get it mounted!

Too bad I didn't find a local dealer for Winegard or Channel Master antennas in time for the weekend. I would have prefered to go with a brand known for it's quality, but the Philips-Magnavox model I got looks pretty much the same as any others so I hope it performs comparably.

Thanks for the advice.
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