Recommendations for Indoor TV antenna (1 Viewer)

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Yragha

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I'd be interested to see in 2018 what the community uses for their indoor antenna.

I do miss my old Radio Shack amplified antenna (forget the name and can no longer find one on EBAY) with what looks like a grill that swivels. I'm sure someone must know what I'm talking about.

More recently, I've been pro-MOHU however I've purchased the CM SMARTenna in the past week and found it fairly decent if not a bit expensive. I like the 7 different settings without having to reposition the thing.

Opinions/recommendations?

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boba

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I'd be interested to see in 2018 what the community uses for their indoor antenna.

I do miss my old Radio Shack amplified antenna (forget the name and can no longer find one on EBAY) with what looks like a grill that swivels. I'm sure someone must know what I'm talking about.

More recently, I've been pro-MOHU however I've purchased the CM SMARTenna in the past week and found it fairly decent if not a bit expensive. I like the 7 different settings without having to reposition the thing.

Opinions/recommendations?

Thanks
Radio Shack went bankrupt and I believe their antenna supplier also went bye bye. Suggest you visit tvfool.com to help us help you. I assume you live in an apartment so you need an indoor antenna, what antennas have you already tried? what are you trying to get that Mohu doesn't?
 
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Jim5506

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What indoor antenna you need mainly depends on the RF frequencies of the stations you want to receive.

Are they VHF-low band, VHF-high band, UHF or a combination thereof?

Ideally, the best indoor antenna is a small outdoor antenna.

I'm about 6 miles from the station towers here, and now I use an outdoor antenna, but in the past I used a Silver Sensor, slightly modified to boost VHF performance.

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kittyhas1000legs

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I had a home-built DB-4 antenna on the wall for an indoor antenna many moons ago. My roommate had a Japanes3-style fish flag/wind sock, so it looked like a fish heading toward a lure on the wall.

As for recommendations, we'd need to know what channels you're aiming for. It'd be best if you posted a TV Fool report using your exact coordinates. Some people have pretty good results with rabbit ears from Walgreens, while others needed an outdoor antenna hiding in a closet.
 
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Yragha

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I have no issues with reception. I was posting more to see what the general consensus was more than actually looking for "help". I'm in Houston btw.
 

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I've had good results with this one, 15-25 miles from the towers. The ChannelMaster looks like it would be good too, but I got what I need for $30 less.

 
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harshness

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You should offer up what kind of a signal situation your confronting when asking for an antenna recommendation. TVFool.com has been very popular (though perhaps not entirely up-to-date due to some FCC database issues).

No single antenna is best for everyone and that goes doubly for indoor antennas.
 
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Yragha

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Over the years I've bought my fair share of antennas from Radio Shack, RCA, Terk and so forth. Heck, I enjoy "trying" them out. As such, over the years these here forums have helped me out tremendously on a number of things. Lately however, not so much. To those that at least tried to offer up "input" without the smart remarks, thanks!
 

jayn_j

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Over the years I've bought my fair share of antennas from Radio Shack, RCA, Terk and so forth. Heck, I enjoy "trying" them out. As such, over the years these here forums have helped me out tremendously on a number of things. Lately however, not so much. To those that at least tried to offer up "input" without the smart remarks, thanks!
Actually, I wasn't trying to be cute. I too have bought a series of indoor antennas. Yagis, rabbit ears, flat plates, window stick arrays. What I have found is that an antenna that works in bedroom #1 doesn't work worth a damn in bedroom #2 and a different antenna will work better. And then it all changes a few months later when the trees leaf out.

The best answer by far is a well designed yagi, tuned for the channels you receive and outside of building masonry, roofing, etc.
 
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