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TV Antenna

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by booga, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Hey all,

    We are in a rental, and not wanting to do any constructions here, but currently for watching hi-def we are using 'bunny-ears'... I've seen once or twice a "digital TV antenna" for sale, will this make for better reception?

    I'm using a PC TV tuner and currently we are JUST getting good reception, very few dropouts (unless we're having a bad day), but on the recording side it gets a little jittery on CH7.

    Wondering if anyone has a specialist digital tv antenna, or if they're a gimmic?
    If they work, where to get one thats good?

    EDIT: Yeah, I remember my post few a while back, but didn't want to dig up a fossil ;)
    And circumstances have changed now :)
  2. Get one. They're awesome.
  3. just get foxtel, problem solved
  4. We're on bunny ears here and about 40km from Mt Tassie as the crow flies. Signal strength is 100% with quality 9 out of 10 according to our Panasonic HDTV. I have a cheap USB turner that came with a digital antenna that was crap and its now fed by another rabbit ear set. I had a TEAC set top box that would only pick up in SBS so the quality of the tuner is the main thing to get right. :wink:
  5. Dont pay any extra for a "digital" TV antenna. No different to a normal antenna. If youre getting ok reception and only dropping out from time to time, a simple booster is all you will need. Bunnings, dick smith etc will sell them and its far less hassle than changing the antenna. OR, you could get on the roof and re-adjust the existing antenna slightly. Most digital tuners will have a signal strength indicator somewhere in the menu system. Just slightly turn the antenna until the level comes up a bit.
  6. In the day of analog we needed aerials constructed with specific lengths of anodized bars which were able to capture a specific range of frequency.
    These were referred to as "high gain" aerials because they were able to capture such a wide range of frequencies.
    With Digital, all you basically need is conduction, something that is able to be hit by the "bits" of information and pass them to the decoder.
    The higher, more exposed location is best for obvious reasons, if your aerial is set up inside.. behind metal framing etc its signal will be impeded.

  7. You are of course joking?
  8. Dougz: got a Brand? or purchase location? I only saw a cheapie thing at a KMart once.

    Bambam: Unfortunately I don't have an in/out of roof antenna, bunny ears is all we got, but if a booster will still help this, them I'll look into them too :)

    cejay: its all teh same as the interwebs 'pipes' and stuff ;)
  9. It doesn't just get jittery...it just records like crap entirely on channel 7 :p

    9 and 10 are fine, mostly. Occasionally skip here and there, but mostly fine.

    7...is screwed. Sound will go along fine, the picture will just get stuck...for 5-10mins. Or both will go, and i'll have a black screen an...t..soun..is..f..ed..and jolty too.

    It's fuxxored :evil:
  10. That's the good and bad about digital. No snow or fuzzy pictures. You either get one, or you don't (short of pixelation).

    Have you done a re-scan? Sometimes the broadcasters make changes that impact performance and a re-scan is required. Other than that, try a booster on the antenna, that will boost whatever signal there is and might make Ch7 better.
  11. I joined 2 sets of bunny ears together with a Y connector into my PC, I can get the HD/SD channels great(I use my PC as a tv), cost me 4.95 each from dick sniffs, the other ones were big and bulky and I just wanted to stick them in the window so maybe if your signal strength is bad you might want a bigger one.
  12. On installing digi tv, we found previously fine Ch7 was badly pixelating. Put a booster at the wall between antenna outlet and tv - problem solved (about $40).
  13. I've got a PC Tuner (Compro E900F PCI-E) and i struggle to get anything at all. I've tried bunny ears (amplified), and can only get channel 7 on the best of days. I tried one of those "digital" aerials but it didn't pick up anything. And i'm in metropolitan melbourne! :roll:
  14. I'd come across this forum before but forgot about it, so i've had a look and seen their recommended one: HERE Which I'll probably look into.

    But am also considering attaching an outdoors one to a temporary fixture to the garage and getting it inside via a small hole in the bottom of the skirting board which i can putty up, or perhaps a wall plate i can put a blanking plate in when i move. :)
  15. There is a reason why Ch7 was known for ages as Ch 4+3

    I'm still waiting for a response to the 0's and 1's and the reason why I don't need a tuned antenna.

  16. LOL!!!!! Ok.

    You dont think Digital TV is broadcast on a specific range of frequencies that need to be captured??

    Tell ya what, screw a coaxial wire on to the gutter of your house and plug it in to your digital TV. Tell me how your reception is after that! lol
  17. ^^ +1!

    Listen to Bambam, he knows stuff. :cool:
  18. I could be wrong but something in the back of my (empty) mind is telling me that digital TV wont be using the VHF Lo channels so i you wont be using the analog channels you can use a "Digital" antenna which is tuned for VHF Hi & UHF frequencies.

    Metro Melbourne sites don't need the upper UHF frequencies either as we are only using the 28-31 range for SBS and so on.