Since the advent of digital TV can one use an antenna?

albert_135December 25, 2009

The old man at our local Radio Shack tells me no one can use an antenna anymore, that I must have satellite or cable or some such.

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Not true. ATV antenna will pick up either analog or digital signals.
However, you may need a better antenna. Some of those set top antennas or antennas that have been up on the roof for 20 or 30 years may need to be replaced.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2009 at 8:52AM
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Thanks. I found an FCC signal strength chart for my zip code. According to our government, with an antenna 30 feet above ground, I can get a "moderate" signel for one channel and a "weak" signal for two more. And that is it. No others.

Perhaps the old man at Radio Shack was speaking of practically rather than offering a technical opinion.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2009 at 10:19AM
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Listen with an antenna(ota) ,depending on where you live you can have access to all your locals broadcasting in your area,if they distribute H.D you will also have those for free,the guy at Radio Shack is one of the millions of uninformed people out there who should not be giving advice,i bet if you ask him if a big dish(satellite above 8' in diameter)could pull in any chaneles he would say that they are useless!But my parents use it to pull in all of the programs they want,in digital and H.D.Sorry for the rant but it iritates me when some one who should be giving proper advice has his head in his a**

    Bookmark   December 27, 2009 at 2:32PM
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OP, what is your zip code?

    Bookmark   December 28, 2009 at 8:31PM
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>... must have satellite or cable or some such.

"some such" would also mean a digital TV or your own stand-alone TV "digital converter box"

since older "non-digital" TV's won't receive the new digital signals,
and there are no longer any "analog" TV signals. (OK, maybe a few "low-power" stations)

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 9:45AM
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We just bought a little portable digital HD TV and it gets at least 10 channels in Madison, Wisconsin with only its internal antenna (the antenna is not on the outside) and the picture is great, so you can get great digital TV reception without an antenna, but I am sure the number of channels you get depends upon your location. We get channels that I did not know were broadcast over the airwaves in our area. We got the portable digital HD TVs for $30 over Christmas (after all the sales and coupons) so you may want to borrow or purchase one of those to test it out before investing in upgrading your antenna.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2009 at 9:01AM
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A rooftop antenna (or internal or rabbit ears for that matter) doesn't care if the signal is analog or digital. It will allow your set (or converter box) to receive these signals. Some of the newer antenna include a preamp on them but you can put one on your old antenna if you need one (mostly in fringe areas or running long coax runs). In other words, if digital television had been in required when you had your old antenna would have been labeled "Digital Ready" on the box also.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2010 at 7:09PM
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