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Recently I purchased 3 RCA digital TV converter boxes. When I installed it on my 36 inch Toshiba TV, the reception kept going out. We tried adjusting the rabbit ears antenna to no avail. The instruction manual stated that if the reception did not improve with adjusting the antenna, we would need to purchase a "Smart Antenna".
Please tell me what kind (brand names, types, etc )of antenna that is and approximately how much it will cost.
Thank you for any help you can give me on this.
First, you don't need a Smart Antenna, the manual is simply stating that your converter will use one if you have it. Any standard antenna will work, so there is no need for a coupon to pay for a new one, whether indoor or outdoor depending on your location and distance from each channel transmission tower. Since you don't give details of what antenna you are using, I will assume you have rabbit ears for each converter. Rabbit ears are notorious for poor reception and any metal or persons nearby will change the reception quality. I would recommend a roof mounted external antenna with splitters for the 3 converters if you have the option. If not, use an amplified internal antenna and mount it closest to the channel towers you will watch most and as high as possible. If you can find a smart antenna, which is an amplified indoor/outdoor antenna with a control cable for changing the direction of reception, for a decent price, you can use that but keep in mind that to use the control feature you will need one for each converter. Also, check antennaweb.org for information on digital channels in your area and their direction and distance. Antennaweb.org will also tell you if any digital channel in your area uses VHF frequencies. If they don't then a UHF only antenna will work fine.
Posted on Feb 18, 2009
Just go to www.tvantennas.com for easy to make plans for the DB4 antenna. You can make this antenna for less than $5.00
and it out performs 90% of the antennas sold in stores. You can also buy a DB4 for $30.00 and up but it is really east to make. There are two links to youtube videos that will take you trought it step by step. Elderly folks and folks with low income or fixed in come can easily make this in an hour or so, At least look at antenna before you sppend you hard earned dollars.
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Posted on Jun 18, 2009
First of all, you may not get better signal no matter which antenna you have. Check this page to help with digital reception before you buy a new antenna: http://www.ezdigitaltv.com/Digital_Reception.html
There are a few smart antennas on the market... RCA, Sylvania and Apex and they range from $45 to $90. This page explains smart antennas and has links where you can buy them: http://www.ezdigitaltv.com/Smart_Antenna.html
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
It's all a money thing, change is good, but if you play you have to pay.
Posted on Jul 17, 2008
I am in the same boat. My reception is horrible with my rabbit ear antenna. I looked at Wal-Mart for a Smart Antenna but they do not have them and one of the associates said that he went to Best Buy and they do not carry them either because they are not out yet....so I guess just keep your eyes open for someone to carry them.
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
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