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Re: OT- TV question from a techno-moron

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Posted by LJD on October 10, 2012 at 15:35:30 from (

In Reply to: Re: OT- TV question from a techno-moron posted by buickanddeere on October 10, 2012 at 14:58:45:

If you've got a 2-83 antenna - it's really a bunch of antennas stuck together. I've got a couple of those monsters and they are hard to keep together in high winds. That is especially true with the newest ones that are more flimsy (like the Winegard 8200U). It's about the biggest VHF/UHF antenna available now and used to be more HD and truck-shipped. But it's been cheapened so it can be shipped via UPS in two pieces.

If you want good UHF reception - the square "bow tie" antennas work incredibly well and have a small wind "foot-print." Very durable in lousy weather. Channel Master 4228HD or a Winegard HD8800.

With VHF - since the antenna has to be larger then UHF - using two antennas works better IF you actually have that many VHF channels you care about. Where I live in NY - there is only one channel left on VHF low-band. VHF high-band has 2 or 3. By nature of the wavelength - channel 2 requires the largest rods and channel 13 the smallest. So a low-band 2-6 is pretty big, whereas a high-band 7-13 is much smaller.
There is a huge gap between what is called channel 6 and channel 7 since that is where FM radio exists. There was a huge law-suit over it many years ago. The poor guy that invented FM radio sued the TV industry (RCA) and died before he won the award. His widow later got the money but the big hole between 6 and 7 still holds the FM signal. That guy was Mr. Edwin Armstrong - inventor of the Armstrong System that later became FM radio. He was one of the most promient commication inventors in history - yet I guess few people now-adays know who he was.


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