got a question about antennas from Dan via our contact form. Dan's
looking for the best antenna for his new Samsung HDTV set that includes
both an ATSC and NTSC tuner.
Dan, I've personally used a Terk TV55
in my attic with good results; no movement of the antenna was required
and I was roughly 20 miles from the local DTV towers. Currently, I'm
about 5 miles farther, but I'm also higher, so I get away with a Terk
model TV5 on top of my HDTV tuner (pictured above). That one does
require some adjustment of the antenna direction, but I can live with
that. Both Terk models are amplified.Matt
has also used the
indoor TV5 as well as the TV3. In a few weeks he'll be installing a
TV38 rooftop-antenna from Terk, so watch for a post on that. I should
also mention that my next door neighbor receives his OTA signal WITHOUT
an antenna. His set is in the basement, so we decided to run a basic
coax cable from the tuner and attach it to the copper piping in the
house. Turns out that the piping acts like a "whole-house" antenna!
Dan, we've got a great post and external link
to help you and everyone else out with your specific antenna needs, so
let's start there. You should be able to find what you need by following
the guidelines and determining your budget. I would always recommend an
amplified antenna for signal gain, and in your case, an
omni-directional might be just the ticket! Thanks for the question and let us know what you decide!