Antenna dilemma for apartment

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  1. OUVickie

    OUVickie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Okay here's the problem:
    DD can't get a decent signal on her TV inside her apartment w/o cable. She can only get one channel and that's fuzzy and cable is getting too expensive, she's on a tight budget right now.
    So, my question is, can you get an antenna that can be plugged in, inside the apartment (mngr. won't let her put anything outside) and get a good signal?

    The old rabbit ear type don't work well for us, so I'm wondering about the ones at Radio Shack called Jensen Amplified or maybe the UHF bow-tie. Could one of these be hooked up then run some thing up to the window and around kinda like what's on cars nowadays?
     
  2. aaatraker

    aaatraker Well-Known Member

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    Did you try google search best indoor antenna ? also consumer reports site? c-net site ? consumer digest site?

    good luck

    kurt
     

  3. Gary in ohio

    Gary in ohio Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A UHF bowtie is only going to be good for UHF channels (ch 13 and up). Adding an amplifier may not help, It also amplifies noise as well.

    How far are you from the TV transmitters? WHat freq(s) are you trying to receive? Do you have a patio or deck?

    If your more than 30 or so miles from the transmitter then your pretty much not going to see anything without an outside antenna. In door antennas are just that, indoor antennas. If you cant recieve it with rabbit ears indoor then no other "magic" antenna is going to help much.

    Consider stealth antenna, there are some flat disc antenna, omini direction amplified antenna. You can mount these on top of a patio umbrella without most folks being the wizer. They can also be tossed into an attic
     
  4. OUVickie

    OUVickie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Nope she doesn't have a patio, she lives in a downstairs apartment and other than putting something on the inside of her living room window, she's out of luck. They told her when she moved in they didn't want any satellite dishes and such on the outside of her apartment.
    The cable company in OKC dominates the market and of course all the apartments are wired for cable and get bad reception if the TV isn't hooked up to it. I thought if we could rig something up to her livingroom window it might help since she's on the northside of the complex and the TV transmitters come from the NE. She's in a downstairs apartment though, so there isn't even a railing to hook it up to.

    Thanks for the info, I sure don't want to waste money on something that really won't help in the long run!
     
  5. agmantoo

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    If you are willing to use a small dish antenna to get satellite TV there is an attachment that will mount the dish to the inside of the window. It is a suction device. The problem with this is that you must have a south western exposure window.
     
  6. OUVickie

    OUVickie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Nope, that wouldn't work, both of her windows are on the northside and she has nothing on the outside to attach anything to. :(
    I'm going to see if I can search the internet for some solution. I don't really understand why you can't get a good reception anymore, I lived in an apartment long before cable ever came along and I don't remember having problems like this. Maybe it's because I'm old as dirt and TVs were made different then! :D
     
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    .................TV broadcast Antenna's are NOT perfect ...OmniDirectional Radiators(360 degrees) . And , the signal intensity will diminish the greater the distance between the Receiving antenna and the transmitting Antenna . Radio shack use to sell a Tv antenna that was made from a Y shaped set of 2 parallel wires spaced about 1/2 inch apart and enclosed in clear plastic which you just Thumb tacked to a wall . You might try one of those and add a Signal Booster in line to boost a weak signal and also move the antenna around in the room to see if there is any particular direction that will enhance reception quality .....Fordansky Rather , Oral Roberts School of Miracle Journalism :eek: :worship: :yeeha: