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by itsdigger / April 22, 2013 4:04 AM PDT
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Ha!I didn't finish my question
by itsdigger / April 22, 2013 4:06 AM PDT

is it a good antenna for the Chicago area , and has anyone have a better indoor antenna they prefer ?Thanks ...Digger

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Here's my indoor antenna.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2013 4:41 AM PDT
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(NT) Ha ! She's a Beaut !
by itsdigger / April 22, 2013 4:46 AM PDT
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It's on the wall indoors.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2013 5:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Ha ! She's a Beaut !

I guess I could put a picture frame around it or even some picture but I had the usual indoor antenna and it was not that good. This really helped and yes, it's orientation is incorrect but it's hard to argue with success.

Indoors it also avoids having to deal with lightning protection. Unless you have a Van de Graaf indoors as well.

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Problem is...
by Pepe7 / April 22, 2013 5:09 AM PDT

...your question is subjective. As you know, Chicagoland is huge (living there myself), so in that sense what works for one person might not work for another, even neighborhood to neighborhood, spare someone in Fox Lake vs Joliet ;). Solid objects/distance/topography/building structure/materials can affect reception. Bob's outdoor antenna is a better idea if you truly would like the best opportunity to maximize the amount/quality of ATSC signal to your TVs. Indoor antennas have a lot more issues IME.

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far south sider here
by itsdigger / April 22, 2013 5:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Problem is...

I don't want to get too carried away with this, I do have cable tv in other rooms but don't want to rent another cable box but just want to do something simple . I can watch most stuff over the net, but I can't get stuff like CLTV or the Sox game on the net. Hmm... do I need a converter box with this new Toshiba HDTV for OTH channels?

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(NT) I meant OTA channels
by itsdigger / April 22, 2013 5:25 AM PDT
In reply to: far south sider here
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If the Toshiba has a built in ATSC tuner...
by Pepe7 / April 22, 2013 5:51 AM PDT
In reply to: I meant OTA channels are good to go for OTA Wink

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(NT) Thanks Pepe
by itsdigger / April 22, 2013 5:54 AM PDT
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General caution
by compist / May 1, 2013 5:25 AM PDT

If you live within 20 miles or so of Canada, the device will be inundated with hockey updates and back bacon futures.

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I purshased the
by itsdigger / May 1, 2013 5:37 AM PDT
In reply to: General caution

antenna in the OP. It works great and get all of the local and some not so local digital channels. I am surprised that here in Chicago , CBS is still analog so I don't receive it with the digital antenna. ,,,Digger

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CBS is no longer analog (NTSC) in Chi-town
by Pepe7 / May 1, 2013 5:55 AM PDT
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More good reading/other links here
by Pepe7 / May 1, 2013 5:56 AM PDT
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South Siders Always Get Robbed Pepe !
by itsdigger / May 1, 2013 6:25 AM PDT

I've rescanned 4 times just now and still don't get CBS ( channel 2 ) . Maybe this antenna just won't pick it up. I get everything but that and of course CLTV because it is analog.

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AFAIK CLTV went digital too
by Pepe7 / May 1, 2013 6:42 AM PDT

I think it's a function of your location Sad

Try asking in the forums @, and also Both can be quite helpful for such 'boots on the ground' info. I think still has a Chicago-focused subforum too.


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Maybe so
by itsdigger / May 1, 2013 6:49 AM PDT

I do live in the Twilight Zone (Pullman) . I have a different antenna I'm gonna try on a different tv for dad , I'll let ya know if there's any difference. Might try Bob Proffitt's art work upstairs . Cool it's been a slice and thanks...Digger

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Nope. Now Comcast only
by Pepe7 / May 1, 2013 6:46 AM PDT
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