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Need help with HD antenna

by AdamfromChi / July 22, 2004 1:33 AM PDT

Hi, I'm trying to join the HDTV world for the first time. I'm in college; I live in a dorm. Since I can't get satellite or premium cable, it'll have to be OTA. I also can't really climb out on the roof, so it'll have to be an indoor ant. However, I live on the 12th floor in a decent-sized town--Champaign, so I think it might be alright.

I have a question: I bought an amplified Philips antenna that was advertised as HD-ready. However, I took it out of the box and its only output is a coaxial cable! Is it possible to get HDTV if you're connecting the antenna by coaxial cable to the tuner? From there, I'll use either HD RGB (I think that's what the serial-looking connection is called) or the 5-part AV to connect the tuner to my HD-ready Zenith television. Thanks!

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Re: Need help with HD antenna
by AdamfromChi / July 22, 2004 2:02 AM PDT

Also, if I need a replacement, can you guys recommend any?

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Re: Need help with HD antenna
by Art / July 22, 2004 11:00 AM PDT

HDTV OTA? Yes you CAN receive hdtv signal if you are close enough to receive good signal strength. The best way to find out is to hook it up and see. My brother-in-law (in San Francisco) has one of those. We have to be careful where we walk or the station will change on you. Have fun!

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Re: Need help with HD antenna
by Syzlak / September 13, 2004 4:26 AM PDT

Specific - yes, you absolutely can receive OTA HDTV through the coax from the antenna to the receiver/TV. Not an issue in your case but it does seem counter-intuitive that the receiver-to-TV connection requires DVI or component connection when the signal from cable or satellite still runs through coax but that's the way it is.

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Re: Need help with HD antenna
by rgfitz / September 13, 2004 1:36 PM PDT

The University of Illinois was famous for the antenna work done in its Dept. of Electrical Engineering.

Walk over to the EE dept and I am sure you can get an expert opinion...you may even decide to be an EE.

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