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06-05-2009 03:36 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Girard Ibanez

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Need some feed back from those that purchased a TV converter with the government coupon. Pros and cons on your brand / model. Any advice on the available antennas as far as over all reception. I know it varies from region but just looking for opinions.

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06-05-2009 04:01 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Saint728

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Don't think you need a converter unless you have a TV that is 20 years old and doesn't have a cable hook up? Our State switched to digital TV a few months ago and all of our TV's worked without any digital converters needed.

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06-05-2009 12:54 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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Antenna
I have cable but wanted to see what I could receive "over the air" and was surprised how well a set of rabbit ears worked from walmart. They are really making some money on the HDTV branded antennas that are 3 times the cost. If you are in a good area such as wide open tucson with a clean shot of Mt. Bigelow then try some simple rabbit ears. The digital signal are in the same freq range as the analog some are the same. Basically 50 - 300 MHZ for the lower VHF band. There are alot of reserved bands in that range, like 72MHZ for RC use, which falls on channel 3 of a TV, so RC is the reason there is no channel three, cool.

As for Hawaii I just was there for a few weeks last month and I think you guys had extended your analog signal transmission to even beyond June due to the number of "beach dwellers" who had no access to cable. Any LCD or Plasma TV made in the last 3-4 years should have a digital tuner.

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06-05-2009 04:09 PM  8 years agoPost 4
playfair

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Don't spend any $ on an antenna, very easy to DIY:

http://uhfhdtvantenna.blogspot.com/
http://www.matthewsworkbench.com/diy-hdtv-antenna/

That said, one of our old TV's works great with an 18" wire stuck in the antenna hole of the converter!

Here's the FCC website that will tell "what you need to get what" without trying to sell you anything)
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/maps/


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06-09-2009 01:54 AM  8 years agoPost 5
glo6655

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get one that works



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06-09-2009 02:16 AM  8 years agoPost 6
A. Bundy

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I got my Mom a box and antenna.She has an apartment with the double cinder block firewall blocking the Chicago side.Works like fecal matter in all but the nicest days..

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06-09-2009 02:55 AM  8 years agoPost 7
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As for Hawaii I just was there for a few weeks last month and I think you guys had extended your analog signal transmission to even beyond June due to the number of "beach dwellers" who had no access to cable. Any LCD or Plasma TV made in the last 3-4 years should have a digital tuner.
Nope, we did our changer over to digital TV 3 months ago. I have an old Toshiba 20" in one of the bedrooms and it works fine and I bought it back in 1994. Everyone has access to cable and the people living at the beach are illegally there, so who cares if they can get cable or not.

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06-09-2009 02:58 AM  8 years agoPost 8
Girard Ibanez

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I got the magnavox government program. Had a rabbit ears hook outside for many months for analog signals. Used the same setup on the digital and crystal clear reception.

I was curious as to the different brands that were offered through the government program. Every store I went to sold a different brand / model so it was hard to compare.

I just got the cheapest for this analog TV.


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