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Getting HDTV Is Not So Easy

Mar 27, 2008
Let me take the minute to explain what happened to us when we tried to hook up a HDTV antenna so you won't have to waste your time doing the similar thing. First of all our entire family had always craved a HDTV. This was a chore within it's self.

There must be 100 variant brands and types to choose from! So we did finally acquire one that we all agreed upon. After we had set up the TV we learned that we also had to acquire a HDTV antenna to be able to watch our local channels broadcasted in HD.

Our first antenna we tried was purchased at the identical spot as our TV. After we built it together in the garage we carried it inside and up the stairs to the 2nd story window. We raised it out the window and put the 17 yr old on the roof with the antenna.

We utilised walkie talkies to interact between the roof and the family room with the tv. His job was to turn the antenna in littler increments till the signal came in. The problem was we could only get 2 channels at a time coming in unobstructed but never could we get all the channels coming in at one time.

So we brought the antenna in, carried it to the garage, dissembled it and took it back to buy a bigger one and go through the entire activity again. Once more on top of the roof with the 17 yr old. Twisting and turning and all the while in a rainfall storm.

It wasn't that bad but still raining all the same. This went on for virtually a total of 4 nights in the month of Dec during the cold and precipitation. We could never get this HDTV antenna to work so we eventually gave up.

We brought the big monster antenna in again dissembled it and put it back in the car to return. I was cheerful it didn't work because it looked horrendous up there on the roof. It stuck out like a unhealthy thumb.

Then we did some research on the internet and found an antenna that claimed to do everything we needed and the good part was it was cheaper and way way smaller.
Actually in wasn't no bigger than the size of a cake sheet. So we purchased the HDTV antenna and brought it home.

No assembly required and we put the 17yr old back on the roof with the walkie talkies again and this time we had a communication before we even tried to alter the antenna. It was implausible.. we found all the channels reaching in crystal clear without even trying to set the antenna in the perfect "sweet" spot that we were use to setting with the previous other two.

Just by putting it on the roof and pointing it in the generalised direction where the stations were located was all that was needed! Apparently this HDTV antenna was a much higher quality antenna. If I would have known this 5 days before,

I could have saved all those evenings, the poor kid on the roof and the aggrevation it took for our family to finally bask HDTV!
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