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    tbrown is offline Member
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    Question Best digital TV antenna - not satellite

    I'm trying to find a good antenna system for my husband until we are able to afford the VuQube. He has only been back on the road for a couple of months and we've had to replace everything he let go of when he left driving in '08. As he is a company driver installation is a consideration.

    Thanks so much...
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    MichiganDriver is offline Senior Board Member
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    Does he get his fuel at Pilot by any chance? I've got an antenna that I bought at Pilot with the points I get for buying fuel there. It works pretty well, I seem to get a lot of channels.

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    stungjoe is offline Rookie
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    Plus don't be tricked into buying a HDTV antenna. There is no difference between the old antennas and the new HDTV ones other than price!

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    cdreid is offline Board Regular
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    I know this is old but i came on it searching for truck digital antenna advice and stungjoe is stunningly wrong.
    1. The antennas operate at radically different frequencies. Some of you are way into cb's and know antenna length/shape etc make a huge difference in cb's. same in tv.
    There are two "kinds" of digital antenna. One is "flat".. it's actually a crapload of pcboards with the antennas etched out so it doesnt have to rotate. A crapload of antennas in one package though small. The advantage is no rotating the antenna. The disadvantage is the small antenna size.
    2. Connectors. You're going to find that a standard "tv to cable" plug (with the wires) doesnt work well. You need a higher frequency one which is easy to come by but is not the standard. The regular ones will work but you'll lose a lot of singal. This only REALLY matters if you build your own. You can build your own with a piece of wood, some coat hangers, some wire, and a booster preferably
    Here is one i built once and put on my passenger seat: MAKE | Digital TV Coat-Hanger Antenna it worked well (i hooked it to a pc tv card) with a booster
    Also you can search for fractal antenna they are supposed to work well.
    3. Booster. you can buy these or get one from a "digital antenna booster". They help a lot

    Honestly i think im going to go sattelite. cheap dish maybe at first then one of those you mount on the qualcomm antenna mount

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