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HD TV antenna 31 Jul 2017 23:19 #1

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We have our boat on a slip near Great Bay in New Hampshire. Our TV reception on the dock has been fair at best at high tide and nonexistent at low. We just installed a Majestic UFO antenna today and it's incredible! We finished running the cable an hour before low tide. Ran the TV channel search and when done we had 14 channels, before at high tide we had 4. If you are looking for free HD TV I would recommend you look in to them!
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HD TV antenna 13 Oct 2017 02:57 #2

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Is it a "stand alone" or is a "box" required? Or was that just with earlier model TV's?
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HD TV antenna 13 Oct 2017 10:14 #3

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What were you using before ? I am looking at a Shakespear 3015

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HD TV antenna 13 Oct 2017 13:44 #4

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Converter boxes are only needed on older analog TVs. Most stations only transmit a digital signal today. That said the antenna is the same as it is attuned to the signal frequency not the type. The big difference with digital is that in weak fringe areas you get good reception or no reception, no weak fuzzy pictures.
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HD TV antenna 14 Oct 2017 15:46 #5

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I am a retired antenna engineer.
There is no such animal as a "HD antenna", or "digital antenna", or "analog antenna."
It's strictly a ploy be the manufactures to get people to discard the antenna which was satisfactory for years and buy a new one.
Commonly called "marketing hype".
The part which goes thru the air is RF energy, no matter what modulation scheme is used.
Next on the list of taking advantage of customers lack of knowledge is: This is a "XXX mile antenna. The range is dependent on many things, such as transmitting power and antenna height; terrain, and such. 100 miles east of Denver, a set top TV antenna (rabbit ears) will work as the transmitting antenna is on a 10,000 foot high mountain, which is west of Denver, and Denver is 5,000 feet above sea level. So in effect its a 15,000 high antenna tower.

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HD TV antenna 14 Oct 2017 16:22 #6

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Captharv, since you are saving me some money, maybe, by not looking for the HD label, what should I be looking for in a marine antenna. The line of site in the region we live and boat in is pretty broken up by islands and mountains. Google earth Puget Sound up to the north end of Vancouver Island so you have an idea. Transmitters are in Victoria, Vancouver, Bellingham and Seattle. Antenna TV has always been a challenge here.

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