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Rabbit ear antenna and HDTV reception

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by moonlite, May 24, 2005.

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  1. moonlite

    moonlite Guest

    Hello- Does anyone know if a regular rabbit ear antenna is capable of
    capturing HDTV signals ? Thank you.

    moonlite
     
  2. [This followup was posted to sci.electronics.repair and a copy was sent
    to the cited author.]

    As far as an antenna is concerned, a signal is a signal. It doesn't
    know anything about analog or digital.

    That said, you do need the right type of antenna. Most digital
    broadcasts (not all digital is HD) are UHF. The typical two-pole 'rabbit
    ears' are only for VHF (2-13). Just because the analog is on VHF doesn't
    mean the digital version is. Here in Chicago, the only VHF digital is
    WBBM-TV/WWBM-DT (analog 2, digital 3). UHF usually uses either some form
    of round antenna, or those arrow-shaped directional things like the
    often mention 'silver star', or bow-tie shaped, sometimes with a
    reflector (grid or similar behind bow-tie) behind it.
     
  3. Don't tell the marketing folks that...they have a whole new opportunity
    to sell stuff.

    http://www.terk.com/pdfs/T0428-HDTVi-LK.pdf
     
  4. Stan

    Stan Guest

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