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    TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Thinking about bringing a little TV to the tailgate this saturday. I dont have a dish or any satellite to get a reception, but was wondering if anyone has had luck with any specific outdoor TV antennas?

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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Everything but ABC seems to work fine. I don't know why ABC sucks so much, but you should have no problem getting the Bama-Mason Jar game on CBS



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    We ran an over the air for the UNI game. Didn't pull in a ton of channels but we had ABC for the OSU/Missippi state game.

    This is the one I have. Conns.com: RCA ANT1450B Antenna with Amplifier
    I paid maybe 30 for it at a target or walmart. Here in Omaha I can pull in about 21 channels with it, and use it for a 3rd TV on gamedays at home. I think it may have only found about 8 in Ames though in G7. Its even got a hook we used to hang it from our tailgate tent.


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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    The antenna comes with an amplifier, but we didn't use it at the UNI game. Perhaps it would have pulled in a few more. Last weekend didn't use the amplifier and still got the 21 or so channels.


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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Awesome, yeah i just want to get the local channels for the bama game. I picked this one up at target tonight...hope it works!

    GE Flat Panel Amplified TV Antenna : Target



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by MSPClone210 View Post
    Awesome, yeah i just want to get the local channels for the bama game. I picked this one up at target tonight...hope it works!

    GE Flat Panel Amplified TV Antenna : Target
    You'll might have to mess with the position of the antenna some, but you should be able to get CBS with no problems, in my experience anyways



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    For some reason TVs these days have the smallest area possible to get you fingers into, to spin on the coax cable.
    Im bringing one of these push on connectors this time. http://www.yourbroadbandstore.com/im...rge/042036.jpg


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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha Cy View Post
    The antenna comes with an amplifier, but we didn't use it at the UNI game. Perhaps it would have pulled in a few more. Last weekend didn't use the amplifier and still got the 21 or so channels.
    OK, I'm sure there's more EE types here that can confirm or deny, but I don't believe the amplifier helps that much with the digital signal. You either have it, or you don't. Amplifier might be for if you're splitting the signal between multiple TV's?

    Again, IANAE, so yeah...



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    ive used several cheap antennas for OTA in Lot A2 before bringing my dish. We were able to pick up all channels, but it might take a little positioning work to get ABC.



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by ajk4st8 View Post
    ive used several cheap antennas for OTA in Lot A2 before bringing my dish. We were able to pick up all channels, but it might take a little positioning work to get ABC.
    Do you know why that is? I've always found that odd that ABC is so much harder to get reception for



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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlHungus View Post
    Do you know why that is? I've always found that odd that ABC is so much harder to get reception for
    Part of the deal when they sold it and moved it to Des Moines. <evil cackling..."and you'll get crappy reception tooooooo!">



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    OK, I'm sure there's more EE types here that can confirm or deny, but I don't believe the amplifier helps that much with the digital signal. You either have it, or you don't. Amplifier might be for if you're splitting the signal between multiple TV's?

    Again, IANAE, so yeah...

    I'm only an AeroE, not a EE, but here's what I know:

    Our OTA antenna at home isn't worth much without the amplifier. So I would say the amp must help even with digital.



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    OK, I'm sure there's more EE types here that can confirm or deny, but I don't believe the amplifier helps that much with the digital signal. You either have it, or you don't. Amplifier might be for if you're splitting the signal between multiple TV's?

    Again, IANAE, so yeah...
    There is a minimum receive level where your television will either display the picture completely or not at all. This is the "digital" you're talking of.

    The signal received is still on an analog carrier, it's just digitally modulated. The amplifier increases the received level. Also, the frequency of digital OTA television is much more susceptible to walls and other obstructions so the amplifier will help there as well.

    And yes, I have my EE degree from ISU.



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeClone View Post
    I'm only an AeroE, not a EE, but here's what I know:

    Our OTA antenna at home isn't worth much without the amplifier. So I would say the amp must help even with digital.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue52 View Post
    There is a minimum receive level where your television will either display the picture completely or not at all. This is the "digital" you're talking of.

    The signal received is still on an analog carrier, it's just digitally modulated. The amplifier increases the received level. Also, the frequency of digital OTA television is much more susceptible to walls and other obstructions so the amplifier will help there as well.

    And yes, I have my EE degree from ISU.
    Well then, there you go...I stand corrected. Thanks guys!



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    Re: TV Antenna Use At Tailgate

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlHungus View Post
    Everything but ABC seems to work fine. I don't know why ABC sucks so much, but you should have no problem getting the Bama-Mason Jar game on CBS
    It's because ABC5 is broadcast with a coat hanger and a car battery in their back parking lot.



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