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Antennas are Dangerous! They can bruise, pinch, cut and KILL you!! They are dangerous inside and outside. They have metal pieces on them which can do things you do not expect. Many pieces are pointed and sharp, some narrow enough to slide into a power socket, or power box, accidentally. ALL are dangerous as far away as 50 feet from any power line! Enough Said?
You have the right to an Antenna! FCC Rules prohibit restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming in the United States. This rule applies to ALL types of homes, apartments, mobile homes and condos, owned or rented anywhere in America. Period!|
Where do you put antennas? In space you own, rent or control (12 feet maximum over your roof, see FCC Rules) as near the signal source as possible and away from heavy stuff inside your home (refrigerator, TV set, book case, barred exterior windows, thick concrete walls, etc).
91% of HDTV signals are UHF and their antennas are cheap. Get a good one, the best, if possible, with RG61 cable, strong supports and a quality rotator. If you have a TV antenna now it will probably work for digital TV. Antenna over-kill is the best policy!
You can target different channels with different antennas. Just splice their output lines into one lead-in. That lead-in can be split to feed different sets, even on different channels, provided each set has its own tuner. Pre-amplifiers help signal strength throughout.
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DOING THE JOB RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME...
Every little piece of an antenna and its hardware is critical to long term HDTV signal reception. Every wire, standoff, pipe, brace and screw can cause problems down the road, so fix each, as best you can, as you install them! Think about each part as you go: is this one placed for best long-term effect?
Videos of antenna placement and installation are shown elsewhere on the net. The details of each task need to be understood for best results. Watch each several times before starting the task.
The last detail of setting up the perfect HDTV antenna in your home is selecting and installing a digital Converter Box. But not all Boxes are the same. Some work perfect, others don't.
Like other electronic devices, there's an art to selecting the right one. Fortunately, reliable Converter Box tests and reviews have been conducted in homes by real people.
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