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Old 10-19-2008, 05:37 PM
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I'm looking to purchase a marine tv antenna. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:28 AM
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No specific brand reccomendations, but I can say that all those round Omnidirectional antennas that didn't work worth two cents for analog tv signals do work wonderfully for the new digital signals. Is is astounding the difference! Drag out the digital converter and hook that puppy up!
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:29 AM
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Megohmyo - 10/20/2008 7:28 AM

No specific brand reccomendations, but I can say that all those round Omnidirectional antennas that didn't work worth two cents for analog tv signals do work wonderfully for the new digital signals. Is is astounding the difference! Drag out the digital converter and hook that puppy up!
The antenna does not know the difference between an analog and a digital signal. It's all RF to the antenna.

On your house, a directional antenna is usually best because you can point it towards the TV transmitter. On a boat, unless you never leave your slip, an omnidirectional antenna is the only logical choice.

As with any antenna, the bigger and higher you place it, the better it will work. One of these should fit the bill:

http://www.shakespeare-marine.com/sp...menupick=tvair


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hmm.... Mego, if what your saying is correct, it sounds like they are broadcasting stronger signals in the new digital stuff than the old analog???

Is that true? I always thought those antenna's were a wast of money, in my area (LI), there just isn't any decent TV channels broadcast. There are only 2 in my area, one is Spanish and the other is ch 55, a local LI station that plays nothing but 50 year old movies.
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Birdman - 10/20/2008 12:59 PM

hmm.... Mego, if what your saying is correct, it sounds like they are broadcasting stronger signals in the new digital stuff than the old analog???
Analog technology allows "ghosts" (the signal bounces off buildings or terrain and is picked up by the antenna creating multiple images). Also, weak signals appear on the set with "snow".

With a digital signal, the signal is either good enough for a good picture or you get nothing at all. In some cases such as on a rocking boat, the signal comes and goes. You''l be watching a show and the picture and sound will freeze, then return.

To find stations transmitting in your area, go here:

http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx

Remember, next February, all over the air TV transmission will be digital. And you do not need a "digital" or "high definition" antenna.
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:52 PM
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Birdman - 10/20/2008 12:59 PM

hmm.... Mego, if what your saying is correct, it sounds like they are broadcasting stronger signals in the new digital stuff than the old analog???

Is that true? I always thought those antenna's were a wast of money, in my area (LI), there just isn't any decent TV channels broadcast. There are only 2 in my area, one is Spanish and the other is ch 55, a local LI station that plays nothing but 50 year old movies.
the big difference between digital and analog, is that with digital, you will either have a perfect picture or no picture at all.

some people confuse that for working better. the weak signals that would be somewhat visable on an analog set, wont be available on a digital set.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:44 PM
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Thanks. So i wont wast my time, cause we got notta!!

I'm waiting for the 6" directTV dish antenna!!
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:09 PM
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Rwidman, are you saying that in February any tv antennae will pick up the digital only signal. If I have an hdtv already installed, do I only need to hook up an antennae and I will receive the hd over the air signals? Thanks.
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That's correct.
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Old 10-21-2008, 02:13 PM
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el jefe - 10/21/2008 4:09 PM

Rwidman, are you saying that in February any tv antennae will pick up the digital only signal. If I have an hdtv already installed, do I only need to hook up an antennae and I will receive the hd over the air signals? Thanks.
After the February date (19th or threreabouts), the only TV signals broadcast will be digital signals. Not necessarily High Definition, but digital.
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:29 PM
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sportcrafty - I'm looking to purchase a marine tv antenna. Does anyone have any suggestions?
We installed the Shakespeare Seawatch 2025 marine amplified TV antenna system and are happy with the number of channels we pick up. Installed it on a fold down mount and it can be removed when trailering. (you can see it in the photo below)
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:42 AM
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I did a lot of research before buying one and this is what I purchased. Top quality...

http://www.naval.com/m11.htm
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:02 AM
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I appreciate all the feedback. It's not like we're talking about alot of money, but if all I see is snow I won't be happy. The upcoming digital conversion definitely adds to the confusion. In a perfect world I'm just hoping to pick up a handful of local channels.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:26 PM
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tobnpr - 10/23/2008 8:42 AM

I did a lot of research before buying one and this is what I purchased. Top quality...

http://www.naval.com/m11.htm
OK, it's impressive, but where do you buy one and how much does it cost?
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