The Grief Of Installing A HDTV Antenna

By: Jim Williams

Let me take the instant to explicate what happened to us when we tried to implement up a HDTV antenna so you won't have to waste your time doing the same objective.

First of all our entire family had always wanted a HDTV. This was a duty within it's self. There must be 100 assorted brands and types to choose from! So we did eventually find one that we all united upon.

After we had set up the TV we learned that we also had to purchase a HDTV antenna to be able to watch our local channels broadcasted in HD. Our first antenna we tried was purchased at the same spot as our TV.

After we assembled it together in the garage we carried it inside and up the stairs to the 2nd story window. We raised it out the window and put the 17 yr old on the roof with the antenna.

We utilized walkie talkies to convey between the roof and the family room with the tv. His job was to move the antenna in small increments till the signal came in. The problem was we could only get 2 channels at a time coming in unclouded but never could we get all the channels coming in at one time.

So we brought the antenna in, carried it to the garage, dissembled it and took it back to buy a bigger one and go through the entire work again. Once more on top of the roof with the 17 yr old.

Twisting and turning and all the while in a downfall storm. It wasn't that bad but still raining all the same. This went on for nearly a total of 4 nights in the month of Dec during the cold and precipitation. We could never get this HDTV antenna to work so we eventually gave up.

We brought the big behemoth antenna in again dissembled it and put it back in the car to return. I was cheerful it didn't work because it looked horrendous up there on the roof. It stuck out like a unhealthy finger.

Then we did some research on the net and found an antenna that claimed to do everything we needed and the good part was it was cheaper and way way smaller. Actually in wasn't no bigger than the size of a biscuit sheet.

So we purchased the HDTV antenna and brought it home. No assembly required and we put the 17yr old back on the roof with the walkie talkies again and this instance we had a communication before we even tried to adjust the antenna.

It was implausible.. we found all the channels coming in crystal clear without even trying to set the antenna in the perfect "sweet" spot that we were use to setting with the previous additional two.

Just by putting it on the roof and pointing it in the general path where the stations were situated was all that was needed! Apparently this HDTV antenna was a much higher quality antenna.

If I would have known this 5 days before, I could have saved all those evenings, the poor kid on the roof and the aggrevation it took for our house to eventually like HDTV!

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