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Old 06-26-2017, 08:20 AM
 
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Even though you live in an area that uses channels 2-13, you may no longer need a long element [VHF] antenna. When TV's went digital, the FCC re-assigned transmission frequencies. All channels 2-6 have new frequencies, so the long elements are no longer needed. Some channels 7-13 were allowed to keep their frequencies, so half size element antenna may be needed. If all channels [2-13] in a viewing area have new frequencies in the 14 to 69 range, a VHF antenna will receive all channels.
You can see assigned frequencies at antennaweb.org
This is true for high gain outdoor antennas. Are you suggesting such an antenna for a FM radio for inside a house?
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Old 06-28-2017, 02:49 AM
 
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All channels 2-6 have new frequencies, so the long elements are no longer needed. Some channels 7-13 were allowed to keep their frequencies, so half size element antenna may be needed.
That is not true at all. Engineers did recommend that all TV stations using channels 2-6 be given new frequencies as these channels perform very poorly with digital television, but the recommendation was rejected.

In fact one of the largest broadcast stations in the nation (ABC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) uses VHF channel 6.

WPVI first air on September 13, 1947 and used channel 6 for fifty years. Then it switched to channel 64 UHF from 1997–2009 . In March 2008 (UHF TV channels 52–69) were auctioned off and bidders got full use after the transition to digital TV was completed on June 12, 2009. After that date WPVI it returned to broadcasts on channel 6 and tens of thousands of households lost reception from home antennas.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:13 AM
 
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Been reading about antennas, and am thoroughly confused. So I hope someone here can just tell me - go buy this, it will work, and I don't have to understand it!

Here are the relevant facts -

1) I rent, so an outdoor antenna is not possible.

2) I don't have cable.

3) I have a high gable window above my stereo/TV, and from what I have read, mounting an antenna in that window would be a good thing.

4) I have also read that a plain rabbit ear antenna placed near the stereo tuner would improve radio reception, and I don't need a physical connection to the tuner.

5) Could a single rabbit ear antenna improve reception for both the tuner and the TV? How would the rabbit ear connect to the TV?

Most BORAs are capable of receiving the full TV and FM spectra, but sounds like you need an indoor solution. Do you have your own attic?
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