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Old 07-10-2019, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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The same antenna will give vastly different results to different people because of where it is located vis-a-vis the transmitter(s). People on the upper floors of your building might get different results from those on the first floor & folks in different parts of the same neighborhood may experience the same issues.

The Mohu Leaf is cheap & easy to deal with, try it around a number of places in your tv room (may need to buy a longer coaxial cable for that) to see where it works the best for your needs. I have a similar type antenna & settled on only getting channels 2 & 13 since they have the most shows I want to watch, everything else in Roku.

Keep the receipt & package & make sure you can return for a full refund if it doesn't work out.



Thank you Hefe. I bought an Amazon Clear Point Eclipse for $40.

I have frequently checked the connections, thinking something had gotten loose, etc. But everything is where it should be.

I wondered what the life span was on indoor TV antennas. Sounds like they last a while.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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You probably did this already, but don't forget to check the wire and the connectors that attach the antenna to the TV. Unplug and re-plug them in. See if that helps.

Also, could something be blocking the signal? New metal blinds? Something else made of metal that you moved to a place that may block the signal now?

With the RF connections that are used for antennas, the above post gives the right advice. I'd unscrew and re-screw them every couple of months. Tiny bits of moisture from the air will collect inside them and disrupt the very weak signal current that flows through them. The fact is, that with multiple transmitting locations in an area, it may not be possible to get good reception from all stations, with just one position.

I made my own indoor antenna, from plans published in Popular Mechanics. I used much heavier copper wire than what is described in the plans at the link below. I have been able to set it in a position just inside my big front-room window, that will pick up all the local stations without moving it or only rarely having to adjust it a bit.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/cul...al-tv-antenna/
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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When I lived in Chandler, I had the Mohu Leaf which worked pretty well because I was near a window and could put it in there. But in this house, the Leaf didn't work, because of all the trees in the way. If you have good visibility, it might be an option for you. I had to put the antenna on the roof to get good reception. Alot of $$$.
I also like my Mohu Leaf antenna which I stuck to the glass on my French doors with a little bit of poster putty. Relatively unrestricted view of the sky, so my TV reception is great...and free!

Admittedly, these days I mostly watch Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. I have developed a zero tolerance for commercial interruptions.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:07 AM
 
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The Leaf Antenna works well but depends on location. I get good reception for a number of channels so discontinued cable about 4 years ago. I only use streaming services via Roku (Netflix, Amazon, Acorn, MHz), and watch 1-2 local stations for news.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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You're in New York? A coat hanger would probably get you a thousand stations. Check here https://antennaweb.org/
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:03 AM
 
Location: NYC
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BTW since you are in NY (state?), if you have a Roku or something like that you might download the Locast app, it carries the main local stations for a few of the largest markets. ( Though I find it more than a bit annoying since it breaks into programming at random times with appeals for donations.)
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:26 AM
 
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I tried an indoor antenna from Amazon a couple of years ago. Nope. I'd have to put a mast on the chimney and get a real antenna with an amplifier. It's just not worth my bother since I'd only use it to watch maybe a dozen sporting events per year.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:02 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I tried an indoor antenna from Amazon a couple of years ago. Nope. I'd have to put a mast on the chimney and get a real antenna with an amplifier. It's just not worth my bother since I'd only use it to watch maybe a dozen sporting events per year.
Tried an indoor antenna (with an amplifier) last week and got 2 stations (out of the 8 the sites say I should get at my address), neither of them well. Moved it around the room with the same results. Apparently we are in a terrain shadow of the main cluster of TV antennas. I could try climbing up on to the third story roof of my house and putting an outdoor antenna up, but at my age I am not climbing up on to our metal roof.

I will probably check out Hulu Live, which will get me 4 of my locals (no PBS, though, and I record American Experience and Masterpiece Theater fairly often)
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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When I lived in Chandler, I had the Mohu Leaf which worked pretty well because I was near a window and could put it in there. But in this house, the Leaf didn't work, because of all the trees in the way. If you have good visibility, it might be an option for you. I had to put the antenna on the roof to get good reception. Alot of $$$.
I have a Mohu Leaf 30 that works great for me because I have a second floor window that faces the transmission towers. It doesn't work nearly as well if it is moved away from that window.
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:42 PM
 
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We use a Clear TV X-72 HDTV Digital Indoor Antenna and it works very well. We can even bring in one of the Prescott channels. We are in the Phoenix area.

But I have a girlfriend here who uses the same type [flat] antenna and she says a mountain blocks her reception of the PBS channel. We are not near any mountains.
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