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    Funny Antenna story

    When I got my first HDTV in 2004, I thought I needed to buy a really good antenna, so I paid about $40 for one at Crutchfield (where I bought my TV). I hooked it up but didn't get any channels. I returned it and bought an even more expensive ($100) one from Circuit City. I still didn't get any channels and so I returned it. The next day I realized that when I had plugged those antenna's in, I never scanned for the channels (I felt pretty stupid). I remembered having an old bowtie antenna from back in the 80's and I decided to try it out. We stuck it in the attic window facing east and I ended up getting all my locals. I felt relieved that I had returned the pricey ones before doing the channel scan.

    Anyhow, when we got HD cable a short time afterwards, I rarely used the antenna anymore. A month or so ago I got rid of my cable box because the bill was ridiculous and I watched more online stuff than I did cable shows. I've been trying to convince my folks to do the same and was looking for a cheap but good antenna that they could use on their upstairs TV. I asked my Facebook friends if any of them had an antenna and how many channels they got. I only had one reply but he has an antenna on top of a hill and gets no more channels than I do.

    Now I just need to find another bowtie antenna for my folks to use upstairs ... crazy that a cheap little $4 antenna is all I needed.

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    Thanks... found one on ebay just like mine.

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    The bowtie works?? WOW.
    I just purchased my first fancy TV however, as far as I know, you need the digital converter box to even get locals. This is here in El Paso and at one point we could get the air channels from Mexico. I should try putting a paper clip into the spot where the coaxil goes ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1010011010 View Post
    The bowtie works?? WOW.
    I just purchased my first fancy TV however, as far as I know, you need the digital converter box to even get locals. This is here in El Paso and at one point we could get the air channels from Mexico. I should try putting a paper clip into the spot where the coaxil goes ...
    Your TV most likely has a built in digital tuner. If you have an antenna, try hooking it up and do a scan for channels. (should be in the manual as to how)

    Digital converter boxes are for older tube TVs without digital tuners in them.

    I use this website to find my local antenna stations. https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps

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