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    Anyone know where to find a cheap TV antenna for the car? I know it has to be some special kind because your car is always moving.... this is to be used with an ATI AIW card. The one's I have seen cost $100+ now for a damm antenna I can't believe it's so expensive...
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  • #2
    Well, its nothing special for the ati card, it uses a std antenna.

    You could put rabit ears on it, I modified an amplified antenna for my setup, and ran the telescoping metal along the edges of the back windshield.

    Some other options,

    The systems you hear people talking about are "Diversity Antena systems" I have seen one by magnavog and pionear, they have 4 elements to pick up a signal, the brain of the system has a chip inside that looks at each element , and picks the best 2 for use, and continues to sample and switch the signal as you move around. they tend to be really expensive though. And IMHO - useless.

    Honestly - I have an ATI AIW pro.
    I do like it, I use the dvd, and sometimes the tv, but I really think if I did it over, I would use an external (USB or maybe just a plain old tuner) tv tuner. I only get 1 - 4 chanels most of the time, and reception is poor, I think It has to do with noise from the PSU, or something. but I know if I take a pocket sized tv and mount it on the dash, I get beter reception.

    Just my .02
    Gizmo-
    Techonlogy on Wheels
    http://www.hjnetworks.com/car

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    • #3
      try this one at radioshack
      http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=15%2D1614
      or this one
      http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=15%2D1609

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      • #4
        anyone have an antenna that gives decent tv signal on ATI AIW pro? or do i gotta get a tv tuner with diversity antenna??? I want to be able to see at least 5 channels with decent signal( no snow )
        04 Acura TL w/ core2duo 2ghz laptop w/ 1gb RAM on a docking station.

        Fast car, fast PC. ;)

        http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

        My TL CarPC ver2

        FSR Flash Skin w/ moving weather maps

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        • #5
          Get you a roof antenna, and mount it on the top of your car, just be careful when you go under an overpass
          Clarion 200watt head unit w/ Aux in.
          Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
          In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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          • #6
            before you buy any kind of anttena. connect your card to your radio anttena. if u will gate poor signal any other so called "special tv anttenna" will not help you.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by pajero:
              <STRONG>before you buy any kind of anttena. connect your card to your radio anttena. if u will gate poor signal any other so called "special tv anttenna" will not help you. </STRONG>
              Not true. A FM antenna is not properly tuned for both UHF and VHF. If you plug it in and get NOTHING, then maybe. But I wouldn't say that it will not help.

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              • #8
                Here is my solution: http://home.primus.com.au/bravo/Carp...bjcarputer.htm

                go to car antenna section
                BjBlaster! Car MP3 & Carputer!
                bjblaster.com

                "The solution to one problem is only the beginning of another"

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                • #9
                  BJ, impressive

                  It looks like you get a pretty good signal.
                  thats off an ATI AIW card ?

                  hummm....... gota be something wrong with mine... maybe I will try my other tv card ,and see if its any beter
                  Gizmo-
                  Techonlogy on Wheels
                  http://www.hjnetworks.com/car

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                  • #10
                    Found this on allelectronics today

                    $20
                    http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bi...100&type=store
                    www.arbybean.com

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                    • #11
                      I just finished hooking up the TV antenna to my stock car FM antenna and it works BEAUTIFULLY!
                      I don't get a perfect signal but it's good enough to watch the Lakers hehe
                      In detail this is what I did... i opened my head unit and soldered extension wires on the FM antenna jack to my TV antenna. And that goes into the my WinTV card. I didn't even need to add a signal amplifier. It works great as is!
                      I guess I am gonna have to do another update to my website...*sigh*
                      04 Acura TL w/ core2duo 2ghz laptop w/ 1gb RAM on a docking station.

                      Fast car, fast PC. ;)

                      http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

                      My TL CarPC ver2

                      FSR Flash Skin w/ moving weather maps

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