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Thread: Antenna Hookup to TV Tuner.... WHAT AND HOW????

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    Antenna Hookup to TV Tuner.... WHAT AND HOW????

    Looking at the "FlyTV Prime 30 / 30FM TV AND VIDEO CAPTURE CARD" for a TV Tuner as im going to start collecting my parts

    My question is, what kind of antenna do you dudes use to receive the TV signal, how big is it, where do you place it, how good is the reception

    Any info would be appreciated
    also anyone had any problems with the FlyTV Prime 30?

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    how good is the reception
    sucks - unless you spend some $$$

    (1) I have tried a wire dipole - poor
    (2) Rabbit Ears - little better but still - poor
    (3) Car Antenna - better than most but still - poor -
    (4) U or V shape Car TV Antenna - ugly but Good - see them on limos

    I tested at my house - And I can see all the local TV towers

    I have yet to try something like this
    Roof Mount TV Antenna

    or this - same thimg

    H-Style above Headliner UHF/VHF mount antenna.

    Or this - different

    Four way rear window glass amplified antenna


    Most of the good Antennas for this, are made into to the tv tuners,
    that are made for in-car use - or I should say the Antennas are
    switched and amped the by TV tuner - that is, you have a few
    Antennas and it switches to the one with the best singnal and
    keeps switching to keep the best singnal - Its called a Diversity
    Antenna - I have not tried one, but I here they work well
    and cost $$$

    Here is a high brow definition of a Diversity Antenna

    ANTENNA DIVERSITY

    Oh and there is a Flat, roof mount Satellite TV Antenna but its $2000
    looks good tho

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    Great post... Keep us posted on the results if you decide to test any of the other untested ones
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    thanks for the info will, im going to get started by getting the card and installing it on my home PC, then will try out differnet antennas, see what works best around here as reception is dodgy, if i get a good signal in my house ill get a great one in a lead lined cave
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    if i get a good signal in my house ill get a great one in a lead lined cave
    Thats the problem with cars, there metal and keep TV signals out

    - I tested in the car at home - you will not now how good the
    antenna works till you try it in you car - And on top of that
    it acts different when driving, also It may look perfect sitting still,
    but when driving, it may have lines or fades in and out - or not get
    any thing at all - the limo antenna was good enough watch with
    just a little bit of lines and fuzz - when driving - but its ugly,
    the Car Antenna is what I am using now - and looks perfect
    sitting still but when driving its unwatchable - not that I am
    watching TV when driving -

    Great post... Keep us posted on the results if you decide to
    test any of the other untested ones
    I may try that H-Style one next - It will be a few weeks tho
    I think its just a dipole but with 2 coils of wire

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    where do you mount that h-style because it looks a hefty thing
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    The November 1993 issue of Electronics Now had an article titled "Build a Diversity Antenna and Improve the Performance of Any Car Stereo!". The article has a circuit for an active two antenna diversity system for FM radio. Maybe someone would know how to tweak the circuit for TV reception.

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    where do you mount that h-style because it looks a hefty thing
    above the head liner - it does look big but its thin

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    I gots an idea Ladies & Gents, down here where i cum 4rm i tried using just 2 pieces of wire Straight down the middle of my back window ins a | or V im yet to try aluminium rods, but this givs me much better signal than havin stuff in the roof, giv it a bash & see if it works 4 u looks a bit strange but ur back window has lines in it anyways & once the windows tinted u dont notice it
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    U or V shape Car TV Antenna - ugly but Good - see them on limos
    Could you post a link with picture please... very interested

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