TV Reception

Ron Bello
Wed Aug 7 17:50:00 EDT 2019

Crutchfield claims there is a newer model:

It appears to have the same configuration of antenna elements


On Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 4:57 PM Eli Polonsky <> wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 1:22 PM Larry Sochrin <> wrote:
> > Hi.  Are you both saying that you each currently get channels 2-1 WGBH-HD
> > and 44-1 WGBX-HD fine (audio and video) via Antenna, and if yes, do you
> > know what the frequencies are that are working for you right now?   I do
> a
> > scan and nether of those show up at all.  Thanks.
> Yes, 2.1 WGBH-HD and 44.1 WGBX-HD are now on RF Ch. 5 in the VHF band. I
> get them both fine in Somerville with my Terk amplified indoor antenna that
> has two telescoping "rabbit ear" arms for VHF, as well as the center
> element for UHF. You can see it here:
> I extend the telescoping arms to receive 2-1 and 44-1 because they are on
> VHF (RF 5). All other channels in the Boston area are on UHF RF channels,
> and they are received through the center element.
> The issue that many people seem to be having with 2-1 and 44-1 is that
> their antennas are not designed to pick up VHF frequencies, only UHF (or
> the manufacturers may claim that they pick up VHF and UHF on only one
> universal element, but that may not actually work well for VHF).
> Except for a very brief period when WHDH Ch. 7 (RF Ch. 42) tried
> broadcasting their digital signal on RF Ch. 7 when TV went all-digital in
> 2009 (with poor results), I don't believe there have been any other TV
> stations in Boston proper broadcasting their RF signal on a VHF frequency
> until WGBH and WGBX as of last week. That's why over-the-air viewers in
> this area could get by for the past ten years with modern indoor
> (so-called) "HDTV antennas" that are designed for reception of UHF RF
> channels only, or that claim VHF reception through the primarily designed
> UHF element, but with poor results. There weren't any TV stations on the
> VHF band in Boston since 2009.
> Unfortunately the Terk antenna I have seems to no longer be manufactured (I
> bought it on a physical walk-in at You-Do-It Electronics in Needham in
> 2009), but it may be found on online resellers, or you may need to find
> another antenna that receives VHF.
> EP

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