TV Reception

Eli Polonsky
Wed Aug 7 18:28:15 EDT 2019

Looks similar to my discontinued one, I wonder what's the difference, or
what was changed?

At first it looked to me like that one didn't have the telescoping VHF arms
on the sides until I checked the side view photos.


On Wed, Aug 7, 2019 at 5:50 PM Ron Bello <> wrote:

> 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
>> > 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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