OTA Antenna FAQs
Here are some Frequently asked questions I get about TV Antennas in my town:
- What is the best antenna?
- Can I go bigger?
- Can I pick up channels from both Madison and Cedar Rapids?
What is the best antenna?
The best antenna is the one that fits your budget. Here is my handout I give folks who ask. I have it broken into three budgets. < $50 / $120 / $200
Can I go bigger?
Short answer, no. Long answer, it depends but probably is not worth it. You can explore this page which describes running multiple DB8 antennas. Midway down the page you will find “Why this 16-bay antenna might not work”. Take a read through.
Can I pick up channels from both Madison and Cedar Rapids?
Again, short answer no. Long answer, maybe. Antennas like the DB8e have multiple elements that can be pointed in different directions. Aside from halving your antennas efficiency by splitting it in two, the next problem is that some of the signal picked up by Side A is then radiated out of Side B. This results in your received signal dropping by more than 50% !
If you are thinking about adding a second antenna to overcome these losses, see above “Can I go bigger?”