If I remember correctly, I think Fanfare makes a good, relatively cheap antenna.
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If you own your own house, I put a real antenna in my attic and spliced into the cable TV cable going to that room. So then the tuner is just plugged into the wall outlet. If you want cable TV in that room you could also add another outlet if you can run wires behind the wall. I get stuff up to 100 miles away no problem.
Sugarbrie,do you need any kind of resistors or other stuff?I already have tv antenna on the roof,is there a splitter/block that will work for tv and fm at the same time? I'm at the extreme west end of my valley. TV& FM are all east of me.I have an FM tuner on its way,some of this I'll find out when it gets here;just looking for a tip or two on using a tv antenna. thanks.
I have a Dynalab ST-2. C-clamped to the back of my audio rack. A good antenna even if not in the best spot. I need to get up in the attic one of these days. I believe the Fanfare and Dyna are the same antenna. The Dyna designer of the ST moved to Fanfare and made the same antenna or the other way around. Although I do not remember the ##s a couple of Radio Shack ribbon antennas are made for them by Fanfare. Good Luck.
Avguygeorge: I live south of Washington DC. Pointing it north gets me DC and Baltimore and does a pretty good job getting Richmond, Virginia south. The antenna I got had a Cable TV coax connection instead of the old fashioned wires. I did no modifications. I do have a TV in that room and the cable is just split with the typical small coax cable TV splitter from Radio Shack or whereever. The TV picks up all the DC and Balitmore stations great, so I do miss the cable in that room. The FM frequencies are between TV Channels 6 and 7, so if the antenna does a good job with VHF TV the FM should be fine also.
Thanks,sugarbrie, sounds like something that I could live with.I will maybe get a good dedicated antenna in time. For Brian: I doubt it. Sat.dishes,all kinds,have to be pointed to the Sat at a much higher pitch, as the transponders are in the sky.Something like 22 mi.high if I remember correctly. FM transmitters are on the ground,on the same "plane" as the FM signal.
GET ONE OF THOSE THAT PLUG INTO THE WALL OUTLET IN YOUR HOUSE, GET A COAXIAL ADAPTER FOR THE BACK OF YOUR TUNER/RECEIVER...THIS WILL GIVE YOU AN ANTENNAE THE SIZE OF YOUR ELECTRICAL WIRING IN YOUR HOUSE WITH A 20-30 DB GAIN IN OUTPUT SIGNAL USUALLY PEGGING THE SIGNAL STRENGTH METER.......THE COST ABOUT $30 AND YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU WHENEVER YOU MOVE WITHOUT THE HASSLE OTHER ATTENEAES HAVE
All the Parsecs, Radio Shack, Terks (FM Pro was the best of that breed) are pretty much corruptive of the signal (amplifier noise and signal). Here are my suggestions in order of effectiveness: dipole, BIC Beam Box Model 8 or 10 (passive antenna with variable freq and bandwidth selector, Magnum Dynalab ST-2 or Fanfare SM-2G (both work identical for me, great for local stations (10-40 miles) where multipath (signal bouncing off objects, hence multipath) problems exist, and finally http://www.antennaperformance.com/ outside antenna. BUT all MASSIVELY benefit from the Magnum Dynalab Signal Slueth. You will not be disappointed if you get the Slueth (models 105 or 205 work great, have both). I am a FM addict and have spent years working on this. You can the difference between a soda straw vs a fire house as a conduit when you move antenna outside with a Signal Slueth! And you decide what you listen to not Corporate Cable America.