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im looking to buy dtv100t for my PC... though my only option at the moment is to use an indoor antenna... are there any tips anybody would like to give?

I seem to have picked up that my rabbit ears will work best wen its horizontally presented and the length it is spread out has some effect too.

I am in the South of Brisbane...and we get ok analogue reception on our TV's, but as soon as the PC is on, the quality is dramatically effected... because I'll be getting a PC dtv tuner.. will my reception be always effected?

I just installed this same card mate and had the same concerns. My guess would be that if you are getting good reception with your analogue reception TV you should be ok.

I just moved into a unit which had no wall socket for an outdoor antenna, so just bit the bullet and purchased a $15 indoor antenna from Dick Smith. So far, so good. I am in a good reception inner west suburb of Sydney so that probably has something to do with it. The only main digital channel I have problems picking up is Channel 7. I am sure if I fiddled with the antenna I could get that sorted. The current setup is to have the rabbit ears fully extended horizontally.

If you are wanting to watch the HD channels and not SD, then you would want a pretty good PC for it. I noticed the HD channels use alot of the computer resources. This is on a AMD 2200 MHz PC with 1MB RAM.

I am still yet to figure out if the remote which came included is faulty or I ain't pressing the right buttons, it just ain't working for me.

All in all, definately worth the $75 bucks I spent on the TV tuner card.

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lol is the chrismas tree looking thing the antenna? lol.. nice way to hide it.

so i bought the card.. tried 3 different antenna's... and all i am able to get is a whole bunch of SBS channels... and still they are a bit choppy.

Tried old school rod with the twirl going along it... no reception wat so ever.

Tried normal rabbit ears... spread out like every1 suggested... it was quite choppy...

Tried another rabbit ears.. but this one has a mini style roof antenna in the middle of it.. and that gave me the least choppy reception. I may be able to get it running ok with this antenna but i may need an extension cable so that i can place the antenna well away from the PC.

Ill nut it out and post my results.

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Yes, they strung the crissy lights over the aerial, a Fracarro LP345HV, opens up some possibilities.. :blink: rather than one (dipole) pair of rabbit ears, have 13 of them.

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ok so sbs seems to work without being that choppy... but i still cannot pickup any other channels at all... ie 7,9,10...

is there something i am missing or is this because i have poor reception?... usually in my house SBS has the worst reception... 7 and 10 have the best and 9 is somewhere in between.

Any ideas?

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I'm using a JTC FUAL UHF phased array on a adjustable pole used for putting in a cupboard for hanging clothes on. I have the pole between a speaker & the ceiling with the antenna hooked into a splitter amp feeding the TV card in my PC.

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So i've got a basic dick smith style antenna which takes power and has the rabbit ears and a big dish, it gets channels fine on my dodgy teac STB provided you position the antenna for each channel.

I have two questions about indoor antennas.

1) i've noticed, if a mobile phone is in use, regardless of channel or position, the TV is unusable, will this occur with every indoor antenna?

2) if money was almost no object, but i couldn't go outdoor and i couldn't touch the interior walls with anything other than 3M sticky hooks, what is the best way of getting tv reception?

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2) if money was almost no object, but i couldn't go outdoor and i couldn't touch the interior walls with anything other than 3M sticky hooks, what is the best way of getting tv reception?

The Winradio AX31-B, they sell for around $250

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Say i bought one, if i orientated this correctly, would this thing be set and forget?

and do you know who sells them in Australia, preferably canberra?

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You could hang any suitable external antenna via string and sticky hooks from the roof if you want.A pain to position right but a Fraccaro LP345 is haeps cheaper at around $70 than the win radio version.

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I hope this can help some people with Indoor Antenna reception.

I have tried 6 different Indoor Antennas in my bedroom to try and get good reception. To start with, all I could get was SBS, then I read this forum and re-positioned to get 10 as well. I was happy for a while but started trying different Antennas. I first tried a non-amplified Chinese brand antenna from the local electrics store and that was far better than all three rabbit ears based Amplified Antennas I tried from Dick Smith and Jaycar that only received SBS intermittently. So I tried a couple more non-amplified versions and had similar results to the Chinese brand (not so great).

Now Dick Smith have a fairly new product and it's catalog number L4074

DSE Digital Antenna

I was fairly skeptical at first but now I get perfect reception on all channels. So if you are having no luck with your indoor antenna, give this one a try as it's definitely the best one I've tried and it's really small so it doesn't take up your whole bedroom with long rabbit ears. :blink:

One final thing - My set top box has built in hard drive and whenever I tried recorded something with the old antenna, reception would cease. Now it's fine.

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This may be relevant in your reception area (which you have not stated) but not for others.

It would greatly assist other members if you were to say where you are and where you are receiving signals from.

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This may be relevant in your reception area (which you have not stated) but not for others.

It would greatly assist other members if you were to say where you are and where you are receiving signals from.

My apologies, I'm located in Fulham, Adelaide and I'm not totally sure where my signals are from but I think Mt Lofty. That is the direction I position my antenna to get the good signal. I just thought it would be relavent to the fact that this antenna gave me the best indoor reception of all the indoor antennas I tried. I know some areas won't get any reception at all but it was just to suggest people try this one.

BTW, this antenna is specially designed for Digital TV Reception so it makes sense that it was the best of the one's I tried.

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Different people will have different results with indoor antennas - some successful, some unsuccessful. The general rule-of-thumb with indoor antennas is that they are quite good for hanging the tea towels - and nothing more. Sorry to put a spanner in the works, kids.

lesf

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especially if they're just rabbit ears or glorified rabbit ears.... unless you have an antenna cut with the right elements for hte frequencies you're trying to rcv you might as well use a coat hanger...

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Different people will have different results with indoor antennas - some successful, some unsuccessful. The general rule-of-thumb with indoor antennas is that they are quite good for hanging the tea towels - and nothing more. Sorry to put a spanner in the works, kids.

lesf

Don't get me wrong here, I'm not saying that this is better than an outdoor antenna. I'm just saying if indoor is your only option (for many people like me it is), give that Dick Smith one a go because I was very sceptical about it and didn't expect it to perform. The result I had was far beyond my expectations for an indoor antenna. I'm not trying to do outdoor antenna installation people out of work, I'm trying to offer the poor people with no possibility of an outdoor antenna some hope. :blink:

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