Archive for April, 2015

Technology – Review – RCA ANT112F UHF/VHF/Digital Indoor Antenna

Posted in Entertainment, Technology with tags , , , , , on 2015/04/29 by rmolby

A few weeks ago I did a review of the iView STB3500II digital converter box to receive over the air TV.

So today I just wanted to talk about the antenna, the RCA ANT112F. This antenna reminds me of the old tube TVs from the 50s to the early 80s before cable TV. I recall one of them sitting on top of my grandparent’s TV, and our own having built-in telescoping antennas.

The part I find fascinating and intriguing is that the TV signal has to pass through a brick chimney, wall and a book case full of books and trinkets, but yet even during quite stormy days, this antenna does a great job getting enough signal to the receiver. I am totally impressed!

The antenna just sits on top of the TV armoire, so it is about 8 feet (2.4m) off the ground, so just this little bit of elevation off the ground is sufficient for good reception. My PBS station 13-2 OETA-OKLA transmits in something wider than 16:9, I am making the assumtion it is 21:9, but it looks awesome on my 720p TV, currently showing an Outdoor Oklahoma episode. PBS 13-1 OETA-HD on the other hand is in 16:9 and crystal clear watching Hometime home improvement show. 34.-1 KOCB-HD in 16:9 comes in crystal clear as well. 34-2 getTV is a classic TV channel broadcasting in 480i and the remastered B&W show on right now looks crystal clear.

And since it sits on top of the TV armoire it is just about out-of-sight, out-of-mind in my situation in the living room. I also own a Homeworx HW110AN antenna that is currently connected to my new TiVo OTA that I just got not too long ago. This antenna works great when the weather is good, but just doesn’t have enough surface to get enough signal into the TiVo during bad weather, so I will be swapping the two antennas, putting the Homework on the iView and the RCA antenna on the TiVo.

I give the RCA ANT112F a full 5 stars, considering I paid $8 for it if I recall correctly.

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