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Dec
29

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Antennas Direct Bus Tour RECAP

We had a blast on the 2010 Antennas Direct bus tour antenna giveaway. We go to work with some great television stations and meet some awesome and grateful antenna recipients.

In the end it was all about giving back to the community, helping out people who may be struggling to make ends meet, and promoting high quality television antennas for over-the-air digital TV.

Check out the video recap of it all here. Thanks for a great year!

Oct
27

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Fresno, California Loves Free HDTV – Even the Livestock!

It seems that no one can get enough of Free HDTV in Fresno, California. View the news clip from KMPH about the Antennas Direct antenna giveaway.

The bus tour is really about spreading the word about over-the-air FREE HDTV that is available to everyone. We have met people from all different walks of life that have shared their stories with us about everything from their television reception to their kids soccer games. In the economic downturn people are looking for ways to cut monthly bills and cutting cable is not really a sacrifice for many who have found that OTA TV provides crystal clear programming. And receiving a free high power antenna from Antennas Direct and local news stations is icing on the cake. We encourage people to talk to family and friends to learn about different ways to set up your TV antenna whether its with an antenna amplifier, connected to a computer, outside on the roof or all of the above.

Folks in Fresno, California have defiantly had antennas on their mind with the Antennas Direct bus tour making two stops in one weekend. The first at the Fresno Fair Grounds and the other the next day at Serrano’s Furniture. Check out the pics!

Fresno, CA Fair Grounds and Serrano’s Furniture

Oct
18

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A Great Day to Giveaway An Antenna in Raleigh, North Carolina

In mid September the Antennas Direct bus headed to News Channel 5 WRAL to set up the antenna giveaway at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

View the video from WRAL here:

We had a great time in Raleigh! Check out our photos from the event.

Want your news station to be on the Antennas Direct Bus Tour schedule? Find out more about the tour.

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Oct
15

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Bus Tour Update from Flordia to California in Less than One Month

Greetings! We have literally traveled across the nation from the beginning of September to early this October on our 2010 Antenna Bus Tour giveaway. The turnout for free antennas has been outstanding and we have met some awesome people, some interesting people and everyone in between on the way.

From ABC to FOX affiliate new stations, all viewers need an HD Antenna to receive reception from these stations. That is why the bus tour is a win-win-win for Antennas Direct, news stations and customers alike.

Pictures from Florida

Pictures from North Carolina and California coming soon! Find out more about the Antennas Direct Bus Tour on our website. Information is there for consumers and new stations to be a part of the tour.

Oct
12

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Bus Tour Takes Antennas Direct to Fresno, CA

We had a great time with KMPH in Fresno, California and gave away 300 Antennas Direct antennas! People were lining up for the giveaway at 3 a.m. which was an amazing welcoming!

Check out the KMPH news clip and stay tuned to find out if the Bus is heading to your area.

Sep
14

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The Bus Tour Takes Tallahassee

Making our fourth stop on the 2010 Bus Tour, we visited the beautiful town of Tallahassee. Teaming up with local station WTXL we handed out antennas to the public. Adding to the excitement of the day, we were able to be part of the station’s first airing of their new morning show.

We were able to answer questions for some of the locals and give quality demonstrations of what over-the-air TV can do for them. Now it’s off to Orlando!

Sep
4

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A Razorback Welcome From Our Stops in Arkansas

One stop wasn’t enough for the great people of Arkansas, so we gave the people what they wanted, two stops in two days. Starting with an overwhelming crowd in Fort Smith at the KFSM studios, we handed out more that $30,000 in antennas. We had anticipated only handing out 200 antennas, but because of demand we gave out a total of 400 antennas, double the number we had anticipated!

The next morning in Fayetteville, home of the University of Arkansas, we had our largest attendance at an antenna giveaway. The security staff estimated that more than 1,000 people were attendance to receive an antenna, with a line that seemed to stretch forever.

During our time in Arkansas we were able to speak with many of the local residents about receiving free HDTV instead of paying for TV and helping spread the word about multicasting. Many of the residents never even knew that they could receive multiple channels from a single broadcaster. Also Antennas Direct president, Richard Schneider appeared on KFSM two days in row. Arkansas was a great place to stop, thanks to everyone in The Natural State!

 

Aug
25

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Huge Crowds for Bus Tour Kick-Off

Huntsville may be known for its rocket technology, but on August 24 its citizens were thinking about something else, over-the-air TV antennas.  Kicking off the 2010 Unemployment Bus Tour, we teamed up with local station WAFF, Cumulus Radio and the Decatur Mall team for a hugely successful antenna giveaway.

With lines that were estimated at around 1,000 people, we gave out $20,000 worth of antennas. The giveaway was aimed at helping the residents of the area, which has experienced higher than average unemployment rates. We were also able to answer questions and give tips for residents to cope with northern Alabama’s mountainous unique geography, helping people receive better reception.

Kicking off the bus tour in the Heart of Dixie was a great start to the tour. The local residents were very excited about receiving one of our ClearStream antennas, completely free. Thanks to everyone in Alabama, now we are off to Arkansas.

Feb
24

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KBMT Ch12, ABC Beaumont, TX

A brisk pre-dawn remote in South East Texas and at 5:45am we were ready for our closeup. Katie was sucessful in hypnotizing the staff at KBMT into extolling the virtues of Cleastream antennas as the greatest thing since Hot Pockets. We went live 5 times that morning and a Clearstream 2 sat on the anchor desk during most of the news cast.

After June, Ch12 KBMT will revert to their prior analog assignment but only broadcast with 12Kw of power, so it will be interesting to see how their coverage area will be affected. We have noticed a significant number of stations who revert back to a VHF frequency assignment actually decreasing their power significantly. (Yes, we know VHF propagates farther with less power) So before anyone calls to complain that they can no longer get their favorite channel, keep in mind many DTV stations who have VHF channels assignments are broadcasting with the power of a couple of hairdryers. Yes DTV can be more efficient and VHF has less resistance through the atmosphere, but you can’t cut the radiated power 60% – 90% and expect to have the same coverage area.

The Clearstream 5 will mitgate this issue for many people, but it would have been much easier for the DTV viewing public had the FCC kept everyone on a UHF channel assignment with the corresponding level of radiated power.

A well behaved and appreciative crowd was on hand at the “Market Basket” and the Antennas Direct crew was greeted with cheers and a few hugs. My faith has been restored.

Feb
23

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KTAB CBS / KRCB NBC Abilene TX

Holy Katie Anastasia Tewillager Brady in a prom dress! Whats going on here?

When we arrived at the station around 10am, there were already 100 people waiting for us; did we get the time wrong? The station’s receptionist said some had been camping out since 7am.

It turns out that the station, in an earlier promo had implied that everybody who showed up would get a ClearStream, but on a first come first serve basis. We didn’t bother with the prize wheel since some had driven over 100 miles and/or been there over 5 hours. Well 150 antennas didn’t last long and by 12:45pm we were all out of antennas, so we spent the next 45 minutes giving out signal meters, shirts, hats & discount coupons until we were cleaned out. We probably shipped out an additional 40 free antennas to people who called the office claiming to be aggrieved.

Most people were friendly and appreciative but to people who cry victim, a few things to keep in mind:

  • We don’t have control of the station’s editorial content
  • There is a finite capacity of antennas we can carry and/or ship ahead, so its unrealistic to think that there will be an unlimited supply.
  • We are a small company and the value of the antennas we give away is between $10,000 – $15,000 per city. (and over $20,000 worth of gear in Abilene) These aren’t Wal-Mart rabbit ears. This is a great expense for us, so you may want to consider this fact before getting worked up. Can you name any other Antenna company donating antennas to people with reception problems? I didn’t think so.

Out of everything including maps and literature, we left a little early as we had a 9 hour drive for a 5:30 am news shoot in Beaumont.

Currently both stations are on partial power until they get new parts for their transmitter. After the repairs are completed around early May , they will both transmit at 1MW of power and should be easier to receive. The head engineer joked that a paperclip shoved in to the back of the TV may be all that’s required for reception after May.

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