Tag Archives: outdoor antenna

Oct
16

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Introducing the Toughest Antenna in the Universe. No Big Deal.

 

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In case you missed it, yesterday we released our new DB4-PRO, an outdoor antenna made completely from stainless steel, the same rugged material used in the aerospace industry. Do you know what that means? We have created the toughest antenna in the universe. That’s right, we don’t mess around at Antennas Direct!  The DB4PRO is created to withstand the harshest of weather conditions, and does so with style AND grace. No matter where you live, in the wilderness, concrete jungle or suburbia, this ultra long range antenna is perfect for you with a range of up to 65+ miles.

We came up with a few taglines to describe the strength and durability of the DB4-PRO that we couldn’t help but to share with you.

The DB4Pro. So tough we almost named it Chuck Norris.

Tougher than signing karaoke solo.

Physics is bound by the laws of Antennas Direct.

The DB4PRO. Tougher than your dad’s mustache.

The Fantastic 4 were defeated by the power of the DB4PRO.

The DB4PRO- If you were to dress like one, you would be the toughest character in your next LARP.

We’d love to hear from you on some ways you’d describe the toughest antenna in the universe. After all, we are all about innovation. Share in the comments your ideas and we just might share them on our social! Don’t forget, the DB4PRO won’t be available stores, so click here for product details and pricing of this web exclusive product.

 

 

Jun
17

Posted in Antenna Update, Cut the Cord | Comments

A Real American Hero: Mr. Antenna Guy

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So he may not be pulling children from wreckage or curing disease, but, each day, Mr. Antenna tangibly improves the financial, mental and spiritual well-being of his neighbors – he installs an antenna on their home. We would like to take this moment to recognize a true American hero: the Mr. Antenna guy in Bakersfield.

See him in action thanks to ABC 23:

Keep fighting the good fight, comrade. We are honored to have you on the frontlines of the cable liberation front.

See more coverage of our hero here  and here.

Apr
14

Posted in Cut the Cord | Comments

Yahoo Features Antennas Direct in “5 Ways to Kick the Cable Habit”

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Yahoo released an article today with the top five ways to kick the Cable TV habit and save some serious cash. Antennas Direct was featured as an option for indoor and outdoor antennas with our ClearStream Micron-R and ClearStream HD antenna. Check out the article to read more tips on cutting the cable cord, and thanks to Yahoo for featuring us!

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/five-ways-to-kick-the-cable-tv-habit-and-save-serious-82624533080.html

Mar
29

Posted in Cable be evil, Cut the Cord | Comments

Top 10 things you could be buy if you canceled cable

Still paying for cable? Why? Do you realize you could save $100 bucks a month if you cut the cord! We thought it would be fun to compile a list of all the awesome things you could buy if—and only if—you canceled cable.

#1 Lots of Musk cologne: Look, it is no secret that broads really dig guys that smell like the 1970s. It is true, fellas!  By canceling cable, you will have enough cash to purchase a lifetime supply of the best aphrodisiac (besides Tom Selleck’s mustache, of course) known to man: Musk Cologne!

#2 Hire Flava Flav: Did you know that there are websites that allow you to purchase—yes, purchase!—famous celebs? It is true! For a small fee you could purchase anyone from Gary Busey to Flava Flav—a real who’s who of the Los Angeles County Jail!

#3 Gold Plated Toilet Seat: You might be thinking: “Why would I need a gold plated toilet seat?” Because you cancelled cable, dude! Now sit on your a** in style and enjoy the extra cash!
#4 Hoverboard: Ever since Back to the Future 2 we’ve been itching to get our hands on a hoverboard. Do they really exist, you ask? Umm… do Unicorns exist?

#5 Mini Donut Factory: Eh, why not? Yummy for your tummy!
#6 A Pony: Let us guess: your parents never bought you a pony when you were a child, right? Who wouldn’t want their child to have a pony? Sickos!
#7 Little Mermaid Sweatshirt: Need we say more?
#8 Tiger Woods’ Little Black Book: Just because Tiger was forced to give up his Wilt Chamberlain-esque lifestyle, doesn’t mean all his hard work should go to waste, right??
#9 Starbucks Coffee: Because all of sudden a $45 cup of coffee doesn’t sound too bad.
#10 An Autographed VHS Copy of Police Academy 4 by Steve Guttenberg: Because who doesn’t love “The Gut”?

If this list doesn’t inspire you to cancel your cable right this instant, well, there is no hope for mankind.

View the complete line-up of HDTV antennas from Antennas Direct or visit Antenna Point to find the best antenna for YOUR location!

Feb
22

Posted in Cut the Cord | Comments

Las Vegas Locals Use Antennas To Get Programming

According to Cox Cable, approximately 20 percent of Las Vegas residents still watch over-the-air programming, which is higher than the national 5 percent to 10 percent reported by the Consumer Electronics Association . A new antenna installation company, Free Vegas TV, plans to educate those over-the-air TV consumers about the 41 high-definition channels that are available without a monthly subscription fee.

Free Vegas TV owner, Karlo Maalou, provides an outdoor antenna and installation.
Maalouf is committed to over-the-air programming, including in his own home.

“There’s really no need to spend $50 or $60 a month for programming when local networks seem to do a pretty good job.” he said.

Maalouf declined to say how many customers he has seen since launching Free Vegas TV Dec. 1, but said he has received numerous phone calls since he started advertising on KTNV-TV, Channel 13 and KGNG-TV, Channel 47. The most common phrase from prospective customers: “I thought free TV was gone.”

Oct
25

Posted in Antenna Update, Ask the Expert | Comments

Does the Weather Affect my Digital Television Reception?

I installed a CS2 last summer to receive stations from Portland ~50 miles away. When we have clear skies here, it is great reception. However, when there are low clouds or heavy weather (very rainy winters here), I lose some stations. If I add another CS2 in-line with my existing one, will it improve my reception during these times? If so, is it a simple procedure? Thanks! From David in Salem, Oregon

Hi David,

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Even though the weather doesn’t affect television reception as badly as in the analog days, it can be affected by severe weather conditions such as storms and high winds. This is usually caused by impediments and fluctuations in your broadcast signal from things such as moving debris and trees. If your ClearStream2 is inside or in your attic, we would first recommend moving it outside to your roof. If your CS2 is already outside make sure it is secured to try and minimize antenna movement on your end.

A second antenna might help with your signal loss. However, antennas tend to interfere with each other and you can lose signal where the two coax runs join, so stacking antennas does not always work. So number one, I would recommend getting your antenna outdoors if it isn’t already. And instead of another antenna I would use a pre amplifier. Because you are getting good signals in good weather a pre amplifier should boost these signals.

Sep
21

Posted in Ask the Expert | Comments Off on Will the Sun Affect the Plastic Parts of the Antenna?

Will the Sun Affect the Plastic Parts of the Antenna?

Will the sun’s UV radiation affect the plastic parts of the antenna. I have a Clearstream4 antenna. It is mounted on my roof in sunny Colorado. So far I am very pleased with this antenna. It has exceeded my expectations. – From Steve in Fort Collins, Colorado

Hi Steve,

Glad to hear that you are enjoying your Clearstream4. Our outdoor antennas and parts are built to withstandoutdoor conditions from hot and sunny days to stormy weather. The plastic parts should remain intact after years of outdoor use.

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ClearStream Base – For Indoor Use Only

Of course in very harsh weather such as tornados with high winds, things on your house will become vulnerable to these conditions. Also, the plastic antenna base is for indoor use only. This does not come with your antenna. It is used to cover the antenna hardware so it looks nicer inside.

Thanks for your question and keep enjoying your free OTA TV for many years to come!

Sep
14

Posted in Ask the Expert | Comments Off on How to Ground an Outdoor Antenna

How to Ground an Outdoor Antenna

What is the best way to ground my Clearstream4 antenna? Should I use coax cable with an integrated separate ground wire, or run a separate wire? If so, what gage wire should I use? (I’m setting it on a tripod mount I purchased from you). Thanks! – From Steve in Fort Collins, Colorado

Hi Steve,

Grounding the coax cable with a coaxial lighting surge protector will protect your equipment from voltage surges created by nearby strikes but not from a direct strike. To protect yourself from a direct strike, attach a lightening arrester to the antenna mast. Connect #8 gauge wire to a copper clad ground rod driving it at least 4 feet into the ground.

We would also recommend checking your local electrical codes to make sure you are in compliance or even look into having a professional electrician advise and/or install for you. View this list of recommended antenna installers.

Antennas Direct accepts no responsibility for damage from improper grounding.

Jun
17

Posted in Ask the Expert | Comments Off on Can I Use My Old Dish Pole to Mount My Antenna?

Can I Use My Old Dish Pole to Mount My Antenna?

Question: I understand it is best to mount antenna on roof, not in attic. I have a old dish out side and I was wondering if I could mount my antenna on that pole. It is about 5′ tall? And use the cables that are all ready installed? From Cindy in Wilson, North Carolina

Answer:

Hi Cindy,

You are correct. If it is possible, we usually always recommend mounting an antenna on the roof rather than the attic. This way there is less of a chance of interference and your antenna will be higher on the roof.

Using the leftover dish mount is sometimes a great solution to your antenna mounting needs. There are however a couple of variables to check before doing so.

  1. When using the mount will your roof or other objects such as trees impede the clear line of sight needed by your antenna for consistent reception.
  2. Also when using the leftover cables you must ensure all of the distribution items installed by the Dish company are removed such as splitters and diplexers because they could interfere with your reception.
Jun
16

Posted in Ask the Expert | Comments Off on Do I Need Multiple Antennas for Different Locations in my House?

Do I Need Multiple Antennas for Different Locations in my House?

Question: My home is a three story home with the large screen TV in the family room of the basement and two TVs in the upper level bedrooms. The Clearstream1 is the antenna best suited for transmission towers, but do I need more than 1 antenna for the different locations of the televisions in the house? What is the best method of connections without adding a series of diplexers for local HD service? I have recently stopped using Direct TV due to the high cost of service. From Steve in Salt Lake City, Utah

Answer:

Hi Steve,

I bet it feels nice saving money from those monthly payments your cable used to eat up! Congratulations with making the switch. Hopefully this information helps your household make the switch a little more smoothly.

When dealing with a multi-story home you have a few choices outlined below:

Option #1: Install 1 antenna on the roof and use a distribution amp somewhere on the top floor to help boost the signal and allow you to distribute the signal to the lower level by installing coax cable.

Option #2: The second solution is the 2 antenna method. Where you install one for the upper floor and a second that delivers the signal to the bottom floor.

Option #3: A third solution for homes that are located within 20 miles of the transmission towers is to install an antenna on the roof for the bottom floor televisions and purchase indoor antennas such as the Clearstream Micron for each of the TVs on the upper floor to eliminate the need for cabling.

Thanks for your question! Hope this helps you out. Let us know if you have more questions!

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