Today I was noticing all the houses that still had outdoor antenna’s and almost all of them were different in some way or another, it seemed no 2 were exactly alike. Some appeared like arrows of various designs, some had a plethora of different levels with rods shooting at seemingly random directions, others appeared to have a dish like shape, others squared…etc. All of them appeared to be made of either aluminum or stainless of some sort.
Now back before we had over the air HD, everyone’s reception within the same neighborhood was different ( I assume). My house back in the 80’s sucked, we had the basic arrow design. Amplified indoor antenna’s did worse and of course tin foil on them seemed to help. Now aside from distance from station and height:
- Did antenna design itself make much of a difference in reception of radio/UHF/VHF or HD for HD antennas?
- Is there one design that is superior?
- What about the material it’s made of, would something like copper or another metal capture a better signal or does any metal work?
- Why did adding tin foil to an antenna capture a better signal at times and why does your body position/touching the antenna effect how well it picks it up?
- Does HD signals work with old style antenna’s?
- Why did amplified antenna’s make reception worse the more you boost it? I had best reception with them off. Did they work for you?
As an 80’s kid, we could pick up channels 2/49, 4, 6, 8 and 13. 2/49 always came in like cable tv with no static and 13 had the least static while 4 had the most. Now 59 which was Fox I believe was impossible which sucked because that’s the station that had all the good cartoons like GI Joe, TF…etc. We didn’t get cable TV until very late 80’s I believe but bad reception probably ruined my childhood.
What were your experiences with over the air broadcasts in your area back in the day? How is your over the air HD reception now?