As mentioned previously, home technology comes in all shapes and sizes. Some things will be new and potentially earth-shattering products that can change the way we live, while others will be riffs on old technology made to meet or enhance something we already use. Today’s need to know is in the form of the latter, it is the HDTV Indoor/Outdoor Antenna with Low Noise Amplifier (#7976) from Monoprice.
Some of the people reading this may actually remember a time when television programs were delivered from out of the heavens, as if by magic, to an antenna that loomed precariously over the rooftops of every neighborhood everywhere. If you were lucky, you may have received three whole channels complete with static, interference, and snow. Instead of trying to explain this phenomenon to those who didn’t live through it, let’s just say when the parents suggested going outside to play, it actually seemed like a fun alternative to watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Fast forward to the 21st century. Cable and satellite television became the norm and have begun to wane as each successive generation watches what they want, when they want, on the device of their choosing, often times eschewing the old, dominant paradigm of the television set and embracing the laptop and tablet, instead.
For those of us who still own a television set, the idea of paying for cable or satellite can sometimes be downright grating to the system. Basic digital cable, with its innumerable unwatched and unwatchable channels will set you back around 80 bucks a month. For roughly the same service, but with a satellite dish stuck to the side of your house, you can expect to pay around 60 dollars per month.
A decent alternative to cable and satellite, or as a way to augment a set top box like Roku or Apple TV, comes in the form of an HDTV antenna. The 21st century iteration of the old precarious arial is small, often sleek and unobtrusive, and can generally pull in way more than three channels without requiring a lofty spar, six dozen feet of coaxial cable, and the mechanical or physical means to rotate the antenna in order to fine tune the reception. Of course, with the modern HDTV antenna, as with the old-school double-boom, pyramidal rooftop models, variables such as antenna placement, weather, and where you live in relation to the transmitters can impact the overall performance of the antenna.
The waterproof and UV resistant HDTV Indoor/Outdoor Antenna (#7976) from Monoprice is 13 3/4” long by 6 7/16” wide by 2 3/4” thick, so it is small enough to mount just about anywhere without being an eyesore, and since it is an amplified multi-directional antenna, it shouldn’t require a whole lot of movement once optimal placement is achieved. According to AntennaWeb.org, I could potentially receive up to 44 channels from 16 over-the-air stations at my house. You’ll have to check back later to see how well it does.
The antenna comes with:
- 1 Antenna with female F-type connector
- 1 Flexible antenna base
- 4 Wall mounting screws
- 4 Wall mounting plastic anchors
- 2 Pole mounting U bolts
- 4 Pole mounting wing nuts
- 1 Power inserter (with 5 3/4" long cable)
- 1 AC power adapter with 74" cord
- 1 Coaxial cable (116" long)
For more information about the HDTV Indoor/Outdoor Antenna with Low Noise Amplifier (#7976) from Monoprice, click here. For more information about which and how many over-the-air channels are available in your area, click here. For more information on making the necessary connections, click here.