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    Does anyone know how well HD TV antennas work for HD radio?

    I'm using a pair of rabbit ears, and the HD stations come in weak.

    From Salem MA at sea level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy128 View Post
    Does anyone know how well HD TV antennas work for HD radio?

    I'm using a pair of rabbit ears, and the HD stations come in weak.

    From Salem MA at sea level.
    Edit: I'm referring to HD 2 & 3 stations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy128 View Post
    Edit: I'm referring to HD 2 & 3 stations.
    Since the radio stations are in an entirely different frequency range, I wouldn't expect an antenna designed for TV frequencies to work well at all. You'd get the same crappy results with a random length of wire. Also, realize that the "HD" in HD Radio stands for nothing. "Hybrid digital" was, apparently, an urban legend, since iBiquity never used that term. It has nothing to do with "high definition," which is what HDTV's "HD" stands for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    Since the radio stations are in an entirely different frequency range, I wouldn't expect an antenna designed for TV frequencies to work well at all. You'd get the same crappy results with a random length of wire. Also, realize that the "HD" in HD Radio stands for nothing. "Hybrid digital" was, apparently, an urban legend, since iBiquity never used that term. It has nothing to do with "high definition," which is what HDTV's "HD" stands for.
    I'm talking about frequencies 88 -108 FM. What FM frequencies are channels 2 through 13 located on?

    I know what they used to be on, but what are they on now? Or else, where would I find a good HD radio antenna?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy128 View Post
    I'm talking about frequencies 88 -108 FM. What FM frequencies are channels 2 through 13 located on?

    I know what they used to be on, but what are they on now? Or else, where would I find a good HD radio antenna?
    The TV bands, however they name the slices thereof, are VHF Low (54 to 88 MHz) VHF High (174 to 216 MHz) and UHF (above 470 MHz).

    Any TV antenna will be improperly tuned for FM.

    An antenna is sensitive to wavelength, not whether the modulation is digital or analog. So those "digital" antennas are just TV antennas tuned to the bands currently in use. They would pick up analog just as well if there were analog stations to receive.

    Your best bet is to look for an FM antenna on eBay. It does not have to say "HD" to work. It just has to be designed for the 88 to 108 MHz band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy128 View Post
    That's a standard dipole antenna. Install it has high as possible and it should work reasonably well, given the circumstances.

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    This works quite well....albeit is $90.....
    http://www.dennysantennaservice.com/...m-antenna.html
    A Channel 6 Yagi (cut for 82-88 MHz) will also work OK.....
    Good luck!

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    Look up folded dipole on Google. Made out of twin lead. And you can do it yourself for next to nothing. Does not work as well as can outdoor yet I but for most metro applications it is more than adequate.
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