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RadioShack 15-1890 HDTV Antenna on Sale (50% off)

DanielNTX

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I was browsing the RadioShack web site and this was on sale and I went and picked one up during lunch, I think it's a good deal for $24.99:

From RadioShack's Coupon Page:
High-Performance Digital TV Antenna - Ideal for receiving high-definition broadcasts. Includes 3-foot coax cable with gold-plated F connectors.
Save 50% off Regular Price with Coupon!

Catalog Number:15-1890
Regular Price:49.99 - With Coupon: 24.99
Click here then print coupon.

Click Here for details of this product from our catalog.

Coupon Redeemable: 11/7/2002 - 11/30/2002
Here's an excerpt from ProjectExpert.com's review of antennas:
HEAVY METAL, PART II
Comparisons of indoor antennas for VHF-UHF DTV reception

In the amplified group, the Radio Shack 15-1862 swept the board, locking up each of the four stations (one with moderate multipath) and receiving all just fine. The only other antenna to come close was the RS 15-1890 (surprise!) using the internal helix antenna and switching the amplifier on. While this antenna didn't show much gain in the previous four tables, it did overcome moderate multipath to pick up a very weak signal from PBS affiliate WHYY-55.

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The "trick" antennas that save space will yield mixed results for DTV reception. Terk's TV55 did okay on the lower UHF DTV channels (26 and 42), but was out-performed by the much smaller Radio Shack 15-1890 compact antenna from channel 42 on up. Even the rather pedestrian-looking Radio Shack 15-1862 cranked out some serious DTV signals on all channels, and it doesn't take up much room either.
 

QTPie

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Please confirm that I can use it as a regular antenna for my All-In-Wonder video card (without CATV). Thanks
 

Wei2Cool

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Wow, I can't believe this compact antenna beats my huge TV-55 indoor/outdoor almost full range. Really need a good DTV antenna for my WinTV-D card (anybody still remember the $50 deal?).

Thanks for the great deal!

 

puppyfriend

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I saw this in RS this weekend and wondered if it was any good. Based on that review site you posted, the answer is no. It's not that good. The one they rave about is the 1862. The one that's on sale is the 1890. That's probably why it's on sale.

It's no surprise the the Terks didn't fair well. If you check out the audio/visual websites, the Terks are universally hated. They look good, but get out performed by a paper clip.

David
 

Fiveohhh

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Really need a good DTV antenna for my WinTV-D card (anybody still remember the $50 deal?).


I just use my regular antenna for my d-tv card. My cards still kickin and pulling in signals, only 4 dtv stations here though:p
 

pinky811

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sorry, i am completely ignorant about TV antennas. My TV is not digital and it's like 13 years old. Can I still use this antenna? would I get good reception for analog signals using this antenna? Thanks.
 

DanielNTX

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Yes, you can use this as a regular antenna. If you look at the digital reception charts it's not too bad. Antennas are funny creatures, some models work well for some and others not so much. Try it out and see how you like it. If not just return it.
 
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I've gone through tons of TV antennas in the past. Radioshacks did well, especially the one with the hollow circle loop and anplifier with rabbit ears. It's either that one or the RCA rabbit ears with solid round UHF antenna (with amplifier). It can be found at walmart.

I tried the Terk25 or Terk5 and I recieved alot of broadcasts from the colder northern regions. Lots of snow. :D
 

Chadder007

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Originally posted by: pinky811
sorry, i am completely ignorant about TV antennas. My TV is not digital and it's like 13 years old. Can I still use this antenna? would I get good reception for analog signals using this antenna? Thanks.
I want to know this too...I think Ill buy one for my grandparents.
 

Darthkim

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I tested the UNit for off the air reception of HDTV and it fared decent.
I live in middle of a 3 unit apartment unit with the signal coming from the opposite side.

I was able to get some of the DTV channels, except fox and wb.

I ended up getting the Silver Sensor by Zenith for 39.99 at CC.

I only tested this unit for DTV reception. So YMMV
 

Dug

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So if you have an 'HDTV ready' TV, you can watch broadcasts in true HDTV? Or do you still need that expensive box?
 

DanielNTX

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You still need an OTA HDTV Tuner, unless the HDTV Tuner is integrated into the unit, like on the new Mitsubishi sets.
 

The_Dude8

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thanks, picked up one today. it works perfectly with analog tv. i got good reception using the antena with my 8 years old Sony tv. most of the channel is pretty clear, except fox, kind of grainy.
 

QTPie

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The coupon didn't show up at all in the coupon )link. I need the coupon for 15-1890 HDTV Antenna (the last one). Would anyone pls help? Thanks!

Without the coupon, it costs $50 (I already went to the store to check the price
 

QTPie

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Thank you very much, DanielNTX. Already printed the coupon but I still couldn't get it, :eek: wierd.
 

DanielNTX

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Huh, that's weird. Try a different RadioShack. I think you should tell them to go to the web site and just follow the instructions on the coupon itself.
 

studrew

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Picked one up yesterday. I live about 10 miles from the transmitter farm and my 15-year-old rabbits ears had difficulty getting all the DTV stations. Replaced it with the 15-1890 and everything came in crystal clear. On top of that, my wife likes the look of it too.
 
Oct 31, 2002
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15-1838,15-1862 are far better antennas for regular tv. They might even be better at HDTV too.
For the price, the 15-1838 was my favorite.
 

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