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Old 09-24-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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New antenna

Has anyone replaced the original antenna from the 70's with a new HDTV antenna? If so what about new coaxial cable? Does a new HDTV antenna work with the old brown flar cable? Thanks for your thoughts.

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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I installed a new Jack HDTV antenna (while all of my internal skins are out). And I will be running new shielded cable as well. I guess that doesn't really answer the question of whether it would work with the old cable....but I think it is of benefit to upgrade to a higher quality shielded cable, when possible.
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I think it would be worth it to spend the time snaking in the new line.
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Antennas are the same. Our new TV antenna is the same as my dads 40 year old antenna.

Coax cable hasn't changed either. What had changed is the signal strength. You might need an signal amplifier.
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Antennas are the same. Our new TV antenna is the same as my dads 40 year old antenna.

Coax cable hasn't changed either. What had changed is the signal strength. You might need an signal amplifier.
Oh but the cables have changed. It may not be much but the shielding has improved. Less chance of a ghost image. Ghost imaging occurs when the antenna picks up the over the air waves and the same wave gets in through another route. This other route could be a older cable (less shielding) or an open connector (the unused jack that you don't have a tv hooked up to). There is a cap for the unused jacks.
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Has anyone replaced the original antenna from the 70's with a new HDTV antenna? If so what about new coaxial cable? Does a new HDTV antenna work with the old brown flar cable? Thanks for your thoughts.

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IN answer to your question. No, a new antenna will not work with a flat brown cable.
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Oh but the cables have changed. It may not be much but the shielding has improved. Less chance of a ghost image. Ghost imaging occurs when the antenna picks up the over the air waves and the same wave gets in through another route. This other route could be a older cable (less shielding) or an open connector (the unused jack that you don't have a tv hooked up to). There is a cap for the unused jacks.
One of the great advantages of digital TV transmission is that there are no longer any Ghosts as there were in analog TV systems. Ghosts were caused by a delayed signal and digital systems do not respond to them.
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