Posted by joe, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2007 at 5:24 am
I used to have an antenna when I lived in Palo Alto a few years ago. The local channels came in fine. I did have an antenna rotator, which you may want to consider. I think I got my antenna and had it installed by Palo Alto Television. They did that a couple of decades ago, so I don't know if they still exist.
Posted by Lois, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2007 at 2:12 pm
I live in South Palo Alto and receive Channel 9 KQED with a pair of rabbit ears. I also get Channel 54 and 32 both PBS stations with my rabbit ears. I can also get ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox with my rabbit ears - what's the problem?
In fact, I'm not looking forward to March 2009 when I will be forced to go digital, I may lose the Channels I like the best.
Posted by Randy Thelen, a resident of Mountain View, on Dec 18, 2007 at 12:09 am
With regard to the transition, most of the new televisions sold have built in digital receivers. You can use regular antennas to pick up the new HD stations, like KQED at 9.1 which is the first HD digital station for KQED. (They're shows look -great- in digital HD.) You can get all of this without subscribing to cable.
As to the quality of antennae reception, I'm a little surprised myself. I used to get great reception on an antennae I have in my attic; but lately the quality has been quite poor. I've tried a few times to rectify the situation, but I've failed to isolate the problem.
If you're setting up an antennae for the first time or working with one you've already got, or want to learn more about antennas in general, here's a great URL you can use: