The ABC’s of Antennas, part 5

This is it… the big finish. Let’s wrap up our series on antenna terminology with a bang! Only five letters left!


VHF-High describes the range of channels from 7 through 13. The frequencies used for 2-6 are no longer allocated to television. Using higher frequencies makes it easier to build an antenna that services all the frequencies you need.


Obviously the point of using an antenna is to avoid running a wire from the television production site. Cable TV distribution is all wired, of course, but even cable companies will use antennas and satellite dishes to get their signal rather than run long wires to the production sites.


Sometimes bowtie antennas have open ends, and the element forms the shape of an “X.” (Come on, that was a hard one.)



The term “Yagi” comes from the name of one of its inventors. A Yagi antenna has many elements of different sizes placed so that they don’t interfere with each other. Each element is specifically designed to pick up a different frequency range.


Back in the mid-2000s it was easy to find digital converter boxes in stores, online… pretty much everywhere. Everyone got coupons to buy them. One of the last ones in production is this ZAT-970A. If you have an old TV in the garage you’ll need something like this in order to use an antenna.

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