Is it ok to use a rabbit ear-type antenna?

Sure, they were all the rage in 1955. Today’s antennas look sleeker and sexier than these old rabbit ears, but believe it or not, this is an image from our current catalog. That’s right, we still sell these. People buy them, too, and from what we’re able to tell, they’re still making people perfectly happy.

The old-school “Rabbit Ears” antenna has been around for a long time because it’s based on a very sound principle of antenna design: the variable-length dipole. Different TV frequencies require antennas of different sizes for best reception, and by extending and moving the individual antenna elements, you can often get better reception. That makes the rabbit ears antenna one of the most flexible antennas available, and because the technology is anything but new, it’s also one of the most affordable.

There is something you need to know, however… the actual rabbit ear part of the antenna is really only designed for VHF. The chrome rectangle in the center is the UHF antenna, and since most local channels in the US are now using UHF frequencies, it makes the rabbit ear design less important. If you live in a large market where there are still a lot of VHF broadcasters (New York and Los Angeles spring to mind) these antennas might be helpful to you, but in most other markets, the rabbit ears part will only help you for at most one station, and the rest of them will be using that chrome rectangle. We can help you figure out what stations in your market are VHF and which ones are UHF, and can even recommend the best antenna if you fill out our antenna request form. If most of the stations in your local market are UHF stations, you’re probably better with a larger indoor antenna with a more modern look.

There’s no denying the allure of those low-priced rabbit ears, and if you’re sure they’ll do a good job for you then by all means, pick them up. If you’re not sure, it might be better to get something more modern.