TELEVISION ANTENNAS HISTORY
Welcome to the Television Antennas History page.
This page is designed to give you the basic outline of how the history of the Television Antennas came about. From being called aerial antenna, roof top antenna, hd antenna, tv antenna, UHF antenna, VHF antenna, VHF/UHF/FM antenna they all are for the same thing. Television Reception so we can watch clear TV.
Long ago you still had to shop for an indoor or outdoor T.V. antenna, decide where and how to mount the antenna. Next is the cost and am I going to do-it-myself or find someone to do it for me.
Just think about when TV or television first came on to the market. All that was out there for communication in the home was the radio. There wasn't even antennas needed before television. After television came the antenna market. People wanted their TV to have the best picture. Next came more channels which meant more directions for TV signal. That's when the rotor came into place to rotate the antenna system. Then to even make television better we put TV's in several rooms. To keep the picture quality good at all locations came amplification of the antenna system.
Now we have hi def television with great picture quality and it is free tv. With hi def tv (hdtv or high definition television) you still need an antenna.
All this just for television watching.
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Modern Television Antennas and Early Television
Some things have not
changed. Outdoor antennas are required for the best television reception. If you live close enough to the television stations, an indoor
antenna can be used. The most
common type is the "rabbit ears" antenna.
The names most commonly used for television reception are tv antenna, aerial, roof top antenna, or
antenna. So lets take a
look at what these four words really mean.
- The act or process of receiving or of being
- Football. The act or an instance of
catching a forward pass.
- A welcome, greeting, or acceptance: a
- A social function, especially one intended to
provide a welcome or greeting: a wedding reception.
- Mental approval or acceptance: the reception
of a new theory.
- Conversion of transmitted radio waves or
electric signals into perceptible forms, such as sound or light, by
means of antennas and electronic equipment.
- The condition or quality of the waves or signals
[Middle English recepcion, from Old
French reception, from Latin receptiō, receptiōn-, from receptus, past participle of recipere, to
receive. See receive.]
tel·e·vi·sion (tĕl'?-vĭzh'ən) n.
The transmission of dynamic or sometimes static images,
generally with accompanying sound, via electric or electromagnetic
- An electronic apparatus that receives such
signals, reproducing the images on a screen, and typically
reproducing accompanying sound signals on speakers.
- The visual and audio content of such
- The industry of producing and broadcasting
[French télévision : télé-, far (from
Greek tēle-, tele–) + vision, vision; see vision.]
an·ten·na (ăn-tĕn'?) n., pl. -ten·nae
pl. -nas. A metallic apparatus
for sending or receiving electromagnetic waves.
- Zoology. One of the paired, flexible,
segmented sensory appendages on the head of an insect, myriapod, or
crustacean functioning primarily as an organ of touch.
- Something likened to this sensory appendage,
as in function or form: sensitive public relations
[Medieval Latin, from Latin, sail yard, translation of Greek
keraia, insect feeler, yardarm.]
antennal an·ten'nal adj.
- Of, in, or caused by the air.
- Existing or living in the air.
- Reaching high into the air; lofty.
- Suggestive of air, as in lightness; airy.
- Unsubstantial; imaginary.
- Of, for, or by means of aircraft: aerial
- Botany. Growing or borne above the ground
or water: aerial roots.
A radio antenna, especially one suspended in or extending into the
[From Latin āerius, from Greek āerios, from āēr,
By the late
1980s, 98% of all homes in the U.S. had at least one TV
set. On average, Americans watch four hours of television per day.
An estimated two-thirds of Americans got most of their news about
the world from TV, and nearly half got all of their news from TV.
These figures are now estimated to be significantly
country in the world now has developed at least one television
channel. Television has grown up all over the world, enabling every
country to share aspects of their culture and society with
Outdoor television antennas, people have been installing for
themselves (do-it-yourself) for years.
The development in TV
antennas designed today is the greatest. From omni directional
(round rotorfree antenna), to amplified rotating conventional
antennas (vhf & uhf) people can view channels from all around
See the Future
I believe that HDTV is
the future of television. Network channels are going to become the
most popular watched channels on television. Free TV is going to
give cable TV and satellite TV a run for their money. We have tried
to make it easy for the people to get the facts about HDTV. We have
set up pages of the best information on the web for you to view.
Along with a channel finder to locate every network in the United
States. It’s all set up for you. Free information, free phone call
or email a question. We are here to help the do-it-yourself
installer. If you can put up an antenna once and get awesome
picture quality why pay monthly?
convenient, least expensive, easy to install,
HD-VHF-UHF TV antenna is the MS-2000 (the round
antenna) by Winegard. This television
antenna picks up stations in all directions without a rotor
and it's also amplified. It can be used just about
anywhere. We helped bring that antenna to the
market years ago. The original antennas we sold are still out there
Some people have
used them for places like:
Home television antennas
(motorhome) television antennas
Marine (boat) television
Garage (or polebarn)
Now on the other hand
the ultimate television antenna system to have is the
Winegard HD-7084 TV antenna with an amplifier and
a rotor, mounted above your roofline (for best reception). If a
channel can be gotten from your location this system will get
Early TV Antennas and Modern TV
Before the war, television
stations had limited transmitter power, and receivers had poor
sensitivity, so an antenna was almost a necessity. On your left are
some of the antennas used before World War Two.
Today television stations
have a great out put power and you can receive signals from several
directions at a time. We have the conveniences of choosing
the size, style, and shape of a television antenna that you prefer
for your home. On your right are some modern television
Click on a picture to view a larger
TV stations had
limited transmitter power, and receivers to the televisions had
poor sensitivity, so an antenna was almost a necessity. Here are a
few of the antennas used before World
War II. Below
are 2 type of antennas: 1st:
1939 2nd: Don
Lee antenna 1939
After the war, stations were
broadcasting with higher power, but until the mid 50s there were
still many areas of the country that had poor television
service. Large outdoor antennas were needed. Here are a few of
early antennas from the late 40s, when channel one was
Motorless Antenna from the 50's and
60's. Now we call these kind of television antennas omni
directional or rotorfree. The rotorless idea then carried through
to today. It has advanced in technology just like the rest of the
UHF/VHF/HD television antennas have.