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RF Shorts - July 20, 2012

A review of RF-related news over the past week. July 20, 2012
First Review of NV20 Indoor Fractal TV Antenna
Vito Pilieci has the first review I've seen of the NorthVu NV20 indoor fractal TV antenna I described last week. In his article An Ottawa-made indoor HD antenna that works, he describes the antenna and his experience with it. Unfortunately the only comparisons are with an outdoor antenna, not one of the competing indoor antenna designs. 
He writes, “For the purposes of testing the NV20, made by local company NorthVu Systems Inc., I hooked the sleek black router-shaped antenna up to my TV at home. I live about 30 kilometers outside of downtown Ottawa, where over-the-air signal strength is less than optimal. I placed in the antenna in a window facing west. I could receive a total of six digital channels, including CBC, CHCH, Omni, CTV and Citytv. The picture on each channel was vibrant and clear. CBC’s HD feed was as good, if not better, than what I get over satellite.” 
The neighbor with the outdoor antenna received 16 stations. 
Pilieci’s conclusion? “For someone in an apartment or a condominium development closer to a major urban centre, where signal strengths may be stronger and an exterior antenna isn’t allowed, the NV20 would likely provide all of the free over-the-air TV signals a person would want.”
Arrest Made in Stolen Kentucky FM Antenna Case
Deputies at the Perry County, Kentucky Sheriff's office arrested a man in connection with the sale of several pieces of metal from an FM transmitting antenna belonging to WSGS in Hazard. As is often the case in copper thefts, the value of the pieces removed was about $100, while the antenna will cost much more to replace. The new antenna was not in use at the time, but rather stored away in the station’s transmitter building. For details see Bailey Richards' article Man charged with receiving metal stolen at radio tower on 

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