Takeouts: Rabbit Ears, Sports, Listeners Respond

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

  • TV Takeout: Old-style 'rabbit-ears' antennae are making their way back on top of television sets. David Sarno of the Los Angeles Times explains how digital Over-The-Air (OTA) broadcasts are delivering more channels and better picture than ever before.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin shares his pick for the most influential sports figure of the past decade.
  • Listener Response: Takeaway Listeners call in to discuss our coverage of the attempted terrorist attack over the holiday weekend, and plug their vote for most important technological achievements of the 2000's.


Ibrahim Abdul-Matin and David Sarno

Hosted by:

Luke Burbank

Comments [5]

Rick Evans

Do you call the fish bone style antenna on a roof rabbit ears? Do you call the UHF loop or UHF bow tie antenna rabbit ears? Do you know what people are thinking when someone holds up a dipole antenna and says rabbit ears?

The indoor antenna I use to receive OTA signals is fish bone styled. It would perform poorly for VHF signals but works like a charm for the predominantly UHF DTV signals in the Boston area. Did it ever occur to you or Jamie above that the many complaints by people who bought DTV converters might be due to their use of ancient VHF optimized "rabbit ears" post the DTV transition?

Jan. 01 2010 10:22 AM

Rabbitears migh be an old fashioned name, but it's still one that American citizens identify with, especially when talking in regard to television antennas.

The name suits it well if you ask me.

Anyway, I've been following the dtv transition for some time now. It's very important that the media should still talk about dtv and how to receive television signals because at these economic times, more Americans are switching from cable to over-the-air TV.

Important links for DTV

http://www.dtv.gov - US Government DTV website

http://www.rabbitears.info - Go to the search area to find local channels in your area

http://www.dtvusaforum.com - Go to the dtv-hdtv reception area and ask questions if you're having problems receiving DTV signals.

Dec. 31 2009 03:25 PM
Rick Evans

@Jamie ... you use an antenna?

Dec. 30 2009 01:09 PM
Jamie Kent

Rick, man, lighten up.

Dec. 30 2009 12:45 PM
Rick Evans

I wish you clowns at PRI and NPR would dump the cutesy phrase "rabbit ears" for the more appropriate term ANTENNA. The typical DTV frequency is UHF and NOT VHF for which so called rabbit ears are designed. UHF antennas are typically loops or fish bone shaped. No wonder so many have complained about not being able to pick up digital channels over the air. They've been listening NPR. I use a combination UHF/VHF amplified antenna that lets me receive about 30 channels from Boston and Providence.

Dec. 30 2009 09:48 AM

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