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— 01-02/2014
Terrestrial Antenna
In the old times, terrestrial
TV reception was firmaly as-
socciated with regular TV-
sets. Not so anymore! Today
there is a wide choice of USB
tuners available, to be con-
nected to portable devices
such as laptops. This trans-
forms the laptop into a full
TV set.
However, what is still miss-
ing in such a setup is a small
and portable terrestrial TV
antenna. Only with a suitable
antenna you can say you are
really flexible and can watch
TV anywhere. But of course,
exactly such antennas are
also available nowadays. For
this report we picked a mod-
el from the very inventors
of TV antennas: Dr. Yagi in-
vented the principle already
in 1926. Today, Yagi is part
of the Hitachi group and they
manufacture a small port-
able UHF antenna under the
FLEMO brand.
The FLEMO antenna is not
only small but it is even col-
lapsible, so you can trans-
port it without any problem
in a notebook bag. When un-
folded, it is 250 mm long, 95
mm high and 35 mm deep.
In such state, it acts like a
regular dipole and has a
typical “8 shaped” horizontal
radiation pattern. However,
you can fold each arm of the
dipole in the middle of their
length and form a rhomboi-
dal antenna which has more
or less omnidirectional char-
acteristics. This can be use-
ful when you live in a place
when TV reception is pos-
sible from more than one
direction, from transmitters
placed in different locations.
Thanks to a plastic clip
the FLEMO can easily be at-
tached to the edge of the
laptop monitor. The attached
extensive User Manual has a
number of drawings showing
how to attach the antenna to
the monitor. Normally, you
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will do that on the top edge
of the monitor. Consequen-
tially, the dipole will then
receive signals in horizontal
polarization. But if you need
to receive the vertical polari-
zation its all the same: just
attach the FLEMO not to the
top edge but to one of the
side edge of the monitor.
Because the FLEMO has
been equipped with a thin
and flexible coaxial cable it
is very easy to arrange all
the cabling around the lap-
top. Our test sample of the
FLEMO was equipped with
an F connector. Most TV tun-
ers come with an IEC socket,
but this is a minor problem:
suitable adaptors are readily
At first, the FLEMO an-
tenna felt and looked to us
rather fragile. But after fold-
ing and unfolding it a num-
ber of times we gained a lot
of confidence that it would
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