I'm looking into installing an OTA solution here (zip 78643). With the exception of one station, which I can get with a small indoor antenna, all of the others are pretty distant. Here's what tvfool.com shows for my address with respect to digitals in 2009, assuming mount 20' AGL (15' to top of roof plus 5' mast):
There are two concerns here. The first is KTBC-DT which is moving from its current 56 to 7 next year. I've been looking into it, and at first it seemed like a combination of CM4228 and CM7777 preamp would be enough. But if KTBC is moving from 56 to 7, a UHF-only solution wouldn't work as it would today. Some have reported that there is a little high VHF gain with the 4228, but not as much on 7 as with 9-13. So I doubt that would be sufficient. As a result I might need a different solution that also has at least high VHF, or a separate VHF antenna (a YA-1713, maybe?) in addition to a 4228. That seems to be a popular combination for fringe reception.
The other concern is overloading on KXAM-DT. This is one that could come in loud and clear with an indoor coat hanger antenna. While all the other stations in the 119 and 120 directions seem to need a preamp, I think KXAM could cause problems with overloading on a preamp. Would that mean splitting out channel 27 somehow, using an attenuator on that split and then multiplexing them back together?
I'm really only interested in the signals from the same antenna farm in Austin, which are the six lines clustered above which are 59-60 miles away and at 119-120 azimuth. So I don't really think a rotor is necessary even with a strictly directional solution.
Any thoughts about the setup, specific antenna recommendations, anything else? Am I at least on the right track here? Are these even strong enough to pick up with a large deep fringe antenna?