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I live near the St. Louis metro area (about 20 miles outside) and am looking to purchase an antenna to pick up the local channels in HD. I was planning on roof mounting a winegard HD7694P but thought I'd ask here first. It seems like it might be overkill. Access to my attic is a PITA so I'd actually prefer to roof mount if needed.

The setup will be feeding two TVs and a HDHomeRun HDHR3-US network tuner. I'm only interested in the digital channels. I currently have no coax so will be running all new...a suggestion on coax would be nice too


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Edit: Forgot to add that the only channels I care about are KMOV, KPLR, KTVI, KDNL, KSDK and KETC. Anything else is just gravy.
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That antenna is a hi-VHF/UHF antenna and you only have UHF signals in your area. So yes it's overkill. You signals are strong so you dont need much of an antenna. Wat are you signals closer to the groud? If they are just as strong I don't see a whole lot of reason why you couldn't use an indooor antenna.
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A simple DB2 or DB4 or small UHF Yagi should work fine. As BCF68 pointed out, you don't need any VHF capability for the St Louis stations as we're UHF-only. You have plenty of signal power available, so a balanced 3-way splitter should do fine for sharing the signal.

The only VHF station within receiving range is WSIU (PBS from SIU-Carbondale) which has its main channel 8 transmitter near DuQuoin. If you want that signal. you'd need to install a separate high-VHF antenna and combine it to the other antenna via a UVSJ. Please note that WSIU has applied for and has been issued construction permits for UHF translators, one of which will cover your area when built. At last word, they didn't have funding to build them. They'll probably need to run beg-a-thons to raise that cash.
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Please put a location in the title of all antenna help threads. See my edit.

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I tend to avoid recommending Chinese knock-offs of other company's products...
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I tend to avoid recommending Chinese knock-offs of other company's products...

I'm I making a knock off if I decide to build my own verison of that because it's really not to hard and much cheaper?
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monoprice just put on sale a indoor/outdoor unit for under $20. Even as close as the towers are, you could basically take a six foot section of coax, strip the outer and inner core off of about two feet of the inner wire, and still pick up the locals.

Here is the link for the monoprice unit http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...ly_Deal_P_4730
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I'm I making a knock off if I decide to build my own verison of that because it's really not to hard and much cheaper?

Making your own antenna for your own use that is based on a commercial product is one thing and is perfectly all right. That isn't the issue that was raised.
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Thanks for the help guys, much appreciated. Will any splitter work or are some types better than others?
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Just avoid the dollar store stuff when it comes to splitters. I've found the Ideal brand
splitters sold at the Borg home centers to be pretty good.
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Thanks for the help guys, much appreciated. Will any splitter work or are some types better than others?

As long as it is rated for antenna use (UHF/VHF/FM). Just don't go and buy gold plated, stuff from dollar general. Lowes, Home Depot, Menard's sell decent ones. Check around your area, there should still be some mom & pop antenna shops down there, they would also have decent.

If you can get lucky at the local habitat store, you may find a decent one. We dropped a bunch of coax and other stuff off at our local one, and it was gone within a couple of days.
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I tend to avoid recommending Chinese knock-offs of other company's products...

I tend to avoid overhyped overpriced chinese made products with misleading ads.
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Again, thanks for the help. I'll pick up an indoor antenna and see how it works. I had tried an RCA amplified UHF/VHF but didn't have the cord for it...it only picked up 2 channels un-amplified which is why I was worried initially.
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That would depend on where you live in collinsville, along with the material the house is made of. I can take a unamplified antenna and pick up every local but 23 & the pbs for our area, but go across the street, and barely can pick up three at my neighbors house. It is all about where the antenna is, and the building construction also.
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