Originally Posted by HunterX82
I currently live in an apartment and am moving to a house at the end of May. The guy is leaving his DirectTV antenna on his roof, but said I could use the cable or antenna if I needed to.
The coax cable will be compatible with using a TV antenna, but the DirecTV dish will only be useful if you plan on signing up with them.
My current antennas are made for indoors, and although I could probably get decent reception with them on the roof,
Yes, but the weather will eventually degrade performance.
I want to maximize my results.
Then a directional antenna designed for outdoor use will be your best option.
I really don't know how all that works, going through the roof and split off into the bedrooms/living room. Should I be looking for a certain detail when antenna shopping, so that it can handle pulling signal and pushing 3 or maybe 4 different channels to TV's spread around the house at a given time?
Depending on where you are and where the local stations broadcast from, an outdoor antenna may be able to drive 3-4 TV's, but the best way to do it is with a distribution amp or preamp. It will take the antenna feed and increase the signal for multiple TV use. The amp goes as close to the antenna as possible. Most antenna preamps are designed to be mounted right on the antenna mast and are powered using the coax cable.
According to my exact address, with the right outdoor antenna I would be able to get channels from Orlando, which would be pretty cool. Most of my local channels would be to the North, though some channels are West and South. That means I would need an Omnidirectional antenna, right?http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...7fcf54f8b2b898
As noted, omnidirectional antennas are not usually a recommended solution. A directional antenna will typically produce much more reliable reception.
In your case, a directional antenna will be pointed roughly north, and once you get it in place you'll experiment with slight adjustment to optimize reception.
If you really want stations from other directions, using a rotor is the way to do it. The rotor moves the antenna to the direction desired, either by use of a manual control or IR remote. Also as noted, unless there are stations you really want from the other directions, the rotor may not be needed.
General guidelines regarding antennas:
Outdoor is better than indoor.
Bigger is better than smaller.
Directional is better than omnidirectional.
Higher is usually better than lower.