Originally Posted by BCF68
with your signals if the recommended antennas are not working because of interference issues then a "better" antenna isn't going to help much. The solution is to remove or reduce the interference.
Anyways in 2 months I'll be up that way to visit family in Lindenhurst. I plan on experimenting with OTA. So we will see what it actually takes to get a signal. And since the house I'm staying at has aluminum siding I think it will be a good test for any indoor antenna since that should kill a lot of signal.
I have an aunt who insists on an indoor antenna, & she doesn't get everything, & her house has no metal siding of any type. My house does, & I barely got anything with analog & nothing for digital. That's why I went with an outdoor antenna. I have plenty of trees & trains come in the nearby path of all the Chicago signals, & I still get most (all full power & some low power)stations with no problem. There's also the gigantic powerlines that are about 3/4 of a mile from my home, & most of us know how those can affect reception on VHF (especially RF 2-6).
Now as for claiming I answered my own question about the antennas I recommended to the OP as being too big; I don't believe I did answer it at all. For older neighborhoods that I've been thru, antennas similar in size (length of antenna, & not the length of the elements) are rather common, both in the city of Chicago & the nearby suburbs. Even for my area in Gary, IN, those are common size antennas. The only small antennas I otherwise saw were 2 & 4 bay UHF antennas along with the older VHF only antennas, or on newer homes, those cheap plastic cased antennas that people want that are barely seen. For those with the cheap, small, plastic cased antennas are the one who complain that they don't get everything (especially not WBBM-TV). If my 2 suggestions of the Winegard HD7694p & Antennacraft HBU33 are too big, then I'd rather recommend something that to someone might be too big than something too small, & might not work. The only other suggestion would have been separate VHF & UHF antennas (antennacraft Y5-7-13 for VHF-HI & a 2 or 4 bay whisker antenna for UHF). To the person who would have recommended the RCA ANT751, that's fine too, but that antenna still focuses more on VHF than UHF.
As for my own neighborhood, either one of those 2 antennas would have worked for me on full power stations, but not so much on low power stations like WWME-LD, WMEU-CD (yes, this has officially been made a Class A digital station), & my mom's favorite, W25DW-D for HSN. I chose separate VHF & UHF antennas, & my UHF antenna alone is almost the same size as my last combo antenna that heavily focused on VHF, & did well for that band, but was horrible for UHF. I have the Winegard HD9032 for UHF & Antennacraft CS600 (have it for WOCK-CD because I watch America One on 13.4 from time to time, or I would have bought the Antennacraft Y5-7-13 instead). Both antennas are hooked into the RCA TVPRAMP1R pre-amp, & get WOCK-CD with their puny 300 watt signal, along with low power stations WWME-LD & W25DW-D (I get WMEU-CD without pre-amp). I have a 3rd antenna, & that's the Winegard HD-1080, dedicated strictly for WYIN, since it transmits south of me, & my main antenna aimed at Chicago doesn't lock a steady signal of WYIN. Even without the pre-amp, my Winegard HD9032 (along with my former combo antenna) pointed at Chicago never locked a steady signal of WYIN. So in my case, an antenna dedicated to that station was needed. Luckily, the OP lives in an area where all the wanted stations come from 1 direction, while for me, all the stations I want are in 2 directions.