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In my quest to cut the cord, I'm researching which antenna will be best for me. First, my tvfool info.

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http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d99008d2f9de11f

All the stations I want to receive are roughly 35-45 miles SE of my location. I contacted antennasdirect, and they recommend the clearstream2v (uhf+vhf) combo. Are there any better solutions? I don't want to get this thing installed only to find out something would have worked better.
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Please post the LINK to your report, not a picture of the report.

The C2V would work fine as would a number of other small 7-51 combo antennas.
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The C2V seems a bit pricey. A more conventional antenna would work fine too like this one from Radio Shack:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3739595&utm_campaign=Category_CMS&utm_source=CAT&utm_medium=RSCOM&utm_content=CT2032189

Are you mounting the antenna outside or in an attic?
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Please post the LINK to your report, not a picture of the report.
The C2V would work fine as would a number of other small 7-51 combo antennas.

Is this the link that you need?
http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d99008d2f9de11f
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The C2V seems a bit pricey. A more conventional antenna would work fine too like this one from Radio Shack:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3739595&utm_campaign=Category_CMS&utm_source=CAT&utm_medium=RSCOM&utm_content=CT2032189
Are you mounting the antenna outside or in an attic?
Attic. Trying to keep it off the roof. Single story home w/ asphalt shingles. There are no large buildings in the immediate direction of the stations I am wanting. Will be running 2 tv's, one of which will be sporting a dual-tuner DVR.

As far as price, I'd rather spend the money the first time and have it right than buy an antenna only to find it wont work. and then have to take that one down and replace it. Friends will be doing to install as I'm paraplegic and can't make it into the attic. If I were doing the install myself, I might be more prone to trial-and-error. One of the friends that will be installing it bought an $80 antenna from HomeDepot and he mentioned he has difficulty pulling in a couple of stations, even with an amp. He's also running 2 tv's. That would suck as one of the stations he has difficulty with is NBC.
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Yep, that's the needed report.

Attic installs often call for some adjustment of the antenna location to get reliable reception for all channels. Your friend probably needs to simply move the antenna somewhere else in his attic and it will work fine. If he's nearby, an amplifier will cause more problems than it will solve.

All you need is a small-medium size 7-51 antenna. The C2V, 7694/5, HBU22/33, or CM 2016 are all viable options. No amplifiers!
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Yep, that's the needed report.
Attic installs often call for some adjustment of the antenna location to get reliable reception for all channels. Your friend probably needs to simply move the antenna somewhere else in his attic and it will work fine. If he's nearby, an amplifier will cause more problems than it will solve.
All you need is a small-medium size 7-51 antenna. The C2V, 7694/5, HBU22/33, or CM 2016 are all viable options. No amplifiers!
I've never liked the idea of using an antenna amplifier. Coming from a car stereo background, I know you always wanted to feed an amp the best possible signal, and feeding it a poor signal would result in bad results. Maybe that's not the truth for antenna amps, but that's just how I envision it.
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Amplifiers are tool that have their place, notably in weak signal areas, where they are often mandatory.

However, this is a STRONG signal area and a pre-amp will do to the signal the same thing that excessive amplification will do to audio - distort it. In digital TV reception, a distorted signal is one that cannot be decoded.
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Everything between Hutch and Wichita should be pretty easy to get. By putting your antenna in the attic you're going to need a bit more antenna than if you were putting it on the roof, but assuming it can be aimed correctly in the attic - you shouldn't have any problems.

BTW - I grew up in Hutch and my mom, sister, and one brother still live there.

You CAN put antennas on your owned and/or controlled property...
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/otard.html

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Doing some checking before I order the C2-V and found one of their authorized resellers sells, what I assume, is the same thing for $30 less. Can anybody confirm that it's the exact same setup as the one on the AD site, minus the 30 ft. of cable I don't need?

AntennasDirect - http://www.antennasdirect.com/store/ClearStream-C2-VHF-Combo.html

SolidSignal - http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=C2-V-CJM&d=Antennas-Direct-C2-V-CJM-ClearStream2-Outdoor-Digital-HD-TV-Antenna-With-Dipole-And-CJ-Mount-%28C2-V-CJM-%29&sku=853748001859
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The one from Solid Signal doesn't include the 30' cable, otherwise, they appear to be the same antenna and mount. Solid Signal also charges for shipping, Antennas Direct does not on on items over $49 per their website. By the time you factor everything out, the offers are really close.
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Even with shipping combined, it's only $100.94 which, by my math, is almost 23% cheaper than directly from AD. One of the drawbacks, aside from an unnecessary 30 ft. coax, is the return policy is a little more forgiving at AD. They allow up to 90 days to return where SS only allows 30 days. So, if I don't get it installed right away, I might not have an option to return it. Decisions, decisions....
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Just thought I would post my results. Ended up ordering through Amazon for about $95 including s&h/tax. Included everything but 30 ft. of coax that I didn't need anyway.

Installed inside attic hanging upside down from one of the rafters as high as possible. I receive 14 stations at 75% signal strength or better (most 90%+) without an amp. All stations are within 40 miles from my location. Gotta say I was a little skeptical it would do that good, but am quite impressed.
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