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A DTV Newbie here and am here looking for some guidance and suggestions.
I have the Internet (DSL), and subscribe to Netflix.
I do not want to subscribe to any cable (Comcast, Verizon….)
My location is on Sherry Lane in Lancaster, PA (17601), and am on the highest point in my neighborhood.
I am looking to maximize the number of channels I am able to receive.
(yes, I would even like to receive WPVI-ABC in the Phila region)
I personally do not watch much TV, but would like to watch the local news, and am interested in giving my kids a bit more choice with current programming.
Please feel free to provide suggestions regarding equipment from Antennas, cabling, preamps, filters, mounting, etc, the best direction and location to mount the antenna, and the best retailer to purchase from.
By checking online - Stations listed
WGCB-DT 49.1 IND
RF Channel: 30
15 miles at 224° UHF
Yellow
SW

WHP-DT 21.1 CBS
RF Channel: 21
32 miles at 308° UHF
Yellow
NW

WITF-DT 33.1 PBS
RF Channel: 36
32 miles at 308° UHF
Yellow
NW

WHTM-DT 27.1 ABC
RF Channel: 10
34 miles at 301° VHF
Green
NW

WGAL-DT 8.1 NBC
RF Channel: 8
12 miles at 261° VHF
Red
W-sW

WGAL-LD 8.1 NBC
RF Channel: 49
32 miles at 308° UHF
Red
NW

WLYH-DT 15.1 CW
RF Channel: 23
14 miles at 344° UHF
Red
N-nW

WPMT-DT 43.1 FOX
RF Channel: 47
11 miles at 258° UHF
Red
S-sW

WPVI-DT 6.1 ABC
RF Channel: 6
61 miles at 91° VHF
Blue
E

W07DP-D 35.1 IND
RF Channel: 7
37 miles at 298° VHF
Violet
NW


There are a number of large old growth trees to my northwest and east.
I have a couple options for mounting the antenna from inside a cramped attic, to mounting it on the top of a no longer active chimney 2 stories up. The cabling will be fished inside.
I will soon also be purchasing a new HDTV (not that that has any effect on the DTV situation).
Please feel free to message me directly or post publicly.
If you could, please explain your reasoning for what you suggest.
Thank you all for your help,
~Bill
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In order to receive WPVI you will need a large all channel combo antenna like the Channel Master CM3671 or Winegard HD8200U with a rotor mounted outside as high as possible. You also have a good view of most of the Baltimore stations. I would also recommend a mid power pre-amp like the Winegard AP8700 with a good quality solid copper cable. Solid Signal usually has the best pricing. Here is a good installation guide.

http://manuals.solidsignal.com/AntInstallGuide.pdf
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Supposedly WPVI on RF6 is one of the hardest to recieve Philadelphia stations. You may have better luck with some of the other Philly channels which I think are UHF. And in addition to Baltimore, perhaps you will also have a shot at DC sometimes.
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