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Hi! Which antenna would be best for our location?

We are looking to pick up local HD channels. Here is our report from TVFool.

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d5ed66478cda792

We do have trees in our front yard, and woods in the back.

Interested in both Baltimore and Washington stations for 2 HD tvs. Would prefer attic fan if possible.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Baltimore is to the NW 33 miles away and Washington DC is to the North almost 50 miles away. You need a hi VHF/UHF antenna. I would consider putting it outside because of 2 reasons: Wash DC is far away, and also you have a better chance of picking up both cities with no rotor and no amp if you point the antenna in a sweet spot somewhere halfway between Bal and Washington.
Otherwise if you put it in the attic, you might need a rotor and amp, and thats if you can get the Wash stations from the attic.

Winegard 7697 Would be a good choice for antenna. If you are looking for something more reasonable, the Radio Shack Antennacraft HD 1200 would work, or any other VHF/UHF antenna that has a range of at least 50 miles.
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Winegard 7698 or Antennacraft HBU55 would both be good choices, and outside may indeed be easier to find a sweet spot. And probably add a preamp from Antennacraft or Winegard.
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I suggest that you do not get a "HD" antenna since they are normally very directional to eliminate multi-path interference with HD signals and therfore it would be hard to find a sweet spot betwenn the two directions.
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Only if your definition for "HD", as it relates to TV antennas, is "Highly Directional" in which case you'd be the only one using that definition. Everyone else assumes the marketing departments in all the antenna companies intended it to refer to "High Definition", a usage only a marketer can love since it drives the technical folks nuts. In reality, any antenna no matter how well or how poorly it performs, can be called an "HD" antenna if it happens to pick up "HDTV". Kind of like in the old days when antennas were labeled as "Color TV" antennas, same antennas, new boxes or labels.

Due to the combination of distance and signal spread, an antenna that is "too" directional might indeed force the usage of a rotor. A less directional combo antenna aimed so it splits the signal path, is probably a better option if the hassle of a rotor is to be avoided. Since there's no such thing as a free lunch, either with antennas or in life, the ill effects of multi-path are more likely to be encountered with the less directional antenna.

Some experimentation is likely to be needed, but a "medium-range" antenna that covers channels 7-51 (or wider) would be suggested for your full-power stations from DC and BMI to see if that rotor can be eliminated.

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Just to clarify, according to Radio Shack's website the 'HD" for that antenna stands for "Heavy Duty".
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Winegard antennas are more heavy duty than Antennacraft, with better build quality. Although Antennacraft are good designs which are fine for the attic, but may not hold up as well to weather conditions.
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ADtech,
An HDTV antenna is for marketing antennas to users of HD television and that is how I refer to it. In the last comparison of "HD" antennas that I saw about 80% of them were very directional to avoied multipath interference. The remainder were channel 7 to channel 60 antennas to cover the HD broadcasters. (I am not sure of the 60 value it may be about 52). See the followwing link:

http://hdtv-antenna-review.toptenreviews.com/
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walford,

I think you're out in the weeds all by yourself on this one. ANY antenna might be an "HD" antenna if it happens to pick up the local digital broadcasts.

The review you referred to was compiled by someone with far more enthusiasm than knowledge about antennas as evidenced by the very first sentence (antennas don't reach out and grab signals). It would hardly be considered authoritative.
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