Tired of cable/satellite fees, want to go back to over the air.
Location, Badger, Iowa 50516. Antenna Web says my RF channels are between 5 and 39, and yes, I would like to be able to pull in the whole spectrum. I have a fairly large TV antenna (old Radio Shack, I think), mounted on an approximate 20 foot pole mounted to the side of my ranch-style house. It is above the peak of the house, but not by too much. I also have a Winegard HD-200 distribution amp, and a simple splitter that sends the signal to 2 different sets. Stations are all clustered together, from 60 to 65 miles southeast of here (between 153 and 154 degrees, which seems close to me!)
I currently get channels 11 and higher, but do NOT get channels 5 and 8 reliably, which are two channels I like to watch a lot.
Question: Where should I start? New antenna? Replace pole with a tower to get more height? Different/better signal amplifier? I would appreciate the input of those of you who know more about this stuff. Was thinking about the Winegard HD8200U antenna...its made right here in Iowa, which is good, but is it overkill? (I see the dimensions, it is BIG!). If an amp, what type/brand is good? Or, if I really need more height, tell me that, too. (not my first choice, because I can do the other two, but don't think I'm up to installing a tower myself).
Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge!