DishNetwork and Bonten Media are in some kind of spat and this means I am not getting NBC. So, I am looking at adding OTA antenna so I can pick up my local channels and drop them from Dish (which should save me $5/mo).
Here is my TVFool output (http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d46aecc5873539f
I basically care about the main networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC
I have a small indoor VHF/UHF RCA antenna that I can pull in CBS and PBS on because they are being transmitted from about 10 miles away at 196°. However, this doesn't help me with the channel I am currently missing (NBC). So, I am looking at installing an outdoor antenna mounted on my house. Also note that my TV is in a daylight basement (about 4' underground).
It looks like I can get all of my networks from 113°, and they are just over 18 miles away.
And my AntennaWeb: http://www.antennaweb.org/Stations.aspx?City=Belgrade&State=MT&ZIP=59714&Housing=S&Accuracy=8&Height=6&Obstructed=False&StationList=&Lat=45.774464&Lon=-111.213444
When my house was built, I had the electrician run 2 RG6 lines to the southwest corner. When I had dish installed, the installer was able to use one of the lines. Here is a picture:
Notice the 2 lines coming out of the house. The installer ran both of them in the arm that the dish is on, but only 1 is being used. I am thinking of installing an outdoor antenna above the dish.
Here is a picture that shows the corner of my house and what I believe will be LOS to my OTA transmitters:
I believe my house is situated where the wall that the dish is mounted on runs east-west, perpendicular to true north (not magnetic). Here is a picture of a compass that I held roughly parallel to the house:
If I mount my outdoor antenna above my dish, it will be about 12' above the ground. I could try and push that to 15', but my roof is in the way. I am not really interested in mounting an antenna on the roof, I really would like to mount it on the side of my house. My cable run will be about 30-40'. The cable runs from the corner of the house about 25' to a box mounted on my house next to the electrical panel. If I need an amp, can I install it there? Or in the house? I only ran 1 cable from the box on the outside of the house to my main TV, however it is almost on the other side of the way from the box, so it isn't a difficult run.
My plan is to then run the cable into my DishNetwork ViP722 DVR, which has an OTA input. My reasoning for this is that then I can record OTA programming to my DVR, and it shows up in the same guide as my satellite content.
Here are my questions:
1) Does it look like I will have LOS from the corner of my house to my transmitters? I think it is a narrow window, but I think I have a window between my house and the house to the right.
2) Do I need 2 different antennas to pick up VHF & UHF?
3) What type/kind of antenna do I need to get?
4) Do I need an amplifier? And if so, does it need to be located where the antenna is or can I put it in the junction box that is about 25' away? What amplifier is recommended?
5) Is my plan of using my ViP722 as the STB a good one?
6) I plan on doing the installation myself. Is there any guidance or specialty tools I will need?
7) Anything I am missing? Does this have a high probability of success?
For reference, I did look for some threads for others in my area, and the only ones I found were old (from 2007) and for substantially more troublesome terrain.