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There are a lot of devices out there, and I need some suggestions on an indoor Antenna that would suit my needs. I do not have the ability to mount outdoors in my apartment complex.

I live on the 2nd and 3rd floor of a townhome style apartment. Most of the rooms with the antenna's will be facing West directly inline with towers with minimal obstructions.

I was considering an omnidirectional antenna like one of the Mohu Leafs, but reading reviews not sure what direction I should go when it comes to choosing one.

Any suggestions would help.

I have included the Antennaweb.org info of all the channels available in the area.

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  1. KOPB-DT 10.1 PBS RF Channel: 10 // 15 miles at 275° Yellow
  2. KGW-DT 8.1 NBC RF Channel: 8 // 15 miles at 275° Green
  3. KJYY-LD 26.1 FMN RF Channel: 26 // 7 miles at 240° Green
  4. KATU-DT 2.1 ABC RF Channel: 43 // 15 miles at 274° Red
  5. KKEI-CA 38 UNI RF Channel: 38 // 15 miles at 275° Red
  6. KNMT-DT 24.1 TBN RF Channel: 45 // 15 miles at 274° Red
  7. KOIN-DT 6.1 CBS RF Channel: 40 // 15 miles at 274° Red
  8. KORK-CA 35 HSN RF Channel: 35 // 15 miles at 275° Red
  9. KOXI-CA 20 IND RF Channel: 20 // 15 miles at 275° Red
  10. KPDX-DT 49.1 MNT RF Channel: 30 // 15 miles at 275° Red
  11. KPTV-DT 12.1 FOX RF Channel: 12 // 15 miles at 275° Red
  12. KPXG-DT 22.1 ION RF Channel: 22 // 15 miles at 275° Red
  13. KRCW-DT 32.1 CW RF Channel: 33 // 15 miles at 274° Red
  14. KRCW-LP 5 CW RF Channel: 5 // 15 miles at 274° Red
  15. KGWZ-LD 8.1 NBC RF Channel: 46 // 15 miles at 275° Blue
  16. KORS-CD 16 IND RF Channel: 16 // 15 miles at 275° Blue
  17. KOXO-CA 51 IND RF Channel: 51 // 15 miles at 275° Blue
  18. KPXG-LD 42.1 ION RF Channel: 42 // 15 miles at 275° Blue
  19. KWVT-LD 17.1 A1 RF Channel: 49 // 16 miles at 275° Blue
  20. KEVE-LD 36.1 TBN RF Channel: 36 // 15 miles at 275° Violet
  21. KUNP-LD 47.1 UNI RF Channel: 47 // 15 miles at 275° Violet

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If you want to try the Leaf, I wouldn't try the amplified one first. Less expensive rabbit ear/loop combo antennas may also work at your location, especially since you have windows facing the transmitters. Buy from vendors who allow returns. Good Luck.
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I wouldn't wast time on the Leaf nor would I waste time on an omnidirectional antenna (you don't need one, even if they worked well and the Leaf isn't omnidirectional).

If you want a paper-thin antenna, pick the Wingard Flatwave in any of its variants (except the "Mini"). Otherwise, a simple non-amplified loop and rabbit ears should do fine.
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Style doesn't matter as much as functionality and reliability would. A clean and clear signal is what I'm searching for.
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I only have 1 room where the window faces the towers. In this room, everything I've tried has worked for VHF (rf 9 & 10), even antennas labeled UHF like the classic bowtie. Signals here are less than what you have predicted there. An inexpensive antenna can give you a baseline which you can use to compare other antennas against if necessary. A consistent signal level on the television of 50% may be all you need with digital because 100% looks and sounds no better.
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While out and about today, I looked casually at some of the antenna's available in the area, and even though you recommended staying away from an Amped Antenna. I found a Winegard Flatwave Amped for super cheap at Costco and purchased it to try out.

 

Since plugging it in, I get every channel on that list, and then some.

 

The signals so far are all about 70%+. There were a few channels like HSN, QVC, and some other channels we aren't interested in watching that were OK signals and some duplicates that seemed to be from a different location further away, but I disabled them.

 

There are 14 channels total that we would watch consistently. But so far so good.


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You could try another inexpensive returnable antenna in another room if you like. Congrats on success so far.
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