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Ormond Beach, FL OTA HD Antenna

We're ready to cut the cord and have just started researching antennas. The company we went to for information recommended the Winegard GS-2200 but I'm concerned because it's maximum reach is stated to be 35 miles. Most stations are in the 50 mile range from our home. The TV Fool report is here.

Would you recommend an alternative antenna or do you think this will work OK? The company guarantees we will get all of our stations but I'm not sure of the quality we will be getting. I'm hoping to get a 4K TV. Will that be a waste of money with an antenna setup?

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Will that be a waste of money with an antenna setup?
Yes, since there aren't any 4K broadcasts and there won't be until the next generation of digital broadcasting arrives (if ever). Any 4K TV set sold today won't pick up future 4K broadcasts, if they ever happen. 4K is likely to be limited to cable or satellite for any foreseeable future.

Don't know who recommended a GS2000, but it's a pretty poor choice for your location. That has to be among the dumbest choices possible. It's a low-VHF/High-VHF antenna and is half-blind on UHF and all you need is a UHF antenna for your area.

Pick a "medium range" (range estimates are fairly useless), medium gain UHF antenna such as a good 2-bay or a 4-bay bowtie antenna, a 4' UHG yagi, or a fancy one like a ClearStream 2 or ClearStream 4. Mount the antenna where it has a good clear view towards both Bithlo and Orange City. You do NOT need a VHF antenna for any of the Orlando stations since WESH has that channel 18 translator in Orange City.

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Look at HDBX 2 or HDBX 4 plus everything above. With digital TV reception is either perfect or non existent in 95 percent of situations.
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We're ready to cut the cord and have just started researching antennas. The company we went to for information recommended the Winegard GS-2200 but I'm concerned because it's maximum reach is stated to be 35 miles. Most stations are in the 50 mile range from our home. The TV Fool report is here.

At 50 miles from the transmitters and mostly 1 edge paths you'll need a decent outdoor antenna. Look at the Winegard HD7698P or AntennnaCraft HBU55. You should re-run your TV Fool report with the height set to 30'. Signals may come up quite a bit.
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Don't need VHF, only a UHF antenna is needed due to WESH's local UHF translator was as noted.

I'd go with a 4-Bay UHF antenna. No amp needed unless you have a larger number of sets and/or long cable runs.

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