I'd like to start off by thanking everyone in this thread.
The information that has been posted has been extremely valuable. I've only just recently started to dabble in Over the Air digital television reception and without this thread, I doubt I would have even been inspired to even consider a do-it-yourself homemade antenna project.
Needless to say, like many others, I have been amazed at some of the results I have gotten so far up to this point.
So far, I have built a number of antennas. I haven't given all of them serious testing. The ones I am having somewhat problems with, I will get to later on and I am hoping others may have some suggestions. That is even if the ideas will work at all.
Below is a photo of the VHF/UHF attic antenna. It pulls in most digital signals, but there are problems on a few stations (Analog reception is fine on all channels except for a very slight ghost on CBS 2, but it is not very annoying). I was going to buy a pre-amp but then I stumbled on the do-it-yourself antenna thread and decided to give that a shot first.
Here is the TV Fool information on available channels......
There were big problems with the digital signals from PBS Channel 13 and CBS Channel 2. They would be weak at many times and pixelate an awful lot.
I built two antennas. A homemade DB4 and a homemade DB8. The DB4 increased performance and I didn't seem to get any noticeable increase in performance from the DB8 that I built (The DB8 was not built with a reflector screen because the DB4 actually performed worse when tested with a reflector screen).
Below are several pictures of the DB4 clone currently installed in the attic.....
The performance of this DB4 clone has been outstanding until this past month. I even pick up CBS from Philadelphia. However, since some nearby trees have grown in recently, there have been a few problems with a couple of stations.
Basically the primary problems are back to being CBS 2 and PBS 13. The signal on some other channels seems to have gone lower, but the picture is still good and crystal clear..... And that is without even going through a splitter.
I'm sure a pre-amp may be in my future, but I put together a few other antennas maybe thinking that could be avoided.
I built a Gray-Hoverman and put together a few other antennas. I'll discuss them and show pictures in my next post.