Originally Posted by Calaveras
I would never consider a preamp for stations only 15 miles LOS, especially if I assume they're full power stations. I have a single 50KW station 14 miles LOS and it has wreacked havoc with some preamps. I use a notch filter to keep the giant signal out of the TV with a preamp.
I also never recommend any indoor antenna if you have any outdoor option. LOS is essentially multipath proof but indoor or attic is not LOS. LOS means you can see the transmit antennas if you put your head where the receive antenna is, even it takes a telescope.
At just 15 miles from the transmitters just about about any UHF antenna will work but I still recommend something with at least some directivity. You should have plenty of signal to use a 4 way splitter with no amplifiers.
Thanks for that , Chuck.
I realize I have an almost ideal reception location
However, I can't honestly say I have true LOS. There is a single line of trees about 80ft from and between my proposed outdoor antenna site at the satellite dish and the tower. As well as neighboring homes in the LOS beyond.
Using an indoor antenna works fairly well (75-99) at all the TVs IF
they are oriented just so and we ignore the aesthetics. Which doesn't please the wife. We would like to get them out of here and use a single outdoor antenna solution. But, without spending a small fortune on experiments and ending up with a small pile of "wire objects".
In light of what you said and considering cable, splitter and connector losses I think I have narrowed my choices.
1) Winegard non-amped SquareShooter SS-1000
2) Antennas Direct C1 ClearStream1
...and both pleasing to look at!
Any others I should consider?