I’m in Port St. Lucie, FL. ZIP 34983
I’d like to get the major networks (real channels 12, 13, 16, 27 and 28) OTA. Fortunately they all come from West Palm Beach (170-172 deg and 188 deg), but I’m about 53 miles from 12 and 13. My neighbors have a large slash pine probably 50 feet directly south of me, but I’m not sure how much that will affect my signal. I think I can get around/under it.
In a perfect world, I’d like to keep the antenna(s) in the attic so it would be protected from a hurricane and to minimize the cable run. By eyeballin’ it, it looks like the peak of my attic is around 17 feet above the foundation of the house. I have a hip roof made of plywood and architectural shingles. Am I totally wasting my time to try to get a reliable signal with an attic mounted antenna(s)?
My second option is an old Dish J-mount mounted on the roof near the eve on the south east side of the house. If I were to just mount an antenna to the Dish pole, it would be about 11 feet above the house foundation. The mount has a pair of braces, so it shouldn’t be much trouble to stick an 8 foot extension in it to get more height.
I was originally looking at a Channel Master CM-4228HD, but I’m not sure it will have the VHF gain I need. So then I started thinking that maybe two antennas would be better for me. Either a Clearstream 5 or a Stellar Labs 30-2476 for the Hi-VHF and a bowtie or 91XG to complement it. My third option is something like a big Winegard HD7698P or Channel Master CM-5020 to cover both Hi-VHF and UHF.
Should I even bother trying to get an attic mounted antenna to work?
What antenna(s) should I try first?
What about an amp and/or combiner?
I've attached a green line diagram for the location where the dish is mounted. The roof's highest peak is the peak that runs northwest to southeast.
Thanks for any help.