Originally Posted by nsa1062
True, but even with nulls the signals should be super-strong in his area since he is so close and very much line-of-sight to the towers. The smaller RCA should be plenty unless he wants the Akron signals. The most important thing is to not use any type of amplified antenna, as that will certainly overload on the strong TV and FM signals in his area.
When you look at the TV Fool maps, Downtown Cleveland is in the green (strong-medium) area for WOIO and WVIZ due to their heavy nulls. All the other full power stations are within the red or orange. (Very strong-strong). I understand that the original poster has a direct line-of-sight of the towers, (I can see them from I-490 by the steelyards), but just because you can see the tower doesn't mean the reception is going to be perfectly clear or interference free. WAOH is a good example.
Based on the reviews on Amazon the RCA ANT751 performs well for it's size, so receiving the Akron stations shouldn't be a problem, especially if the OP is going to use it on the second floor or attic.
And yes, the preamp would only be for the Akron stations. Definitely don't want to use that for the Cleveland stations. That's why I mentioned switchable, one with an on/off switch.
Originally Posted by Andrew K
I live in the Copley area, only about 1-2 miles from WVPX, WDLI, WOIO-LD and WEAO. I live in between all three of these towers. I use an amplified outdoor antenna, and I've never had any problems with overload on TV stations. Can anyone else confirm this? I wouldn't shy away from using an amplifier. It has definitely helped me.
Is it on?
Maybe the amp isn't enough to cause problems. In the analog era, all your Akron stations would be polluted with snow.