I am in the process of setting up to get OTA of my local channels and am looking for some help on which antenna and set up I need.
Here is my TVFool report
I just set up an antenna in my attic but it is one a friend gave me and it is cheap. It does pull in a decent amount but I can't get local ABC which is WHTM channel 27(channel 10 on TVFool report). I know this channel is an issue looking at the previous posts in this thread. I do not need to keep the current antenna I have set up so I am fine with getting a new one that will get me what I need. The cheapo one I have is a Clear View HD Technologies "150 Mile" (lol) that has the rotor and preamp built in. I have it in the attic pointed at 338 degrees on the compass so its as close as I can get to lined up with WHTM tower. I am assuming the antenna does not have the Hi VHF I need for channel 10. The box and directions that it came with has no specs on what frequencies, etc. haha
I bought a TiVo Roamia OTA and I ran the scan on both the TiVo and a Panasonic TV and got the same results so the tuner should not be a factor as far as not getting ABC.
I am also OK with mounting the antenna outdoors. We do live in the bottom of a small valley but I intend to mount the antenna on the corner of the roof, not the peak, so it will be about 20 feet from ground level. We have a daylight basement so I put 20 feet in my TVFool report because I am guesstimating from street level that the antenna is 20 feet high.
I NEED to get ABC so that is my first priority, I can currently get NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, and CW and the secondary channels that come with them, which is great. But we watch a lot of ABC shows so it is a must.
A secondary wish list item would be to get CBS WJZ 13 (13.1) from Baltimore so I could watch Ravens games when they are blacked out on the Harrisburg CBS channel. I realize I would most likely need a rotor to do this. If I knew 100% that I would be able to get WJZ with a rotor I would do it from the start, but I don't want to go through putting a rotor on if it's only a possibility and not a definite.
IF I don't have to put the antenna up outdoors and can mount it in the attic I would do that, but looking at what it seems like I will need I am not sure it will fit (easily anyhow).
I was looking at the Channel Master CM-2020 and that seems to be about the max size I would want to go as far as outdoor. I saw the Winegard Platinum but it was 17' long and while my wife is OK with an outdoor antenna that beast may be a little too much to look at.
I am looking for suggestions on which antenna but also a I need a little antenna 101 knowledge, like what all I need as far as grounding, preamp, how a rotor gets it's power(need an outside receptacle?)....