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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA , USA
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At 30 miles and with the flat country between Elk Grove and Walnut Grove, most any antenna is going to work. The Terks have a very poor reputation and many complaints from users on this group. If all of your stations are UHF then a simple set of dual bow tie antennas from Radio Shack or a small UHF Yagi will work fine. Decide how you are going to mount it. There are brackets for chimney mount, tripods for small roof mounts that will take a 6 foot piece of mast. I prefer the tripod mount, put some silicone rubber seal under the feet when you drill into your roof to prevent leaks. Put the tripod on the peak of the roof. Insert the mast and tighten in position. Attach the antenna and point it in the direction of all the other antennas in your neighborhood. Connect some RG-6 coax to it and plug it into your receiver. For most installations that should do it. The bow tie antennas are less sensitive to being slightly off axis since they have a reflector behind them. At 30 miles, you don't need a large antenna and with Sacramento weather you don't need the most rugged antenna like guys in the midwest with ice storms etc. With Radio Shack, you can take it back if you don't like it.
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