First post here on the AVS forums! I've gotten some good info just from this thread so far, so I want to send out kudos to you all for participating in this thread! I do have several questions that I hope you can answer - in layman's terms if possible.
Bare with me as I'm trying to be brief yet thorough.
OK, first off, I live in Oak Ridge, NC, just off route 68. Our house is the last house in our neighborhood, and it is surround by trees except for the front side. However, it's not thick woods, I think there could be a line of sight to the sky, but the trees are very tall.
I'm wanting to cut the cord, and go strictly OTA. I'm hoping it will be possible to pick up Roanoke, VA stations. The reason is that I'm a huge Redskins fan (don't laugh) and I would like to catch the games shown on VA Fox stations that are not shown in the Triad. Other than that, I simply just want to make sure I pick up all of the major broadcast stations: CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS, and I think my wife likes to watch the CW (is it still called CW Network?)
So, here's what I'm thinking I need, and correct me if I'm wrong. A directional UHF/VHF antenna that is rated up to 100 miles, a pre-amp to help reel in those Roanoke channels, and a rotor system? As far as mounting the antenna, I guess I have two options? Mount it to the roof or get one of those telescoping masts that I can crank into the air and mount it in the backyard? Am I right in assuming that is what a telescoping mast does?
I just don't know how high I would need to go in terms of mounting the antenna, but I'd want to go high enough to make this project worth the work. Lastly, I'd definitely like to have this thing grounded. I just don't know how to do that, OR how I would do that correctly. I just know that I don't want my new TV burnt to a crisp!
Anyways, I'd need help getting all this set up - especially if it has to be mounted to the roof. My wife has forbid me to climb up on the roof, lol! Is there anybody in the area who installs this stuff professionally? I'd purchase all the equipment if they can install for me. Thanks in advance for your help! I'm excited about cutting the cord! With a little one on the way, I'm just trying to do what I can to cut some major costs.