Join Date: May 2002
Location: Tustin, California
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I need a little advice about OTA Antennas in this area. I've been struggling with the costs.
I live in an upstairs unit of a two story condo four plex in Tustin, CA. I have an approval letter to install a UHF rooftop antenna from "The Association". I thought most of my major expense was past me after buying the Mits HD5 STB, but now I'm wondering.
I got a quote from the folks that installed my satellite dish. $150.00 to show up and do the job plus all hardware costs. I've been quoted anyware from $30-$60 dollars for the antenna plus the connectors etc. They don't plan on useing any kind of power boost. They also do not gurantee any reception and if they have to spend too much time trying out different configurations, the labor cost could be higher.
The second quote from a local installer was a whopping $550.00! He went on to tell me that he usually installs an antenna type for both VHF and UHF reception with a power supply for signal boost that "usually" works good in this area.
With these type of costs, I'm having a tough time deciding if it's even worth having a roof top antenna at all. I've tried an RCA TV150 from inside the house and I do get decent signal with the gain at the highest level. Here are my best signal strenghts for each station.
WB - 80, NBC - 37, KCAL - 51, ABC - 30, PBS - 51, CBS - 44, FOX - 37, KCOP - 0.
Question: If I'm getting this signal level with the indoor RCA, what are my chances of getting them all from an outdoor rooftop without using a rotor or power boost? Any advice would be appreciated!
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