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Hi. I have been building antennas for the past few months and after getting lower results than I had hoped for (although I know a DB4 made out of coathangers, spare wood, and a recycled balun isn't the best antenna), I have decided to give manufactured antennas for a spin. I'd prefer to mount it at around 12' AGL, as there is a false front on my building perfect for a J-mount, but as there are 20' trees directly to the east, I would go a maximum of 30'. Also, please, if you have a favorite amp/preamp or rotor, please tell me a bit about it.
I'm really gunning for the top ten on the list, but I am a channel surfer, so any extra ones are welcome.

Note: I have been able to constantly get KVRR, with spotty reception of K49FA-D. I did a scan out of boredom one day and oddly enough got KFTC out of Bemidji. Lost after a half hour, though.
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That is a horrible TV fool report. Realistically the top two channels are the best you could hope for even with the best equipment. You would be better off the consider satellite TV.
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Hi. I have been building antennas for the past few months and after getting lower results than I had hoped for (although I know a DB4 made out of coathangers, spare wood, and a recycled balun isn't the best antenna), I have decided to give manufactured antennas for a spin. I'd prefer to mount it at around 12' AGL, as there is a false front on my building perfect for a J-mount, but as there are 20' trees directly to the east, I would go a maximum of 30'. Also, please, if you have a favorite amp/preamp or rotor, please tell me a bit about it.
I'm really gunning for the top ten on the list, but I am a channel surfer, so any extra ones are welcome.

Note: I have been able to constantly get KVRR, with spotty reception of K49FA-D. I did a scan out of boredom one day and oddly enough got KFTC out of Bemidji. Lost after a half hour, though.

What antenna height did you enter for your exact address when you ran this report?
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I didn't, and yes, that report does suck. I had talked to a friend who lives just up the road who said he got a solid 5 channels with his attic-mounted DB4. I don't know if he was talking about stations or the 4 subchannels on K49FA-D.
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KVRR (Fox) and K49FA-D (PBS) are likely relatively easy catches. I would hope a dedicated high-VHF antenna (like the Y10-7-13) aimed east would get KCCW (CBS). That leaves ABC and NBC, which are significantly harder catches for you.

I'd be curious to see your TVFool report at 30 feet AGL.

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I will get you a map at 30'AGL when I get to a PC. Right now my phone locking up when I try to upload a photo and it won't let me copy the link. Oy.
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http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d46aea2c04a06eb
My location at 30' AGL. Interestingly enough, WDAY-DT moves up in the list.
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I was thinking of getting this antenna:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CX6UJ5K/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1379127157&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX110_SY165
mounted at around 15' AGL with a rotor and my existing Magnavox(?) 12dB indoor amplifier. Yes? No?
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