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Thanks for the info! What I've found is that if I can get a very low noise amp close enough to the antenna, 100 foot runs after the amp are not a problem. Also, for a lot of us "fringies", KABC is more of a problem, due probably to their lower power output.
If Tom's 2160 doesn't work, you can have my 4221. Re: the analog test - Yes, "ghosting" is multiple images which are caused by multipath reflections off of mountians, buildings, etc. If you don't get the multiple imaging, that is very good news in your quest for digital reception. If you don't have a lot of MP a digital receiver will lock onto very weak signals, similar to a very snowy picture on an anaolg set.
Does your analog set have a UHF antenna on it now? Usually it is just a loop of heavy wire. Anyway, if it does you can try the test now. The point is to try and use this test to see what kind of antenna might work best before you purchase one. If the set doesn't have one you can make a simple one out of a coat hanger. I'm serious, it really will work. If you can get the set and its "antenna" outside in your patio so it can "see" the same direction your permenant setup will, it will help give a better idea of what you ultimate digital reception might be like. Channel 39 (NBC is SD...) is a good one to try because their digital channel is 40. I think some of the other digital channels are 25, 30 and 55. If you can get analog UHF channels close to those (help me out here Don...) that will also be indicative of what kind of digital reception "problems" you might have. Again, the main thing to look for is whether or not you get ANY reception and then see if the picture is relatively "ghost" free.