Originally Posted by matnlaci
Thanks for the reply.
I'm actually in the hills of Stephenson County, Pearl City to be exact. I happen to be at the top of a hill, which helps.
The house I'm in now has an antenna tripod from a previous owner and the cables are still sitting there. I contacted a local antenna installer and he said it would be $200 for him to install an antenna. I also asked about having a rotor so I would have the ability to get the channels from Rockford as well as the channels from Madison. He said that I have a lot of trees obstructing my view to Rockford and so he would recommend against an antenna with a rotor as it couldn't be placed as high and he thinks I really need the height to be able to get a signal from Rockford. He said I have a clear shot to Madison, but basically I would have to decide between getting the Rockford stations or the Madison stations. I'm really mostly interested in getting a CW feed. He's going to come back out this weekend and he's going to hook it up and see what types of signal we get.
Do you think I'd be better off just trying to get one of the antennas you suggest and hooking it up myself since I already have the tripod mount on the roof and the cable run? It sounds like it would be cheaper. I'm really just interested in getting the most possible channels possible with the best possible signal possible.
Any advise is greatly appreciated.
There's two things here. If all you really want is the CW, Zaphod is correct, you
want Madison's high-def CW feed . But it is farther away, and is therefore more subject to interference from the atmosphere (warm fronts, bad weather, etc).
On the other hand, as a backup, I'd want WREX 13.2 as well. I am with your installer that trees will pose reception problems. So this is my $.02...
Have your installer hook everything up. Then check to see if both Rockford and
Madison comes in. If they do, then go with a rotor. If not, go with the one that comes in...hopefully, Madison.
My guess is this: if I were that installer, I'd warn about the trees hampering reception, particularly in the summer and early fall because leaves attenuate
signal, and even worse, when they're fluttering in the wind, they and the branches they are attached to cause an uneven signal which can result in
breakups or even loss of signal. But, if the signal is strong enough, it will still come in.
My suggestion is to let him try and see what happens. Also, ask him to try to get the Quad City stations, too.