Hello all. My name is Mike and I live on the west side of Rochelle. On a whim, I built one of those homemade 2x4 and wire clothes hangar antennas (bowtie) just to see what I could pick up. I spent $2.60 and i was able to receive WTVO 17 and WREX 13 @ 60-70% and WIFR 23 @ 45-60% just sitting on the floor and leaning up against the wall INSIDE my bedroom! I also used an old -12dB TV/FM amplifier. I moved the antenna outside and mounted it on the fence BELOW the top of the fence (3.5 -4 ft) off the ground WIFR is spotty. I am unable to get WQRF 39 (fox). I need to weatherproof it a little better starting with a outdoor balun I am thinking about mounting the antenna on some PVC and getting it about 8-10 ft off the ground. Again, I did this for under $3.00! So, if were to spend $100, what would I receive? I looked into my attic, but I think it may be a hassle to run coax down (no flooring, just blow in insulation).
I think I wanna go with a good outdoor antenna on my roof or mounted to the side of the house. I have lots of BIG trees around my house and large older homes (I have a 9 year old ranch) around me. I dont want to go to big, and I dont want to much elevation - no tower for me. What do you guys recommend? Currently, the antenna is only hooked up to my bedroom tv (Panasonic 32 LCD) I would like to provide signal to my livingroom tv (Sharp 42 Aquos) I would suspect that I would need to run 45-50 feet of coax max for the antenna and both tvs would that degrade my signal?
Thanx for the help.