Originally Posted by MJA28
1st time I open the attic since we bought the house 7 years ago.not easy to get to .plus we have no use for it.
I wire on the left for dish network I think. the previous owner lift .we use Comcast now .
Ok cool looks like you have good access up there. I use a RCA antenna I bought at Menards, I think it was model ANT3636 or something like that. Unless you want to order online, Menards has a pretty good selection of antenna supplies. You could hang a 2x4 from the joists up there (ant. would hang from ceiling) and mount on that or put it on a tripod from Menards. ($25) I would go with the tripod, easier to rotate for adjustment. If you go with a RCA antenna from there, get the biggest one that will fit up there - Remember if you want to get Chicago stations you need to point the skinny end of the antenna east - so measure accordingly. If you want Rockford (may be easier to receive), you need to point northwest - again measure accordingly. Measuring up there will let you know how big of an antenna you can get up there, mine is huge when unfolded!
As for the Rats nest of wires you have up there, bypass all of it and run a single cable out of your attic to your TV (temporary) Then you can point your antenna for the best signal, lock in place and then "hardwire" it using those cables up there. Remember, the more you cable length you run and the more you split it, the signal degrades.
If you want to order online, I was looking at his antenna : http://dennysantennaservice.com/hd_s...enna-html.html
That antenna was the one my friend is using in Tilton Park (off of North 1st street) I KNOW it works good.
The RCA antennas at Menards are cheaper, mine was $70 they have a smaller that was $50
You might want to consider a amplifier. I am using a cheap RCA single output 12db amplifier, it really helped the signal. You can get that at Menards too. I think Wal-mart has it also.
Good Luck and post back with your results!