Might a new antenna be helpful? Which one?
I am about 25 miles SW of the major Boston towers. I learned that 2.3 miles out the elevation rises above mine by 175’ (to 475'). I also have some problematic trees. My existing antenna worked most of the time to pull in the desired channels. A few weeks ago, lost a couple (before the leaves emerged). I have no understanding of antenna technology and would like a recommendation for a new antenna IF a there is an advantage over my giant old one.
Old antenna is in the attic and husband says it has to stay there. Probably 18’ above ground. This 1990ish Radio Shack enormous thing is the quintessential old style antenna, 121” long, 94” at widest with a multitude of elements. Wire runs 2 floors down and across to a splitter (less than 25’). Then it goes to 4 tvs, the furthest could be 40’. I have tried a preamp and a distribution amp and they made matters worse (Winegard HAD 200 dist amp and Winegard Boost XT LNA-200 preamp). Roof is asphalt shingles single layer on plywood.
All the channels I want are within three degrees of one another. Currently all UHF but my PBS stations are moving to low VHF 5. The “Real” channels I would like are 20(5), 30(4), 31(25), 41(56), 42(7), 19(2), 39(38), 43(44), 18. The new NBC Boston used to be fine tuning to 60.5 but no longer comes in. I was told it’s WMFP 18 and broadcasts from that major group of Boston towers. 41 is totally out now, too. 39 is iffy. 42 goes with the weather. I realize 41(56) will be gone, but I like my Modern Family reruns while it's still alive.
Any explanation of antenna specs and features would be greatly appreciated. I haven’t a clue. Tried two online store forms for recommendations but was not able to provide the level of detail I mention above. One recommendation was Televes DAT 790 #149481 http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp...source=inhouse
. Does the cited ‘triple boom’ really improve performance? Another site replied with a dinky thing with no low VHF.
If there is no technology that will help, perhaps a smaller antenna would allow me to move it laterally in the attic to possibly avoid trees. So, a recommendation for a suitable smaller antenna would be great. Thank you for anything you can offer.