Here's where I'm at. My son lives in Stratford. No Cable. This is on the house with amp.
Came with the house and they don't want cable. NYC stations with CH 8 coming in from the back, probably due to location.Well it quit. Probably the amp. On the peak of a colonial. Son says I'm too old, perhaps true, and he doesn't like heights. I ordered this
Tried it a home, south Wethersfield, replacing a double bow tie. The bow tie gave me locals plus Springfield, no CH 8. The RCA picked up CH 8 from the side (VHF) which I never got before. No CH 59 which I suspect is on the same tower. My antenna location about 1.5 feet above gutter on a ranch. So off to Stratford. Mounted on an old satellite mount on the chimney. Height about second floor level. Fair reception. 8 OK off the back, probably due to location. Picked up CH 7 (ABC) since this antenna has VHF. Most other channels OK but CH 4 (NBC) in and out. Found out they are on Empire State building as is CH 2, but with less power. Will try to get CH4 solid with this.
So you see it's not too cut and dried. If this works out at my son's I plan on getting the RCA antenna for myself. I have cable but use the antenna for emergencies and CH 57 Springfield, which cable does not have in HD, and I like to fool around with this stuff. Good luck.