Originally Posted by 4bama
Tracy, NBC-13 transmits on UHF Channel 52....as you know, the higher frequency makes it more difficult to receive...so make sure your antenna supports UHF frequencies, but your location may make it very difficult to receive this station with an antenna in the attic..
To receive local channels via DirecTv (or Dish Network) you must have an account with them and one of their approved receivers....there is no way to utilize the DTV dish without an account and one of their receivers.
WVTM is on RF channel 13 now. Those flat panel antennas that are so popular are really terrible for VHF. In fact, most of the "HDTV" antennas for sale today focus on UHF only because that's where most of the TV channels are. The ULTRAtenna is no exception, sadly, so I can't say if it'll be any better for getting Birmingham's three VHF broadcasters (WVUA, WVTM and WBIQ).
One thing that does help reception is height
, so an antenna in the attic will be better than one hidden behind the TV or tacked up on an interior wall. A rooftop antenna is the best choice, but not everyone can or is willing to go that route. The only time an attic antenna might not work right is if you have attic insulation with a metallic layer or have a metal roof.
Years ago there was a "stealth" antenna that was designed to be mounted behind a satellite dish. It was sort of a half-circle type thing that may have been given away or sold by one of the satellite companies to people in areas where there was no local-into-local service, back in the day. I didn't find anything like that while searching Solid Signal but they may still be out there somewhere. Like most antennas these days they're designed for UHF but being outside on the roof where the dish is would give it a good height advantage, and you could probably reuse the old coax going to the dish itself if it's no longer in use.
Helena is still pretty close to Red Mountain, so you don't need a really huge antenna, but something designed for both UHF and VHF would certainly be a help. WBIQ is on 10 and WVTM is on 13, while the relay for Tuscaloosa's WVUA that's on Red Mountain uses the old WBRC antenna on RF channel 6.
Really before spending money on a new setup, I'd actually take the existing antenna and move it around a bit, you might find a sweet spot just a few inches from where it is now where 13 comes in and so does everything else.