Originally Posted by doug3214
1. What are my chances of getting decent reception OTA in Windsor?
2. What kind (brand, model) antenna is recommended?
3. Anyone know of any installation services? I don't trust myself to install correctly.
I've attached a jpg with my results from TVfool. Thanks for any info/direction anyone can offer.
Using the TVFool readings as a guide, reception of the stations in the green and yellow areas, which are all of the local Sonoma and Marin county stations, should be no problem, and with the right antenna the ones from San Francisco are a good possibility, too.
You'll need a very good high gain antenna for both VHF and UHF mounted as high as possible above your roof. Forget about putting the antenna in your attic or using an indoor antenna or you'll just get the local stations in the green and yellow sections of the TVFool report.
What brand and model antenna should you get? There are several possibilities. You can get a separate VHF and separate UHF antenna and then combine them or you can get a VHF-UHF combination. For separate antennas I'd recommend the Winegard YA-1713 for VHF and either the Channel Master 4228HD or the Antennas Direct 91XG for UHF. For a combination antenna, I would recommend the Winegard HD7698P.
You'll find information on these antennas on the Solid Signal website:http://www.solidsignal.com/
- Click on "TV Antennas and Supplies", then "TV Antennas" and finally "Large Directional" to get to the right page. All of the antennas except he YA-1713 are on the first page. The 1713 is on page 3.
For installation you'll have to check around locally. I don't know who installs antennas up in your area. If you can't find anyone locally then try Crawford Electronics in El Cerrito at 510-758-1445. They put up my antennas and did a great job for me.