Originally Posted by zoobella99
he said ball park figure for an antenna, amp, grounding and hook up would be $450-$500. Seems a bit steep but what are you thoughts? I tried getting out of him what kind of antenna he uses and he didn't say. Just a 6 foot yard antenna and an amp. If I needed something bigger it would be $750.
That doesn't include a rotor, correct?
This is what has me thinking seriously about a business. I've heard numbers in that ballpark before.
Let's assume they install Winegard. Their biggest combo antenna is the 7698 ($120). Add on a Winegard Boost XT Preamplifier (their only preamp model) at $52.00 and you're at $172. Figure another $100 for mounting hardware, cabling, etc. So that's ~$300 in materials (for the $750 install). $400 if that includes a rotor.
For reference, I spec'd out a full (no rotor) fringe install for $184. The parts list is attached as a spreadsheet.
Originally Posted by zoobella99
He says I might expect some channels to work real well and some to not work as well some days. Is this just the way of the world of antennas or just his? ( I am from the cities and could get reception using an indoor antenna with no problem ever).
Digital TV requires 16db signal-to-noise ratio to decode. Above 16, it just works. Dipping below 16, you'll get dropouts. And constantly below 16, you'll see a signal on the TV's signal meter but no picture.
Atmospheric noise decreases a tad at night and you will occasionally get some tropospheric ducting to enhance signal. When the leaves drop off the trees, UHF reception in particular can improve (depending on your location). Thus, the worst time for reception the middle of the day in summer.
Any competent installer should be able to install a large enough antenna at proper height/location as to make those small variations unnoticeable (barring really weak fringe stations of course). Looking at your TVFool report, there's almost no way you're not getting Rochester stations no matter what you do.
Windy days and trees can cause variable multipath which can cause breakups. I've never had it be an issue with an outdoor directional antenna. Planes are another source of variable multipath, but again... this has never been an issue for me.
Originally Posted by AMF8270
For Rochester, I have a 4-bay Channelmaster in the same attic looking through the gable end's wood walls with vinyl siding towards 190deg using another Channelmaster 7777. It receives 10, 18, 20, 36, 42 and 46. Like the other UHF antenna, its just resting on a piece of wood, and tie-wrapped to prevent movement. It's a 4-bay because when the digital transition occurred, channel 36 was transmitted from farther west, which required an antenna that could receive well across a span of about 45deg to pick up all of the stations. This restricted me to a medium strength antenna with the broader pickup, thus the 4-bay. Some time later, 36's transmitter was moved to the same tower that transmits 20 and 46.
IIRC, KAAL was on 33 from their old "out west" tower initially, started multicasting on 36, then jacked up the ERP and took 33 offline. Gotta love the old analog days when Rochester had five different towers over a 75 degree span.