Originally posted by saltrek
I live in Merritt Island, 30 miles from the HD antennas.
My current situation is Dish network and indoor antennas for analog and HD
For analog I am using an amplified indoor and can only get ABC, WB, FOX & PAX.
For digital I am using an old "bow-tie" from a portable that was laying in the closet. I receive everything, but have to move it around to get the different stations
I would like to get an outdoor antenna to receive ch. 2-69 in order to improve the analog and have a permanent placement for the digital. I am not very handy and do not want to run additional lines. I was hoping to get something small, like the Winegard gs-2000-a or RCA ANT706 folding antenna and use a di-plexer to take advantage of the satellite lines.
Can anyone tell me if these should work, or if something similar to those models in shape and price will work?
I can't help but feel if the portable bow-tie can get everything, it shouldn't take much for an outdoor to pull everything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
If there is a Lowes near you, go and look at their cheapest vhf/uhf combo antenna. I believe it will be under $50.
I live 47 miles from Bithlow/Christmas. I have their largest vhf/uhf combo on a pole above my roof. I get EVERY digital channel, except 27.1 with very good signal strength. (also using a Channel Master 777 amp)
For another TV in my house, I also have Lowes' medium sized uhf/vhf combo antenna in my attic. It can get most digital channels ( with a 777 amp). WESH 11 (2.1) only comes in on good nights. WKMG 58 (6.1) usually comes in good, not in bad weather. I rarely pick up UPN 41 (65.1). Everything else comes in great.
If I can get most of the digital channels with the medium antenna in my attic (from 47 miles), you should be able to do OK with the small combo antenna on your roof @ 30 miles; maybe even without the Channel Master amp.
One nice thing, Lowes and Home Depot will let you return antennas for a full refund with no questions asked, as long as you have all parts, packaging, and a receipt. So you can try several different antennas until you are satisfied.