Originally Posted by Sim31
I recently purchased a Channel Master Flattenna 30 mile indoor antenna and I placed it in a bedroom in a 2 story building, well its been a trial and error luck situation, no matter where the antenna is placed, I'll loose one of the channels coming in from Evansville, Indiana, and cannot get channel 14 WFIE for anything that I do. I was wondering about possibly purchasing one of the ULTRAtenna 60 from Channel Master, its a 60 mile one, but I wonder if I would need a better range one and what accessories do I need?
Also here is the address coordinates of the location of where im putting the antenna
Height will be approx. 15ft.
Thanks in advanced!
According to that plot, you should be doing pretty well. Yes, sometimes it's hard to find a spot where the antenna will get every
station well. A couple questions: Is the antenna in a room on the west or north side of the house, with only one wall to go through? Do you have thick masonry or plaster walls? Any neighboring buildings blocking the signals? Is your reception generally fairly solid, not a lot of freezes or drop-outs? Are you feeding just one TV off the antenna, no amp or splitter?
I think with a different antenna you might do a bit better; The FLATenna is just 6 db gain. I'd try an AntennasDirect DB2e or Clearstream 2V. They are outside antennas but the DB2e, especially, is pretty small. I have an original DB2 in the bedroom, mounted on a PVC pipe and fastened to a pedestal fan base. I can get stations at 60 miles (one-edge) and 40 (two-edge) pretty much anything on the list with a double-digit NM(db.) I have a pre-amp since I'm splitting the signal to two TVs. But I'd try without an amp first; They often amplify the bad stuff like multipath reflections, and cause more problems than they cure. It's possible you may
need to add a quality, low-noise pre-amp though. If you want to go cheap, Amazon has the Eagle Aspen clone DB2 for $13. The balun seemed a little lossy on a couple channels compared to my original DB2, but it should work pretty well. The Clearstream 2V claims better range, but it's kinda big for inside, and more pricey. I've never tried one...