Which brings up some other questions. I am doing what isn't recommended, specifically using an outdoor antenna inside the attic area above my attached garage. With that in mind, do any certain antennas work out better than others inside?
An outdoor antenna inside will give better results than a indoor antenna indoors
While its not the best option (you lose up to 50% of signal depending on what type of roof, shingles, etc) for some folks its the only option
I had my outdoor antenna (HBU33 then 2 separate ones) in my walk in closet in my apartment for 3 years.
Since two of our ATSC channels are still VHF, both 9 & 11, I have to be mindful of that.
If it aint broke (as in the reception is fine) why bother monkeying with it? Unless you have some other reason. From someone who like to tinker I found out once I got optimal reception across the board (all the full power stations maxed out and the LP's especially 43 to the best it will be) I left it now.
Also, are any certain amplifiers better than others? I assume that there are some that are better than others, but how do I determine what would be the best choices for me?
I use an old (discontinued) Radio Shack one mainly because of the 2 outputs. I also have used an RCA one available at Fleet Farm, Menards, etc and that has worked well too. It has 2 inputs so if you want you can use separate antennas but will accept a combo (VHF/UHF) fine. One drawback for me? Only one output
runs about $25 bucks at FF, Menards, Lowes, WalMart etc
not worth it IMO. I have one (well part of one....1/2 got damaged in a storm). Anywho I bought one to try and aim one panel at Mpls and one at St Cloud (for 41) and as soon as you start moving the panels so they are at 2 different directions the signal quality went to pot. Both panels aimed the same way it worked great but trying 2 different markets only works really if they are 25-30 miles away
Also, has anybody here tried combining two antennas? I seem to recall reading that it is tricky. I don't recall what needs to be done to effectively combine the inputs of two different antennas.
yup done that too. When 43 came online and they had power issues I would combine my XG91 clone (from Solid Signal) and my existing HBU33 together. I used a splitter backwards. The cable lengths MUST BE THE EXACT SAME LENGTH or it wont work. It really didnt give me the results I wanted. If I recall the antennas have to be the same model, aimed the same way and be a specific distance apart. Honestly the only reason someone would do that would be if you lived way outside the coverage area or needed the extra oomph to get a signal due to blockage (mountains, etc)