Originally Posted by CherokeeMan
...Recently moved here from house approx. 9 miles away & amazed at the reception difference. At old residence just stuck HD antenna in attic & boom over 20 stations, no consideration or studies needed lol.
Guess its gonna end up dish or charter as much as I hate to go that route...
The choice is yours, of course. If you want to merely experiment with OTA without shelling out much dough, you could just try using an indoor antenna and positioning it in different locations to see which of the nearby translators and transmitters give the most reliable signals. You may well find that it is quite easy to get CW, ABC, and PBS with an indoor antenna. If you find that you cannot get CBS, NBC, and FOX reliably, but still want to stick with an indoor antenna and just live with only occasionally decent reception, then you may have to consider getting an antenna that has the kind of elements that are suitable for VHF.
With a rooftop antenna, reception should be easy for all of the stations that actually matter, but don't try for the main transmitters that serve the city of Charlotte. Aim for the translators and be extremely skeptical of claims of long range reception. If you concentrate on stations within 60 miles (at the very most, and then usually only with VHF, which travels better over longer distances) and try for the ones with line-of-sight, you will have better results, although it is likely that in order to get NBC, FOX, and CBS you would have to go with a rooftop installation.
Of course, my perspective is different from many people's because I generally think that PBS is the only essential channel in a market!