I'm new to the DTV world so forgive me if I say something n00bish. Thought I would contribute to this thread here.
It's been exactly one month since I got my new TV, a Westinghouse 37w2, and it's been enjoyable thus far. I live in Rock Hill, SC at Brookstone Apartments. It's right off Mt. Gallant in between Cherry Rd and 161. I have a second story apartment facing NW. I have a RS antenna pole that I ziptied to the balcony to put my antenna on.
The first antenna I bought was a Radioshack 15-2186 for fifty bucks. It performed remarkably well. It comes with a 20db amplifier. The key to this antenna is to rotate it sideways. When standing straight up it has a very limited range but turning it ninety-degrees and positing it seemed to work wonders.
Then I tried some Channel Master antenna from Lowes. It was awful - stay away.
Then I tried Radioshack's 15-2160 UHF antenna. It worked allright but the smaller antenna actually outperforms it, especially since the regular antenna doesn't come with an amp.
So with my small Radioshack antenna pointed West, I pick up 3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 18, 21, 36, 46, 55, 58 and 62. Those are virtual channels and I believe they are:
13-? Don't know but they have some music channel call The Tube
21-Fox Carolina (Greenville Fox?)
62-??? (Can't recall the callsign or affiliation off the top of my head)
If I rotate my antenna more north, I lose all the greenville stations but pick up WAXN. I was thinking I wanted to install a second one of these, but justifying fifty bucks for one station is tough just so I can watch South Park. I also have Comporium cable as well so it's not a huge deal.
In order to increase the stability of the distant channels, I hooked up a set-top antenna behind the TV (Radioshack 15-1878) completely unpowered and with the VHF elements folded down and then put in a combiner. Helped a little.
I was thinking of getting the Omnidirectional antenna RS sells. Does anyone in the area have any experience with it?