Seems this forum has alot more activity than the Des Moines thread, thought I'd ask a general question about your WHBF (RF4), as I have a problem picking up our own local WOI (RF5).
I'm 22 miles from the towers, and the terrain is fairly flat. On a good day I can see the tower tops with binoculars from my roof (barely).
Using a Winegard UHF yagi (with no angled reflectors) given to me by a relative about 15' in the air. This works to pick up our local UHF with little trouble (RF 16, 19, 23)
This UHF-only ant gets enuf signal to the TV for RF 11 and 13 most days too, RF8 and RF5 almost never work. I realized this going in, now to choose a decent VHF ant.
Thankfully *all* of the signals are in the same direction (140 degrees).
For those of you in a similar situation, what ended up working best for you? I may need to move my ant into the attic (2-story foursquare, 25' high), old house, single layer shingles, no metal in the roof.
Stacked UHF/VHF, or just a single combo ant? Anybody have experience using a '7-up' antenna trying to pick up WHBF? I know that type of antenna isn't designed to pick up RF 4, but the size difference between a regular VHF and hi-VHF seems pretty large.