Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: NE Cedar Rapids, IA (but closer to downtown)
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I wouldn't necessarily dismiss the Radio Shack antennas so out-of-hand.
I have the "B-2 Bomber"-looking model in my attic and got it on sale for 33% off MSRP last year. It's powered, with a remote power injector. I get 90% signal on all locals with the antenna in the attic of my single-story house, under 6 layers of shingles with 80+ year-old trees and a huge hill (the Daniels Park hill) within a block of my home between me and the broadcasts.
Using their cheapo U-75R (UHF Only, total after tax under $30), I get the same signal quality in the same location for half of what I paid for the B2 Bomber, without any amps.
You may not think that space is an issue, but if you go with a large yagi-style antenna (the fold-out style you mentioned), it will be very directional, and you'll likely need a rotor. Those antennas, at almost 8 feet, have a pretty big sweep radius.
If you have the time and patience and money (none of which were things I had the week before the SuperBowl), you can go with one of the CM panel-style antennas, which work rather well. They're a bit taller, which might be an issue in an attic, but they have a much smaller sweep radius on a rotor. You usually have to order them online, though.
If you're going to go the Radio Shack route, I recommend the Lindale Crossing store (by Bed, Bath, Beyond) first, and then the Westdale store. The Lindale Mall location is worthless, IMNSHO -- rude and less-than-knowledgeable employees every time I've tried to work with them.