tylerSC, I get UHF channels from 71.5 miles away with the antenna in my previous post, also located indoors. No amp. Location has a lot to do with indoor reception.
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11/6/10 at 3:18pm
I'm dumping CTV this week, and making the DTV jump (Finally!). I'll admit I haven't been able to read all the threads yet, but I'd like to see if I'm even getting into a battle I can win.
First, we are on the ground floor of a two story apartment. The building is steel beam w/ stucco exterior. I'm assuming I'd have to put the antenna on the porch, and there are buildings in the LOS to our strongest signals (as shown in the graph below).
Could I get some suggestions on antennas? I'm not willing to spend more then about $200, and I certainly appreciate the help.
Steel beams & stucco sound like a recipe for disastrous indoor reception, particularly for your ABC & PBS chs in the VHF band. You can try indoor though. First, try the budget RS antenna, linked to in numerous previous posts. If it doesn't work, return it to RS because you'll likely need something outdoors for reliable reception.
Based on your TVFool, this small outdoor antenna should work.
If you can't permanently mount it on your porch, stick the mast (included) in a 5 gallon bucket filled with pea gravel. Start by aiming it compass direction 184, although with buildings in the way, you may have to aim it a different direction. With patience, should find a good spot to aim it. Moving it to different physical spots on the porch may help find a hot spot, too.