Originally Posted by develvjd-
Well, I'll take all I can get reliably at a reasonable price, but the Indy channels really have all I need, all under 8 miles.
I just want a robust system that never pixelates or cuts out (which occasionally happens now) and keep as many components as possible hidden from view. That's why I was thinking about an antenna in the attic hooked into the house coax if that's all it takes.
The official "company line" is no antennas in the attic because of multi-path distortion interference. However, I have an antenna in the attic above my attached garage and I am 20 miles from the transmitter. Folks have found that antennas and digital TV (ATSC) "ain't your Grampas TV", if you will excuse the analogy. Having said that, if you want to do it, try it and see what happens. I did considerable experimenting until I could find the "sweet spot" where I could get solid coverage on all of the broadcasters from the Shoreview MN towers. You may also want to pick carefully which particular antenna you select for an indoor attic installation. I went with one of the older (now Discontinued & not available) Channel Master CM4228 8-Bay Bowtie UHF TV Antennas. I selected that at the time knowing that two of my broadcasters who had been VHF, but were going UHF during the ATSC switch and would be coming back to VHF! I had read that the CM4228 might not be as narrow for directional purposes AND would be okay on RF 9 & 11 after those broadcasters returned to RF 9 & 11.
Don't buy an amplifier for that distance unless you absolutely have to. And even then, buy it locally, save the box and receipt in case it has to be returned or doesn't work out.
Use good quality RG6 everywhere, even in the short patch cords. Don't use ANY RG59.
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