Originally Posted by idkidd
Thanks for the info rluyster: that is encouraging! I'm near Woody's Root Beer stand on Fulton just south of the HOF.
You say you don't believe I'd need to go all out and get a tower like my neighbor's; does that mean you envision me getting the more sensitive outdoor antenna and attaching it to my roof along with a rotator? Would that be the ideal set up if I skipped the tower?
I AM willing to have a professional install if need be: I really just want this done "right". Do you know of any one around here that you'd recommend for this kind of thing? Again, I really appreciate the help: I have been wanting to ditch Time Warner for so long.
OK, I have a clearer picture as to where you are in the 44709 area. That area has other areas of higher elevation around it, so I think an antenna setup there should be as high as possible. Now knowing more about exactly where you live, I personally would probably have to suggest a tower to get the best signals. If you were further north where the elevation is higher or if your building roof is high enough, you maybe could get away with a roof top mounting. If you can do a tower, budget and space wise, that's probably the best way to go. Checking our two locations on Google Earth, I see that your general location elevation and mine are pretty much the same, give or take a few feet. The recommendation for my location was/is a 50' tower. I use the Winegard 8500u antenna and the Winegard PS-1503 preamplifier. As tylerSC
stated, the 8500u is good for both VHF & UHF. We are in a semi-fringe area here for most stations, so the preamplifier is pretty much a must-have. My rotator is the NTE U-105. (Always be sure that the rotator used has sufficient power to move the size/weight of the antenna you have.)......As for local antenna installation professionals, the only one with which I have had personal experience is: US Electronics
, 4033 Hills & Dales Rd. NW...phone is: 330-493-7522. I was satisfied with the work they did for me a few years ago. There are a couple others listed in the yellow pages under "Antennas" but I don't know anything about them personally. You might want to get some estimates from all of them and see what they recommend. One tip...be sure that whomever you might hire uses all the weather boots or covers on all coaxial connections. I had an installation once where this was not done and moisture getting into the coax gradually degraded and finally killed reception. Also, be sure that any rooftop installation is properly grounded. Tower installations are grounded by the base going several feet into the ground. ....Again, hope that this has been of assistance. I am not
an expert on all this and only speak from my own experience.
My antenna is this one:Edited by rluyster - 9/20/12 at 2:16pm