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Indoor Antenna for Wauwatosa, WI (in Milwaukee county)

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Thread Starter 

TV Fool Link

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d5b948e3694ab13

 

Current Antenna

  • Antenna: AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna
  • Currently located (laid flat, pointed toward TV towers) on top of entertainment center, about 6.5-feet above floor
  • Considering upgrade to: AmazonBasics High Performance Ultra Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna

 

Antenna Location

  • Living room
  • TV is in a cherry wood entertainment center against center wall of house (no window or outside wall for antenna)
  • Room's outside wall faces southwest, but TV towers are northeast
  • House is halfway down a hill (hill, a few trees and some homes at top of hill are between house and TV towers)

 

Connected To

  • Channel Master DVR+ (CM-7500GB16)
  • TV is Vizio XVT323SV (1080p)

 

Current Situation

  • My DVR+ finds about 36-channels (including sub-channels)
  • Basic channels are my priority (i.e., ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS)
  • Of these channels, CBS (58) has the most problems (high band VHS?)

 

Please help me become a cable cutter!!!  :) 

post #2 of 7
Put the antenna on the other side of the house. Run a cable if you have to. Indoor antennas aren't magic, it's up to YOU to put them where they NEED do be.

Only PBS channel 10.x is VHF, all your other channels are UHF.
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Thread Starter 

If the antenna must be relocated, I could just as easily run cable up to the attic (I live in a one story ranch house).  Our old pre-coax antenna wire still runs down to the basement and up (between the walls) to the attic.  I could attach some coax to the old wire and pull it through to the basement and then up to the attic (I hope!).

 

Do you have any recommendations for an attic antenna?

post #4 of 7
You can try your current antenna up there, if you wish.

If you want to be assured of receiving the lone VHF PBS channel as well as the rest, then use a small UHF/high-VHF combo like the ANT-751 or C2V. Otherwise a small two-bay UHF antenna like the DB2 or DB2e should work well.
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Originally Posted by DBM999 View Post

If the antenna must be relocated, I could just as easily run cable up to the attic (I live in a one story ranch house).  Our old pre-coax antenna wire still runs down to the basement and up (between the walls) to the attic.  I could attach some coax to the old wire and pull it through to the basement and then up to the attic (I hope!).

Do you have any recommendations for an attic antenna?

I live in Tosa as well. I have a CM 4221 antenna in the attic, aimed to split the difference between the two tower locations. While it is a UHF only antenna, it picks up high VHF as well. I get PBS (VHF 8, virtual channel 10) with no problems whatsoever. PBS signal is very strong so you should not have any issues at all. For whatever reason, 58 was my biggest hassle as well. It took some precise aiming to get it right, but once you have the antenna aimed to get 58, you should get all Milwaukee channels without a problem. The only reception issues I ever have are when it is very windy when the trees have leaves -- this causes multipath interference. I have trees blocking line of sight to the tower farms. Hopefully an attic install for you will take trees out of the equation.

If you want to buy an antenna locally, try Marmax on 68th and Rawson or Skywalker Communications in New Berlin. I bought mine at Marmax; they may have other recommendations as well.
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Originally Posted by ProjectSHO89 View Post

Put the antenna on the other side of the house. Run a cable if you have to. Indoor antennas aren't magic, it's up to YOU to put them where they NEED do be.

Only PBS channel 10.x is VHF, all your other channels are UHF.

That's not 100% true. While their main signal is on VHF (WMVS), they do have a translator on WMVT's former analog channel of 36. So if the OP can't get the VHF signal of WMVS, then the translator signal should be no problem getting. VHF in general isn't easy to get with an indoor antenna, & VHF-Lo is impossible without an outdoor antenna optimized for VHF-Lo outdoors. So as long as DBM999doesn't want WIWN on RF 5 as well, then moving the existing antenna around might help. I would also say that even getting an Antennacraft HBU22 or Winegard HD7694 could help, if looking to have the antenna in the attic. Since the OP is that close to the antenna farm (I know how close those towers are, from my travels up there), a small antenna is needed. Unlike Chicago, where the full power stations are on 2 skyscrapers (LPTV stations on 4 skyscrapers), Milwaukee has multiple locations, & trying to aim an antenna just right can be tricky (especially that close to the towers).
post #7 of 7
dave73,

Thanks for pointing out the UHF translator for WMVS. I'd never noticed it nor had heard anyone mention it before.

Yeah, in that case, a UHF-only antenna should be fine.
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