I've been lurking a while and finally decided to post. I'm half looking for advice and half providing some feedback on some things that are working for me right now. I currently live south of Bloomington, near Harrodsburg. I think my elevation is about 260m, but I'm not certain on that front. Because I live far out, I decided to cut the cord and try OTA. I built a DB8 antenna using instructions I found on instructables.com, but had mediocre results (probably because I didn't/don't know what I'm doing and it's housed in the attic). I then moved on to a great antenna, for the cost, that I found on monoprice
That little sucker, pointed to the SSE, has been great! I'm able to get most Indy stations and just about all the Louisville stations I need. It does come with a low noise amplifier and I finally hooked it up last night as close as I could to the little antenna in the attic, instead of hooking it up in the living room. That did seem to help, as we now get WHAS out of Louisville in the bedroom. I'd guess that the antenna is about 35-40 feet off the ground in the attic and there's no window pointing to the south in the attic. So, if anyone is looking for a cheap, small antenna, that model may just be what you need (though, maybe my house is in such a spot that I'm lucky). And I believe their return policy and customer service is outstanding.
Having said all that, I still have some issues from time to time, but again, I just moved that little cheap low noise amplifier that came with it up to the attic and that may help considerably. Anything I should consider or change? A Channel Master preamp or Antennacraft HBU 55? Maybe get off my butt and strap those 2 antennas I made from instructables.com together properly and pair them with a Channel Master preamp (if I even made them right
)? Any omnidirectional antenna that would help with receiving signals from Terre Haute, Indy and Louisville? See below for my TV signal analysis from TV Fool.TV Fool