Hi everyone. I'm new here; in fact, what started out as a necessity has now become more curiosity on my part to learn more about this stuff. Hope to learn lots and contribute eventually. I just moved to Pittsburgh, but I'm from Seattle, and thought I'd get some help from my hometown.
For now, I'll give you my situation, and hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.
I just moved to Pittsburgh (address is 5701 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206), and live on the 13th floor (total of 16 floors). The apartment building is the tallest in this area btw, especially on the 13th floor where I don't have any obstacles from my window view. I just bought my first TV set in my life, and it's due to arrive in less than a week. Very excited. It's a Samsung LNS4041D (40 inches) and has a ATSC tuner embedded in it. I am currently subscribed to Comcast's basic cable (~$15/month), and am interested in getting OTA HD channels. After looking around a lot of forums and websites, I came across the atennaweb website, and had some questions.
As you can see below, the digital stations available are plentiful (CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC being the most important ones).
The problem is where my window is located. I live on the side of the apartment such that my balcony windows face southeast-ish, parallel to line C.
From this viewpoint, the only feasible channel I can get seems to be ABC; maybe FOX but 45.4 miles seems a bit far away. All the channels I want to watch are on the other side of the building, for which I have no view of. I'm wondering if there's a solution to this, and what I can do. I was thinking if there was a tall building right across from my view, I could get some signals bouncing off, but that doesn't seem feasible (the apartment across from my view is about 10 stories high). Is it possible to still get a signal originating from the Northwest direction even if I don't have a line of sight? I really hope so, and hope that I am overthinking this. There is a big enough hill about four miles from my view (South) where I can't see what is on the other side. Does anyone think it's enough to deflect some signals to my apartment?
And finally, all the digital signals in my area are UHF. I do remember seeing something about how certain stations may change to VHF come around Feb next year. Should I get a UHF/VFH combo antenna?
Thanks for your help!!