Originally Posted by RadicalRik
Thanks Tripp, it helps. I currently have a Radio Shack VU-110 about 25 feet up aimed west. I get WBRA 15 (analog) pretty well with some snow... After the Feb 2009 change, they will move down to channel 3. Could they go any lower?
But, using the lower (or the lowest of) VHF range means that the larger Yagi is still required.
I will be replacing mine due to age and size and bum rotor with a Winegard or Channel Master, but it would be nice if they start cutting new models of VHF/UHF Yagis for channel 51 instead of channel 69. I'll probably go slightly bigger than what I have now, but not much I hope.
WBRA-DT is already on channel 3, so you already get to experience the joy of it. Use analogs 15 and 27 (and to a lesser extent, 38) to gauge how well you'll receive the Roanoke UHFs (WDBJ-18, WSLS-30, WFXR-17, WPXR-36).
Analog 21 is a poor indicator of how your reception of WSET-34 and WJPR-20 will be, but try it anyway. Analog 13 should give you a fair idea of what WSET-DT 13 will be when they move back there in the Summer of 2009.
I don't know that there's much you can use to gauge your reception of WBRA-DT on 3 without just trying a box. I get 7 and 10 from Poor Mountain completely clearly on analog and that doesn't get me WBRA-DT 3 clearly. I suppose you can try for WRKV-CA on 43, but even that's not a good indicator since it comes from a different (but nearby) location.
You most certainly will want to get something big to handle those low-VHF frequencies (channel 3).
I live 79 miles out in Charlotte County. We have a Winegard PR-8800 for UHF, which my dad chose because of decreased wind resistance over the CM 4228.
For VHF, we're using a mid-range Winegard Ghostkiller VHF/UHF combo. We brought that with us when we moved down from New Jersey some years ago. It's not enough, I can tell you that right now. I wish we still had the antenna that was on the roof when we moved here, but it fell off the roof in a thunderstorm and was destroyed.
I hope something in this post helps you out. If you have an antenna up now, why not go pick up a converter box and see how it works out for you as is? If you do, let us know how the signal is and what it detects. I'm especially curious about what WDRL-DT is doing these days (especially if they have any subchannels), and someone in Altavista should be able to receive it without much trouble, since they transmit from Smith Mountain Lake. Magic word there being "should."