Originally Posted by milehighmike
On July 11, you started a new thread to the HDTV Hardware forum regarding your ability to lock KMGH, the one channel you can't get indoors, by temporarily mounting an antenna outside on your chimney. In that thread, it was quite clear, at least to me (since I posted to it), that the sole reason for not mounting an outside antenna was spousal disapproval.
That is correct, that is my personal situation.
You never once mentioned the various reasons you have posted on this thread that you perceive as negatives to outdoor antennas. I'm not saying some of your points are not valid (other than I have a $500 deductible on my house insurance - Liberty Mutual) but it makes me wonder why you didn't mention any of these negatives on the thread you started.
Just because I preceive them as negatives doesn't mean that I'm not willing to risk them to get what I want, if it is the only option. That is why, I've been toiling in the attic for a year and a half to see if I can achieve my objectives. Working from the attic I've managed to lock all of the channels everyone else north of I-70 gets and get good analog reception for the various NTSC tuners available in my hardware. I've been frustrated by not getting one channel that is generally regarded as not available in my area. Before investing any more time and money in trying, I went outside to see if that channel could be locked under the most optimal conditions. I found out it could. I'm not sure I can ever lock it from in the attic, but because the wife says no to the roof antenna, I'm going to try.
I offered the defense of Bill Johnson's points because he is correct. If I can get channel 17 from the attic, I'll never think about an outside antenna again because the issues Bill raised are correct.
I live in Arvada. After a particularly nasty storm in the mid-'90s, where over half of my sub-division got a new roof from their insurance company, the minimum deductibles were raised. I'm w/ USAA and have been since 1967. If one of the top rated insurers won't give their long-term customers under a $1K deductible, I don't think many others will for my area. I just paid $1K out of my pocket this spring to replace 50 feet of cedar fence knocked down during the late December wind storm.
So my question is do you really feel very strongly against outside antenna mounts or is it really a spousal issue?
I'd prefer to not have to deal with an outside antenna, but I will if that is what it takes to get what I want. However, the wife doesn't value channel 17 HDTV as highly as I do (maybe not at all) and says no way.
I'd also be interested in the low power channel you receive (apparently from the north) from 100 miles away. The only DT station I'm aware of north of us is KGWN. It's barely 100 miles away from me and I live 25 miles south of you, I do receive it, and it's hardly low power at 95.5 ERP even though it's still on an STA.
Okay, so it is only 88.59 miles away according to w.2150.com, and yes it is channel 30 KGWN. I get a steady 49, no lock, on it through the back screen pickup of a Yagi corner reflector pointed SW. During one of my experiments last year, I mounted a Winegard PR-9018 w/ pre-amp in my attic facing north. Couldn't get much else that way, but locked channel 30. Don't care about channel 30 and combining the signal caused a lot of new problems, so I took it down.
95.5 ERP may not be low power compared to our puny downtown broadcasters, but it is far less than our, not at full power, local channels 32 (223 kw) and 34 (450 kw), and no where near the full power license for KGWN at 630 kw. So, I don't think my previous post was deceptive or highly inaccurate as you seem to be implying.