Originally Posted by Bob Coxner
I'm looking for recommendations on an indoor antenna. My situation from antennaweb is:...
I wish I could go with a pure UHF antenna but, if I read antennaweb correct, 9.1 is their final landing spot.
Ok, does your current antenna have a loop, or just poles?
I have been in a similar situation here in Richmond VA where I live near the towers but reception is affected by my altitude and treelines. My final solution after a lot of experimentation is "cheap antenna, quality amplifier".
If you have a Big Lots nearby, try the $3 unamped loop n pole antenna they sell. Being multidirectional. it can be positioned to grab channels from a few different angles. And I have had the best luck with these cheap, simple models of generic Big Lots antennas than any of the name brand trash made by Philips, RCA etc sold at retail.
My final solution has been to gang a Zenith Silver Sensor together with a cheap Big Lots loop and pole together with a $4 GE splitter/combiner, and run it through a Leviton 25 db amp to clear up a few of the weak signals. I got the amp, which has an FM trap and a variable gain dial, new off ebay for $20. The two antennas have been positioned just right to prevent mulitpathing.
The reason I went through all this was because only one TV in the house is digital, with two remaining old analogue TVs. I wanted to run it all through the currently unsused cable box, to avoid antennas in the house. Of course, the analogue towers are all over town, with one being 180 deg from the rest. The digital towers are all clustered to gether. So the Silver Sensor, which is a great unidirectional antenna, picks up the digital towers, and the other handles the off-angle analogue ones. I have 90+ signal strength on the digitals, and good reception on the analogues with a touch of ghosting.
BTW I have an XBR970 too. Nice set isnt it.