Originally Posted by Nodak52
I live near Larimore, west of the Grand Forks Air Base 14 miles and am able to receive WDAZ, (translator compass heading 305 degrees 22 miles); KVLY (compass heading 155 degrees 44 miles) and KXJB (compass heading 159 degrees 48 miles) with a small HD antenna outside my house. But I do not get KBRR Fox or PBS (compass heading 82 degrees 47 miles). If I spend the money and buy a large multi-directional antena with a pre-amp, will I be able to pull in KBRR & PBS, even if it is not HD? Or maybe get lucky and get KVRR in HD (translator 30 miles south east of Fargo, or about 120 miles south east of Larimore)
and does anyone have a recommendation on an antenna?
If you get a higher gain VHI-hi/UHF antenna (like http://www.antennasdirect.com/V21_vhf_antenna.html
), get it a couple feet above your roof line, and point it straight south - or a little east of south (towards Casselton from your location), you most likely will get KXJB (38 CBS), KVLY (44 NBC), WDAY (21 - 3 subchannels ABC, CW, Weather), KFME (13 - 4 subchannels PBS-HD, PBS-SD, MN Channel, Lifelong Learning)....You might get enough from WDAZ (8 - 3 subchannels ABC, CW, Weather) on the back of the antenna to have a steady signal, otherwise you'll need a VHF-hi antenna pointed to the Northwest. You will need a VHF-hi antenna pointed just north of east to receive KBRR (10 Fox), and a UHF antenna pointed the same direction to get KGFE/KCGE (15/16 - 4 subchannels on each PBS-HD, PBS-SD, MN Channel, Lifelong Learning)...
One of those onmi-directional "saucer" antennas (like http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_disp...p?PROD=ANC3000
) may work if you can get it high enough (I'm not sure what side of the ridge you're on at Larimore), like 40+ feet AGL, more if you're in a low lying area. Be sure to use any amplifiers at the antenna and use a high quality feedline to minimize the loss along the mast.