I'm East Side Madison, WI.
I'm looking to add an outdoor antenna and am wondering if it's possible to pick up any Milwaukee stations?
Madison is 863’ in elevation.
Milwaukee is at 634' in elevation and approx. 75 miles away. Madison is much higher and so I’d think it would be fairly easy to get those stations for there would be little “line of sight” blockage. I would think.
I’ve read that several people in Madison can pick up Janesville, WI stations. Janesville is at 858 elevation 41 miles away. We are only a few feet higher than Janesville.
I’ve read too, that several in Madison can also pick up Rockford, IL stations. Rockford is at 740' elevation and is 72 miles away.
So when I compare these 2 cities to Milwaukee, it’s comparable in distance but we are much higher up in elevation.
My questions are... can anyone recommend an outdoor antenna, amplifier, pre-amplifier, rotor, etc? A complete package?
I would be mounting this to the SIDE of the house (not the roof) about 15' (feet) off the ground.
I found 2 possibilities from Denny’s, Denny’s EZ-HD antenna and his Double Decker, but I’m unable to find any reviews on his products. Both of these antenna’s are, I believe, designed and built by his shop and not name brands. I know they have a great return policy but, it costs $$ to return, $$ I’d rather put into a good antenna.
I have done considerable reading and to be quite frank... I’m totally confused. There are so many different makes, models, rotor types, amplifier and preamplifier types, etc... that I just don't know what to do. Plus, seems there are a lot of opinions on both sides with most of these. I’m not finding any landslide opinions about what to go with or stay away from.
Can anyone please advise and provide recommendations which includes the entire package... from the mounting hardware (not roof mounted, probably a bracket across the eves or a J Mount or just a 10' pole straight up) to the antenna make/model as well as additional hardware (amp's/pre-amp's)?
I also don’t know what the difference is between a PRE-Amplifier and a regular Amplifier. I may need both. Yes?
What I currently have is this… I have 4 RG59 cables from and older sat. dish running to the location where the Antenna will go. All 4 runs terminate in one spot in the basement. In that same spot, I have 3 RG6 Quad Shield cables running to every room in the house (2 for sat. connections and one for either CATV or a future OTA antenna).
The run from where the antenna is, to the spot in the basement is approximately 40 feet. Maybe 50, but I think it’s closer to 40. From that same spot, the LONGEST run in the house to the furthest room is 25 feet.
Immediately, I would be connecting the OTA antenna to 3 televisions. I will likely add a 4th TV in a few years when my son gets older.
Please advise on a full package/recommendations and/or whether you think this is even possible.
Here is my TVFOOL report that I’ve seen others post. This accounts, though, for just my local stuff and not stations 40 – 70 miles away: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...14f35b306ba9d4
Please advise if I have the right forum for this posting and then SPECIFIC recommendations.