Originally Posted by FTLOSM
Hey all, I have about had it with my satellite bill, rarely home to even watch it, considering putting a main antenna on my roof and just using whatever comes in digitally to feed my 3 tvs.
I live in Northville MI maybe 30 miles northwest of detroit and on my main tv I have this $5 mini 6 inch antenna I bought on a whim (no power and just sitting ontop of the tv) but it brings in 3 channels solid, the channels it brings in are more clear than thru my directv hookup too!
So I am thinking ditch directv get a nicer powered unit for the roof, then if possible split that signal and have it just feed all 3 of my hdtvs with digital signal.
Curious what might be my best choice for antennas and what equipment I would need to properly split that signal to run to my 3 hdtvs (if that is even possible).
I would even pay someone to install it all vs paying another satellite bill, just want to make sure I am buying the right equipment for the job so this is where my help question comes in to you guys/gals.
With a small fixed directional VHF/UHF antenna, mounted outdoors and as high as you can get it, you should easily be able to get channels from Southfield where most of the Detroit area HD stations are located; ABC, CBS, FOX, MNTV, NBC, PBS, The CW.
WADL-DT (4 SD channels) is in Mt. Clemens and should also be doable since it's in the same general direction as Southfield, from your location in Northville.
ION is located in Chelsea, CBC & TVO are located southeast and east of downtown Detroit/Windsor. For those you may need the rotor, and maybe a medium or large antenna.
If you go for the gusto and get a large antenna & rotor, you may be able to get redundant major network stations (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS) from Toledo, Flint, Lansing, or an additional Canadian station or two from Sarnia.
As for 3 TV's, that shouldn't be an issue. You may need a distribution amp (located inside where the coax enters the residence) or a preamp (mounted on the antenna mast and powered by the coax cable, you'll also need a second cable to control the rotor). The larger the antenna, the less need for the preamp as opposed to a distribution amp.
See the first post of this topic for a list of local stations and Rabbit Ears.com for even more info on distant stations. Also, go to TV Fool.com and enter your info.
Digital TV reception is all trial and error. Generally speaking, reception is line of sight and after 60 miles the curvature of the earth prevents reception, but you won't really know what you'll get until you try it.