Originally Posted by roadfun
Hi all. I've done my best to look at the antenna reception mapping sites but what I'm really looking for is actual experience from people in my general area (42 miles from the Cedar Hill farm) with attic mounted antennas.
I have a 2 story home and would plan to mount the antenna in the attic. I'm mainly interested in ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS and CW. From what I can tell ABC (Channel 8) is a challenge generally speaking. I'd like to be able to run the antenna to 2-3 TVs (house has coax pre-wired).
Any help appreciated!
I don't have your exact situation, but I did install an antenna for a similar situation. My in-laws live in Stroud, OK, 44 miles from the Oklahoma City antenna farm. I installed a Channel Master 4228 in their attic and it receives all the full-power OKC stations just fine. This includes VHF (KOCO is on RF 7 and KWTV is on RF 9) as well as UHF stations.
Differences from your situation: 1) your home is two stories. This likely works to your advantage. 2) I used the old CM 4228, which works on VHF-Hi by accident. The new CM 4228HD is supposedly designed to receive VHF-Hi, but there are some flaws in the new design. Nevertheless it should work fine on WFAA (may have some trouble with KFWD). 3) I was only feeding one TV. Since you'll be splitting the signal, you may need an amp between the antenna and the splitter. Try it without
the amp first; if it works, great! If it works OK feeding one TV, but not splitting it for two or three, get the amp. I've had great results with the CM 7777. 4) There is no radiant barrier in my in-laws' attic. Make sure yours doesn't have one either.
One last thing. I modified the antenna by removing the cross-feed harness & attaching two identical baluns to each side. If you get marginal results, you may want to try this yourself. If you have only two TVs, you can hook one to each side; for 3 or more TVs, combine the two sides with equal lengths of coax & a 2-way splitter hooked up in reverse, amplify if needed, then re-split. Note: If this mod makes things worse, try reversing polarity on one of the baluns. You may be combining the signals out of phase.