Originally Posted by umalum99
Thank you! I'm probably looking at a Winegard 7698 with a pre-amp for a roof/eave mount. Do you think that would work? I'm sort of west central Fort Collins just between Taft Hill and Overland Trail just north of Drake. I'm having a heck of a time finding someone to install in the area. Any suggestions on that? Also, is a rotator necessary if I'm primarily aiming for the Denver channels over Wyoming? Thanks again!
Mounting a 7698 outdoors takes a really strong mount. It may be overkill for your location. You definitely don't need a rotor if all you care about are the stations on Lookout Mountain (KCNC, KMGH, KUSA, KGWN, KDVR) and Mount Morrison. If you want ION (KPXC) you might not get that (the more directional the yagi the lower the chance of getting off axis stations), since it is off to the east, but there is a ION low power station here in Fort Collins.
How is your house oriented? I have a friend who lives in roughly the same area whose house was roughly oriented (in the long dimension) N//S. I advised them to just install the largest Winegard yagi antenna that would fit in his attic (they were not open to an outdoor install). I think they were happy with the result, but I'll try to get a report on which stations they receive reliably, and which antenna they installed. That area is lower than my location (SW Fort Collins near Taft Hill and Harmony), so reception may not be as good as my location, but I suspect that one of Winegards smaller high VHF/UHF yagi's (i.e. the 7694 or 7695) will do quite well (and possibly even better than the 7698 for off axis stations if you care about them).
I'm not sure there is anyone in Fort Collins who does antenna installs. I know there are contractors in the Denver area who will come to Fort Collins to do installs, but I don't remember any names. Doing a search came up with R&T Electric in Evans and Sound Media Solutions in Thornton. Make sure you don't cut corners on the mount if you decide to stick with the 7698. Also make sure they properly ground the antenna and coax. The ground wire should run the shortest distance possible (minimizing bends and making any necessary bends as large a radius as possible) to a ground rod. Unless the house ground rod is fairly close a separate ground rod should be installed. But in that case another ground wire should be run between the two ground rods to tie the two grounds together. A professional installer should do this without asking, but it never hurts to verify.