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I posted this already over at
but was told to also post it here.
I would like an antenna recommendation for attic installation (attic first because there is already a coax cable available from there to the tv).
TV Fool: http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29&q=id%3d46ae9ea40ec79c [it's to my actual address in zip 22032
- 2 stations are LOS, the rest are 1Edge or 2Edge]
I was intrigued by the Mohu Leaf Ultimate HDTV Antenna and bought one to try next to the tv (I've had cable for 20 years). It gives me some of the local channels (facing east or north works best, not NE as I expected):
Strong: WTTG 5.1 (FOX), WUSA 9 (CBS), WDCA 20 (MyN), WNVC 30.1 (MHz)
Weak (Often loose signal): WRC 4 (NBC), WETA 26 (PBS)
Very Weak (comes in once in awhile): WJLA 7 (ABC), WHUT 33 (PBS)
There are several "green" channels that I expected to pull in but could not (no matter the placement of the Leaf Antenna).
Since there was an existing coax from the tv to the attic I decided to experiment by putting the Leaf Antenna in the attic. No matter the direction I pointed it (generally NE, trying NNE to ENE) I got poorer results than when it was next to the tv (still got the strong stations but could not pull in weak ones at all). It claims to get a 15 DB gain.
I've looked at a number of antennas, but I'm not sure which one would work best in my circumstance. At a minimum I'd like to get all the DC stations (green and maybe all the yellow). Ideally, I'd like to also pull in the Baltimore stations (about 50 miles). Any recommendations (and can you please state why you recommend one antenna over another)?
Recommendations on the other thread were:
- HBU-22 (70" boom length) and Winegard 7694 (78" boom length) for DC Stations
- HBU-33 (80" boom length) and Winegard 7696 (99" boom lenght) for Baltimore Stations.
I need to check if they will fit into the attic if they are aimed NE (not sure I want to put it on the roof).
My research suggested the Clearstream 2V (C2-V-CJM) might work well (and it is certainly a size that will easily fit in the attic), but one comment was that it would be good for the DC stations but not for the Baltimore stations.
Can anyone in 20032 (near Target) share what works for them? Thanks!