Originally Posted by aethyrmaster
Also of note - my house is 300~400 feet from the actual location of the post office in Berwick.
I don't know for sure but I expect that they may use the center of the zip code zone and not the post office as the location based on the zip code.
Right now, I'm using rabbit ears to tune my stations. I have them upstairs by the window, with a segment of RG-6 running down to the TV downstairs. I'm getting 30 to 45% signal strength on all channels, depending on weather and such. I feel I should be getting way better than that for at least ONE channel, but haven't really had time to put in the effort that it would require (either that, or my wife has been watching TV).
You could put an improved antenna in the window, especially for the UHF station. I have made single station antennas out of balsa wood and electrical wire, very cheap and quick, good for a test at least.
[/quote]I've attached a picture showing all the stations that I care about getting. I'm thinking the only real option for me is a chimney mount antenna. The delay/dilemma I have is just whether I want to buy, or build. I love projects like this, but sometimes I just want stuff to work. Also, the TV is on one side of the house, and the chimney on the other - If I do chimney mount, it would probably be about 60 feet of cable to make the run to the TV, maybe a little more.[/quote]
If it is an outside antenna then you might consider making an antenna if you use the best materials and construction methods, try to get as good as the consumer grade from the store, otherwise you will need to repair it more then you would like. You are looking for a narrow range of frequencies in each VHF and UHF so a custom antenna would be of value in low signal areas. If you get 30% of signal with rabbit ears then the wider band antennas from the store would probably just fine. You don't need low VHF so look for high VHF and UHF combination, some companies may make as separate antennas that fit together on the same boom.
Could also do a roof mounted tripod to place antenna closer to tv location. Could do a mast (pipe) from the ground braced to the side of the house.
If you were to do an outside antenna you could take the antenna and a short mast (pipe) which you would need for any outside mounting and tie it up to the chimney. If it works well then gets the chimney mounting parts, if it doesn't then consider another mounting location.