Originally Posted by k4cf
I'm located in Mitchell County, NC and need some antenna recommendations from you folks on the forum.
Here's my TV fool coordinates which I cant publish yet since I dont have at least 5 posts: 36.02 and -82.24
Right now, I have a little GE 5 element yagi antenna (I think its a GE 33692 also) from Walmart up about 25'. Besides all the UNC-TV PBS translators all around me (Geesh!), I can only get WCYB (5) in Bristol and WSPA (8) translator near Spruce Pine. Two weeks ago, I could also get WJHL (11) in Johnson City but now its gone. Ive tried for FOX on WEMT (38) and WHNS translator(34) but cant get them when I scan. However, as I'm scanning, the TV stays on 11, 34, and 38 a little longer than on empty channels so maybe I'm very close to getting these with a little more gain.
Looking at my TV Fool data, which of all those channels could I reasonably expect to pickup with a medium to large array or yagi? I'm using an "Armstrong" rotor until I get the antenna that works for me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
If I could just get 5, 11, and 38, I would be happy to have all four networks and if I could still get 8 (WSPA) to my southeast because its got MeTV!
I'm located in Mitchell County too, but on the very southern tip of the county. I live in a very deep valley, but I am somehow lucky enough to receive between 30 and 50 channels depending on the time of year, surprisingly more in the summer, the leafs help reflect the signals down into the valley. I can receive pretty much every channel from Charlotte, wspa, and wyff from the translators in Spruce Pine, and wcyb Bristol. It has took a lot of trial and error over several years to get the sweet spots where I can reliably receive every major network at all times of the year. I tried lots of store bought antennas with little luck, before building my own. I have 3 different antennas due to there being tiny little sweet spots where certain channels come in. I use the hill behind my house pretty much as a tower, with a homeade 6 bay antenna about 100 feet up the hill, with a yagi type antenna cut just for wcyb Bristol stacked above it, I have these 2 antennas run into the seperate uhf vhf inputs on the rca pramp1r preamp, and ran into the house into a cheapo rca converter box. Then another 50 feet up the hill I have a homeade 4 bay antenna which receives different channels than the 6 bay even though they are both pointed toward Charlotte, both spots have channels I can only receive at that spot and channels I lose at each spot, hence the reason I keep 2 different ones. I have that antenna ran into a very low noise kitztech preamp and run into another one of the rca cheapo converter boxes, my reason for this is that these boxes allow me to run an hdmi cord from each one into the tv so that I can just switch hdmi inputs to watch channels on one antenna or the other instead of having to use a switch or plug and unplug one antenna to use the other.
Tvfool is a great tool to give you an idea of what you can get in your area, but it is not nearly as reliable as it is in the flatlands, because here in the mountains we depend so much on reflections unless you are on a mountaintop. For example my tvfool report pretty much says I should only receive wcyb, pbs from Linville, and wspa and wyff translators, but like I said I receive all Charlotte stations even though tv fool lists them in the -20s and -30s or not even on the list for my address. I have helped install probably 20 or 30 antennas in Mitchell County and one thing I have learned is to not fall in love with putting the antenna as high as you can get it here in the mountains, that is a good idea in the flatlands, but unless you are trying to get over top of trees or buildings sometimes lower is better. This again goes back to catching reflections, for example the 6 bay antenna I have when put up about 10 foot in the air where I have it now I only receive about 10 channels, when put all the way down to the ground it goes up to about 15 to 20 channels, and believe it or not by leaning it forward while setting on the ground at almost a 45 degree angle it picks up even more channels.
I would say that fox tri cities should be possible for you with the right antenna and location, I've not put many antennas on your side of the county, but I was able to receive all tri cities stations on one I put up at Bandana, I put one in Buladean that was able to receive wcyb,wjhl,and off the backside wlos and fox from Greenville, so luckily all major networks just from different markets, the worst spot I've ever tried one though was pretty near you in Poplar, but it was deep in a valley, it was only able to marginally receive wlos. Also strangely enough you may want to try aiming towards Knoxville too, I have actually put up 2 different antennas that were able to reliably receive Knoxville stations at 100 miles away, it just all depends on where you have openings in the mountains around you. It seems that the cutoff line for markets in Mitchell County is the top of Mine Creek. Pretty much everywhere on the Spruce Pine side of Mine Creek can receive channels from the Charlotte market, and on the Bakersville side you are better off to shoot for the tri cities stations. Our own Asheville GSP market is pretty much a lost cause except for translators, due to Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountain range blocking us from the main towers except in the very north end of the county. Hope some of this info helps, good luck.