Currently using rabbit ears in the attic. Want to do the right thing and get the best possible signal. I can't mount an antenna on the roof, would it be better to get one to mount on the dish itself or just a better one in the attic? Thanks
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If you are getting the signal just fine with the rabbit ears, why bother changing things? Although, if your local digital stations are UHF, I wouldn't think that rabbit ears (a VHF antenna design) would work so good.
It is not immediately obvious whether an antenna on your dish or an antenna in your attic would be better. It depends on if your dish is pointed toward the terrestrial broadcast antennas (actually it probably wouldn't matter too much since you are merely 8 miles away) and what your house is made of. An antenna in the attic loses 30% to 100% of the signal depending on the home construction (wood? foil insulation? aluminum siding? etc.) You always have to experiment and see what works.
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