Originally Posted by Todd_L /forum/post/0
Thanks for the info, looks like I'll definately want one. FYI, my zip is 55318.
Here are your antennweb.org results for your zip code and adding 300' to the antenna height to get a more complete list of the digital stations (the color codes are not meaningful when adding 300' but it is a useful step to see what stations are around you that might be able to get):
* yellow - uhf KARE-DT 11.1 NBC MINNEAPOLIS MN 51° 28.7 35
* yellow - uhf WCCO-DT 4.1 CBS MINNEAPOLIS MN 51° 28.7 32
* yellow - uhf WFTC-DT 29.1 MNT MINNEAPOLIS MN 52° 29.1 21
* yellow - uhf KSTC-DT 45.1 IND MINNEAPOLIS MN 51° 28.7 44
* yellow - uhf KSTP-DT 5.1 ABC ST. PAUL MN 51° 28.7 50
* yellow - uhf KTCA-DT 2.1 PBS ST. PAUL MN 52° 29.1 34
* yellow - uhf KTCI-DT 17.1 PBS ST. PAUL MN 53° 29.1 16
* yellow - uhf KPXM-DT 41.1 ION ST. CLOUD MN 351° 39.6 40
* yellow - uhf KMSP-DT 9.1 FOX MINNEAPOLIS MN 52° 29.1 26
* green - uhf WUCW-DT 23.1 CW MINNEAPOLIS MN 51° 28.7 22
With the exception of the KPXM Ion/Pax station at 40 miles & 60 degrees away from everybody else, all of your stations are in the same direction.They are all currently on UHF. As already posted, two of your stations, KARE-DT NBC 11 and KMSP-DT Fox 9, will be switching their digital channels to upper VHF 11 & 9 in 2009 after the analog shutdown.
The Channel Master 4228 8 Bay bowtie is a good choice for your situation. The CM 4221 would also work for now, but you might have to add a upper VHF antenna such as the Winegard YA-6713 to get the NBC and Fox station in 2009. If you had stations scattered around in different directions, the CM 4221 would make sense, but your stations with the exception of the Ion station are in the same direction. If you aim the CM 4228 a few degrees north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul stations, you might be able to get the Ion station as it is at 1000 kW (the maximum allowed for digital UHF), but Ion is SD only and not a high priority station for most people.
Since you are building the house, put in good quality RG-6 cable. If you split the antenna cable to multiple TVs, make sure that you place any splitters or distribution amps at places where you can access them after drywall is put up. If your cable run is not that long, you probably won't need a pre-amp. A pre-amp is something that you can always add later if it turns out you need it. Check solidsignal.com and warrenelectronics.com for prices on the CM 4228.