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JBK 4-Oct-2010 5:32 PM

NW of Atlanta suburbs
 
The analysis of my location is:

http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wr...a36251ebf3103f

House is 2 stories with tall trees nearby between house and Atlanta. Sunroom is attached to first floor and floor is 8 to 10 feet off the ground - in the Atlanta direction.

I have U-verse in the house (& not ready to go through HGTV and Fox News Channel withdrawal), but I also have a new small portable 9" TV that I can watch in my sunroom (no cable outlet) on the east side of the house. I can get great reception on all the UHF RF channels with just a passive RCA ANT1500 (supposedly multi-directional), but sometimes I'd like to get the PBS channel 8 (RF 8) too.

Also Channel 11 (RF 10) is about 10 degrees south of most of the other Atlanta stations, and I must move the RCA antenna to get a clear picture, but I can get it just fine. I can easily pick up every channel listed for me on Antennaweb.org including Rome (Channel 14 - RF 51) with the RCA antenna, except I cannot seem to get Channel 8 (RF 8). I tried a Phillips amplified with rabbit ears but it wasn't noticeably better than the flat RCA.

I have been searching to see if I can find an antenna that is
(1) just a bit more powerful than what I have,
(2) more multi-directional or one that doesn't have to be repositioned to get different channels clearly, and
(3) better at picking up RF 8 and RF 10 (these are considered high VHF?)

I don't really have attic access but could mount an antenna on my sunroom roof or on exterior house wall above it, but am wondering if a small indoor/outdoor antenna on the house wall facing east might work just as well inside sunroom [only 10'x12'], that is all windows, so it is like being outside?

Since this little TV was inexpensive and is not one of my main ones, I don't want to spend a fortune just to pick up Channel 8. Any suggestions on specific antennas to try, or should I just go back into the living room to watch Channel 8?


TIA,
Janice

P.S. FYI: I got one of these flat RCA antennas ($24.88) for an elderly friend in Atlanta (30305 zipcode) and her reception is much better for all the Atlanta stations (<10 miles) than it was with her outside roof antenna. She is estatic that she can now get Channel 8 WGTV (13 miles) without having to add a rotor to her roof antenna. When we rescanned for channels, it picked up 28 channels (not counting all the sub channels). It is located in the middle of her house, next to a brick fireplace, away from any windows.

Tower Guy 4-Oct-2010 6:54 PM

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Originally Posted by JBK (Post 3149)
I have been searching to see if I can find an antenna that is

(3) better at picking up RF 8 and RF 10 (these are considered high VHF?)

Have you considered the RCA ANT 751?

JBK 4-Oct-2010 8:40 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. That RCA ANT 751 gets rave reviews on Amazon, but I don't know if I an find one locally or not. (I'm impatient but I might order one & try it.)

Tower Guy 5-Oct-2010 1:05 AM

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Originally Posted by JBK (Post 3153)
Thanks for the suggestion. That RCA ANT 751 gets rave reviews on Amazon, but I don't know if I an find one locally or not. (I'm impatient but I might order one & try it.)

Walmart in Schenectady had three of them yesterday.

JBK 5-Oct-2010 11:20 PM

The Walmarts near me have ZERO!!! They do not even have any "outdoor" antennas. And I cannot find one locally even at other stores. You'd think you could buy just about anything you want in metro Atlanta, but that is not the case.

Guess I will just have to order one online. At least Amazon returns are no hassle if something doesn't work as expected.

Thanks again for the suggestion - it really looks like exactly what I need.


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