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34duke 8-May-2012 2:09 AM

Antenna Advice
I am a newbie that has cut the cord from Dish Network. I am tired of playing the game a losing money. I have a Terk tv50 antenna in my attic that works OK, but I would like a little better reception so my TiVo can record at any time. Does anyone have a suggestion on a better antenna that I could mount in the attic? I think it will be around 18 feet off the ground and my attic has standard shingles over wood. I am not a big fan of getting on my roof, so I prefer to keep it that way. Here is my reception report:

Thanks in advance!

Electron 8-May-2012 8:19 AM

Tv Antennas and Tv Reception
For reception of the Tv stations/channels to the , north/west , west , south west , south.
In the attic install a Antennas Direct DB4e UHF antenna aimed at about 260 degree magnetic compass.
And also install a Antennas Direct C5 VHF antenna aimed at about 200 degree magnetic compass. The C5 comes with a combiner to combine the DB4e and the C5 on to one coax.

Here is how to aim the antennas ,
Also install a Antennas Direct CPA-19 preamp connected to the output of the combiner.

Most attics have electric power , so install the preamp the preamp power supply and preamp power inserter/injector , all parts of the preamp , in the attic.

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signals unlimited 8-May-2012 11:21 AM

You should be able to use a much simplier system. I would recomend an RCA ANT751. This is a UHF/VHF antenna and should receive all of the UHF to your South and Southwest, including the only VHF channel in your report, 8 PBS at 200 degrees. The amplifier should not be needed unless you have a long run of coax and/or you are hooking up multipul sets.

Dave Loudin 8-May-2012 12:02 PM

I think the deciding factor between these two recommendations is WPXA, the ION station. Being the last network to arrive in many markets, ION usually ends up on a station located on the outskirts, and this is the case here. Electron's two-antenna recommendation will get you that station. Signals Unlimited's one-antenna recommendation will probably not pull it in reliably.

If you want ION programming, then we can discuss ways to save a few dollars. Electron's recommendation has you spending some money to get as close to "plug and play" as you can.

Guys, please correct me if I mischaracterized anything.

signals unlimited 8-May-2012 1:04 PM

All of the recommended antennas are directional. When aimed towards the South for your core channels, neither of the recommended systems are a sure bet for the ION station. If ION is a must have you should consider adding a second small antenna, such as the Antennas Direct DB-2 pointed towards the Ion station. This would involve using another coax and an A/B switch. These directional antennas are designed to receive from the front end. Any reception from a direction more than 20-30 degrees from the main lobe (depending on the antenna) is residual and should be relied on.

Electron 8-May-2012 2:49 PM

Tv Antennas and Tv Reception
For television reception with the antennas installed in the attic.

Install the recommended antenna system for reception of the , green , yellow , and down in to the red reception zone.
In the directions of , north/west , west , south/west , south.

There are 2 VHF high band Tv stations/channels , not one , WGTV-DT VHF high band channel 8 PBS and WXIA-DT VHF high band channel 10 NBC and local weather. ,
WGTV-DT 8 PBS is the direction of 181 degree true / 186 degree magnetic compass.

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